Mark your calendars! LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco is thrilled to announce that our 6th annual show will be on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 13th! Where will our grand finale year take place? The big reveal will be in our next blog post, so subscribe or follow Listen To Your Mother on Facebook!


Now, all we need is YOU!

Janine, Mary and I are seeking a diverse collection of local writers to read their words about motherhood. People of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to submit their work. Everyone has a mother story, whether you are a mother or not! Not sure where or how to begin telling your story? The LTYM New York City team has some great writing advice HERE. I love this nugget from them: “Remember, we’re not looking for your thoughts on Motherhood, the institution—we’re looking for the story of your Tuesday morning. We’re looking for the stories only you can tell.”

And please forward this along to anyone who might be interested!

Submission Details:

Send us your original, humorous, poignant, painful, joyful and soulful words on mothers or mothering to (personal essays, no fiction pieces). Submissions open on January 16th and close on February 6th. Please include your submission as an attachment (pdf or word doc) with your name in the subject line of the email. Each piece should be 5 minutes or less (about 800 words) when read aloud. Please note that we are unable to select you for an audition if your piece is longer than this.

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle


Submissions Window:  January 16th – February 6th

Invitations To Audition E-mailed:  February 13th – February 17th


* Saturday, March 4th: San Francisco Public Library

* Sunday, March 5th: Danspace in Oakland

* Monday, March 6th: The Hivery in Mill Valley


* Sunday, March 19th at The Hivery in Mill Valley

* Sunday, April 23rd at The Hivery in Mill Valley

* Saturday, May 13th – show date! Final rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.

Show Date:  Saturday, May 13th, 7:00 p.m.


Now, more than ever, we must protect different stories and experiences. We hope you’ll share yours with us.

~ Tarja, Janine, and Mary

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Listen To Your Mother (#LTYM) will return to the Bay Area in 2017 for a 6th year!

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

This marks the grand finale season of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, not just in the San Francisco Bay Area, but nationwide. After eight years from its origin in Madison, Wisconsin with our Founding Director, Ann Imig, this important storytelling movement will follow the old theater adage of “leave them wanting more” and close its curtains for the last time next May. I know I speak for my whole team when I say we  are deeply honored to have a been a part of bringing LTYM to San Francisco.


For those who don’t know, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities, and a portion of ticket proceeds is given to a local charity that in turn supports local mothers and children.

Our last season will be our best, with 33 participating cities! Check out this fantastic grand finale video announcement.


To watch our 2017 season video announcement click here

Big News For the Bay Area!

I will return for the 2017 season with my dynamite team from last year, co-director and producer Janine Kovac and associate director Mary Hill! We are thrilled to announce that next year, our show will be performed in Marin County! Does this mean our submissions and auditions will change? NO. We will continue to look for a diversity of voices from every corner of the Bay Area and continue to hold auditions in San Francisco, Oakland and Marin.

What’s next? The most important part: YOU.

Are you a mother? Do you have a mother? Do you know a mother? We want your stories! Submissions will open in January 2017. Stay tuned! We’ll post our official call, as well as audition dates, rehearsal dates, and our performance date here.

For all things LTYM, we encourage you to subscribe to our monthly newsletter  and follow on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter. And then of course, there is the LTYM Anthology and the over 1500 videos from past seasons on our LTYMShow YouTube channel.

Giving motherhood a microphone in the Bay,

Tarja, Janine and Mary

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Watch the 5th Annual San Francisco #LTYM show videos on YouTube!

July 14, 2016

Did you miss our Mother’s Day show at The Brava Theater? 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 San Francisco, in true #LTYM tradition, hundreds of folks gathered at The Brava to listen to a diverse cast share their humorous, moving, and profound words. You can watch the 2016 San Francisco 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 Handcrafted Mindfulness, MV Code Club, Gina Risso Photography, Equator Coffees & Teas, Edward’s Salon and our photographer Ian Tuttle. 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 (as well as stories […]

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They Came, They Saw, They Listened: That’s A Wrap!

May 16, 2016

On May 6th at the Brava Theater, 11 storytellers took the stage with power and grace, captivating a sold-out audience with the complexities and the realities of motherhood. For Mary, Janine and myself, the 2016 Listen To Your Mother season went beyond our wildest expectations. Producing and directing this show is a lesson in navigation: we will guide this vessel to the very best of our abilities, but at the end of the day, our voyage depends on the power of the stories, the connection of cast members – to themselves, to us, and to the audience, and a very complex algorithm involving star alignment and magic. Spoiler Alert: the magic worked. It was such a powerful evening, and as my friend Kim told me after the show, the stories opened the door for deeper conversations, for people to connect with each other on new levels. And because we filled the theater, we […]

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Our Show Is Today! And Mother’s Day Gifts!

May 6, 2016

Our show is today. (dramatic pause) OUR SHOW IS TODAY! This is pretty much how we feel: Janine, Mary and I are so excited to unveil the powerful stories of our talented cast. Tonight at the Brava Theater in San Francisco will truly be best way to start your Mother’s Day Weekend. Speaking of Mother’s Day, you got your mom a gift, right? I mean, besides treating her to our show? Well, if not, we’ve got you covered. Available for sale in the lobby, before and after the show, will be an array of books by our cast members – first and foremost of which is the critically-acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now. It is a thought-provoking, hilarious collection of personal essay, featuring #1 bestselling authors Jennifer Weiner and Jenny Lawson, and many other notable writers including LTYM 2013 alum and our emcee for the night, […]

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