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Alumni reflections: Annelyse Miller

by angela on April 19, 2017

We love sharing Annelyse Miller’s thoughts from and reflections on her time as part of our Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit cast! (And as you can see, you can still catch her on stage!)

Annelyse Miller Jalopy

With Andy Lograsso-Gaitens of Jalopy at the Grand Rapids Improv Festival 2016

How did being a part of LTYM Metro Detroit impact your life–professionally and/or personally?

Being a part of LTYM Detroit buoyed my confidence in my professional writing and almost more importantly it showed me that I didn’t have to work in a vacuum.  It felt wonderful to have this nice little finished product in my back pocket, so to speak.  Knowing I had this five minute snap shot of my work a click away on YouTube felt good, tangible and real.  It was also incredibly helpful to have a network of friends I could go to for advice and reassurance.  It has also been a nice push, looking at what my cohorts are accomplishing has encouraged me to push myself.

Shortly after being a part of LTYM in 2014, I saw an improv show put on by the Detroit Creative Project. It included middle and high school students as well as a number of well known hollywood performers that got their start at Detroit’s Second City. On the drive home, my husband encouraged me to take improv lessons. I thought about much fun it was to be back on a stage performing my LTYM piece. I, of course, said yes.

Three years later both my husband and I completed improv training at the Planet Ant in Hamtramck. I am in two improv troupes, including a newly formed two-man with my husband and perform in the metro area a few times each month. I was also able to combine my love of improv with my teaching experience and now work for the organization that started my improv obsession. I currently work with other professional improvisers teaching students in Southwest Detroit. It is truly a dream job for me.  I am able to encourage Detroit Public school students to trust their instincts, work as a team and not fear failure.

Through my improv pursuits I have a whole new circle of friends involved in the theatre that are encouraging me to get my playwright arse into gear. I am currently collaborating with two friends on video short that we will be producing early in 2017. It is so wonderful to know that writing doesn’t have to be a tortuous, solitary process. I actually thrive when working with others. Weaving, swapping and editing together ideas to make one polished piece feels really good to me.

I haven’t abandoned working alone though. The confidence I garnered from LTYM helped me pursue a ghost writing job, and send out tons of submissions. I also now work on a comedy website where I have had the honor of interviewing comedic writers, artists and even an Emmy nominated composer. I also get to see and review comedy shows by working for Detroit Laughs Louder. My editor there has huge goals and plans for the website, and I am excited to help him grow the site into a real comedy and theatre platform for the Detroit area.

Annelyse Miller LTYM Metro Detroit alumni

I have yet to see one of my plays hit the stage but with my new found confidence due in large part to LTYM, I know that it will happen soon. My mother and her girl friends have a tradition in which they host a trousseau tea for all of the new brides from our neighborhood community. Unlike a shower, each married woman that attends offers advice to the newly married woman rather than material gifts. As the first recipient, I love attending not only to share my advice, but it is always good to get a refresher course from such a smart group of mothers and wives. One of my mom’s friends always shares a piece on the importance of having girlfriends. I have always believed it but never felt I had that close circle of woman around me.

I was one of those people that had lots of acquaintance friends, but no true inner circle. I have seen that change since becoming a mother. Rather than feel sad when I hear that piece at each trousseau tea, I now vehement nod my head like a crazed bobble head doll.  I can not agree more how important it is to have a circle of strong woman accompany me on this life walk. Some of the woman in my circle are part of my LTYM experience. It has been an amazing journey and I am ever so thankful.  Namaste.

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Introducing Meg Elias

by angela on April 19, 2017

LTYM Metro Detroit cast
Meg Elias is a biology instructor and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Lansing Community College.  Writing and storytelling are integral parts of her teaching career, and Meg has decided to move these passions outside the classroom and onto the stage.  A New York native now at home in Okemos, she is a mom and a wife, a runner (sometimes), beachcomber, treasure hunter, and lover of tiny things.  

Join us Sunday, April 30, to hear Meg and the rest of the LTYM Metro Detroit 2017 cast share their stories. Tickets are on sale now on Live Nation or at the box office at Saint Andrew’s Hall. 

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LTYM Metro Detroit welcomes local sponsor Diffuser Doc

April 18, 2017

Join us Sunday, April 30 for our final LTYM Metro Detroit show. Tickets are on sale now on Live Nation or at the box office at Saint Andrew’s Hall.  Truthfully, I haven’t always believed essential oils could do much besides make my house smell pretty lovely. In fact, scent drew me to oils before I considered using them for any sort of aromatherapy. However, this winter seemed to be an endless cycle of sniffles and coughs, exhaustion and stress. I started looking into oil blends that might help ease some of our winter blahs. Our diffuser soon became a part of our days — and our nights. In fact, it especially became a part of our nights, with the changing lights lulling the kids to sleep with the pleasant promise of easier breathing and better sleep. I wouldn’t say I’m a complete convert, but I truly appreciate diffusing oils for simple colds and even our not-so-great […]

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Introducing Jaycee Kemp

April 17, 2017

Jaycee Kemp is a clinical social worker from the Midwest who like many mothers, is raising two perfect children in an imperfect world.  When she is not busy being educated about life by them, she likes to teach others about all the amazing things they have taught her about the world and how to be an advocate for special needs as a professional and a parent. Jaycee has shared these experiences through a TEDx talk and other professional speaking engagements.  Her writing is at times serious and poignant and other times humorous and sarcastic but is always blatantly honest. Jaycee has been featured on websites such as The Mighty, Break The Parenting Mold, BLUNT Moms, Sammiches and Psych Meds and her own corner of the internet over at Running Through Water Join us Sunday, April 30, to hear Jaycee and the rest of the LTYM Metro Detroit 2017 cast share their stories. Tickets are […]

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Introducing Desiree Cooper

April 14, 2017

Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, 2016), is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book and a selection for the 2017 Read Harder Challenge by the New York Public Library. A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Cooper’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010 and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio Fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers. Don’t miss Desiree’s flash fiction collection: Know the Mother, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book Order at: www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/know-mother Keep up with her online: Desiree Cooper Join us Sunday, April 30, to hear Desiree and the rest of the LTYM Metro Detroit 2017 cast share their stories. Tickets are on sale now on Live Nation or at the […]

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