Untold Stories is a project of the nonprofit Florida Theatre. Honoring the tradition of oral storytelling in a modern context, Untold Stories live events showcase six local storytellers in quarterly thematic story evenings. 

Everyone has a story to tell, from artists and tradespeople to shopkeepers and professors, and Untold Stories provides a space for these narratives to be heard. Join us as we explore the vibrant tapestry of life in Northeast Florida, one story at a time.

Live Show

Apply to tell a story!

We're excited to announce the much-anticipated return of Untold Stories, the oral storytelling series presented by the historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville. As we gear up for our third season, we invite you to step onto the stage and share your unique narrative with a live and engaged audience.

Here are the key details you need to know:

What: Untold Stories, Florida Theatre's oral storytelling series, is back for its third season! Where: Historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville. How: Share your unique original story (10 to 12 Minutes long) with a live audience. Submission: Send a video (max 2 minutes) detailing your story's essence, connection to Jacksonville, and passion for sharing it. Process: Begin by stating your name (spelled out) and provide your phone number. Email: Send your video to shelissa@floridatheatre.com. Confirmation: You'll receive an acknowledgment receipt upon submission.

Performance Dates and Themes:

  • Thursday, November 9, 2023: FALL
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024: WINTER
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024: SPRING
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024: SUMMER

Requirements: Stories must be based on your lived experience. We're seeking storytellers who have experience and are comfortable in front of an audience.

Coaching: If selected, you'll engage in 4-6 in-person/Zoom coaching sessions with the Artistic Director.

Workshop: Participate in a story-shaping workshop with fellow cast members before the event.

Rehearsals: Final rehearsal the Sunday before the show, and a technical rehearsal and sound check on show day.

Promotion: Provide a headshot and bio for promotional purposes, and help promote the event on your social media and contacts.

Compensation: Performers will receive a $100 honorarium, two complimentary tickets, and hours of training to elevate their skills.

Note: Currently, we won't be accepting written descriptions, lengthy stories, or scripts. Please keep your video under 2 minutes.

If you're ready to share your story and be a part of this incredible journey, let's create magic together at Untold Stories! Your voice and tale deserve to be heard.


Untold Stories is now a podcast! 

Where can I listen to the podcast?

Which storytellers are in which episodes?

Episode 1

Story Tellers: Zonnetta Marie, Johnathan Ross, Kedgar Volta

Musician: Meredith Mason


Episode 2

Story Tellers: Angela TenBroeck, Willie Evans Jr, Anna Jacobson

Musician: Meredith Mason


Episode 3

Story Tellers: Johnny Masiulewicz, Naga Wasserman, Ebony Payne-English

Musician: Brent Byrd


Episode 4

Story Tellers: True Poet, Erica Saffer, David Girard

Musician: Brent Byrd

Where does the show air?

The shows will air Sundays in March at 7 p.m. on WJCT News 89.9. You can tune in to the shows live, listen on demand or subscribe to the podcast at wjct.org/untoldstories.