2015 Video Release!

by Tracey on July 10, 2015

After countless hours of editing and proofing and other fancy video editing verbs that I know very little about, the LTYM 2015 videos are officially released!! With hundreds to choose from, there are a few ways to go about diving into the newest releases.

1. Just start at the first video that pops up on the National LTYMshow YouTube Channel.

2. You can search for topics or themes (humor, birth stories, etc.) within the YouTube channel.

3. Or (and this is my personal suggestion), you can start with individual cities, like, say… CHICAGO!

Please take the time to browse through, leave your supportive comments, and share these videos with your friends. The Story of Motherhood is vast and diverse, and one that we can all relate to.

If you are searching for one particular Chicago 2015 video, here is the cast line up in order of their show day performances.

Patti Minglin

Lyletta Robinson

Pamela Valentine

Melisa Wells

Angie Bahng

Keesha Beckford

David Slattery

Cindy Fey

Stephanie Kush

Tracey Becker

Kathleen Buckley

Cyn Vargas

Erin Skibinski and Samantha Schultz

Enjoy and thank you so much to the National team who put countless hours of work into making this happen!


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Where did that season go???

We’re finding that there’s definitely a trade-off to having four years’ worth of experience producing this show. The other side of knowing exactly what we’re doing (and who is doing what!) is the speed with which the season flies by. It’s almost summer, for goodness’ sakes…weren’t we just announcing our submission period last week???

No. We weren’t. It only seems like it.

Our show, which took place on Sunday, May 3 at the Athenaeum Theatre, was phenomenal.


It’s true.

You’ll be able to see the individual readings from our show (as well as the shows from all the other cities!) later in the summer on YouTube. For now, those of us who were there are clinging to our sweet memories. And the pictures, like this one by our show day photographer, Elizabeth Rago:

LTYM Chicago 2015 cast with Ann

This one was also taken by Elizabeth, but with my phone:

LTYM Chicago 2015 Melisa and Tracey

Naturally we couldn’t have done the show without our sponsors. Many thanks to national media sponsor BlogHer. BlogHer, part of SheKnows Media, hosts the leading annual conference for women in social media, where we at LTYM are proud to co-host an open mic storytelling event. Join us this summer at BlogHer ’15: Experts Among Us, July 16th -18th in New York City. This year SheKnows & BlogHer also hosted meet-ups for online content creators in five of our LTYM cities, and we were delighted Chicago was one of the cities on their tour.

Chicago had two local Megaphone sponsors for 2015, Prentice Women’s Hospital and Chicagonista Live! Prentice is a one million square foot state-of-the-art hospital dedicated to providing care for women through all stages of life. The hospital was thoughtfully conceived to provide patients with comfort and convenience, the latest in healthcare technology and support of the best professionals in healthcare.

Prentice Women's Hospital

ChicagonistaLIVE, Chicago’s first “Social Talk Show”, is an innovative and interactive show with 4 social, smart, and savvy mavens discussing serious to fun Chicago-centric hot city topics with engaging social media and tech news.


2015 local Microphone sponsors were Chicago Parent, DL Loft, Balee Images, Naperville Moms Network, and Emerald City Theatre. Our 2015 local Podium sponsors were Little Beans Cafe, Aquarium Salon, and Chicago Elevated. Thanks so much to Kernel SweeTooth and Arranmore Arts for their additional support!

LTYM Chicago Oscar selfie

Thank you, thank you, thank you to LTYM Founder and National Director Ann Imig for her continuing vision and support. Many, many thanks also to Deb Rox, Stephanie Precourt, and Taya Dunn Johnson for their national behind-the-scenes work.

Our lead photographer this year was Brandi Lee of Balee Images, who created our headshots and captured our rehearsals so beautifully.

Photo credit: Balee Images

Photo credit: Balee Images

Thanks again to Elizabeth Rago (and her assistant/brother Matt!) for photographing our show day; we were so lucky to have you there!

Photo credit: Elizabeth Rago

Photo credit: Elizabeth Rago

Once again, Howard Little of VideoTwist Productions captured our show so that we can offer the individual readings on the LTYMshow YouTube channel later this summer. Thank you, Howard!

