Who We Are

we are

We are a training program for new and seasoned actors specializing in the Meisner Technique.

We are a theater company dedicated to telling the stories Nashville needs to hear.

We are committed to authenticity on stage and in life.

We are in love with broadening what is considered theater in our community.

We are able to take big risks on stage by keeping the rehearsal room a safe space for all.

We are inspired to help others find their voice and speak their truths.

we believe

We believe in theater’s power to heal us in a thousand places we may not have realized needed healing.

We believe that the theater is a sacred calling: we make a promise to our community to stay emotionally connected in a world that praises going numb. We promise to feel and remind our audiences how good feeling can be.

We believe in the ensemble principle. The person you see on stage in one show you will likely see behind the light board in the next. The person selling tickets may also be a budding new playwright. Your usher is likely an aspiring actor.

our mission

Actors Bridge Ensemble is a non-profit acting school and professional theater company established in Nashville in 1995. Our mission is to tell the stories Nashville needs to hear as we produce socially conscious plays responsive to the current cultural moment, create new work, train theater artists, and become a safe home for our artists and audiences to find their authentic voices on stage and in life. We are proud to be the leading theater for contemporary works that engage audiences in curiosity and conversation about justice, equity, and inclusion. The company is led by co-founder and producing artistic director Vali Forrister.

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Actors Bridge is committed to ensuring that no person shall – on the basis of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status – be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any Actors Bridge program or event, as provided by the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

If you feel you have experienced discrimination by Actors Bridge’s employees, volunteers or partners, please contact us at 615-498-4077 or by emailing our Artistic Director Vali Forrister at vali@actorsbridge.org

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Actors Bridge Ensemble is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Our work is also supported in part by grants from: