LA Photographer Marjorie Salvaterra Seeking Subjects

Marjorie Salvaterra is a Los Angeles based photographer and mom. She is s talented photographer and she is looking for around 50 women to pose for a photo shoot for her next Tuesday from 11-12:30 at the Lee Strasberg Theatre in Hollywood.
Here are some samples of her work.
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Below is her email I just received with the details.
Hi Girls…

I’m trying to gather ALL my girls (at least 50) for a shoot next TUESDAY May 21st from  11am-12:30 at The Lee Strasberg Theatre in Hollywood!
It should be the most fun you ever had with 50 girls…
and will hopefully turn out to be one of my best pieces!
It should take about one hour total and I will have you out NO later than 12:30  (since that’s as long as I rented the theatre!)
ATTIRE is:  NUDE COLORED BRAS AND UNDIES or NAKED… or just UNDIES… whatever you prefer!
If you are modest, you are welcome to hold your purse on your lap!
(you will be fairly Unrecognizable — unless you out yourselves… you know who you are!)
The piece is called “The Stories We tell Ourselves”…
I hope you will all be a part.  Feel free to invite friends… but just let me know so I know how many wigs to get.
Please please please!!!! xoxoxoxoxxoxox Marjorie

 

 

Inspiration Post Expressing Motherhood

We have found that the platform of Expressing Motherhood has given our performers a lot more than just a “reason to get out of the house”…as I sometimes like to kid.

It’s a lot more than that.

It’s creative license, it’s camaraderie, it’s a moment to be heard and it’s sometimes a stepping off point to do something you wanted to try or didn’t even see coming. After over five years of doing this show, we’ve seen so many of our “alumni” continue on with amazing gusto.

Stacie & Shannon
Stacie & Shannon

Stacie Burrows and Shannon Noel met while at a rehearsal for Expressing Motherhood a few years ago. They knew immediately they would be the “closest friends for the rest of their lives”…I’m quoting them.

After performing in Expressing Motherhood, their collaboration began, and it hasn’t stopped. They have written, produced and performed their own show, I’m Not From Here, But My Kids Are,” which was quite successful. They’ve truly created a friendship that will certainly produce more amazing creative projects, we’re certain of that.

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Shannon & Stacie’s Show
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Nicole and her family

Nicole Blane, a two time performer in the show, has fulfilled a dream of hers to try stand up comedy. After the second time performing, Nicole has been gracing many stages in Southern California with her comedy.

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Nicole performing stand up
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Julie Mudd on stage in her own Mudd’s Comedy Pie

Julie Mudd, one of our Boston Performers, created a comedy show appropriately titled, Mudd’s Comedy Pie.

Sometimes we get feedback from our past performers that humbles me. Kendra Pinkleman, a personal friend of mine, had such a deep desire to share her struggles with PPD, she flew to California for three weeks to be in the show.

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Kendra & Myself in 2009 at The Electric Lodge

Kendra says,

“Expressing Motherhood came into my life when all I saw myself as was a mom. It consumed all aspects of my life and I didn’t know who I was anymore. The chance to share my struggles with PPD and how it affected me showed me there was more to who I am than just mothering. I was blessed to spend three weeks in California finding who I was again and learning I could be a mom and still be me! Honestly I just watched that show with a friend and I didn’t even recognize that women (myself). My faith has changed so much and grown that my strength comes from God. Thank you for that opportunity in ’09 – you changed my life!!!

We are so thankful, grateful and proud of the women who grace our stage and we are always encouraged to hear that their experience with Expressing Motherhood has helped them grow, personally, professionally or both!

We’re excited to be doing this again and sharing another casts’ stories with you.

Bravo Ladies!

I’m not from here, but my kids are. from desmond/stacie burrows on Vimeo.

Opening Night ReCap

What a great opening night!

Our fabulous cast did great!

Our cast!

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Thank you to our performers, attendees and sponsors.

And also to my mom for carrying large boxes.

Tonight is sold out as well.

We still have tickets available for tomorrow’s first ever Q&A with our cast.

Showtime is 8PM tonight. Please allow ample time to find street parking.

Opening Night is Tomorrow

After two days of rehearsal we are ready to perform for you LA!

What brave women with dynamic stories to share, here are a few of them.

Elizabeth Jayne Liu
Elizabeth Jayne Liu
Beth Littleford
Beth Littleford
Nora Plesent
Nora Plesent
Abby Kohl
Abby Kohl 
Joya Weinroth with Hattie, 7 and Chandler, 2
Joya with Hattie, 7 and Chandler, 2

 

Bethany Winters with her beautiful boys.
Bethany with her beautiful boys.

