Cast spotlight: The beautiful, brave voices of LTYM: Charleston

by Angie Mizzell on April 23, 2014

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We are proud to introduce the cast of Charleston’s inaugural Listen To Your Mother show.  These kindred spirits will take the stage at Footlight Players Theatre on Sunday, May 4, 2014 to read their original, true stories about motherhood. Did you get your ticket yet?

IMG_8232Angela Goss Avery has been writing since the third grade, when her best friend moved to Italy.  She sat with the thin, fragile, transparent paper to capture her thoughts and marked them with an “Airmail” stamp to carry them across the ocean to connect with her friend. Today she still sits, pen in hand, listening for words to capture the life and the world that she sees.  Still not sure if she is ready to share them, she writes on, hopeful that her words will cross an ocean of separation and find their way to a welcoming shore. Angela is the mother of three children who help her see life for what it is; an amazing journey of love, loss, words, music, and joy.  Hopeful that she has given more than enough love to lift them, she realizes that it is up to them to fly. Visit her at

543158_498352966922866_1411474145_nCindi Carver-Futch is an author and blogger “sharing the creative life, one story at a time.” Also a singer, musician and actor, Cindi stepped back from all her creative outlets for many years after marrying and becoming a step-mom. “I thought it was what a mom should do,” she says. After giving birth to her daughter, she recognized that being a mother was one of the most creative roles in the world. Now she writes about the creative aspects – artistic, spiritual, and relational – of her life as she strives to live a better story and inspire others to do likewise. She recently published a series of personal essays in her first book, Leaving the Shallows: Stories of a Life Lived Deeply. A technical writer by trade, Cindi holds a BA in English from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, is the recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award (1996), and is a member of several literary organizations. She lives near Charleston, SC with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and an occasional foreign exchange student. She blogs at

Untitled Rhonda Devine is a mom of three and lives in Goose Creek , SC.   She has a 15-year-old stepson, along with two daughters aged 17 and 23. She is currently an Advanced Consultant for the Pure Romance Company and also works part time for Biohabitats, Inc.  Rhonda loves entertaining her friends and family and lives for the beach.
1890460_10152286174607813_811292071_oBecca Finley is an Assistant Director/Producer  of Listen To Your Mother: Charleston. She is also a creative, and it’s her mission to help others recognize their own creative genius and thrive doing what they love. Becca is the Chief Creative and Executive Director of This Is Noteworthy {tin}, an educational, multi-media and events nonprofit geared towards bridging the gap between classroom and career for aspiring creative professionals. She is also the Editor in Chief and Publisher of Found Magazine, the Executive Producer of BalconyTV Charleston, and the EP/Director of Eclectic Evenings. Becca is not a mom in the biological sense. But, she says, “I’ve been a a mother my whole life… investing my time nurturing and protecting younger people.”

31Donloyn LeDuff Gadson is a writer, inspiration specialist and award-winning blogger whose body of work reflects intense themes of identity, such as inner clarity, self-discovery and purpose. As a passionate encourager who believes all writings mirror some element of the author’s personal journey, she is certain that an artist’s greatest strength comes from vulnerability and transparency. But by far, Donloyn’s greatest and most interesting roles are wife and mother of eight. She is the creator of, a blog that chronicles the craziness of day-to-day living in a family of 10.

AHartman SelfPortAnna Hartman is a flip-flop loving, yoga-doing, work-at-home mom of two who lives on James Island. In her free time, you can find her with her camera in hand photographing any and everything she can, and when she’s not free, she’s playing dress-up or trains with her kids, freelance writing or designing, or learning to love running. She blogs at In The Next 30 Days, a personal challenge and self-improvement blog, and recently launched This Is Bossy, a girl-power movement aimed at positively redefining the word bossy.

Radia 2Radia Heyward is a native of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky but calls Columbia, South Carolina home.  She is the mother of three children,  Jayson Eric Gregory, 15; Jarad William James, 14; and Little Miss Jayde Ryane’, 6.  Radia is extremely passionate about serving others and “Paying It Forward”.  She is very active in her community and local organizations such as Neighbors Helping Neighbors, CDC, Royal Foundation, Project Man Up, and the Charleston County Democratic Party. She and her family are active members of Royal Missionary Baptist Church. Radia’s love for her family and friends has renewed her spirit in writing and the performing arts.  She currently works for Motley Rice LLC in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

