Listen to Your Mother San Antonio – Behind the Curtain

by jillr on April 14, 2017

It’s been my pleasure to introduce our 2017 cast members and watch our show take shape from behind the scenes. If you missed our three-part meet the cast series, you can catch up here, here and here.

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes when putting one of these shows together. Some of it is creative and exciting, some of it is mundane and even stressful. Sounds a little like motherhood to me, which makes sense because Listen to Your Mother: San Antonio is kind of like my baby.

In the spirit of what goes on behind the curtain in the days, weeks and even months leading up to our show, I’m closing out our “meet the cast” series with five people who make the parts of the show that you don’t see happen…and when things don’t run smoothly, these great ladies at least help me look like they do.



ANN IMIG is the founder of the live-reading series and video sharing company LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and editor of the acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam Books, 2015). A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured on sites like CollegeHumor, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. National TV appearances include, NBC Nightly News and the webseries Battleground and The Louise Log. Ann’s blog ( has been named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog, A BlogHer Voice of the Year, and a SheKnows Top 5 Funniest Mom Blog. Ann lives with her husband and children in Madison, Wisconsin.



CELINA MONTOYA calls herself a “professional volunteer,” serving on multiple nonprofit boards and advisory groups. In a past life she was a host and reporter for Texas Public Radio. She’s a native Texan and lifelong San Antonio girl. She attended school in Chicago, where all she did was talk about how great Texas is. Her husband, Luke, is her high-school sweetheart and the most supportive spouse you’ll ever meet. Celina is a mom to two children words can’t describe. She’s a a contributing writing for Alamo City Moms Blog and very active with the Junior League of San Antonio.




Native Texan, PATRICIA WALTERS-FISCHER, comes from a long line of storytellers. From listening to colorful stories from her family members over the years and the multiple characters she’s met through her jobs that included waiting tables, bartending, bill collecting, and eventually trauma nursing, Patricia is pretty confident she can tell a decent tale.

Patricia continues her story telling through her entertainment and mom posts as well as her award-winning romance books as she juggles deadlines, laundry, four kids, two dogs, and one very patient husband. Patricia was a cast member of the inagural Listen to Your Mother show in San Antonio. You can read more about her on her website.


Moira Duggan will read "My First Mother's Day."


MOIRA DUGGAN was a 2016 cast member reading “My First Mother’s Day” and thinks Listen to Your Mother is the best thing she has done since moving here from Washington, DC two years ago. She is married to her love from New Orleans, mother to the Master of Tottering Hall and expecting Little Miss to join the krewe this summer. You can follow Moira on Twitter (@LadyMRG).

 Edited to add: If Moira weren’t part of the production team this year, I’d constantly lose papers and the paperwork end of this would be in a grocery bag. See also, I would have no idea where said grocery bag was at any given time. 



JESSICA MEWBORNE is our show’s photographer. She’s a contributing writer for Alamo City Moms Blog and the owner of Mewborne Photography. If you need a family or event photographer, call Jessica. She is THE BEST. Yes, I’m biased but trust me. She’s the best.

And last but not least…me.

Jill Robbins

JILL ROBBINS. There lots of words that describe me: wife, mother, veteran, friend, introvert, over-sharer, lover of the Oxford comma, traveler, humorist. Writer.

I started a blog in 2011 to chronicle my family’s adoption stories and it turned into a form of therapy for me. Writing about adoption in it’s messy, beautiful complexity pulled me through some difficult times and when the worst of the difficult times had passed, I started writing about other stuff and, much to my surprise, other people started reading…other people besides my mom. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, San Antonio Woman Magazine. Scary Mommy, The Huffington Post, Your Tango, and more. I have essays in three parenting anthologies and I write regularly for Disney’s parenting website, Babble, and Alamo City Moms Blog.

A friend told me about the Listen to Your Mother Show in late 2014. Since San Antonio had no LTYM show at that time, I drove to Austin and auditioned for their show. Although the experience of auditioning was both cathartic and validating, I was elated to be cast in Austin’s 2015 show. It became evident to me that Listen to Your Mother needed to find a home in San Antonio, so I applied to bring the show here last year. Our inagural show was a huge success and it’s exciting to see live storytelling so well-received in the Alamo City.

My next adventure is Mom it Out Loud – LIVE, which will continue to celebrate “stories from the motherhood” in San Antonio. There’s a middle ground between keeping your story all to yourself and telling it on a theater stage. Mom it Out Loud – LIVE will faciliate the same type of sharing of stories that we hear at a Listen to Your Mother show in a more intimate, open mike style setting. We’re just getting started but trust me, you’re going to want to come along for the ride.

Storytelling is my passion project, my fourth child and the source of much joy for me. The talent in our city and the willingness to so openly share the beautiful, poignant, funny, broken and inspiring stories of motherhood blows me away daily. I’m honored to be part of this.

All tickets purchased online will incur Ticketmaster fees. You can purchase no-fee tickets at the Carver Community Cultural Center’s box office from 8-5 Monday through Friday, 226 North Hackberry, San Antonio TX 78202

Proceeds benefit Clarity Child Guidance Center.

Clarity Child Guidance Center exists to transform the lives of children and families. We are the only nonprofit mental health treatment center specializing in children ages 3-17 in San Antonio and South Texas. Our inpatient and outpatient programs include a range of services including crisis stabilization, psychiatric evaluations, and ongoing therapy. To learn more about Clarity Child Guidance Center or how to help a child in need go to www.ClarityCGC.orgfollow

This production is not a presentation of the Carver Community Cultural Center or the Carver Development Board.

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