Audition Season for Listen to Your Mother 2017 Has Begun!

by kimjorgensengane on January 17, 2017

Your story could be an essential part of this year’s Listen To Your Mother celebration of mothering by giving a voice to motherhood — in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. If you have a story longing to be heard about your mother, your own view as a mother, or about a mother-figure in your life — write it down and share with us!

Southwest Michigan is currently accepting written submissions via email to ltymswmichigan (@) gmail (.) com. Please make sure your piece is edited to the best of your ability and that it does not exceed FIVE MINUTES read aloud (we suggest you record yourself reading it so you can get a time). Please be sure to write SUBMISSION in the subject of your email. You will be contacted soon when try-out/audition signups are made available for March!


LTYM 2017 Gallery WRITE post


Audition process and requirements vary by city, and some cities have not yet made their announcements but will soon (including Southwest Michigan!). We will update audition info as it is available –keep checking in and be sure to follow Listen To Your Mother on Facebook and @LTYMShow on Twitter for updates.

Find audition information for an #LTYM 2017 city near you by visiting the main LTYM website here.

Here are some helpful links as you consider sharing your LTYM story:

What is LTYM? Our FAQs
5 Reasons to Write Down Your Stories by founder Ann Imig
5 Reasons to Read Your Stories on Stage by founder Ann Imig
Attention All Auditioners: How LTYM casts our shows


These are the cities making a return for the 2017 season:

Atlanta ~ Austin ~ Baltimore ~ Baton Rouge ~ Boston ~ Boulder ~ Burbank ~ Charleston ~ Chicago ~ DC ~ Kansas City ~ La Crosse ~ Lehigh Valley ~ Madison ~ Metro Detroit ~ Milwaukee ~ North Jersey ~ Northern Utah ~ NYC ~ Oklahoma City ~ Pittsburgh ~ Plumas County ~ Providence ~ Raleigh-Durham ~ Rochester ~ San Antonio ~ San Francisco Bay Area ~ Southwest Michigan ~ Spokane ~ St. Louis ~ Twin Cities!!!

Join Us!!!

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ELEESE BOHANNON-SCOTT reads at our 2016 DC show, by Julie Lowery Photography

Did you miss this year’s Listen To Your Mother Show — or want to hear the stories again? Now you can watch our 2016 show on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel!

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.

Watch the 2016 Southwest Michigan show below or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel here.

Heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs; and local sponsors 98.3 The Coast, Scott R. Gane Photography, Baja Gringo Taco Truck, TJ21 Media Group, Ecohousing USA, Ltd. DBA Pete Jorgensen Real Estate, The Mason Jar Cafe, The Sign Shop, Rodan & Fields Ind. Consultant, June Saavedra & Tara Florist (click on their logos in the sidebar to visit their websites). WVBH Power 105.3 supported us with ticket giveaways and mentions, too! And thanks to #Write2TheEnd Writers Workshop & New Territory Arts Association for support during our audition process.

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 about our own upbringing) including very timely personal narratives given the recent events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Shaker Heights, and Dallas. On the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel we feature a variety of playlists by topic, and for 2016 we’ve added two new playlists–one with stories about race, and another with stories from LGBTQ families.

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Gratitude: LTYM SWMichigan 2016 Season Wrap-Up

May 23, 2016

Our Listen to Your Mother Southwest Michigan Season Wrap-up post is always the hardest one for me to write. I put it off, and put it off, I think because it always feels so final. There’s a little relief that comes with our post season, of course. Those last few weeks before showtime are positively insane with worry and uncertainty and expectation and work. And then showtime comes and the payoffs are overwhelming and so deeply worthwhile. Like this one…. Handing a check from our LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Southwest Michigan 2016 show to a deserving charity partner like Emergency Shelter Services, Inc. is one of the great privileges of producing this incredible international show locally. From our ticket proceeds, Beth and I decided to surpass the minimum required and MATCH what ESS collected in the lobby the night of our show ($440, thanks to our generous audience!) for a grand total of $880 raised toward helping […]

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April 25, 2016

We’re excited for you to meet the rest of the LTYM SWMichigan 2016 cast, but first we’d like to acknowledge that last week was a terribly difficult week in southwest Michigan. In light of the recent news out of St. Joseph of local sponsor, 98.3 The Coast’s morning show personality Denise Bohn’s tragic death, it is even more poignant that a portion of our ticket proceeds will benefit Emergency Shelter Services, Inc. this season. Our hearts go out to her children, to the families, and to the countless friends, fans and coworkers impacted by this tragedy. Domestic violence is just one of the many reasons women and families find themselves homeless, and we hope to make a difference with our show as we celebrate and give voice to that which was so clearly most important in Denise’s life: her children and her role as a mother.   We had an incredible rehearsal a week ago Saturday. We did some […]

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Meet the LTYM SWMichigan 2016 Cast: First Edition

April 10, 2016

In no particular order, I’d like to introduce you to the first batch of our amazing LTYM: SWMichigan 2016 cast. These beautiful people are going to knock your socks off. I’m joining them to read this year, so I’m going to try and live up to the bar they’ve set, which is indeed high. My co-director, Beth Haire-Lewis, is emceeing for us once again! Returning for our second local season, with a very funny story about the importance of safety while mothering teenaged football players, is: CHRISTINE SHERENE is the Parent Coordinator for the Readiness Center Preschool. She is the wife of Mr. Charles E. Sherene Sr., Chief of Police of the village of Eau Claire, Michigan. Christine is the mother of three boys and a girl. She is a licensed missionary at Greater Community Christian Fellowship C.O.G.I.C. and the host of the gospel music radio broadcast “Morning Manna” on Power 105.3 FM. Christine enjoys […]

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