Meet Director & Producer Michelle McNally

by Judy on May 1, 2015


Michelle and her Family


Our 2013 Cast

What began as a conversation in a car ride up to Chicago seven or eight years ago between strangers year grew into a friendship and now a partnership. Michelle and I are producing our 3rd Listen To Your Mother show for Indianapolis! This is hard to believe. And like the first year, we have butterflies in our stomachs as May 3rd hovers on the horizon. We are excited to bring Indy a fresh show, with remarkable new stories that will resonate with everyone in our audiences. Michelle read in 2013 and 2014, in addition to co-producing and directing.

We begin preparations for our show about six months ahead of our date—securing our venue, identifying a cause we wish to support, courting local sponsors, calling for submission, auditioning many of the submissions, selecting and rehearsing with our cast all the wile trying to market our show and sell tickets. Michelle is at my side, helping me birth this baby—Listen To Your Mother Indianapolis 2015, even in the midst of moving into a new house.

Discover more about my fabulous co-producer and director. I actually learned a few things myself…

What do you do in your downtime, or wish you could?

Downtime is rare these days, but I love to read. Since installing the GoodReads app, it’s kind of become a competitive sport.

Describe motherhood.

I don’t know if my description will do this role justice, but I’ll try. Motherhood is the most emotional thing I’ve experienced, because of the great responsibility and the great rewards. Some days it’s like trying to swim through Jello, other days it’s like winning an Olympic gold medal. To be that default person is a privilege, even when it feels like a burden. To know that someone else trusts you completely to drive back home and get the lunchbox, to clean up to cuts, and to be the person who will listen is huge. My son recently had a reading assignment, and at the end was a question about where he gets his food (compared to animals in the rainforest). His answer was simple, but it struck me, “My mom makes me dinner.”

Where do you hail from, and if not from Indiana, how did you end up here?

I was born in New Jersey, but moved to northwest Indiana in the third grade. After college, I had brief stints in Ohio and Illinois. My husband and I have lived in Indianapolis since 1999 and have no plans on leaving any time soon.

Describe your mother in three (3) words.

Unconditionally loving, giving and kind-hearted.

Tell us about your family.

I’ve gotten more joy out of my little family of four than I could have ever imagined. I met my husband on New Year’s Eve. We rang in 1998 together, and have pretty much talked to each other every day since. We adopted Megan in 2005, and Andrew in 2008. They are incredibly funny, sensitive and creative kids, and they amaze me every day. We’re having fun participating in Scouting with them, as well as assorted sports and school activities.

Hey, Indianapolis area folks! What are you doing to celebrate your mother or motherhood this May? Join us! Tickets here. Or call the Indiana Historical Society box office at (317) 232-1882.

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