Description:  Actors Bridge Ensemble announces auditions for the Nashville premiere of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS based on the book by Cheryl Strayed adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Director: Leah Lowe

Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild), TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapts Strayed’s book into an enrapturing and uplifting play rich with humor, insight, and compassion. Called “a theatrical hug in turbulent times,” (Variety) TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer.  Contains adult content.

Venue: Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at Actors Bridge Studio (4610 Charlotte Ave; entrance on 47th).

Payment: All actors will receive a stipend for the production. 

Casting: 3 actors

Actors Bridge is committed to producing theatre that reflects the reality of our vibrant and diverse community; casting is open to all without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age or veteran status.
Read our policies for rehearsal and performance here.


SUGAR – This role is cast 

Letter Writer #1 – male identifying, 40s

Letter Writer #2 – female identifying, 20-30s

Letter Writer #3 – male identifying, 20-30s

Actors can be any race.

Audition Dates: Wednesday, Jan 5 and Thursday, Jan 6, 2022, from 6-10 p.m.

We will see actors every 10 minutes. 

To sign up for a time, fill out this form.

Format: In-person auditions; 2 contrasting contemporary monologues (1-2 min each); Monologues should showcase the actor’s emotional agility. Please bring headshot and resume if available.

Actors must show proof of vaccination and remain masked except during audition.
See our full COVID Safety Protocols.

Managing auditions: Stage Manager Kat Tierney-Smith

In the room: Director Leah Lowe and ABE Producing Artistic Director Vali Forrister

Callbacks: by invitation on Jan 8th; reading from the script. Sides available in advance.

Rehearsals: Begin week of Feb 20, 2022. Rehearsals Sunday afternoons, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings until tech week. TECH WEEK is Saturday-Thursday, Mar 26-31, 6-10 p.m. 


Friday – Sunday, April 1-3

Wednesday – Saturday, April 6-10 

All performances are at 7:00 p.m. except Sundays which are at 5 p.m.

Questions: email Vali Forrister at

Actors Bridge Ensemble  is a non-profit acting school and professional theater company
established in Nashville in 1995 with a mission to tell the stories Nashville needs to hear.
We respond to the current cultural moment by producing socially conscious plays,
creating new work, training theater artists, and offering  a safe home for our artists
and audiences to develop their authentic voices on stage and in life.