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The Mother Line Story Project is... 

A storytelling collective and incubator for female expression. The project brings together generations of performers to tell the stories of their maternal ancestors through the creation of new, self-devised work.

Filmed By Brandon Dottin, Edited by Eliza Simpson Featuring members of The Mother Line Story Project Julia Anrather Amanda A. Lederer Lauren Nordvig Alice Allemano Asia Kate Dillon Sophia Zukoski Lindsley Howard Leemore Malka Alesandra Nahodil Devin Dunne Cannon Eliza Simpson Anna Dart Visit for more info

Participants write and perform two minute monologues in the first person voice of their mother, or her mother, or her mother's mother etc... Thus exploring their mother line. The stories are then shared through our youtube channel, podcast, and live performances.

By amplifying women’s voices, past and present, we aim to foster artists' connections to their own creativity as well as build an environment which continuously supports and renews that creativity.

How it works

Our process starts with a writing workshop. Participants are given a prompt in advance. They search their memories or call their mothers. They write. They share their drafts and collaborate to find what exciting theatrical potential each piece brings.

We discuss. We refine. We build an Ensemble.

From there, we rehearse in small groups, tech, and perform. In your space, with your group, collaborating with a Director.

Chris Martinez photo by Will O’Hare Photography

Chris Martinez photo by Will O’Hare Photography

Email us to learn how we can tailor a workshop to serve your school, theater, or community.

Cristina Pitter photo by Will O’Hare Photography

Cristina Pitter photo by Will O’Hare Photography


was formed in 2015 and has performed in NYC at Off-Broadway venues like Town Stages, Dixon Place, Abingdon Theatre, HERE Arts, and The PIT. In 2017, The MLSP had its regional debut at The Hippodrome State Theatre in Florida and an international workshop/performance process with Sabeel for the Arts in Cairo, Egypt! Mother Line Story Project Inc. is a certified NY State Not-for-Profit and is proud to be a member of ART NY. For news on our upcoming shows follow us on social media @MotherLineStory. Hundreds of audience members have enjoyed MLSP on stage and countless others have heard our stories through platforms like radio, video, and podcasts.  

Proud member of ART NY, Female Founder Collective, Fractured Atlas, Benevity, and 2019 Sokoloff Arts Fellow.


Board Members

Laura Delano

Bob Celli

Leonore Tjia

Eliza Simpson


Eliza Simpson - Executive Director

Cristina Pitter - Social Media Amplifier

Founding Co-Producers

Amanda A. Lederer

Lauren Nordvig

Eliza Simpson


Q&A with Founder Eliza Simpson

Mother Line is partnering with Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Eliza answers students’ questions about the project.

Click Here for the Full Interview


third anniversary - where we've been and where we’re going.


Past Storytellers

Hana Afifi

Nancy Alam ElDeen

Alice Allemano

Julia Anrather

Ngozi Anyanwu

Mary Aravanis

Anna Aschilman

Elaine Barrow

Dalia Basiouny

Rebecca Baumwoll

Lydian Blossom

Dominique Brillon

Kristan Brown

Sarah Cagianeses

Devin Dunne Cannon

Jessica Caron

Emily Clark

Maggie D’Ambrose

Rachel Dart

Anna Dart

Asia Kate Dillon

Carolina Do

Julie Ann Earls

Noa Egozi

Lillette Fahmy

Lillith Fallon

Aizzah Fatima

Midori Francis

Isa Garcia-Rose

Zelda Gay

Alisha Giampola

Catherine Giddings

Cleo Gray

Zuleyma Guevara

Mandisa Haarhoff

Aaliha Habeeb

Kel Haney

Kana Hatakeyama

Cameran Hebb

Missy Hernandez

Marlowe Holden

Lindsley Howard

Lisa Huberman

Rahma Hussain

Eman Hussein

Maison Hussien

Colleen Hughes 

Evangeline Johns

Adriana Johns

Monica Jones

Dea Julien

Marie Katz

Elise Kibler

Barbara Kingsley

Amanda A. Lederer

Rachel Lin

Emily Lyon

Maysoon Mahfouz

Amira Mahmoud

Christine Martinez

Megan McDermott

Sarah Morsey

Alesandra Nahodil

Nehad Naile

Lauren Nordvig

Wesam Osama

Duvall O’Steen

Milena Olszewska

Tara Pacheco

Nell Page

Al Nisa Petty

Ellie Philips

Cristina Pitter

Rebeca Rad

Ariel Reich

Siham A Salam

Aubrey Seader

Medrona Selim

Jordan Sison

Nandita Shenoy

Coral Smith

Loren Smyth

Madeline Smyth

Diana Stahl

Lilli Stein

Amanda Tudor

Raquelle Wallace

Lauren Warhol Caldwell

Akyiaa Wilson

Ericka Winterrrowd

Malia Wright

Sophia Zukoski


InstaGram & Twitter @MotherLInestory


Watch Mother Line in action.

