Meet the Cast of LTYM: Madison 2013!

by admin on April 17, 2013

Please join us three weeks from Sunday to hear funny, uplifting, heartfelt and soulful words  from friends and neighbors, who will generously offer up their stories before our Madison audience. Bring your mom, your partner, your girlfriends or enjoy 90 uninterrupted minutes of sitting and listening (what busy woman doesn’t need that??). After hearing  this group at auditions and again in rehearsals, I promise you’ll never think of Mother’s Day the same way again.


Kris Adams

Kris Adams has a healthy obsession with writing and spoken word.  This obsession may have started with her righteous anger when her 10th grade high school English teacher assigned the class to read every other chapter of The Grapes of Wrath (because that’s what great literature is about: every other chapter.)   She is an award-winning singer/songwriter, aspiring poet/essayist, avid traveler, CranioSacral Therapist, and attentive fan of pregnancy and birth stories.  She currently lives in Madison in a multi-generational household with her two very young boys, husband and mother. She can be found online at and

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Takeyla Benton

Poetry and storytelling has always been a love of mine since as far back as I can remember. While I’m currently working as a banker I continue to work on completion of my book of poetry and first novel in addition to various other short stories. I’ve attended MATC, completed my journalism certificate and graduated from the UW Madison Odyssey program. I share my life with my fiancée, Colin and two children Enjoyiana and Langston.



 Ann Wertz Garvin

Ann Wertz Garvin is a mother first, a professor of Health (University of Wisconsin Whitewater) and a fiction writer second and third. She teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester NH in her spare time. Author of On Maggie’s Watch (Berkley Penguin) Ann’s second book of fiction Hope Is The Thing With A Tail comes out May 2014. She credits her parents and children for everything good in her life. Please find Ann at and if you like a colorful joke or two on Twitter @garvina.



Ann Imig

(National Director, Director/Producer Madison) A stay-at-home humorist, Ann began inflicting herself upon your internet with her blog Ann’s Rants in 2008. Her writing appears on numerous sites including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and College Humor. Babble recently named her their 2011 funniest Top 50 Twitter Mom, BlogHer named her a 2010-2012 Voice Of The Year, and her 5 and 8 year old boys deemed her The Most Annoying Boss of Everything. Ann founded the live-reading series Listen To Your Mother, spurring a national movement giving Mother’s Day a Microphone. Ann also serves on the Board of Directors for Violence



John Kibler

John Kibler is an English-as-a-Second-Language teacher from way back. He currently works in the TESOL/Bilingual Department of Edgewood College’s School of Education. After 25 years in Chicago, he moved to Madison three years ago with his husband of 16 years, Paul Cochran, and their two dogs, Sebastian and Lilly. He was going to be a baker but that didn’t work out. He does not aspire to be a parent but loves his mother and all the children that go home to someone else’s house.


Jolieth McIntosh

Jolieth McIntosh emigrated from Jamaica to live with her husband in Madison. Her poems are about her culture, children, love, nature and true life experiences. She took part in the 17th Annual Invitational Poetry Marathon at Olbrich Gardens and was the guest poet at the Women, Labor and Compassion event in November, 2011 at the Overture Center. She enjoys visiting her daughter and granddaughter in Minnesota. Reading cultural books, walking, cooking and dancing are some of her personal enjoyments. Visiting with the homebound members of her church gives her lasting pleasure. She is grateful and thrilled to be a part of LTYM.


Patricia Melka

Artist, sometime writer and advocate, Patricia moved to Madison 2 years ago to pursue some long delayed dreams – so far so good.  She shares her life with her partner Cathy and her three kids.



Nydia Rojas

Nydia Rojas’ work has been published, among many other literary magazines, in the Wisconsin Academy Review, International Poetry Review, Revista/ Review Interamericana, Palabra and in the anthology Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest. Most recently her work was published in Open Mic and Verse Wisconsin. She is the author of the chapbook Stealing Daylight.  When she is not writing she’s tending to her garden – can’t wait for spring- which ultimately provides a lot of inspiration for her poetry.


Deanna Schneider

Deanna Schneider is a web developer, stilt walker, recipe creator, and mom of one totally amazing 10 year old boy. She is also the daughter of a creative, intelligent, funny, kind woman. Her piece is not about her mother. She apologizes immensely and promises to do better next time. She is, however, wearing clean underwear, and has her mother to thank for that.


Becky Sewell

Becky Sewell, Associate Producer, began writing her personal blog, The Tales of Princess Mikkimoto in 2008 as a creative outlet for the single mother blues. After searching for many years, this Princess finally found her Prince and married in 2011. Becky was cast in the 2010 inaugural LTYM: Madison, which changed her life for the better. Since 2010, she has helped Ann and Darcy with the Madison show, coordinating the auditions, and working the “will call” table and front-of-house. 2013 will be the first year Becky has an official title with LTYM and she promises to not let it go to her head. Except for the crown and sash.

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Sara Slayton

Sara Slayton is a retired educator and a professional storyteller. Sara grew up on the south side of Madison back in the 1950s and 1960s, a time of social upheaval and changing expectations for women. Her feisty mother, Evelyn, helped prepare her to be independent and courageous in gentle, tough, and sometimes unexpected ways.  Her story today highlights one of those unusual mother-daughter lessons.  She is dedicating her performance today to Evelyn, who passed away last September at the age of 92.  Good bye Mom and thanks for all the strength!

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Liesl Testwuide

A few years ago, Liesl Testwuide felt she was the only woman in America living a double life. Nope, not the cool secret-agent-Burberry-trench-coat-shaken-not-stirred double life, but a far lonelier predicament. From the outside, Liesl appeared the perfect wife and mother. Despite the carefully manufactured veneer, inside she was a self-esteem zero.  In a financially and emotionally abusive marriage, Liesl felt stuck. In her blog Hairpin Turns Ahead, Liesl writes about humility, acceptance and resilience as she shares her struggles after her white-picket-fence-dream blew up.  Using her self-deprecating humor to describe her amusing and intimate life experiences, Liesl tackles painful life issues and lets others who suffer know they are not alone.


Terry Visger

Terry Visger lives with her husband on a farm in Minnesota and is the first farmer she ever knew.  She has two grown children and three dogs.  She is a teacher; first she only taught children who were shorter than she was but now is an adjunct instructor at Viterbo University in La Crosse.  Terry is also a professional storyteller so everything she says is true and some of it actually happened.  She is also one of the Three Boomer Broads who just performed their newest show, the fourth in their trilogy (they don’t do math very well).


Britt Wanta

Britt Wanta has an amazing mother who frequently says yes. And she also says – yes, you can. For each of you, all of you, who mothered me – a thank you. Two words, never enough, and better never left unsaid. Today, and always, I am grateful for Shannon Anderson, Ashley Foxborn, Andrea Kehrein Riley, and Maki Horibe – my daughter’s other mothers while I work.

Tickets on sale now at all Barrymore outlets, through, by phone 608-241-8633 ($1.50 fee), at The Century House gift shop and at Happy Bambino.

10% of ticket sales benefits DAIS capital campaign, and LTYM will fund-raise for DAIS day of show.

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Becky April 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

Ah! I love this so much! Seeing all these cute faces in one place.

Liesl Testwuide April 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Reading through everyone’s bio reminded me of their humorous, poignant, and powerful stories. I can’t wait to hear them again at Sunday’s rehearsal.

Emily April 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Looks like it’s going to be one helluva show. Wish I could see it! Hugs and break a leg from Tucson.

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