The #LTYM NYC 2016 VIDEOS HAVE LANDED!

by elizabeth on July 18, 2016

Miss our show at the Broadway Presbyterian Church? Or maybe you’re just missing your daily dose of LTYM NYC? (That would be us for sure!)

Either way you’re in for an amazing experience as you watch our 4th annual NYC LTYM show on YouTube! There is so much love, laughter, and heartfelt revelations to be had in each and every story.

Once again we’d like to express our immense gratitude to our 2016 cast, our alums, our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs, our local sponsors –

Jennifer Stachel of Jennifer Stachel Orthodontics

Sarah Rostan, independent consultant, Rodan + Fields

Mind Over Matter, In-home fitness specialists

The Upper Breast Side

MadMen on the Couch

Angel Sponsors (You know who you are!)…

our photographer Jennifer Lee of Jennifer Lee Photography, and our technical team of

Michael Schmidt of Motion Graphics, Sound and Vision, and Patrick Mahaney of Broadway Presbyterian Church.

So without further ado, here is the fabulous cast of LTYM NYC 2016! Enjoy.

And when you’re done watching NYC and sharing your favorite videos with friends and family, check out the #LTYM 2016 videos from around the country!

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, featuring powerful true stories that capture all facets of contemporary parenting (as well as stories about our own upbringing). Including very timely personal narratives given the recent events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Shaker Heights, and Dallas.

You’ll also find on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel that we feature a variety of playlists by topic, and for 2016 we’ve added two new playlists–one with stories about race, and another with stories from LGBTQ families.

Well, this should keep you busy (and inspired) right up until January when we will announce auditions for next year’s LTYM NYC 2017 show!

If you’d like to receive information about auditions, performances, sponsorship opportunities, and charity partnerships, send an email to listentoyourmothernyc@gmail.com and ask to be added to our mailing list. (We do not share information with 3rd parties.)

Happy summer and happy viewing and sharing!

Our best,

Amy, Kizz & Barbara

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That’s a Wrap – from LTYM NYC 2016!

by elizabeth on May 11, 2016

On Saturday, May 7th, the pews at Broadway Presbyterian Church were filled to capacity… and so were our hearts.

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Lee Photography

BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort Page graced our audience and tweeted out memorable quotes from each of our 12 cast members as their stories took center stage:

“Middle school girls have cornered the market on bullying.”

– Kaytie Eaton

“I happen to like curse words. My children call them my ‘rainbow words’…”

– Jennifer Birmingham

“Every woman has her own definition of what it means to beautiful. And that definition changes as she grows older.”

– Jackie Mercurio

“My children only have one father, but they are connected to three men through a combination of love and DNA.”

– Heather Osterman-Davis

“At the bus stop my daughter has shanked me, with a long shiv made of manipulation and mommy guilt.”

– Heather Chaet

“ ‘Never mind,’ she said. ‘You’re too late; she’s gone.’ ‘Yes, she is,’ I said.”

– Samantha Knowlton

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Lee Photography

“I’m so glad we don’t have dead fish.”

– Laura Pruden

“He nursed all day. And all night. But he never slept. And I know this because I never slept.”

– Lynn Edelson

“She forbade either a wake or visiting her grave. She wouldn’t be in either place.”

– Amy Tully

“The screams of my children, like a siren song, were drawing my fellow shoppers to the scene. They were compelled to offer ‘helpful’ advice.”

– Margaret Ables

“My free-range kids may have more freedom and responsibility than they used to have, but that is still my heart attached to them wherever they are.”

– Rebecca Timlin-Scalera

“I tell you, it was the best tasting shitty food I ever shoveled into my mouth.”

– Barbara Herel

Our audience laughed, cried, laughed again

… and best of all, we were able to use a generous portion of our ticket proceeds to donate $1000 to LTYM NYC’s charitable partner for 2016— The International Rescue Committee in New York!

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Photo Credit: IRC

Alex Earles, the Development Manager for the IRC in New York and New Jersey, was on hand to tell us all more about the IRC’s work. On their way home, our generous audience members donated another $300 for the IRC’s work helping refugees living right here in the New York City area. Donations are still being accepted! Make them here.

OUR SPECIAL THANKS GO TO:

LTYM NYC alums Amy Carr, Mary Beth Coudal, Neil Kramer, and Lisa Samet, and our dear friend, Sara Stopek, who ran the box office, did social media outreach, and helped out in every way necessary…   Thank you all for making show day run as smoothly as it did.