 

Krista Knott
Krista Knott

Our house opens at 7PM and the show starts at 8PM.

Please allow ample time to find street parking.

See you at the theatre!

Maria Shriver, Thank you, Mom & Expressing Motherhood

Maria Shriver teamed up with P&G’s Thank you, Mom campaign in a beautiful tribute about her mother.

I adore what Maria has to say about her mother here:

The gift my mother gave me was the gift of possibility. From an early age, she instilled in me a belief that I could do anything I wanted to do. It wasn’t a matter of, “Can I?” or “Should I?” It was just, “You can, you must, you will!”

Expressing Motherhood was beyond fortunate to be included in today’s piece.

I think Maria, her producer and the editors represented Expressing Motherhood very, very well and I’m grateful.

You can watch the piece here.

Maria spoke about how our children and other people need to respect what we mothers do. I really like that idea.

Before her arrival I told my 6 year-old boy to make sure he addressed her appropriately and looked her in the eyes. He did just that and I looked away and smiled right after he did so. Then I heard her say quietly to him, “Thank you for doing that, I appreciate your eye contact.”

It is a moment I will never forget, I don’t think my son will either!

Every time this video is shared P&G will donate $1 to Special Olympics up to $50,000 total. Maria’s mother Eunice founded the Special Olympics.

Expressing Motherhood Opens This Weekend

27104_336579942973_3192120_nExpressing Motherhood’s May show in Los Angeles will open this Friday night, May 10th, to a sold out crowd.

Opening night is Ladies Night Out, which has been a tradition with us since our beginning in 2008.

Every member of the audience on opening night will receive an amazing goody bag filled with items from Bellies, Babies & Bosoms, Sara Horne Jewelry, Alexandra Wrote, Boston America, It Takes A Village, and  more.

After the Mother’s Day Show on May 12th, we’ll be hosting our very first Talk Back with the cast. The audience is welcome to stay for 30 minutes after the show to dig a little deeper into the stories with the cast.

Learn more about our upcoming cast here.

If you’re in Los Angeles…come see this show! You can purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

  • May 10th, 8PM
  • May 11th, 8PM
  • May 12th, 7PM
  • May 17th, 8PM
  • May 18th, 8PM
  • May 19th, 7PM

The Lillian Theatre

1076 Lillian Way

Hollywood, CA 90038

Enjoy past performer Mona King

Expressing Motherhood Will Be on The Today Show, Tomorrow!

Expressing Motherhood will be on the Today Show tomorrow.

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We could not be more thrilled to have been interviewed by the inspiring Maria Shriver. It was announced last week that Maria would be a special anchor for NBC focusing on women’s issues.

Maria Shriver at the Expressing Motherhood interview
Such a great photo Jessica took of Maria.

She is our newest girl crush and we just think she’s the bomb basically. Maria is passionate, very open and when we were standing around talking while the cameras were not rolling it was apparent how unique she really is.

Jessica and I are nervous to hear ourselves speak but know that our good intentions are there. Even if I mumble or make a bad joke. AHHH.

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Jessica, Maria Shriver and Myself

The segment will run around 8:15 AM.

 

Host Your Own Expressing Motherhood Party

If you are interested in bringing Expressing Motherhood to you please email us and we can send you a DVD, available as long as supplies last.

Invite some friends over, grab some food and drinks and put in the DVD. It contains a mixture of our performers.

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Watch all of it or just some of it and let it promote conversation.

If you have been eyeballing our cute new t-shirts and sweatshirts, get ready, those will go on sale for the first time on our site right after the show.

 

Our shirts and sweatshirts are made by Alternative Apparel. The quality is fantastic.
Our shirts and sweatshirts are made by Alternative Apparel. The quality is fantastic.
Here is the back of the t-shirt.
Here is the back of the t-shirt.

My wonderful friend Agnete Oernsholt has been our graphic designer since the beginning. She has just designed our newest show artwork and we are digging it. The shirt is available in a warm gray or cream.

The shirts would make for a cool gift for a new mom or mom to be.

Alternative Apparel tag.
Alternative Apparel tag.

 

Here is a close up image of the unique artwork by Agnete Oernsholt.
Here is a close up image of the unique artwork by Agnete Oernsholt.

Our very soft, fleece sweatshirt.

Our very soft, fleece sweatshirt.

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