LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER TWIN CITIES ALUMNI HOLIDAY SHOW 2019

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 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER TWIN CITIES 

2019 ALUMNI HOLIDAY SHOW CAST


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Avivah Brown

2018 CAST ALUMNI
2018 HOLIDAY SHOW ALUMNI

Avivah Brown was born in NY, raised in Atlanta and is now a self proclaimed Minnesotan. She is a public speaker, non-profit manager, singer, and an adoptive and foster mom. Her career finds her spending days partnering local organizations with schools to provide meals to kids living in food insecurity. In addition, she is a local advocate for the needs within the foster care system, and is passionate about seeing kiddos in healthy homes. In her spare time she can be found drinking great coffee, trying a new dish and fully embracing each new day. You can find her adventures here: as1wefoster.com.

In 2018, Avivah read, “A Mother To Many” from the LTYM stage. And later that same year, she read, “Her Baby’s First Christmas” in the first ever holiday alumni show.


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Danielle Daniel

2017 CAST ALUMNI
2018 HOLIDAY SHOW ALUMNI

Danielle Daniel loves family time, gardening, traveling and the arts. She is an actress, creative writer, teaching artist and master storyteller. Her storytelling programs and tour shows have been presented in Europe and the United States. During her career, she has received a Jim Dusso Artist Award, Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, Many Voices from the Playwright Center, and a Jerome Fellowship. She is the author of a children book and written four plays. She has a B. A. Degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed the Kennedy Performance Arts Center “Artist as Educators Program” through Iowa University.

In 2017, Danielle read, “A Mother’s Love” from the LTYM stage. And in December 2018 she read, “Best Christmas Ever” in the first alumni holiday show.


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Junita Flowers

2016 CAST ALUMNI
2019 EMCEE

Junita Flowers is known as the Hope Muncher-in-Chief, a title coined to represent an initiative dedicated to spreading a message of hope and inspiring women to live their best lives, Junita Flowers is an inspirational speaker and entrepreneur. Driven by the limitless opportunities to strengthen communities through entrepreneurship, she’s the Founder/CEO of Junita's Jar, a mission-driven cookie company, committed to using it’s retail platform to reduce the occurrences of relationship violence against women, by fostering open dialogue and increasing awareness among college students. Junita is also mom to two awesome teenagers and one “pre-teen in dog years” puppy.

In 2016, Junita read, “Lost and Found” from the LTYM stage. Junita stepped on the LTYM stage again in 2019 as that cast’s emcee.


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Cherish Sonja Gibson

2016 CAST ALUMNI

Cherish Sonja Gibson is a perpetual poet and occasional essayist whose art is grounded in her Liberian-American identity. She was born and raised in South Minneapolis by her fantastic mother and is partial to belly-born laughter, puppies and well-seasoned food.

In 2016, Cherish read, “Dominant Traits” from the LTYM stage.


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Lindsey Henke

2015 CAST ALUMNI

Lindsey Henke is the founder and Executive Director of Pregnancy After Loss Support, writer, clinical social worker, wife, and most importantly a mother to two beautiful daughters and one sweet-cheeked baby boy. Tragically, her oldest daughter, Nora was stillborn after a healthy full-term pregnancy in December of 2012. Lindsey’s second daughter, Zoe, was born healthy and alive in March of 2014. Her writing about life after loss can be found at Still Breathing and her work has been featured on, Listen to Your Mother, Scary Mommy, Healthline, and The New York Times. She is currently working on her first book.

In 2015, Lindsey read, “Invisible Motherhood” from the LTYM stage.


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Amoke Kubat

2017 CAST ALUMNI

Amoke Kubat remains curious about self, (as an older African American woman), the natural world, and the Sacred. Self taught, Amoke uses artmaking and writing to continue to define herself and hold a position o wellness in an America sick with inequalities and inequities. Her first play, ANGRY BLACK WOMAN & Well Intentioned White Girl continues to tour. She will debut, Old Good Kit Kat and Good Old Kit Kat at Pillsbury House in 2020. Amoke is the creator of YO MAMA’s The Art of Mothering Workshops. Amoke is a 2017 LTYM alumni .This is her first Holiday Show.

In 2017, Amoke read, “Missing Mama, Her Name Is Ernestine” from the LTYM stage.


