ANN IMIG is the founder of the live-reading series and video sharing company LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and editor of the acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam Books, 2015). A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured on sites like CollegeHumor, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. National TV appearances include ABCnews.com, NBC Nightly News and the webseries Battleground and The Louise Log. Ann’s blog (annsrants.com) has been named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog, A BlogHer Voice of the Year, and a SheKnows Top 5 Funniest Mom Blog. Ann lives with her husband and children in Madison, Wisconsin.
ALEXANDRA ROSAS, Co-Producer, Co-Director, Milwaukee – Alexandra is a first-generation American who writes cultural memoir and humor. In 2011, her life changed when she became part of the cast of LTYM Madison. She now performs as a national storyteller with The Moth and was the 2013 Milwaukee Moth Grand StorySLAM champion. A BlogHer Voice of the Year four years running, Alexandra has been published in several anthologies. She is a regular contributor to Milwaukee Public Radio, Huffington Post, Purple Clover, and was voted Parenting Media Association’s National Gold Award “Best Parenting Blog” for her MetroParent Milwaukee column, MomLogic. A Babble Top 100 Mom Blogger and featured on TodayParents as Funniest Parents on Facebook, you can follow her on Facebook, her blog Good Day, Regular People , or twitter. She lives with her family in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
JENNIFER GASKELL, Co-Producer, Co-Director, Milwaukee -Jen is a quality/regulatory professional, wife and mom to two young girls. She lives in a small town just north of Milwaukee right on beautiful Lake Michigan. Jen met her husband while tap dancing into his heart during Anything Goes with Shorewood Players. She was also involved in productions with Bay Players, Village Players of Wauwatosa and Soulstice Theatre. Jen credits her theatre mentors, Ellen Knutson and Char Manny, for allowing her to take flight creatively. Jen is thrilled to bring LTYM to Milwaukee. She believes that there is a story in all of us. Visit her at http://tranquilamama.wordpress.com/
ROCHELLE FRITSCH, Co-Producer, Co-Director, Milwaukee – Christian. Wife. Mom. Painfully Human. Co-steering a bi-racial family in a segregated town. You can find her rambling on all of the above from a mom and a wife’s POV whose intermittent ambition rudely interrupts slacker tendencies on her blog The Late Arrival. Rochelle fills her days working as a Fund Development Director. She is a Juggler Extraordinaire of Wife-ing, Mothering, Fundraising, Blogging & Housekeeping. Performed with, and compensated by God’s help. Rochelle was a cast member in Milwaukee’s 2013 Listen To Your Mother Inaugural Show.
ELAINE MALY survived the journey of parenting two ingenious sons to enjoy the thrill of grandparenting three spunky grandsons. On sabbatical from a career as a nonprofit leader dedicated to feminist causes, she writes about her life as a native Milwaukeean. Her essays have been featured on WUWM’s Lake Effect program. She’s an active participant in Red Oak Studio writers roundtable and Ex Fabula storytelling. One of these days she’s going to start a blog she’s thinking of calling “My Crotch Hurts from Sitting on the Fence.” blah, blah, blah… Did I tell you how adorable my grandsons are?
ANNA STONE writes poetry and posts on her blog, Clutterheart, whenever she can. A photographic journal of life with her adorable baby, husband who used to be a cat, and two chihuahuas can be found on Instagram. She enjoys traveling with family in their vintage RV. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010. This impacted her life’s direction and artwork as she came to realize time, and what you choose to do with it, is sacred. Her intention is to live a full and loving life, and with the guidance of angels, she is doing just so.
MICHELLE DOBBS’ professional experience spans working as an educator, nonprofit executive, reporter, author, and playwright. In addition to her love of reading and writing, Michelle is an ardent foodie. One of her goals this year is to do something scary every day, believing that “if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” She works to keep her clown phobia in check by only attending circuses in cases of emergency. She blogs at thanksamen and tweets @mmdobbs.
Wife, daughter, sister, nutrition enthusiast and avid sports fan, NICOLE SMITH could not wait to add mother to her resume. The oldest of five children and mother of two fur babies (Layla and Ziggy), she has had lots of practice and is patiently waiting to parent a child earth side. With two angels in heaven, Nicole is passionate about giving a voice to infant loss and miscarriage. Nicole lives with her husband in Sussex and you can follow their journey on her blog, Olive and Her Branches.
RAINA J. JOHNSON is a freelance writer in Milwaukee. Raina earned a Bachelor degree in Writing from Cardinal Stritch University in 2010. Since graduation, Raina has held a variety of jobs including working in corporate public relations, government and non-profit sectors. But those don’t compare to her favorite role as ‘Mom’ to her 5-year-old son. Raina’s writings have been featured in local publications including The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, OnMilwaukee.com, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and The Capital Times. Raina also maintains a blog on metroparentmagazine.com titled, I SAID YES! You can follow her on Twitter @RainaWrites.
A California transplant with a Milwaukee heart, LIZA COHEN is a jack–of-all trades, master of none. When she and her husband Julio are not busy running their business, Cornerstone Tattoo, you can find her playing Legos or researching obscure trivia with her two sons. Eight years ago, Liza’s family was affected by gun violence through the death of her father. Five years later, she unexpectedly lost her mother. Liza has since been inspired to help people who have suffered similar loss. She has found healing through story telling and hopes to help others find the same peace.
Per cast member, MOIRA SENNETT, “For the past fourteen years, I have spent my time trying to keep up with the latest slang and making teenagers memorize Shakespearean monologues—in other words, teaching high school English. Listen To Your Mother perfectly brings together the various elements of my life—my past as a theatre kid, a decade of coaching speech, a master’s degree in creative writing, and the biggest influence in my life—my mother.”
KATY MEYER has worked for 14 years as an an occupational therapist, helping people to “live life to the fullest”. She reminisces about balmy days gone by when she hiked in lush forests and witnessed the ocean and mountains on a regular basis. She now frequents Grant Park and South Shore Park, and is passionate about the revival of dynamic playgrounds. She loves to read, swim and paint. Katy rediscovered her high school prom date of 1993 when she returned to Milwaukee in 2006. They now enjoy wild, loud times with their three imaginative children.
MARY STEINERT-NG inherited her parents’ love of unhurried walks and good conversation. She works at a nature center and occasionally reads essays on WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio. She lives with her family in Pewaukee.
JACK DOUTHITT’S Mother was a strong force in his life. When he was young, she carted him off to the library every Saturday and he would come home with his arms full of books. He earned his living as an architect but never lost his love of a good story. Jack’s passion for the last fifty years has been bonsai, but after retirement he began writing creatively. Both his bonsai, and his writings, reflect his excellent story telling ability. His Mother would be embarrassed that her story is being read aloud, but he wishes she were here to hear it.