When you step in the big red front door, you take the first step in becoming part of something more. And when you leave, you leave with the confidence to dream fearlessly.

BlogAmFam_Dreambank_Gathering_96A0732FREE EVENTS * IN THE HEART OF MADISON * OPEN TO ALL

American Family Insurance believes that a dream is the most valuable thing you’ll ever own. That’s why they created DreamBank — an inspirational destination, set in a historic building in downtown Madison, that provides dreamers like you with the motivation, tools and support you need to bring your dream to life.

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This is more than just a place. It’s an experience. A living, breathing, real-life expression of the American Family promise: to provide committed support for every dream out there. For years American Family Insurance DreamBank has provided that committed support for Listen To Your Mother Madison’s dream in various ways; from inviting us to share our stories as part of their event series, to hosting our #DreamLTYM2016 leadership retreat in their invigorating and welcoming space (available to rent for FREE for your own private events!!!), to featuring our local production team as their Dreamers of The Month in May of last year.


DreamBank Dreamers of The Month 2016: Ann, Takeyla, and Darcy

Today we proudly announce that DreamBank Madison has signed on as our premier local sponsor for our 2017 grand finale Mother’s Day Show at the Barrymore!

Listen To Your Mother: Madison encourages our fans, friends, and neighbors to understand how DreamBank can support your dream. No matter what you’re dreaming about, there’s always something exciting going on at DreamBank:

Family fun
Entertaining events
Creative workshops
Thought-provoking seminars
Interactive exhibits
Private events
A calming place to work and study
Field trips…and more!

Their events and exhibits will stir the imagination with a variety of themes like living in the moment, the power of gratitude, self-discovery, sharing with community, thinking creatively and so many other topics designed to put you on your path to achieving your dreams.

And it’s all FREE OF CHARGE.

Go check out DreamBank; bring your family and friends along, or take some quiet alone time. Dreams are powerful. Let American Family DreamBank help you bring yours to life!

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Our stories bring us together. Share yours in Madison’s 8th Listen To Your Mother show this Mother’s Day.


In anticipation of our 8th and final Madison show, we have THREE different locations available for auditions.

Sunday March 5th on the East Side from 1-4 pm

Tuesday March 7th in Fitchburg from 4-6 pm

Thursday March 9th on the West Side from 6:30-8:30 pm

Please note:

  • AUDITION PIECES SHOULD NOT EXCEED 5 MINUTES. Please time yourself reading aloud before auditioning to make sure your piece does not exceed 5 minutes. Shorter is fine. Shorter is great!
  • Please read right from your paper and don’t memorize your piece. We read directly from the page on show day.
  • Please bring a copy of your piece that will not be returned.
  • Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to fill out an audition form.
  • Previously published work accepted as long as author retains full rights or has express permission to read the work for the event.
  • Please note, commitment includes two rehearsals (Sunday 2pm April 2nd and April 23rd) and a pre-performance run-through at noon at the Barrymore on show day Sunday May 14th.

Auditions are by appointment only. Here’s how to get yours:

Email Be sure to write AUDITION in the subject line.


Leave a message at 608-301-5208


contact Takeyla Benton via Facebook messenger

Not sure where you’d begin, check out our previous show videos from both Madison and around the country on our Youtube channel, or pick up the first ever hilarious and heartfelt LTYM book .

We can’t wait to hear your stories!

Lisa Estrella Yang reads in the 2016 LTYM Madison show. Photo by Johnny and Marie Justice

Lisa Estrella Yang reads in the 2016 LTYM Madison show. Photo by Johnny and Marie Justice

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Announcing #LTYM’s 2017 Grand Finale 33-City Line Up (and 8th Madison show)!

October 6, 2016

JOIN US THIS SPRING IN 33 CITIES! Listen To Your Mother Madison returns to The Barrymore Theatre for our 8th and final show on Mother’s Day Sunday May 14th, 2017! 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!! by

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Watch our 7th annual Madison #LTYM show videos on YouTube!

July 14, 2016

Did you miss our Mother’s Day show at The Barrymore? Now you can watch our stories 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. Here in Madison, in true #LTYM tradition, hundreds of folks gathered at The Barrymore to listen to a diverse group of Madisonians sharing their humorous, moving, and profound words. You can watch the 2016 Madison show by clicking this playlist.   With heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs, and local sponsors The Century House, Pasqual’s Cantina, Dragonfly Hot Yoga, Black Belt America, Half-Pint Resale, Brava Magazine, Lakeside Press, Happy Bambino and our photographers Justice and Justice Productions. *** We also invite you to experience voices from our shows all across North America featuring […]

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That’s a wrap Madison!

May 15, 2016

Through the stores we share at Listen to Your Mother we are connecting to each other. Building bridges and finding friends. Sharing stories that stick with our soul… All photos by Johnny and Marie Justice Ann Imig, Brandice Hatcher, Iya Dunni, Opal Tomashevska, Takeyla Benton, Oscar Mireles, Lisa Estrella Yang, Kate Auger, Rosita González, Michelle N. Watkins, Amber C. Walker, Sarah Jedd, Nuria Vega Moffat, Vida Groman None of this could continue to happen with out the support of our sponsors and you, the LTYM community. Thank you SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs, The Century House, Pasqual’s Cantina, Dragonfly Hot Yoga, Black Belt America, Half-Pint Resale, Brava Magazine, Lakeside Press, Happy Bambino and our photographers Justice and Justice Productions. Katie Auger                 Nuria Vega Moffat We are proud to have raised over $1000 for our local charity, Literacy Network. This puts them a little closer to raising the […]

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