LTYM- Lehigh Valley- Auditions are OPEN!

by kirstenpiccini on February 16, 2017

The Listen To Your Mother -Lehigh Valley  2017 show has a home.

Our show will return to the Steel Stacks- Red Cinema on Sunday, April 30th at 2PM. 

Kristina and I are so thrilled to be working with the amazing people and staff of this historic organization again for our finale show.  We apologize for the long delay in announcing our auditions. But we’re so excited to share this news with you and we hope that you’ve been writing and preparing to meet us.

Auditions for our show which will take place at The Banana Factory on Saturday, March 4th from 10am- 3pm and Sunday, March 5th  from 1pm- 5pm. 

014-img_9342cr2-ltym-lv2016 (1)


We know you’ll have many questions and here are some general answers to them:

Do I have to be female or a certain age to read? Nope. But your story does have to primarily focus on some aspect of motherhood. Motherhood is the star of the show and we want to hear stories about it from every angle, every perspective. So you don’t have to be a mom to read. You just have to have a story about motherhood in your life that needs to be told.  We welcome people from all walks of life because we are as varied as our stories.

Does my story have to be serious? Absolutely not. It can be, of course. We are looking for a variety of stories. Make us laugh, cry, and everything in between. Bring your heart. If you are cast, it will be to read the piece you read at audition.

What if the work I want to read is previously published? That’s fine, as long as you retain full rights or have express permission to read the work for this event.

I am not an experienced writer or speaker. Even better!  We want everyday stories from people who speak from the heart and the soul. Experienced writers and speakers, are of course welcome to submit as well but there is no prerequisite in place. Sometimes the best stories come from people who didn’t even realize how much they had to say. This is your moment to take a chance!

What if I am not active on the Internet? That’s fine as well. While social media and Internet presence is more common these days, it is not a prerequisite to participating, even though we do ask if you have a blog or twitter account in the audition sign up form. (Those questions are not required answers!)

I’m nervous!  Those butterflies you’re feeling? The kind that tell you, deep down, that you have something you want and need to share? Bring those!  We can tell you lots of stories about our own experiences with auditioning for the show or impart the stories of others but this is what you need to remember; Every thing that makes your piece good and right and worthy comes from that nervous place in you. We’ll do our best to put you at ease and listen as you share that part of yourself with us. Pinky promise.

How long should my piece be? Pieces must be approximately 3-5 minutes long when read aloud. (of course we offer a little give and take on both sides of that)

If you’d like to see some of our cast and their incredible readings from last year you can watch them here:



If cast you’ll need to attend two rehearsals before the actual show (those dates are pending) and be available from about 12pm-5pm on Sunday, April 30th.

We cannot wait to meet you, to hear your stories, to share this journey with you and bring it once again to the people of the Lehigh Valley.

So all that’s left to do now is fill out this form:

LTYM 2017 Audition Form. 



We’ll see you soon!

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmailby feather


To watch our 2017 announcement video, CLICK HERE!




Three happens to be my favorite number. A number of charms and wishes come true.

Three years ago our wishes, mine and Kristina’s, came true when we learned that the Lehigh Valley would be home to a Listen to Your Mother show.  We would be the women in charge of bringing the stories to an audience of family, friends, peers and community.  We met amazing people, learned so much about our communities and the organizations that bring help and light to them, and  we grew a friendship.

We can’t wait to make our  2017  show an amazing ending to a true dream come!


How can you be a part of this epic, North American celebration of our mothers/our caretakers, and ourselves ?

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter (yup, just once per month–no spam here) for updates about auditions, ticket sales for our live shows, book news, and alumni news from hundreds and hundreds of amazing creative women and men who’ve graced our stages. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. As we anticipate 2017, enjoy 2000 videos from past seasons on our LTYMShow YouTube channel.

Thank you for helping us give Motherhood a Microphone, telling even more of your stories. WE CAN’T WAIT!!





facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblrmailby feather

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Listen To The #LTYM-Lehigh Valley Videos on YouTube!

July 18, 2016

  It was a magical day in April, when the women and men of the Lehigh Valley came together to witness these eleven stories. If you missed it this year now is your chance to see them. From the heartfelt, to the heartbreaking to the heartwarming. Kristina and I invite you to sit awhile and listen.   LTYM-Lehigh Valley 2016 on YouTube:   This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada. With heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, and Luvs. And a giant thank you to our local sponsors, IDreamMachine Photography, American Printing and Arts Quest/Steel Stacks. We also invite you to experience voices from our shows all across North America featuring powerful true stories that capture all facets of contemporary parenting (as well […]

Read the full article →

The Little Show That Could (LTYM-Lehigh Valley 2016)

May 24, 2016

  It takes a while to process all the time, effort, love and stories. In this case it’s been one month to the day and we can finally sit and tell you all about the show. Or maybe, just perhaps, words will escape us again. Over and over I tell people who ask about the LTYM show that I can’t explain it you must experience it. And that is true of this year especially. These stories were the kind that you think about long afterwards, stories that change your mind and perception, stories that remind you of your own story. For the eleven men and women who took the stage to share theirs the only words I have are THANK YOU. Thank you for your bravery, your strength, your story. I know that it changed every person in that audience and I hope it gives you pride, every day, to know that. Thank you […]

Read the full article →

Meet the 2016 Lehigh Valley Cast- Lisa Listwa

April 21, 2016

  Lisa Listwa is wife to David, mother to Abigail, and reluctant owner of three Rotten Cats, Edgar, Thelonius, and Marley. Her eclectic career history includes being a legal secretary, member of the human resources staff for a calendar company, editorial assistant at a publishing house, and program director and assistant martial arts instructor, before finally discovering her calling to teach. She taught high school English and Journalism for fourteen years. And that was a very good thing…until it wasn’t. Much as she thought she would never want to be a stay-at-home mother, Lisa found the pull to be present for her daughter undeniable. After debating the wisdom of it for several years, a series of circumstances occurred that could be interpreted as nothing less than a clear indication that the time was now. Inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, – “I left the woods for as good a reason as […]

Read the full article →