Listen to Your Mother is back for a fourth season in San Antonio on May 9th at 2:00 p.m. on May 11th at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater. We’re really excited about our upcoming show but it wouldn’t be a show without YOU.
Audition Info – Listen to Your Mother 2020
Auditions sign-ups officially open on January 6th. Auditions will be held in person by appointment only on January 31st and February 1st in San Antonio.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your spot. You will receive location-specific info when your audition is confirmed.
If you’re unfamiliar with Listen Your Mother, our show, the best way to get a feel for it is to check out The Listen to Your Mother Show on YouTube
You can also watch our complete show from 2019 here to get a feel for what’s worked on the past.
What are we looking for?
Your personal story with a motherhood theme, whatever that may mean to you. It can be a story about being a mom, having a mom, finding a mom, losing a mom, not wanting to be a mom, knowing someone who is a mom. You can write about your most joyful day as a parent, the stress of infertility, how your mother (or mother figure) impacted your life, or about that day you lost your kid at Fiesta. You get where we’re going with this, right? YOUR story.
Before contacting us for an audition, please refer to the FAQs below. We can’t wait to meet you and hear your story.
WHO CAN AUDITION?
Anyone. You don’t have to be a professional writer. You don’t even have to be a mother or a woman. No experience necessary.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Well-constructed written essays approximately five minutes in length. They can be hilarious, heartbreaking, thoughtful, inspirational or anything in between. Listen to Your Mother is all about live readings…no memorization is necessary.
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
When read aloud at a normal pace, your reading should be around five minutes.
Time is important. While readings of less than five minutes are fine, we ask that your readings not go significantly over our established time limit.
Please time yourself as you’re preparing for your audition and adjust accordingly. We do time the readings at auditions. A few seconds – or even a couple of minutes – probably won’t get you removed from consideration, a reading of over 10 minutes is probably going to get you in the automatic “no” pile.
DOES MY READING NEED TO BE TYPED?
You will need to bring two copies of your reading with you to audition…one to read from and one for our team to keep for reference.
If you want to read to us from a mobile device, that’s OK but WE need a hard copy. We prefer typed but our only requirement is that it must be legible.
Your spoken reading is what counts. We’re not evaluating your spelling or grammar.
CAN I READ SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN PUBLISHED BEFORE?
Yes, as long as you own the rights to the story or have permission to read it on stage.
CAN MY READING BE FICTION OR FANTASY OR WHAT I THINK WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE?
No. Your reading must be YOUR true story based on YOUR experiences.
CAN MY READING BE A POEM?
Yes, as long as it fits with the theme of motherhood and adheres to time parameters.
HOW MANY SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE?
At this time, we’re anticipating 12-14 pieces being read on stage.
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I’M PICKED?
We anticipate making a public announcement sometime in late February or early March. We personally notify every person who auditions before our public announcement.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT ME TO KNOW?
If you are selected to participate in the 2020, you’ll be asked to participate in two group rehearsals: April 4 from 10:00-3:30 p.m. and May 2 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. All participants must be available from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the day of the performance.