Many thanks to Allan, Jeff, Beth, and Jerry at the Athenaeum Theatre. It’s always a pleasure to work with you; we love you guys!

Thanks to Jennifer Evers for helping us on show day with all front-of-the-house details. Mwah!
Thanks to Lisa Gangi for her assistance with sending out press releases!

You can read Melisa’s personal recap of show day by clicking here, and if your interest goes beyond Chicago (gosh, we hope so; it’s QUITE the national movement!), you can read about how she traveled to four other LTYM shows plus the NYC book launch by clicking here.

Naturally we want to thank our 2015 cast for their time, effort, bravery, and love. We had a great time getting to know this fantastic group of people and we’re thrilled that they are now permanent members of the LTYM Chicago family. (As we always say, they’re stuck with us!) Thanks Patti, Lyletta, Pamela, Angie, Keesha, David, Cindy, Stephanie, Kathleen, Cyn, Erin, and Samantha!! xoxo

LTYM Chicago 2015 reader Collage

All LTYM shows donate 10% of ticket proceeds to a local charitable organization. We were honored to work with The Red Pump Project for 2015. You can learn more about how this wonderful org educates about the effects of HIV/AIDS on women and girls by checking out their website. Thanks to co-founder Luvvie Ajayi for speaking on behalf of Red Pump to our audience!

If you would like to be included in the email announcements for next year’s LTYM Chicago show (including notifications about our submission period and auditions, ticket sales, and general show info), please email Tracey and Melisa at LTYMChicago@gmail.com with the subject line “email list.” We are already planning for next year!!

One more thank you: to YOU. Whether you were a part of our audience or if you shared our news or encouraged a friend to submit an essay or even auditioned yourself, or if you’re just a loyal reader of this blog, we are so happy you became involved with LTYM Chicago. THANK YOU.

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And Now, Our Fourth Annual Pre-Show Conversation Post!!

May 1, 2015

Tracey: 2 days before our fourth show!! Yaayyy!! Melisa: Where did the time go??? It seems like only yesterday that we were in the midst of auditions! T: Sunrise, Sunset… M: OMG. Stop. But they DO grow up so fast, don’t they? T: This year has been awesome in the way that I would assume having a fourth child is awesome: we know what to expect, but the surprises didn’t really throw us for any loops. We just rolled with it. M: So true. It felt weird but also nice to know that we FINALLY know what we’re doing. I mean, not that we didn’t before. (*waves to 2012, 2013, and 2014 casts*) T: Hi guys! M: Hey, lots of them will be in the audience on Sunday!!! T: I know! Once you start watching LTYM, it’s kind of hard to miss a year. It moves you. M: I know that *I* don’t […]

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Cast Spotlight On Keesha Beckford

April 30, 2015

Our final cast spotlight is the talented Keesha Beckford! Only 3 days left until you will hear all of our amazing cast on stage at the Athenaeum!! ~~~~ Just You Wait, New Mom! By Keesha Beckford Maybe you have one child. Maybe you have six. Whatever the case, you’re a mom with more kids than you can handle. So although you love babies, you hung an “OUT OF BUSINESS” sign on your uterus and closed up shop. To get your fill, you ogle infants in strollers to the point where families pray there’s a police officer nearby. When someone you know has their baby in tow, you beg to hold the child, even for just a few seconds. This baby lust, however, should never, ever be confused with actually wanting another child. No sirree, it should not! You DO NOT want any more of those tiny humans in your house; the ones you […]

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Cast spotlight on Angela Bahng

April 29, 2015

With the show drawing near, we only have a few more posts to share with you. I’m so glad we are able to share a post from Angie Bahng! ~~~ With or without the kids By Angie Bahng Similarly to my fellow cast member Patti Minglin, I just returned from two weeks of traveling for work without my kids and husband. Since returning to work full-time last year, these trips were my first time away from the kids. “Why did you have to go on vacation without us?” my three-year-old kept asking. I tried to tell her that it wasn’t really a “vacation,” but who was I kidding? In some ways, having four days in a row by myself was a vacation! My coworker and I, who also has two young kids, kept looking at each other like we were in some parallel universe while we sailed through airport security, ate lunch in […]

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