International Sizzle Reel

American Embassy in Cairo, AUC Falaki Theater

Last year MotherLine was sponsored by @USEmbassyCairo to work with SabeelfortheArts and 13 incredible Cairo-based performers. Please enjoy this video of the work we did there. 

Photo: Hana's Mom, Hala 

October 2017: The American Embassy in Cairo sponsors Mother Line’s travel to Egypt.

Our international producing model allows us to travel to any city and employ artists from the community. Mother Line creates an authentic portrait that reflects the place and the people by partnering with a local director and cast.

Click here to bring the Mother Line Story Project to your community…

The Mother Line Story Project was invited to produce, in collaboration with Sabeel for the Arts, a show featuring Cairo-based performers entitled "In The Mother's Hand" as a part of "The Show Goes On" theater festival at the AUC Falaki Theater to showcase Egyptian women's voices.

Artistic Director and Producer - Dalia Basiouny Co-Directors - Amanda A. Lederer and Eliza Simpson Performers - Amira Mahmoud, Eman Hussein, Hana Afifi, Lillette Fahmy, Maison Hussein, Mary Aravanis, Maysoon Mahfouz, Medrona Selim, Nancy Alam ElDeen, Nehad Naile, Rahma Hussain, Seham Saneya A-Salam, and Wesam Osama Stage Manager - Manar Abdelrahman Filmed by Lojayen Said


Regional Sizzle Reel: 

The Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville FL

Our regional producing model allows us to travel to any town in the USA and employ artists from the community. Every Mother Line performance reflects the place and the people. By partnering with a local director and theater company for each regional production Mother Line is able to create an authentic portrait: the heartbeat of the community.

Click here to bring the Mother Line Story Project to your community…Storytellers: Lauren Warhol Caldwell, Sara Morsey , Ericka Winterrowd, Nell Page, Raquelle Wallace, Ariel Reich, Loren Smyth, Madeline Smyth, Jordan Sison, Isa Garcia-Rose, Mandisa Haarhoff Director: Lauren Nordvig Stage Manager: Chris Kozak Produced by The Hippodrome & Mother Line Story Project Footage Edited by Ryan George Special Thanks: Ryan George, Michael Littig, Bob Robins, Jessica Hurov & The Hipp's Marketing Team, Kathe Swindell, Lanna Smith, Nichole Hamilton, Ric Rose, The Hipp Acting Company, And to the family members of these amazing women...thank you for your stories.


Educational Sizzle Reel

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Our educational partnerships allow students the space to create new work and showcase their skills in a world premier performance.

Click here to bring the Mother Line Story Project to your community…

Featuring Women of the 2nd Year BFA/MFA Acting Company Ashley Baker Faith Wilansky Sofi Duemichen Leslie Roth Ashley Williams Khandis Merritt Isabel Renner Alesandra Nahodil Magali Trench Maia Karo Directed by Eliza Simpson Shot and Edited by Ryan George

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Happy Birthday

Mother Line Story Project!

Take a look inside our Third Birthday Party Fundraiser. What a night!

Video filmed and edited by Ryan George photos by Will O’Hare.

Thank you

Little Gem - Food Trends  for their delicious catering - Lumitory - Anne Sumers - ML Alums - Our Volunteers - VLA - Richard Anderson - A.R.T/NY - Pels Pies - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - New Georges - Will O'Hare Photography - Claire Kennedy - The Salt Cracker Crazies - - Backstage Botanicals - World Famous Hot Sauce - Ryan George - Zach Pizza -Danielle our Stg Mgr - Guy Veryzer - Pam Bradley - Athena Malloy - Lindsley Howard and Uptown Pilates - Sharone Halevy - Carol Julien - Our Board Leonore, Laura, Bob - Lisa Levart - My neighbors in Greenpoint for their cardboard boxes - Our Cast - Our Moms

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by The Mother Line Story Project

Click here to visit our Sound Cloud for more interviews, full podcast episodes, and bonus content


Monica Jones photo by Will O’Hare Photography

Monica Jones photo by Will O’Hare Photography

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