Welcome to #LTYM 2017!

Auditions happening now!
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MiracleOr2BannerRecently we proclaimed that 2017 would serve as LTYM’s Grand Finale season, closing out 8 consecutive smash-success seasons of live LTYM shows. Today, thanks to a licensing agreement with Miracle or 2 Productions, Inc. LTYM announces a new life for our beloved show! Beginning in 2018 it will be easier than ever for theaters (professional or amateur) and organizations/groups to host their own LTYM show events!!

What’s an LTYM “licensed theatrical production?”

LTYM shows will no longer be limited to a once-per-year Mother’s Day celebration! Instead LTYM shows will be available for production all year long and for performance runs (multiple performances per theater, as opposed to only one) beginning in 2018, in cooperation with Miracle or 2 Productions, Inc.

Theaters/groups who wish to do an LTYM show will have the option, through Miracle or 2, of:

a) casting local talent to read their original works in traditional LTYM fashion

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b) for the first time with this theatrical production theaters/groups may cast actors to read a selection of true stories from previous LTYM shows in a brand-new script (all used with permission from the authors, of course). More on this below.

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c) a combination of both

The script includes helpful information and guidelines on creating and shaping an LTYM show; everything from how to choose pieces for a show, how to arrange those pieces effectively for the maximum LTYM audience experience, marketing/production considerations and more. In addition, individual coaching will be available for those theaters or groups that might benefit from a little extra guidance.

Whereas LTYM grew up as a grass-roots blogging phenomenon, the project will now live largely offline and on stages.

For licensing information contact check out the Miracle or 2 website here. Like them on Facebook for updates!

Will audiences still get the full LTYM experience?

Absolutely! Some local shows will look exactly the same, featuring original local storytelling. For those that utilize the new script, it’s bursting with some of our most diverse, moving, hilarious, and heartwarming storytelling that entertains, energizes, brings community together and leaves everyone feeling a little less alone and a little more understood.

If you’re familiar with our acclaimed book, you know the flexibility of LTYM across genres–on stage, online, and on the printed page. The script uses all new material, pieces hand-chosen specifically for the way they command the stage, and with all the grit, honesty, and heart audiences come to expect. Note: this script is not published for sale, and is only available via Miracle or 2 licensed theatrical productions.

What does this mean for our 2017 season?

2017 remains the grand finale year of the original grass-roots LTYM shows run by online women. However, beginning in 2018, those original director/producers have the option to continue doing the show through Miracle or 2, or they can pass the torch to others. Beginning in 2018 new shows may begin popping up anywhere and everywhere across North America!

In the meantime, please join us in celebrating our 31 cities hosting shows this spring across the country. Auditions are happening now/soon for 2017!!

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IT’S AUDITION TIME, LTYM 2017!

by Stephanie on January 7, 2017

Audition Season for Listen To Your Mother 2017 has begun!

Your story could be an essential part of this year’s Listen To Your Mother celebration of mothering by giving a voice to motherhood — in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. If you have a story longing to be heard about your mother, your own view as a mother, or about a mother-figure in your life — write it down and share with us!

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Audition process and requirements vary by city, and some cities have not yet made their announcements but will soon. We will update audition info as it is available –keep checking in and be sure to follow Listen To Your Mother on Facebook and @LTYMShow on Twitter for updates.

Find audition information for an #LTYM 2017 city near you below:

Atlanta auditions are now closed.
Austin is submissions are now closed.
Baltimore auditions are now closed.
Baton Rouge auditions are now closed.
Boulder auditions are now closed.
Burbank auditions are now closed.
Charleston auditions are now closed.
Chicago submissions are now closed.
DC auditions have closed.
Kansas City auditions are now closed.
La Crosse auditions are now closed.
Lehigh Valley auditions are closed.
Madison auditions are now closed.
Metro Detroit auditions are now closed.
Milwaukee auditions are now closed.
North Jersey auditions are closed.
NYC auditions are now closed.
Oklahoma City submissions are now closed.
Pittsburgh auditions are now closed.
Plumas County auditions are now closed.
Providence auditions are now closed.
Raleigh-Durham auditions are now closed.
Rochester auditions are closed.
San Antonio auditions are now closed.
San Francisco Bay Area submissions are now closed.
Southwest Michigan submissions are being accepted now.
Spokane auditions are closed.
St. Louis submissions are now closed.
Twin Cities auditions are now closed.

Here are some helpful links as you consider sharing your LTYM story:

We can’t wait to listen to your motherhood tale!

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The stories behind our stories #PicturedNotPictured #LTYM

December 13, 2016

In preparation for our 2017 season, we’ve asked our local directors and producers to pick a favorite photo and tell us what’s not pictured–the story behind the story if you will. We’ll share these #PicturedNotPictured micro stories over the coming months to give you behind-the-scenes glance of the Listen To Your Mother experience. Feel free to play along with your own #LTYM #PicturedNotPictured moments.   Telling my story of motherhood at the LTYM event last year prepared the way for new meaning in my life.  I had given up on creativity, my youth had fled.  Chasing acting work down had become pure drudgery and seldom successful. I settled into retirement numb to joy and self-expression. The response to sharing my story surprised me. Many people told me they were touched by it.  Someone in the audience expressed an interest in an expansion of it.  The spark was ignited and I’ve been writing and […]

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Super early bird pricing for SheKnows #BlogHer17! Hear from a first-timer why you should go.

December 6, 2016

Last summer LTYM Madison alum De’Kendrea Stamps attended SheKnows #BlogHer16 as a social media conference first-timer. De’Kendrea is not a blogger, nor a social media professional. In fact, her professional expertise is in nonprofit and transportation management. Yet, De’Kendrea’s empowering experience illustrates how attending a BlogHer conference can inspire “a-ha” moments that changes lives. De’Kendrea Stamps and LTYM Founder Ann Imig at #BlogHer16 closing party Attending BlogHer for the first time was an amazing experience. It was great to see so many strong and bold women choosing to live their best lives out loud. I have always been a fan of storytelling and this conference fulfilled that core interest while also giving me a view of the value of our stories from a business/marketing standpoint. One particular story I haven’t seen told much is the battle that many women face with endometriosis, myself included. However, during the BlogHer Expo there was a full […]

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Being Thankful For What’s Right In Front Of You

November 22, 2016

A visit to Alcatraz brought on an all too familiar feeling to Sally Koering Zimney as she compared the prison island to parenthood. She recalled last Thanksgiving with family when she presented a brilliant idea for all of the kids to share what they were thankful for — expecting a proud parenting moment — only to be disappointed by her daughter’s answer. “I mean, she was supposed to say something meaningful, something reflective, something I could post on Facebook, for God’s sake!” Upon reflection, Sally realizes that her daughter was actually reminding her to stop training her eyes on a horizon that she might never reach, and instead be thankful for what is right here, right now. “Can we embrace this island we’re living on? Love its shores and spectacular views, love the sometimes brutal landscape of the island’s ups and downs, the way the storms come through and then settle to quiet.” Watch Sally’s hilarious and touching video […]

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