photo (4)Janet Sheppard Kelleher says, “I’m a writer coming late to the game, but I finally arrived.” She loves to take readers on a 750 word trip that makes them laugh, cry and remember. She’s a Carrie McCray Literary Award winner and writes a column called Havin’ My Cotton-Pickin’ Say, which has evolved into a mini-memoir. She’s also the author of Big C, little ta-tas, an inspirational look at how she used humor to cope with—and kick—breast cancer’s butt. Both books are scheduled to debut this year. One can also find her work in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen, The Petigru Review, Catfish Stew, and many of the Not Your Mother’s Book anthologies. Aside from writing, Jan also enjoys sudoku and crossword puzzles, old movies, old songs, hunting, fishing, parasailing, spending time with family/friends, and reading humor and anything Southern. Contact Jan at

HeadshotErin Kienzle grew up in Ohio, but was smart enough to marry a Lowcountry boy. She has two little girls and lives on James Island.  Once in a blue moon you’ll see her on ABC News 4 with makeup and “TV hair” giving the weather forecast. However, most of the time, you’ll find her disheveled and quietly swearing as she wrangles her girls in the grocery store. She writes about her little Southern ladies at “Growin’ GRITS”, and also works as a freelance copywriter.

Jody+Mack+Photography+Charlest-2875673170-OAngie Mizzell is the Director/Producer of Listen To Your Mother: Charleston. A storyteller at heart, she’s honored to bring this movement to Charleston and for the opportunity to give motherhood a voice, microphone and a stage. Angie also works as an on-camera spokesperson, freelance writer and consultant, helping people and brands tell their stories. Behind the scenes, she’s writing a memoir that spotlights the early days of her career as a television journalist and how she learned to listen to her heart and trust it. Angie writes a personal blog at to share part two of that story and to encourage readers to create their own definition of happiness and success. Her three children help her keep it real. Contact Angie.

WNP_3530_ppworkedJennifer Quattlebaum, a confirmed city girl, moved from Charleston to Eutawville, SC eight years ago when she fell in love and married a country boy. She and her husband have two young sons and one yappy lap dog.  Jennifer spends her days protecting her kids from packs of rabid fox squirrels and falling into pits of copperrattlemoccasins. She’s been told she has an overactive imagination.

casual me at dewees head shotSean A. Scapellato works at Charleston County School of the Arts, where he teaches fiction and poetry workshops to middle and high schoolers.  Dozens of his students have won national awards for their writing, and he’s even won a few himself.  Primarily a fiction writer, Sean also writes poetry and essays about his unusual life experiences as a worship drummer, hospital orderly, real estate agent, and law student.  In addition to his beautiful wife and brilliant children, he also loves his mother–who will travel from Arizona to watch the show, just to make sure he behaves himself.

DSC_0134 Nicole Seitz is the author of six novels, her most recent title, Beyond Molasses Creek. An artist as well as a writer, her paintings are featured on the covers of her books. Nicole lives in the Charleston, SC, area with her husband and their two children, teaches art at a local private school, and is currently working on her next novel.

549839_10201063685538945_365521154_nSaritta Vann was born  in Osorno, Chile “back in the seventies” and was a pretty avid reader growing up. Her favorite subjects were political science and Middle East war conflicts (noting that she’s the oldest of two sisters). Saritta went to a very small private catholic school and discovered the beauty of some classic books and prohibited political propaganda (while Pinochet was ruling the country on a tight dictatorship). She practiced classical ballet for more than 10 years and was little bit of everything: class clown, theatre nerd, prom queen and president of the student body. Saritta moved to the United States in 1999 with $40 and a bag of clothes. She met her babies’ daddy (aka “husband”) in Connecticut and eloped in 2001. They moved to Charleston in 2005, where she works for a nonprofit and a software developing company. She is a breast cancer survivor, and in her  “free time” she enjoys Improv Theatre, pole fitness exercise and raising two fantastic kids. She also owns a couple pairs of scandalous heels.

IMG_9529Brandi Wolfe has four great loves in her life. Her firefighter husband, Dru who keeps her grounded, her 4.5 year old daughter, Ila, who keeps her on her toes, her 1.5 year old, Sylvia, who keeps her laughing, and the city of Charleston, which keeps her adventurous. She is discovering that being a stay-at-home mom is a huge role she plays but isn’t all she has to offer. On Saturdays you can find her at the Charleston Farmers Market with Urbane Baby, a children’s clothing and accessory line.

Want tickets to the Charleston’s Listen To Your Mother show on Sunday, May 4, 2014? Learn more about the show here and get your tickets here.

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