First Time Stories

Join us for
the RETURN of First Time Stories

6-8 p.m.
Fridays Sept 24th, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17
$5 cover and BYOB

Reserve your spot.

Our monthly storytelling series RETURNS! 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
– 5 minutes or less

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.

In true Nashville style, it’s an open mic night. Think of it as “storytelling karaoke.”

Bring your best story, put your name on the board, get yourself a drink and settle in for a good time.

The only rules are that the story must be:

  • told from the heart (not read),
  • true and authentic (not trying out your new stand-up routine) and
  •  5 minutes or less.

We’ll stop you if you start to rant, slander or bore us with an essay.

We’ll love you if you bring your truth, give us action and make us feel (laughter and tears are both welcome!)

Bring your best first and join us for the fun!