Join Us at the Riverview Theatre on May 4th at 7PM!

Meet the cast!
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We recently announced the full cast for this year’s Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show. Now, it’s time to learn more about the women who will bring their stories of motherhood to the historic Riverview Theater on May 4, 2017.

Today, we introduce you to Tzitel, Molly, and Emily.


Tzitel

Tzitel Voss is a Speech Communications and Theater teacher and consultant with 20 years of experience in a broad range of fields. The greater part of her career has been spent within the field of education where she teaches communications classes and coaches nationally-ranked competitive speakers. ​Beyond the educational setting, Tzitel has worked with The Moth and Fringe Festival storytellers in preparation for the stage. She also has had the privilege to work with Public Defenders and Criminal Defense Lawyers on developing skills to share the stories of their clients in the courtroom. Tzitel has made a career out of listening to stories: stories of her students, stories of performers, stories of professionals. She is a teacher at heart and loves to help others find the courage to speak and make their “mess become their message”. Every once in awhile, she even has a story to share.

 

 


MollyMolly Beth Griffin is the author of two picture books, RHODA’S ROCK HUNT and LOON BABY, and one young adult novel, SILHOUETTE OF A SPARROW. Her picture books have been awarded a Jeanette Fair book award and a Northeast Minnesota Book Award, and RHODA is a Star of the North Nominee this year. Her novel won the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award, and was featured on the ALA Rainbow List and the Amelia Bloomer List of Feminist Literature. Molly won a McKnight Fellowship in 2014 and has received two Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Since graduating from Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young adults in 2009, she has been teaching writing for children at the Loft Literary Center, critiquing manuscripts, and hosting a monthly Picture Book Salon. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner and their two kids, ages 3 & 7, who like to fight with each other, complain on short hikes, and whine about her awesome cooking.


EmilyEmily Heinis is a mother to Olivia (6) and Nathan (almost 4; never leave out the almost), a spouse to Patrick, a lover of sarcasm, a budding blogger (emilyheinis.com), a part-time vegan (cheese is REALLY good), a reader of memoirs (true stories are the best stories), a parentheses overuser, and a teacher turned SAHM turned WAHM. Emily has a BST in Communication Arts and Literature and an MA in Communication Studies, both from Minnesota State University, Mankato (Go, Mavs!). For nearly ten years, she enjoyed teaching high school communications and coaching the speech team. When Olivia was born, however, she felt compelled to reduce her class size to one. An extended maternity leave turned into a resignation. By the time Nathan was born, Emily was loving being a stay-at-home-mom, frolicking in parks and discouraging booger-picking in public. As amazing as SAHM life was, though, she longed for conversations with people more than three feet tall. In 2014, she started working at home between recitations of Go, Dog, Go and slicing cucumbers the long way, not into circles. Emily now enjoys teaching again, both in person and online, helping people find personal wellness through toxin-free living and financial wellness through relationship marketing. In her spare time, you’ll find her drinking wine in the bathtub, binge-watching anything by Shonda Rhimes, painting lovely things, and trying not to swear in front of her kids.


The Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Theater.

We would also like to recognize our generous sponsors. Without their support, this show would not be possible. Please check them out and thank them for their partnership with the Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show! 

Melanie & John Willy of Edina RealtyAnn Marie PhotographyKeep in Touch MassageThe Red Balloon Bookshop; The Minnesota Lice Lady.

Tickets are now available and a portion of ticket sales goes to the Jeremiah Program

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We recently announced the full cast for this year’s Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show. Now, it’s time to learn more about the women who will bring their stories of motherhood to the historic Riverview Theater on May 4, 2017.

Today, we introduce you to Sally, Erica, and Mandy.


