Welcome to #LTYM Pittsburgh!

Meet the cast!

Oh sweet Art Rooney on a bicycle was this year’s show ever amazing! Jen and I continue to be humbled by the talent and generosity of spirit unearthed in Pittsburgh. We’ve got such incredible people in this city, you guys. YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW.

Unless you were at the show, of course. *wink*

2017 brought our first-ever tag team emcee show, our first dude, and our biggest audience yet. It’s no surprise so many people are itching to see the realness of Motherhood unwrapped on stage. Even still, so much of parenting is hidden behind the curtain, too raw or embarrassing to expose. WELL WE EXPOSE IT! Ain’t no shame in our game! That’s why Jen and I can’t possibly turn off the microphone just yet: even though this was the finale year for Listen to Your Mother in Pittsburgh, we are coming back!

*throws confetti*
*gets confetti stuck in eye*
*trips over the dog while dancing around blindly*

Starting next year, you’ll still see me and Jen, but we’ll be under a different name: This Is Motherhood. We’re currently in the process of setting up our corner of the web, but please do start following now so you get updates about upcoming auditions, shows, etc. Find us on social media por favor:



Aaaaanyhoo, back to this year’s show: SO. GOOD. We don’t have video this year, so we’re sharing some of our favorite photos captured by the lovely Ashley Mikula Photography.

Our toast before showtime!

Our toast before showtime!


Me & Jen pretending we're married. When you birth a show together, you basically are a couple.

Me & Jen pretending we’re married. When you birth a show together, you basically are a couple.


Pre-show huddle. I LOVE US!

Pre-show huddle. I LOVE US!


Please pardon us as we put the class in classy.

Please pardon us as we put the class in classy.


Part of our fabulous audience...and our fabulous program!

Part of our fabulous audience…and our fabulous program!


Final bows are the best feeling EVER.

Final bows are the best feeling EVER.

You may have noticed we left out photos from the actual show. We’re baiting you. Is it working? Follow This Is Motherhood on social media so you don’t miss when our new site is live. There, you’ll find photos of each cast member as he/she is reading, plus the essays in their entirety!

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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!

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 […]

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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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