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!


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 will be held 2/4 and 2/11 by signing up here.
Austin is accepting submissions through 2/2.
Baltimore auditions will be held by appointment only on 1/18, 1/22, 1/28, and 2/4.
Baton Rouge auditions are 2/4 and 2/8 by appointment only.
Boston is accepting submissions now until 2/6.
Boulder auditions are by appointment only, 2/23, 2/25, and 2/27.
Burbank audition info coming soon!
Charleston auditions are 1/29 & 1/31 by signing up here.
Chicago is accepting submissions now through 1/31.
DC auditions can be scheduled now for 2/12 & 2/19!
Kansas City audition info coming soon!
La Crosse auditions will be held 2/8, 2/13, & 2/18 by appointment only.
Lehigh Valley audition info coming soon!
Madison audition info coming soon!
Metro Detroit auditions are 1/8, 1/14, & 1/18 via sign up here.
Milwaukee auditions are by appointment only, 1/28 and 2/4.
North Jersey auditions will be held 2/25-2/27 by appointment.
Northern Utah audition info coming soon!
NYC auditions are by appointment only 2/26, 3/1, & 3/2.
Oklahoma City submissions are open now through 2/13.
Pittsburgh auditions are 1/28-1/29 & 2/11-2/12 by sign up only.
Plumas County auditions will be 1/27-1/28.
Providence audition info coming soon!
Raleigh-Durham auditions to be held 2/4-2/6 by sign up only.
Rochester auditions will take place 3/5, 3/9, & 3/11 by sign up only.
San Antonio auditions 2/17- 2/18, & 2/25 by appointment only.
San Francisco Bay Area submissions open 1/16 through 2/6.
Southwest Michigan audition info coming soon!
Spokane auditions are 3/4 by appointment.
St. Louis is accepting submissions now through 2/17.
Twin Cities auditions to be held 2/21-2/22 & 2/25-2/26 by sign up only.

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

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



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 telling my story ever since.  Life is good and I have LTYM to thank for new beginnings!

–LTYM: Burbank storyteller, Patricia Lee Willson



Time to start writing! LTYM audition season is just around the corner. Think about your own story of motherhood (being a mom, not being a mom, finding a mom, losing a mom–all iterations on the theme) and keep an eye on our social media channels for updates!


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