SallySally Vardaman Johnson is a writer and comedian, skill sets sure to enhance her motherhood acumen in the absence of good cooking and housekeeping.   Her ongoing fascinations include healthcare economics, justice system reform, the god complex, and exploitation of her foibles to inspire laughter.  Her creative focus in 2017 is a book of essays to her three middle school aged children, and trying her hand at storytelling through audio.  You can read her more serious wonderings at sallysmart.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

 


EricaErica Hunt is a life-long Minnesotan who now resides in St. Paul with her husband of 20 years, three daughters, two pets and her gardens. She has worked with teenagers and young adults in various non-profit organizations for over 15 years, focusing specifically on cultivating mentoring relationships. She has bachelor’s degrees in history and education, two areas of study she still finds fascinating. She began writing after college, when her under-resourced employer could not afford to buy curriculum, and has been writing ever since. Along with gardening, it is her favorite creative outlet. She loves her family and friends, her neighborhood, cooking from scratch, reading fiction and any time she can get with her rapidly growing teenagers.

 

 

 


MandyMandy Poke is 26 years old and currently a 5th grade teacher in district 196. She is engaged to PJ Hill and they have a daughter, Sinae Hill. Her life is filled with God, family, friends, graduate school, and basketball. She enjoys coaching her daughter, eating sushi, shopping, and summertime festivities. She also enjoys teaching. It is one of the most fulfilling experiences to be able to help empower and fill each individual student with love and experiences that will allow them to grow into the best version of themselves! She is blessed.

 

 

 

 


The Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Theater.

We would also like to recognize our generous sponsors. Without their support, this show would not be possible. Please check them out and thank them for their partnership with the Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show! 

Melanie & John Willy of Edina RealtyAnn Marie PhotographyKeep in Touch MassageThe Red Balloon Bookshop; The Minnesota Lice Lady.

Tickets are now available and a portion of ticket sales goes to the Jeremiah Program

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Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities: Meet more of the 2017 Cast!

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We recently announced the full cast for this year’s Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show. Now, it’s time to learn more about the women who will bring their stories of motherhood to the historic Riverview Theater on May 4, 2017. Today, we introduce you to Rachel, Ann, and Danielle. Rachel Guvenc is an adult English as a Second Language teacher, yoga instructor and mother of three. Her newest passion is pursuing creative ways to stand up for social justice. In 2015, she received an award for her poetry from The League of Minnesota Poets. She has been writing poetry and short stories since middle school. Her website is divinesparkmn.com.           Ann Hohenshell is a mom, spouse, writer and avid reader. She and her husband are native Iowans and slowly coming to accept that their three children consider themselves Minnesotans. Ann likes to root for the underdog, drink coffee and collect family stories. […]

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We recently announced the full cast for this year’s Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show. Now, it’s time to learn more about the women who will bring their stories of motherhood to the historic Riverview Theater on May 4, 2017. Today, we introduce you to Hanadi, Susan, Carrie, and Amoke.   Hanadi Chehabeddine is an award-winning public speaker and activist living in Eden Prairie with her husband and three kids. she recently received the Eden Prairie Human Rights Award of 2016 for her efforts to dismantle misconceptions about Islam and build bridges of unity. She has been featured in the Star Tribune for her community building projects and had been published in the Huffington Post, American Diversity Report, MinnPost, and recently The Guthrie Theater and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She was a speaker at the national Diplomacy Summit, August 2016 in Minneapolis, and was recently invited to be a U.S. State Department International Speaker. Hanadi […]

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We know how difficult it is to tell your story, to take something that is deeply personal and share it with others. It’s even harder to share it with strangers. We were honored to hear over forty such personal stories during the auditions for this year’s show. We are grateful for each woman who took the time to write her story and then took the risk of sharing it with us. Each story was beautiful in its own right. It is never easy to choose some stories while letting others go but last week, we had to do just that. We are thrilled to announce the cast of this year’s Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show! We will be returning to the Riverview Theater on Thursday, May 4th at 7 p.m. and we hope you’ll join us for another year and new stories. Tickets are on sale now! We’ve sold out the past two years so get […]

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