LTYM National Sponsors #BlogHer16 and Luvs for your continued support!

LTYM NYC Local Sponsors, whose vital contributions help us create the best professional show experience possible – from securing our venue, to covering printing costs and professional videography, to supplying our cast members with backstage water and chocolate (for pre-show nerves). Our most heartfelt thanks go out to…

Jennifer Stachel of Jennifer Stachel Orthodontics

Sarah Rostan, independent consultant, Rodan + Fields

Mind Over Matter, In-home fitness specialists

The Upper Breast Side

MadMen on the Couch

Our Angel Sponsors

And the ever talented Jennifer Lee of Jennifer Lee Photography for capturing every beautiful, funny, teary-eyed LTYM NYC moment!

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Photo Credit: Neil Kramer

Also a note of thanks to the technical awesomeness of Michael Schmidt of Motion Graphics, Sound and Vision, and Patrick Mahaney of Broadway Presbyterian Church! Everyone looked and sounded fantastic!

We couldn’t be prouder of this year’s show or of our growing Listen to Your Mother community. The enduring friendships, the connections every member of our audiences share… these are the things that are deeply felt and what continues to make its mark on us and inspire us onwards.

Please consider joining us next year!

If you’d like to receive information about auditions, performances, sponsorship opportunities, and charity partnerships, send an email to listentoyourmothernyc@gmail.com and ask to be added to our mailing list. (We do not share information with 3rd parties.)

We look forward to sharing the LTYM 2016 videos coming soon on the LTYM YouTube Channel!     

Sending all of our best,

Amy, Kizz, and Barbara

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LTYM NYC 2016 Cast Spotlight on – Laura Pruden!

May 4, 2016

Laura Pruden is an actress and storyteller living in Harlem. Years ago, she read the spine of a parenting book titled, “Finding the Yes.” She never cracked the book, but adopted the mantra and has tried to find the yes, in all things, ever since. This would, no doubt, come as a surprise to her children.   3 words that describe Laura are… earnest, wry, last-minute. Here are 5 things we’d find walking through her home… Before you open the door, you’ll see a hand-penned sign that reads – Tremendous things are in store for you. “It’s a remnant of my older daughter’s Roald Dahl themed birthday party.  This and other Dahl quotes will most likely adorn our walls until next November, when we find a new theme for a new NYC apartment slumber party. (They’re fun!)” A lovely leafy green tree outside the window. “Our place is just this side of a […]

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LTYM NYC 2016 Cast Spotlight on – Amy Tully!

May 2, 2016

In a previous life, Amy was a super type-A person and attorney. These days Amy is a stay-at-home mom in Brooklyn, spending her days with two adorable, fun, hilarious girls and fielding questions that reveal the inadequacy of her education (too much law, not enough orcas). Unfortunately for the adults in her life, Amy has a lot to say about alternate side parking and Paw Patrol. She also has a loving and supportive husband who remains loving and supportive even though she forces her family to be in thousands of pictures that never get organized into albums. Amy avoids Pinterest. What can she say – “You can’t have it all, but so grateful to have all that I do.” 3 words that describe Amy are… Mother of Dragons (she is working on her children’s atrocious table manners – and the occasional growl) Here are 5 things we’d find walking through her home… Two children in Star Wars […]

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LTYM NYC 2016 Cast Spotlight on – Jennifer Birmingham!

April 27, 2016

Jennifer hails from Wisconsin, where she shared one bathroom, a pillow and a communal sock drawer with ten siblings. She now relishes an abundance of fluffy pillows, fresh towels and her very own socks. She’s also quite fond of her three children (Nkili, Aidan and Miles) and two tuxedo cats. Jennifer occasionally blogs about her life with these creatures at SixStoryWalkup.wordpress.com, but she keeps the lights on, bellies fed and her spirit engaged by working as Director of Production at The Moth! 3 words that describe Jennifer are… grateful, enthusiastic, and driven Here are 5 things we’d find walking through her home… A 20-foot narrow hallway that is … chock full of coats and shoes from all seasons A magnetic board of the scant holiday cards her family receives (the ones with photos stay up for a year) A framed picture of each of her kids from the first year that all three shared […]

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