NYC Auditions Are Happening!

by elizabeth on January 15, 2014


We want YOU to audition for the Third Annual LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER NYC show, to be held at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Sunday, May 4, 2014 – at 5 pm!

Let’s get all the excuses out of the way quick:

“I’m not a blogger.”

“I’m not a mother.”

“I’ve never done anything like that before.”

“I’m not a good writer.”

“I’m busy.”

“They’ll never cast me.”

“I have stage fright.”

“I’m a guy.”

Did I get them all?


If you check out our YouTube channel you can see that people who have given each of those excuses have read in LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER shows. What we’re interested in is your own personal story on the subject of mothers and mothering. We are eager to hear stories from people of all ages, types, backgrounds, and experience-levels. No previous stage experience is necessary.

Auditions will be held on the following dates by appointment only:

Sunday, February 23th  1pm – 6pm

Monday, February 24th  9am – 1pm

Tuesday, February 25th  6pm – 9pm

To schedule an audition, email Please include your name and your availability during the time slots listed above. Auditions are being held in Manhattan – exact location and other details will be sent with your confirmed appointment time.

We are looking for humorous, poignant, painful, joyful, or soulful original pieces on the subject of motherhood which take three to five minutes to read aloud (please check this before the audition). Don’t write about Motherhood with a capital M- write about one day in your life. You don’t have to tell us what motherhood means on a large scale. It’s the personal point of view that we are looking for. Tell us the story only you can tell. Previously published work accepted as long as the author retains full rights or has express permission to read the work for this event.

The firm commitment for cast members includes two rehearsals, a pre-performance run-through at Symphony Space, and the 5 p.m. performance on Sunday, May 4th, 2014.

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. This year Listen to Your Mother will be presented in 32 cities nationwide.  At the helm of the NYC production this year are directors Amy Wilson (@amywlsn) and Shari Simpson-Cabelin (@dustyearthmom) and producers Holly Rosen Fink (@theculturemom), Varda Steinhardt (@squashedmom) and Kizz Robinson (@Kizzbeth). Check out our bios page if you want to know more about us.

If you want to know more about what sort of stories we look for, you can read more here.

You’ll get a great sense of what the show is about by watching our past videos here: LTYM-NYC Videos.

And if you are anxious about auditioning and/or performing, read this encouraging post by LTYM-Spokane Producer/Director Stacey: A word on stage fright and storytelling.

Please feel free to email us at with any questions you may have.

We can’t wait to meet you and hear your stories!

– Amy, Holly, Kizz, Shari, and Varda

*Photo credit: 2B Photo Studio


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