Meet the Cast: Rennett, Katie and Tasha

by taya on March 20, 2017

Hey there Baltimore!!! 

There are only 5 weeks until our show on April 29 and we are EXCITED!!!!!!! 

Each week we’ll be giving a little sneak peek at our cast members. 

Today we are featuring Rennett, Katie and Tasha!

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LTYM: Who IS Rennett?

RENNETT: My full name is Rennett Dani Bennett-Burden. My childhood and family nickname was and is Rennie but my closest friends call me Reanz like String Beanz… My husband calls me his Beanie Pie.


LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

RENNETT: I first learned about LTYM in August of 2016 during a job interview where the hiring program director and I began to discuss our family and Motherhood experiences and she shared her experience of reading in the 2013 Baltimore LTYM show.


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LTYM: When did you first start thinking about your parents as individual person and not just “mom and dad”?

RENNETT: I first began thinking about my parents as individuals and not just Mommy and Daddy when I was in the earlier part of my 30’s… not too long ago… I think having a teenager of my own gave me a greater appreciation for them as humans who didn’t give up on me or the vision for me during my adolescence.


LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

RENNETT: The thing I wish most for my children, their children and their children’s children is to be better than myself. For them to be more financially stable and secure then their father and I. For them to live long, fulfilling and proserious lives.


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LTYM: Tell us a few of your favorite things

RENNETT: My favorite book is The Help, my favorite musician was Prince, the song Adore. My favorite movie – well there are so many but to narrow it I’ll say The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Sparkle with Irene Cara not the Whitney Houston version.


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Rennett doesn’t blog, so we are so thrilled she will be sharing her words on stage.



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LTYM: Who IS Katie?

KATIE: I am a mother. And I am so thankful for that. I am also a wife, devoted family member, and friend. If this is all I am ever known for, it will be enough. Special education is my profession and one of my greatest passions, but for now I’m staying home and raising my two darling, sweet daughters ages three and one. On any given day you might find us trucking to the zoo or art museum, visiting great grandma aka “Mom-Mom”, or dancing at home in our kitchen.  


LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

KATIE: My childhood friend was cast for LTYM in Austin, Texas, in 2014. I’ve always loved her stories and enjoy writing myself, so when I showed interest she encouraged me to try out in Baltimore. I auditioned in 2015 but did not make it into the show. I was advised to put the piece down for a while but to come back to it and try again. I’m so glad I did!


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LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

KATIE: I love the children in my life so much, whether they are my own children, nieces and nephews, or godchildren. I wish that they will all grow up to be kind, loving, and strong. And I hope they will love themselves.


LTYM: Tell us 2 fun facts about yourself.

KATIE: I was in roller skating competitions when I was a kid and I met my husband on a “Canyons of the West” adventure bus trip in California.


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LTYM: What is your absolute favorite activity?

KATIE: My favorite activity that is just for me is dancing. I think anyone who really knows me, knows this because it is such a big part of who I am. It has always given me this feeling of freedom. It is like flying. It doesn’t matter where I am, if there is a beat, I will dance. And I’m so happy to share my love of dancing with my girls. It’s rubbing off on them, and I love it! I hope it’s a gift they can keep for their whole lives. At our first rehearsal for this show, I shared with the other ladies that public speaking is not my strength and if I could DANCE my piece, I would!


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Katie doesn’t blog, so we are so thrilled she will be sharing her words on stage.



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LTYM: Who IS Tasha?

TASHA: I always hate this question, but I know it’s necessary, lol. I am a writer with a love for life and a curiosity about everything. I’m originally from Indiana but have lived on the East coast for most of my adult life. I’m an introvert at heart, which is part of how I started writing: because it allowed me to say what I was thinking and felt freely. Everyone has a purpose and my journey has led me to realize how much I believe in the power of telling our stories because of the connections and healing they can lead to.


LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

TASHA: I actually heard about LTYM for the first time from a sorority list-serve that I am on. One of the Sorors posted something about the call for auditions and I took a look at the call and bookmarked it on my phone to go back to. At the time I had no idea what I would write about. One of my goals for 2017 was to get out of my comfort zone and take a chance towards things that interested me.


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LTYM: As a blogger, share with us some of your favorite pieces.

TASHA: I feel like I’ve been writing forever, getting clips from publications that were pre-Internet (I may have dated myself there.). But I’ve been  blogging off and on since around 2005. While my blog has gone through some changes and revamping, I would say that some of my favorite recent posts have been when I talked about Being your own Valentine and Not Playing Small. Also I really enjoyed my guest posts on other blogs like one I did for For Harriet and Urban Politico.


LTYM: When did you first start thinking about your mother as an individual person and not just “mom”? 

TASHA: I started to think about my Mom differently when my father died. During the entire planning of his funeral, my sister, younger brother and I were there with her as she went through picking out every detail from the coffin to the headstone, etc. I really didn’t want to be there, unfortunately my way of dealing with that grief was avoidance; but she insisted that we all be present. Once we were in the chapel where the funeral was going to be held, I just remember seeing my Mom –who had been so calm through the entire thing- break down in tears crying. And it’s like I saw her, not as my Mom, but as a woman, a wife, who had lost her husband. My mother and my paternal grandmother have always been my heroes and the women who I’ve looked up to all my life as examples of how strong, resilient, and powerful women are. We had lost my grandmother only 4 months prior to my Dad’s death, and she and my Mom were really close. So in that moment, it’s like I was seeing all this grief and loss coming from a woman who I don’t think I’d ever seen cry before that day. It’s weird, but since then I think I’ve become even more protective of her than I was before.


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LTYM: Tell us a few fun facts about yourself.

TASHA: I love to sing, so I’m always ready for karaoke! I love the color blue – every shade of it. I probably have every shade of blue in nail polish and am always on the lookout for more. I’m an encyclopedia of random pop culture trivia and would definitely win some kind of game show.


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You can find Tasha’s blog HERE



We hope you’ll join us at the show. Here are the details:

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium
on the campus of Mercy High School
1300 E. Northern Parkway

Tickets are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets. Grab a friend or two, then click HERE to purchase your tickets. Special group pricing is available. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as we will announce our amazing charity partner, welcome back our three fantastic sponsors and give you an in depth look at each of our cast members. As always, if you have any questions regarding the show, please email us at and we’d be happy to chat with you.  See you on April 29, ok?

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