Welcome to #LTYM Portland 2016!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW for our third annual show, Thursday, May 5th 7:30pm at the Alberta Rose Theatre

Let’s Get Ready to Audition!

by carisa on January 6, 2016

Welcome to the new year. What do you have planned for yourself? Any interest in putting pen to paper, finger-pads to keyboard, quill to parchment, and sharing one of your amazing stories with us? Thought so. What follows is everything you need to know in order to…

Audition for Listen To Your Mother: Portland!


Most importantly: Listen To Your Mother welcomes stories of motherhood in all forms, from all human beings. Are you a person? You qualify.

Most importantly, also: We are honored by each person who entrusts us with their story, the contents of which we understand are often extremely fragile. Listen To Your Mother auditions are a nurturing and respectful environment where you will read only for the director and producer (Carisa Miller and Susan Domagalski Fleming) who are not very scary.

In order to audition you will need to…

…read aloud, in person, an original, personal story with some aspect of motherhood at its heart.

  • This same story, if you are cast, will be read for the live show.
  • Reading time may not exceed 5 minutes, but may be under.
  • Previously published work is accepted if you retain the rights/have express permission to use the piece.

…be able to commit to two rehearsals, Saturdays, March 12th and April 23rd from 9am-12pm, and the day of the show, Thursday, May 5th (approx) 5pm-9pm

…be familiar with the Listen To Your Mother show. 

…contact us for an audition appointment.

  • Please do not submit your written work or resume, offer to clean our homes or cook for us in exchange for a spot in the show. We do our best to keep everyone on an even playing field and may not be able to withstand the temptation of dirt free floors and a decent meal.

Open auditions for the 2016 Portland, Listen To Your Mother show will be held Saturday, February 20th,  by appointment only.

Email Carisa Miller, carisa@mcarisa.com, subject line “AUDITION”, and note whether you prefer morning, afternoon, or evening.

(As of 1.27.16- we are fully booked for morning and afternoon up to 5 p.m., scheduling as late as 8 p.m.)


You’re going to be terrific.

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2016 Season Kickoff

by carisa on November 3, 2015

Happy November, Listen to Your Mother lovers!

Portland is delighted to be coming at you for a third year, among this year’s mind-blowing 41 city LTYM show line up. If you haven’t seen it yet, have a gander at the spectacular 2016 national launch video.

We will be bringing our local version of Listen To Your Mother to the stage next May with a fresh cast, brand new stories and a half new production team.

*record scratch*

Our dear producer, Kelli Martinelli is moving on to her next great adventure. She leaves with all of our love and support and a pool of my tears. Luckily for me, the awesome Susan Domagalski Fleming has agreed to join in the production fun. Susan, who read her heart-string-tugging story, “Beautiful Things”, as part of our 2015 cast, is a charming woman, exquisite writer, screenwriter, and blogger. I had a hunch she’d be a great new partner and when I asked her if she was interested in joining me, it turned out not only that she was, but had actual production experience. Get out!

Please join me in wishing the best of everything to Kelli, and offering the heartiest of soup season warm welcomes to Susan.

Yippee! Susan (whose full face and bio can be found here), Kelli, & Carisa


Stay tuned: We’ll be making 2016 Portland show and audition announcements in early January.

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Watch! The 2015 Videos are Up!

July 10, 2015

For those who didn’t make it to our sold out 2015 Portland Listen To Your Mother Show, fear not. The videos have arrived. You can see the entire Portland show right here, right now. And you’ll want to check out the 450+ stories from the 38 other cities’ shows! You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll want to call your mom. And you won’t want to stop watching. Or visit each story one at a time, like nibbling bites from the leftover birthday cake that’s in your fridge. You’ll find they’re simply delicious, and completely calorie-free (we know, we checked). Christi Krug reading “How To Sweep” Gypsy Martin reading “Please Don’t Feed The Baby” Mary Mandeville reading “Zex” Carisa Miller reading “Push and Pull” Noelle Guest reading “42/60” Nicole Rardin reading “The Secret Balance” Susan Domagalski Fleming reading “Beautiful Things” Kelli Martinelli reading “Stay” Michelle Borum reading “Growing Up, Looking In” Kathryn Leehane reading “Motherhood […]

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The Photos Are Here!

May 21, 2015

Listen To Your Mother, Portland sold out the house at The Alberta Rose Theatre! Here’s a re-cap of that juicy, magical night, through the artful and talented lens of our photographer, Johann Leiter. Our venue, two years now. We love it here. Also it smells of freshly baked savory pies.   In the green room with storyteller, Christi Krug and storyteller/director, Carisa Miller.   Notes.   For the audience.   Kelli bought her copy of LTYM the book from our on-site booksellers.   THESE GUYS! Our local sponsors: Women’s Healthcare Associates, Crafty Wonderland, Radio Room, Folly, Paleo Sweet Cheeks, and Johann Leiter.   In the green room with Michelle Borum, laughing out the butterflies.   Storyteller, Michelle Porter, getting lip-prepped.   Kelli’s giddy over sweets from  Paleo Sweet Cheeks.     Mothers are pretty great at sitting and listening.     Mic check. Dance like oompa loompas. Just for a sec.   Ellen made us do it. […]

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Listen To Your Mother:Portland Overcomes Presidential Motorcade

May 8, 2015

  The night before our show, the cast exchanged messages, posted news links on traffic alerts, made plans to leave for the theatre hours ahead of schedule if necessary and joked about how cool it would be for President Obama to swing by. We knew he wouldn’t, couldn’t come and grumbled about the potential gridlocking effects of his visiting Portland on our big day. But secretly, we were happy to have traffic to worry about. Instead of getting our nerves up about being on stage, we focused on getting there. And we did. Get there. Because the 2015 cast of Listen To Your Mother:Portland is a fierce group of  determined storytellers, and also a force of traffic-analyzing best-bridge-choosing, long-way-around warriors. Portland, you’re beautiful. Thank you, THANK YOU for last night.  For your warm reception and loving embrace. Family, friends, strangers (no more), we adore you. We shared, we listened, we grew. Together. Kelli […]

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