Cast Spotlight: Kerry Benson

by stephaniejankowski on March 29, 2016

A true wordsmith, today’s cast spotlight is a woman who has a gift for molding the ordinary into the extraordinary. We know experiencing Kerry’s sincere appreciation for the simple things will make hearts happy. Don’t miss her at the show on May 6th!



Kerry B_headshotKerry Benson has been writing throughout her entire life, but Listen to Your Mother marks the first time that she has picked up a pen since she became a mom last year. She lives in the South Hills with her husband and one-year-old daughter where you can frequently find her checking out too many books from the library, exploring local parks, and being the #1 customer at her neighborhood ice cream parlor (a pregnancy craving that didn’t quite end with pregnancy). Kerry teaches high school English by day, and in her free time, she loves to travel, act in plays and indulge her toddler’s constant requests for living room dance parties.


  • How did you discover LTYM?

I was so inspired by the women who were brave enough to share their stories last year. I cried my eyes out at every single story, even the humorous pieces. There’s just something so raw and powerful and brave about women speaking their truths. I am so honored to join this cast and follow in their footsteps!


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

I keep a simple one-line-a-day journal for my daughter, and it has become a wonderful nightly ritual for me. My own mom kept a beautiful journal throughout her pregnancy and early days with me, and it is one of my most treasured possessions. I often imagine my own daughter reading both of these journals, and I hope that someday she can find comfort and solidarity in the words of her mom and grandma as they navigated the waters of motherhood before her.


  • What do you wish most for your children?

I want my daughter to be kind, confident, and resilient, but more than anything, I hope that she has a genuine sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around her.


  • What do you love most about Pittsburgh?

The people! I’ve lived in quite a few places over the past few decades, from Virginia to Japan, and I will say that Pittsburghers are by far the most friendly and welcoming people that I’ve met. I especially appreciate the gentleness of Pittsburgh drivers. I truly don’t believe that there is any other place in the world where a “Pittsburgh left” could happen without mass anarchy!


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

This may sound strange, but I’m obsessed with the café at Phipps Conservatory. It’s delicious, and they have so many wonderful vegetarian options! I spent a good part of my maternity leave walking the paths at Phipps, so that café has a lot of sentimental value to me!


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