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

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Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh 2017 Cast Announcement

by stephaniejankowski on February 16, 2017

We’re pinching ourselves that this is year #3 of LTYM Pittsburgh. The show keeps gaining momentum in our great city, eliciting a fluffy cloud of responses, floating everyone who experiences it to a time they remember fondly, or would like to forget, or to somewhere in between.

Ain’t that just like Motherhood to be a roller coaster of emotion?

Jen and I continue to be humbled by the number of men and women who trust us with their stories. Pittsburgh is bursting with talent, and we are grateful to hold a little bit of it in our hands. Special thanks to everyone who auditioned, and a huge, YUGE congrats to the following ladies and gent (squeee, a guy!) who will be taking center stage on May 12th:


Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh 2017 Cast

Johanna Collins

Sally Ann Flecker

Natalie Gillespie

Keith Gottschalk

Jennifer Hicks

Elizabeth Hirshorn

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

Katie Long

Mariah Passarelli

Katy Rank Lev

Lora Rigatti

Diane Tarantini

Elizabeth Thogerson

Stay tuned to learn more about each amazing member of the cast, as well as information about our venue, charity, and maybe a few sponsors!

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2017, Here We Come!

by stephaniejankowski on January 3, 2017

Ladies and gents, bookmark this bad boy because it’s chock-full of all things Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh 2017! Our ducks are in a row, we’re ready to roll, and other clichés that mean LET’S DO THIS!

LTYM Pittsburgh 2017 is officially underway.

First things first: if you’ve never laid eyes on this page before today, allow us to introduce you to the show. It’s a live, approximately 2-hour performance consisting of between 10-13 original pieces about motherhood. However, you do NOT have to be a mother–or even a woman–to be a part of this show. You just need a story and a voice; we provide the microphone. Listen to Your Mother‘s theme is motherhood and everything it encompasses: we’re talking stories about mama chickens, postpartum depression, and your 80-year-old mother naked on a pool noodle at her boyfriend’s mansion.

Oh yes we did.

LTYM Pittsburgh is motherhood in all its good, bad, hilarious and everything in between glory. Come, tell us your story, won’t you?



January 28 & 29
February 11 & 12

A few things to note about your audition piece:

  • It does not need to be memorized
  • It should be a final/semi-final draft, not a work in progress (we will not edit your writing for content)
  • It should be 5 minutes or less
  • It should be original (like, written by you. It’s okay if it has been published or read elsewhere)

How to sign up:

Sign up HERE to view a few non-negotiables* and choose your time slot.

*Confirmed non-negotiable dates:

  • Cast party, 3/11/2017 @11am-2pm Lidia’s on Smallman Street
  • Rehearsal, 4/8/2017 @2pm-5pm Hilton Garden Inn, University Place
  • Performance, 5/12/2017 @2pm – end of show Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for the Performing Arts (cast reports early)


All auditions will be held at:

Hilton Garden Inn, University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412. 688. 1982



We are so excited to work with Beverly’s Birthdays this year. Beverly’s Birthdays provides birthday parties for homeless children in the Pittsburgh area. We’ll be writing about this incredible charity much more in the near future, but for now, just imagine the smile on a kiddo’s face when she is presented her very first birthday cake. SWOON.


This year’s performance is on Friday, May 12, 2017. We’ve chosen Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for Performing Arts for a few different reasons. First, we like the idea of moving the venue each year to show off more of our great city (our inaugural year was at the Elsie Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center Hill House, and last year found us at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lecture Hall). Second, the Hillman Center is located on Shady Side Academy’s Senior School’s beautiful campus in Fox Chapel, only 20 minutes from Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, which makes it super accessible. Third, as educators who are passionate about our show, we’re all about supporting a school that is so committed to helping students pursue futures in the performing arts through an internship program.

Okay, stop reading this and go write your story. If you need inspiration, why not binge watch our past seasons right here? Remember: your story is worth telling and Pittsburgh is ready to hear it.


Write on,

Steph & Jen

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Listen To Your Mother: 2017 Grand Finale

October 6, 2016

Listen To Your Mother’s final season is officially underway. With its 2017 33-city announcement dropping this morning, we’re gearing up for the big celebration. We’ll just be celebrating with one less in our tribe… *cue another “all good things must come to an end” announcement* Our dear pal Amanda Mushro has stepped down from her role as Pittsburgh’s Co-director. While we will absolutely miss her, we completely understand and support her decision. We wish her the very best and expect her sweet ass to be in the front row on show night. Amanda, thank you for your dedication, love, and endless contributions to LTYM Pittsburgh. WE LOVE YOU, FRIEND!   Stay tuned for audition dates, venue announcements, and all things LTYM Pittsburgh 2017. Open your laptops and get to writing–YOUR story could be on stage this May! Subscribe to our monthly newsletter (yup, just once per month–no spam here) for updates about auditions, ticket […]

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2016 Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh Videos Are HERE!

July 15, 2016

Our sophomore year of Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh is in the books! And on YouTube! If you weren’t able to make the show (or if you were and just want MORE!), check out the videos below for our cast’s incredible stories. You’ll giggle, guffaw, dab at the happy tears welling in your eyes, and downright sob at these essays. It was good, you guys. SO. GOOD. In fact, our show was named Best of the ‘Burgh by Pittsburgh Magazine! SAY WHAT?!!!! Huge shout out to our sponsors and pals for yet another successful year of storytelling. Without you, Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh would cease to exist. We appreciate you more than you know: Women’s Health Conversations Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Printscape Imaging & Graphics Ashley Mikula Photography M&R Transportation Point Breezeway Jackapottamus Julianoceros & Co. LTYM Pittsburgh alum Natalie Gillespie, Ilene Marshall, Dawn Patton, and Tina Tuminella   Disclosure: I swiped the following from Jen’s […]

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That’s a Wrap & a Ton of Thanks

May 18, 2016

You. Guys. Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh was, yet again, incredible. Jen, Amanda, and I keep telling everyone being a part of the magic that is this show joins the ranks of our wedding days and having our babies. Some people look at us like, “Awww, they’re adorable,” and then they come to the show or, better yet, perform in the show, and then they’re like, “WE GET IT!” Sharing our stories with our city is a transformative experience, one that has healing properties through resonance and laughter. Dare we say being a part of the show, whether as a cast or audience member, makes you a more aware, grateful human being? THERE WE SAID IT! LTYM Pittsburgh owes an enormous debt of gratitude to all of our local sponsors, without whom the show wouldn’t have been possible. These kind souls offered their time, energy, and money toward a cause they believed in: giving motherhood a microphone. We are so, […]

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