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Leslie Lagerstrom

2014 CAST ALUMNI
2018 HOLIDAY SHOW ALUMNI

Leslie Lagerstrom is the creator of the blog Transparenthood™, which chronicles her family’s experience raising a transgender child. Through her writing, she has built a national advocacy platform for transgender children and their families. Her essays have been featured in three anthologies, turned into a stage production that toured the United States, and can be found in The Huffington Post. Committed to spreading awareness, she is frequently invited to speak in front of audiences across the country. As a (somewhat) new empty nester, she has turned all her attention to her dog, Molly, whom her children believe is loved more than them.

In 2014, Leslie read, “The Dance” from the LTYM stage. And in December 2018 she read, “The Magic In A Name” in the first ever alumni holiday show.


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Kristin Nilsen

2014 CAST ALUMNI

Kristin Nilsen is an erstwhile librarian who’s spent the last few years writing a children’s novel inspired her own real-life crush on Shaun Cassidy. Her research led her to create a social media project called My Celebrity Crush Story on Instagram and Facebook where she collects and curates your stories of awkward, pre-teen passion for celebrity heartthrobs (do you have a crush story?). Kristin lives in Minneapolis with her sweetheart, their teenage son, and the best goldendoodle ever, Axl Rose Nilsen.

In 2014, Kristin read, “Mary Poppins Comes To Town” from the LTYM stage.


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Kelly O’Sullivan

2013 CAST ALUMNI

Kelly O’Sullivan is a modern day (and hopelessly flawed) feminist, mother, and spouse. She is the author of the How I Learned to Wear a Dress blog–where feminism meets real life (and heels are totally optional). Kelly now writes about feminism, sexism, equality, parenting, and even politics and religion (yikes!) at www.kmosullivan.com. She is notoriously incapable of using commas correctly but, ironically, will fight to the death for her right to use the Oxford comma. Kelly enjoys the outdoors in a “waiter, I’ll have my tea on the terrace” kind of way. She will cook, but only in emergencies.

In 2013, Kelly read, “I Wanted a Gloria Steinem Barbie but I Got a Baby Alive Instead” from the LTYM stage.


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Sarah Pelinka

2015 CAST ALUMNI

Sarah Pelinka is a devoted wife and mother of two spirited girls, Poppy and Holiday – they are her heart. Married to her high school sweetheart, she and Travis remain as tight as the Girbaud jeans that first caught his attention. Each day is a gift and Sarah surely lives by this. So much so, it remains the only gift she hasn’t yet tried to return without a receipt. While Sarah finds great joy in teaching science to middle schoolers, her passion for the arts is immense. She seeks and appreciates the meaning, beauty and laughter within every situation.

In 2015, Sarah read, “The Science of Hope and Happenstance” from the LTYM stage.


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Molly Sjostrom

2019 CAST ALUMNI

Molly Sjostrom is a proud mom of three who aspires to open hearts and minds through storytelling. She’s had a fulfilling 18 year career at General Mills, where she served as Vice President of their LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and has recently made a shift to a role in HR, focused on driving Global Inclusion. She has a passion for dogs and the elderly and hopes to one day combine the two passions to bring joy to both. She loves spending time with her large family and close friends and feels lucky to be married to her best friend, Ryan.

In 2019, Molly read, “Good Judgement” from the LTYM stage.


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Heather Strommen

2016 CAST ALUMNI

Heather Strommen is a passionate, straight-from-the-heart storyteller, (she just finished her first novel) an interior designer and mother to four amazing human beings. In addition to writing her own stories, Heather is in love with making a house a home, always designing and refining the world around her. Founder of the blog, Sweet Shady Lane and design instagram, @sweetshadylane Heather has a simple mantra that keeps her happy: Write. Decorate. Repeat.

In 2016, Heather read, “Wake Up Call” from the LTYM stage.

 


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Laura Zimmermann

2018 CAST ALUMNI
2018 HOLIDAY SHOW ALUMNI

Laura Zimmermann is a writer, a storyteller, and a maker of cheesecakes. You might find her at a softball game, a jazz concert, or a nonprofit board meeting, but you'll never find her on a ladder or entering a triathlon. Her debut YA novel, My Eyes Are Up Here, will be published by Dutton Books in June 2020. She lives in Minneapolis with her three favorite people, who show up in her stories whether they like it or not.

In 2018, Laura read, “Reading Lessons” from the LTYM stage. And later that very same year, she read, “Hanukkah Fish” in the first ever holiday alumni show.