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Meet the cast

Meet the 2017 Cast!

by KeAnne on February 14, 2017

Raleigh-Durham's 2017 Cast!

Raleigh-Durham’s 2017 Cast!

Auditions are a wrap. KeAnne and I heard over 40 amazing stories and met over 40 amazing women. Each woman we met was someone I wanted to pour a cup of coffee for and invite her to stay and talk. That’s the joy of Listen to Your Mother for me – meeting so many people with whom I genuinely feel an instant connection.

Among those auditions were these women. Their stories are the ones that will create our 5th and final Listen to Your Mother show in Raleigh-Durham. We are beyond excited to introduce them to you now.

Anne Anthony is a mom to two grown daughters, a full-time writer and part-time photographer living in Chapel Hill. Her work can be found on her website.

Sheila Arias is from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Inspired by her daughter, Jaslene (age 8), she is an advocate for parents with special needs. She also has a five year old son.

Candice Burton is a small business owner with an entrepreneurial bent who wears many hats, including being mama to her two children. Her spare time is spent at the gym, having recently won a national fitness competition.

Liz Brignac is a New Orleans native and mama to two boys. She is a freelance writer focusing on children and the outdoors.

Sarah Cade is a social studies teacher at a high school in Raleigh. Her 10 month old son Harvey just took his first steps this week. She writes at The Cainade Chronicles.

Kathryn Taylor Clarke is a yoga instructor and a mama to a boy and a girl. She married her middle school sweetheart right out of college and works with adults with dementia and for racial justice and equality.

Danielle Gardner is mama to twin daughters, Nadia & Elise. She keeps her friends looking and feeling fabulous both as a Stella & Dot stylist and a yoga instructor.

Heather Hankinson is a full-time working single mom to Mason, her 6 year old son with non-verbal autism and Queso her 7 year old wiener dog.

Tiffany Haywood is a mom to six kids ages 6 to 22. She is the “Tee” in The Mrs Tee lifestyle blog.

Erica Kosal is a mother to two, a widow, a biology professor, and an author. She loves travel and nature, and writes online at Bounce to Resilience and her personal blog too.

Aleta Payne is a mom to three boys, the youngest of whom just flew the nest last fall. She now mothers two wild puppies and lives in Cary.

Kirsten Reberg-Horton is a landscape designer, artist, writer, activist, and a mama to three children. She is passionate about racial justice and special needs education.

Jess Rotenberg is not new to LTYM:RDU. She has been the official photographer since the very beginning. This year, she is joining the cast as a mama of two boys and her story told with words, not pictures.

We hope you will join us at Jones Auditorium on the campus of Meredith College on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM for our 5th Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham show!  You can buy tickets here.

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Audition Tips

by KeAnne on February 2, 2017

It’s audition eve for Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham, and Marty and I are eagerly anticipating the stories we are going to hear Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  We understand that auditioning – even for an audience of two – can be nerve-wracking for even the most seasoned performer, so we have collected a few tips from last year’s cast.

I timed it! I read through it a few times to make sure it sounded good and that I felt comfortable reading it. I also printed out a copy. – Liz Hollar

Read thru it multiple times. Find the rhythm of the piece. Sometimes you find that while a piece reads beautifully it doesn’t translate into a performance. Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings to have a tighter performance. – Kati Gardner

I read it out loud in front of the bathroom mirror, alone. I timed myself. For some reason, I didn’t want to practice with any friends or family. – Beth O’Connell

Be you! Be genuine. Read it as if you are reading it to an audience of yourself. – NaShonda Cooke

Timing myself and definitely “finding my rhythm” were key. Although I was a nervous wreck at the audition, I tried to remember that I was reading to other women- moms who actually “got” what I was talking about. – Tandra Wilkerson

I read it out loud as I was writing it to figure out how much longer it needed to be. I also think reading it to a friend helped point out parts that made sense in my head but not on paper. – Caroline Maclaga

Focus on how you want the people who hear your story to feel. Because, ultimately, it is not about you. So just take a breath. It is going to be OK.- Katie Gailes

Bring a bottle of water into the audition room and use if you need it. Marty & KeAnne won’t kill you.- Martie Sirois

Great advice.  And Martie is right: Marty and I most definitely will not kill you! We can’t wait to hear your stories. But be warned:  you’re very likely to receive a hug.


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Audition Time!

January 9, 2017

Everything you need to know to audition for the 2017 Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham! Marty and I are excited to announce auditions for the 5th and final Listen to Your Mother:Raleigh-Durham show!  We know this grand finale show will be as amazing as the prior four have been, but we need YOU to help make it so! Auditions will be held February 4, 5 and 6, 2017.  You can sign up for a spot here. You will be doing a reading, so come prepared with one piece chosen ahead of time and bring two printed copies for us.  While we aren’t looking for perfect delivery, it will help (your nerves if nothing else!) if you practice reading it aloud ahead of time.  More tips: Stories should be no more than 5 minutes long (please time yourself before auditioning) We are looking for stories about mothers and/or motherhood: the highs, the lows, the hysterical, […]

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Presenting our Grand Finale Season!

October 6, 2016

Listen To Your Mother, this amazing movement that has been “giving motherhood a microphone” since that very first show in Madison, Wisconsin back in 2010, is taking its final bow during the 2017 season (Raleigh-Durham’s fifth!). Raleigh-Durham is thrilled to be among 33 cities bringing you amazing, final shows in Spring 2017.  You can read the official announcement here. In the coming months you’ll be learning more about how you can get involved. Marty and I will be accepting written submissions for our 2017 show in the second half of January 2017, and we’ll also be letting you know how to buy tickets to celebrate in person with us as soon as we have those details solidified. As always, a percentage of those ticket proceeds will benefit a local charity, to be finalized soon. In the meantime, please subscribe to our United States/Canada newsletter and follow us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!). […]

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Watch the 2016 Raleigh-Durham #LTYM Videos on YouTube!

July 26, 2016

Did you miss our Mother’s Day show at Meredith College? Now you can watch our stories on YouTube! This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Here in Raleigh-Durham, hundreds of folks gathered at Jones Auditorium at Meredith College to listen to a diverse group of North Carolinians sharing their humorous, moving, and profound words. You can watch the 2016 Raleigh-Durham show by clicking  this playlist. With heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs and local sponsors Davis Family Chiropractic, Dr. Ashley Lloyd, DDS, Lularoe Susan Boylston, Danielle Gardner Stella & Dot, Myriad Media and Jess Rotenberg Photography. *** We also invite you to experience voices from our shows all across North America featuring powerful true stories that capture all facets of contemporary parenting […]

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