Cast Spotlight: Jen Pelling

by stephaniejankowski on March 11, 2015

This is the first of our 13 cast spotlight posts! They’ve answered a series of our questions in an effort to introduce themselves to you. Our hope is that you’ll read them, love them, and come cheer them on at the performance on May 8th.

Let’s get started!

Up first is Jen Pelling!

Jen’s two daughters don’t like her to say where she is from because it has the word ‘butt’ in it, and since she moved from Butler to Pittsburgh sixteen Pelling_LTYMyears ago, she feels justified in calling herself a Yinzer (of the East End variety). She, her husband, and the aforementioned daughters live in a big Victorian house with housemates who come and go, cats who don’t care for each other, and chickens who relish daily escapes from their run. Her life is many things, but not boring. She blogs with friends at and just got her first smart phone which, she is happy to report, has not made her any less intelligent.

Editor’s note: my husband is avoiding the flip-to-smart phone switcheroo. Maybe he is afraid the machine will take over?

And now for the questions:

How did you discover LTYM?

Through a good friend and her link on a local FB group: ‘Pandemonium Toddlerized’


What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your children?

In a goofy moment I taught my daughters (then 3 and 5) to bat their eyelashes while asking for something. I told them that it was very important, especially when asking Daddy or Nana, and we all thought that their awkward ‘batting’ (which was more ‘slow jerking motion’) was hilarious. Now they are 5 and 7 and they still ask me for things with an exaggerated bat and a endearing twinkle.


What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?


What do you wish most for your children?

That they would be rooted in gratitude.


What do you love most about Pittsburgh?

Probably that when we walk to church we usually stop and chat with 3-5 people along the way, and it’s only three blocks. I love Pittsburgh, but I love my little ‘piece’ of Pittsburgh even more. Also, I love living in the city where Mr. Rogers once lived!


If you could only ever eat at ONE restaurant in the ‘Burgh, what would it be and why?

Editor’s note: Jen has taken the liberty of changing this questions from ONE restaurant to FOUR. And I love that about her. Everyday’s a Sundae on Penn Circle in East Liberty. I just love these people. Pho Minh on Penn Ave. because now that I know about it, I’m not sure I can live without Pho. Udipe, a hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant in Monroeville. And Five Guys, yes I know it’s a chain, but Five Guys makes the list.


Jen is a seasoned writer; you can find the goods at:

We hope you enjoyed our first cast spotlight post! Thanks to Jen for entertaining our questions and sharing her writing and photo with us. Can’t wait to see this lady on stage–you will not be disappointed, we promise!

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