As LTYM: DC director Stephanie Dulli describes it, casting an LTYM show feels like separating diamonds from diamonds. Madison, you showed us brilliant gems once again. Takeyla and I are honored to announce the 2017 Listen To Your Mother Madison cast!
Lisa Bauer grounds herself in her maternal line: granddaughter of Anna and Ella, daughter of Sue, sister of Heather, mom to Anna Sue and Mary Jane. She’s married to the best guy and owner of a bad dog (whom she still loves). Lisa also loves friends old and new, yoga, dark chocolate, travel, the Great Lakes, gardening, alpine skiing and getting lost in books. She messily advocates for social justice and sustainability. An Ohio native, Lisa spent 10 years on the Nebraska plains before putting down roots in Madison. A frequent contributor to Brava magazine, she’s a storyteller, communication strategist and boss lady at Lisa Bauer Creative.
Takeyla Benton: Co-Producer– This is Takeyla’s 3rd season producing LTYM: Madison after reading in LTYM: Madison 2013 and serving as a volunteer in past shows. Bank Manager by day and busy mommy of a teenage daughter and elementary school son- she spends her nights writing. Poetry is her first love and while she nearly has her first book of poetry complete Takeyla’s also been working on a Women’s literary drama and a YA supernatural novel (at her daughter request).
Camille Bernier is a waitress by trade. To avoid other kinds of work, she ended up in UW’s graduate program in anthropology. Camille became pregnant with her first son while finishing up her coursework, and had her second son after completing her field research on Ojibwe story telling. Thanks to the strongest and sweetest, most patient kind of support from her loving husband Majid, she completed her doctorate degree. For the last six years, she has enjoyed her work as an academic advisor at UW Madison.
Leslie Coff is a lot of things, but above all she is a storyteller. She combines stories from her own and others’ lives with humor and significance, aiming to entertain, to move and to inspire. Coff is an acupuncturist, speaker, writer and artist. She is married, with three grown children. Originally from Chicago, having lived in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Atlanta, she now lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin. She is passionate about, well, everything. You can find Leslie at Lesliecoff.com.
Jael Currie is a social worker and single mom of a 6th grade son and 2nd grade daughter. A lifelong lover of writing and words, she began assembling words into poems as a young child. She now writes in her leisure and as a mechanism of self care. This is her first time participating in LTYM.
Megan Diaz is a senior at UW-Madison studying Sociology and Chican@/Latino@ studies. She is an extroverted introvert who enjoys watching the FoodNetwork and mastering the art of toddler fine dining. Megan was a part of LTYM Baton Rouge’s 2016 show and considers Louisiana her second home. She can fry catfish and make a mean pot of red beans. She loves to write and tell stories of extraordinary people. Her passion is working to advocate for marginalized populations to have access to quality health services.
Vicki Eckman has recently moved to Madison, Wisconsin to be with her daughter and granddaughter. Retiring from teaching dance for over 60 years, she brought the love of dance to the young – owning and operating a dance studio in Cincinnati, Ohio – and to the old – founding and directing a senior dance team, the “Mesquite-Toes Tap Team”. She was named the “Volunteer of the Year” in Mesquite, Nevada and the “Mesquite-Toes Tap Team” was named the “official goodwill ambassadors for the Magic of Mesquite”. The team traveled extensively and entertained guests aboard the Holland America Cruise Line. They also served the community by doing benefits for the local food bank. But they were most loved for their inspiring stories of overcoming the physical limits of age to achieve their dreams!
Katie Frank: A mother of 2, Katie is a veterinarian-turned-yoga and barre instructor and personal trainer at Dragonfly Hot Yoga and Pat’s Gym. Originally hailing from Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin, Katie has lived in the Madison area for the past 13 years with her husband, Mike. Being told for years by her own mother that she should pursue a career in stand-up comedy, this is Katie’s first performance in Listen To Your Mother.
Deb Nies is a social media & marketing consultant from Waunakee, where she lives with her wife, Linda, and her daughter, Hannah. She is a pie baking champion, and a lover of friends, food, travel, and adventures. Deb was a member of the 2011 LTYM cast and is over-the-moon-ecstatic to be a part of the finale season. (Ann, for every part of my life you have enhanced, thank you. xo)
Megan Ryan is the founder of local businesses Dragonfly Hot Yoga and Flyght Cycle. She is passionate about mothering her three daughters and giving back to Madison area communities/nonprofits. Once upon a time, she received her MFA in acting and set off to Los Angeles and somehow ended up producing/casting/developing reality tv shows. Now she creates opportunities for women to lead and thrive.
Claire Zelda Weiss has been a lifetime resident of the greater Madison area, with a few exceptions. During her formative years in New England, she discovered natural foods, martial arts and progressive education. These passions have translated into extended study of karate and Tai Chi, years of working in Madison food co-ops, and her current position at Wingra School, where she has taught for 18 years. An avid reader and writer, Claire is most at home when surrounded by words and people who love words. Her husband and all three children have a thing for language, and languages. Claire’s current literary project is the story of her mother’s childhood during the Holocaust.
Rhenna Widerski is a Stoughton, WI native. She currently spends her time as a special education teacher in a local public school district, perpetually enrolled in higher ed classes, and as a life-time mommy. Rhenna has 3 pretty cool kids all under the age of 4, an amazing husband, and two sweet pups. When she isn’t busy tending to her little tribe she can be caught doing anything and everything creative, documenting her family’s day to day life, and searching for her inner zen.
with LTYM founder Ann Imig
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