First Time Stories

Join us for
First Time Stories

6-8 p.m.
Friday, January 20
$5 cover

Reserve your spot.

Our monthly storytelling series is back! FIRST TIME STORIES is a great way to meet new people, connect across shared experiences and radical differences. You may come in knowing no one, but you will leave with a room full of friends. That’s the power of stories.

Stories must be:

– About some kind of first time
– Told from the heart (not read from a script)
– 5-7 minutes

Everyone entering the studio must show proof of vaccination and be masked except while telling a story on stage or sipping your personal beverage. Read our full Covid Safety Protocols.


First kiss, first heartbreak, first bike ride, first time you broke the rules. The firsts in our lives form compelling and touching moments of real-life theater. And, we all have an endless supply.

“Any story can become a first time story. It’s all context. If nothing else, it’s the first time you’re telling it here,” explains Vali Forrister, ABE artistic director and host of First Time Stories.

For the last 10 years, First Time Stories has been ABE’s monthly connection to our community. Historically an “open-mic” story event (in true Nashville fashion), we are pre-selecting tellers this fall to comply with Covid protocols. We know who the tellers are… but not what their stories will be!

Join us for the adventure and make some new friends!