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

by Galit on March 15, 2017

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







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. She met some of her best friends in writing groups and writes about her life as a daughter, mom and outside observer. She is working with a writing partner on a book that explores how two very different people, an extreme extrovert and an acute introvert, can become and remain best friends.







Danielle Daniel‘s career includes a wide variety of theater projects, storytelling programs, artist residencies and workshops. Her goal is to provide creative opportunities for students of all ages to explore their world through the arts; helping students find and develop their creative voice and style.

STORYTELLER – 24 YEARS  African and African American History and Folklore – Spirit of our Ancestors  Stories from Around the World – Building Bridges, connecting our world  Specially designed storytelling programs to celebrate special occasions  Women Voices – special programs honoring women  Motivational/Spiritual Stories

TEACHING ARTIST – 25 YEARS Twenty-five years classroom and community experience working with students of all ages. Artist residencies and workshops—storytelling, creative writing, and theater arts Roster Artist with: COMPAS (24 years); The Givens Foundation for African American Literature (10 years); Young Audience (8 years); ORIGIN (5 years); Vocal Essence (11 years); Young Author Conferences – inspiring and motivating young writers (16 years); Special curriculum highlighting African American Authors and Poets; Working with students and adults with disabilities (Millennium Performing Arts, VSA)

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE – 24 YEARS One woman plays and storytelling program tour shows presented in Europe and the U.S. College tour includes: Purdue and Northwestern University, University of Louisville, Southern University, and University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin Storytelling programs and shows presented at schools K-12, colleges, corporations, community events, Minnesota State Fair Festivals—Children International Festival, Owatonna Fair; 1995 & 2015 Fringe Festival; 2014 Late Nite Series at the Pillsbury Theatre FEATURED STORYTELLER/SPEAKER – Featured at National Assoc. of Black Storytellers –2006 San Diego, CA; 2007 Atlanta – Quantico, VA, Celebration for General Frank Peterson, first African American 3-Star General – Featured at Poplarville, MS Blueberry Storytelling Festival – Mississippi – Northland Storytelling Festival – Minneapolis – Ghana, West African – performed in Ghana (International Storytelling Conference – Ghana) – Filled in for Governor Ann Richards of Texas at Women’s Conference – Hamline University

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIP COMPAS 2011 Jim Dusso Artist Award; LIN Grant–St. Paul Companies; MN State Arts Board Fellowship; Jerome Fellowship and Many Voices Award from the Playwright Center.

LITERACY WORKS – Author, children’s book, The Ghost of Old Man Willie (2006) – Plays: Voodoo Child, Magic of Laughter (both produced at Southern Theatre); Rhythm People (presented at Paramount Theater), and Murder on the Bayou

TRAINING/EDUCATION – B.A. Degree, University of Minnesota; Completed Kennedy Performance Arts Centers “Artists as Educators Program” through Northern Iowa University; completed courses in theater and writing at Playwrights Center and the Guthrie Theatre.

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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