Join Us May 12th at Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for the Performing Arts at 8PM!

Meet the cast!
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The HillmanWe didn’t expect to be a traveling show, but that’s kind of what Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh has turned into! Each year, we’ve chosen a different venue to show off different parts of our great city. This year’s venue just happens to be part of one of the prestigious schools in the area, which is fitting since Jen and I are both educators by trade.


Allow us to introduce The Hillman Center for Performing Arts. Located on the gorgeous grounds of Shady Side Academy Senior School in Fox Chapel, The Hillman is just 20 minutes from Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. One of Western Pennsylvania’s newest artistic venues, The Hillman hosts professional performances, student productions, and community events.

As a nonprofit professional performance space, the Hillman Center for Performing Arts is committed to presenting programs of excellence that represent Pittsburgh’s cultural traditions while celebrating global, artistic innovation.

Our show is in the spacious Richard E. Rauh Theater where the seats are so comfortable I’m afraid my husband will fall asleep. (I’m watching you, man).

A traditional proscenium stage with both orchestra and balcony seating options. The theater seats 662, including wheelchair seating options both in the balcony and orchestra.

A traditional proscenium stage with both orchestra and balcony seating options. The theater seats 662, including wheelchair seating options both in the balcony and orchestra.


For smaller performances, The Hillman boasts their Peter J. Kountz Theater, contemporary black box Peteraesthetic with riser seating. This space provides a more intimate setting with seating for 200 and wheelchair floor seating options available.



The Mary Hillman Jennings Plaza is probably what sold us on this venue, though. A spacious, outdoor

Mary plaza“lobby” for guests, but the Plaza also hosts al fresco events. And that view! And that feeling of openness! With blue sky as a backdrop, maybe Jen and I promenaded arm-in-arm around the plaza. Maybe we didn’t. You’ll never know.


We’re so grateful for our pal Christa at The Hillman, the professionalism of her crew, and the opportunity to work with such a fantastic venue. Hope to see your smiling face there on May 12th!



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LTYM Pittsburgh 2017 Charity: Beverly’s Birthdays!

by stephaniejankowski on April 24, 2017

We’ve all dreamed of, anticipated, planned for our child’s first birthday. Themes, colors, cakes–it’s all part of the business of throwing a big bash. Family and friends join us in celebrating our little nugget, and the shindig is photographed more extensively than a Kardashian sighted stepping out in the latest spring fashion–which is to say, entirely too much.

Except Beverly. Beverly never had a first birthday party. Or any party. Her family had bigger fish to fry, like finding a permanent, safe home.

When Megs Yunn learned Beverly had never celebrated her birthday, she created Beverly’s Birthdays, a local non-profit providing birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in need in the greater Pittsburgh area. Since 2012, through their five programs, Beverly’s Birthdays has brought birthday fun to over 10,000 children and families!! They believe in spreading birthday cheer 365 days a year and that every child, regardless of personal or financial circumstances, deserves a special birthday.

And cue happy tears.


Bev Bday

We chose Beverly’s Birthdays as our 2017 charity because HELLOOOOO did you read all that?! What a selfless, kind, simple way to spread a little cheer to those who need it most. We all deserve to feel special on our birthday, and Beverly’s Birthdays makes sure it happens.


Beverly’s Birthdays is hosting two upcoming events in an effort to raise money for their charity. Please consider attending:


  • Highmark Walk: Saturday, May 13th, 2017
  • Beverly’s Birthdays/SMC Business Councils Golf Outing: Monday, June 12th, 2017, Birdsfoot Golf Club, Freeport, PA

If you’re coming to the show (and we sure hope you are!), you can donate a new, unwrapped toy that is guaranteed to make a kid’s birthday even more special. Thank you in advance for your kindness!

Contact Beverly’s Birthdays for more information or opportunities to donate/volunteer:

United Way of Allegheny County # 10713600

Snag tickets to the show HERE, and don’t forget your gift for kids like Beverly–you’ll be making a bigger impact than you can possibly imagine! Hugs to you and yours! xo

Bev Bday Child
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Cast Profile: Johanna Collins

April 13, 2017

This post concludes our cast profiles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy tickets to the show after today! Snag yours ahead of time (and save a few bucks), or grab them at the door on May 12th. Either way, our hearts are full and we’re so grateful to spend the evening with you. Fitting that we’re ending our cast profiles with Ms. Johanna Collins, a woman who exudes grace from her gait to her words. Enjoy!   Who is Johanna? I find this “who am I” question difficult to answer…In my early forties I am still searching to know better who I am… I understand myself as being made by a loving Creator and this knowledge is central to me. I have been blessed in life to have a loving relationship with my family. My own parents are dear to me. I love my husband and I love our five children. As […]

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Cast Profile: Natalie Gillespie

April 11, 2017

If the name Natalie Gillespie sounds familiar, it’s probably because you recognize her from our inaugural 2015 cast! As per everything she does, Natalie hit a home run with her essay, and it is our distinct pleasure to welcome her back to the Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh stage! Who IS Natalie Gillespie? I’m a mom to three, ages 19, 13, and 10. My husband and I have been married for almost 28 years, which seems impossible since I often feel like I’m just barely past 25 years old myself. I’m a native Pittsburgher with most of my family nearby and in-laws in beautiful New England. Professionally, I’m so fortunate to make a living doing what I love — communicating and helping others to lead through communications at a large global company.   How did you discover LTYM?
 I’m grateful to a coworker who tipped me off to Pittsburgh’s inaugural show in 2015… I’ve […]

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Cast Profile: Elizabeth Hirshorn

April 6, 2017

Liz is a curly-haired Philadelphia native, cognitive neuroscientist, and lover of all things orange, lush green landscapes, Americana music, houseplants, imperfect crafts, late night talk shows, public art, and cheese.  She is fiercely proud and supportive of her amazing friends and family and enjoys bragging about their achievements whenever possible. Her happy place is being surrounded by said friends and family, with no set plans and lots of good food.  She lives with her husband, Greg, and son Eli, who she thinks is *objectively* the best baby in the history of the world. How did you discover LTYM? I first heard of LTYM from my best friend who participated in San Francisco in 2016 (shout out to Minna Dubin!).  I also went to the Pittsburgh LTYM in 2016 with a good friend and my husband.  We love storytelling, so it was an easy sell.   What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your […]

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