Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Helen Frenkel


Helen Frenkel, comedienne and poetess, will make her Oral Fixation debut at “When in Rome.” 

Helen Frenkel grew up in the Soviet Union.  She is a published poet, all of her Russian and English poems rhyme.  She enjoys doing comedy acts, poetry, guitar and dancing onstage.  She eats “Paleo”- simple, natural foods, and is addicted to daily dance.  She lives with her husband and son.
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“Bun in the Oven” featuring Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen

Theme: “Bun in the Oven”
Storyteller: Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen

Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen regales us with her winding road to pregnancy with a comedic point of view.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

Oral History: “Bun in the Oven”

The Season 3 kickoff made good on Oral Fixation’s promise to continue to deliver the finest quality real-life stories to a hungry Dallas audience. Plus we unveiled a fun and engaging new top-of-show video segment that gives the audience a chance to get to know the speakers a bit before diving into the stories.


Here’s a recap of the stimulating and dynamic evening of stories that moved many to both tears and laughter:

Before the show began, storyteller Jay Jerrier generously provided dinner for the Oral Fixation team in the glamorous backstage lounge: delicious Cane Rosso pizza!


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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Merritt Tierce


Merritt Tierce, author of the upcoming novel “Love Me Back”, will make her Oral Fixation debut at Hamon Hall. 

Merritt Tierce is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award, and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree.  Her first novel is forthcoming from Doubleday.  She is the director of Texas Equal Access Fund and lives in Denton with her family.
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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Mary Ellen Kendall


Mary Ellen Kendall, lover of recess and the smell of apple pie, will be the third person in her family to grace the Oral Fixation stage. 

Mary Ellen Kendall is a wife, mother of two and attorney who would rather be walking White Rock Lake with her family or enjoying a patio with friends.  She enjoys reading when she can find a quiet moment.  In her spare time, she chases children and dreams of traveling more.
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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Kate Ryan Williams


Kate Ryan Williams, most recently of The Huffington Post, will fulfill her dream of reading her writing onstage in “Bun in the Oven.” 

Kate Ryan Williams has studied primates in Venezuela, been an anthropologist in Alaska, and taught in Texas public schools.  Raising three teenage boys with her marine biologist husband is the most adventurous thing she has ever undertaken.  She writes about it all.  Read her essays and article at http://kateryanwilliams.blogspot.com/
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Season 3 Announced: Dallas Arts District, Here We Come!


Drum roll please…Oral Fixation is very proud to announce it will be presenting its third season at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District!  We hope that by moving into our new venue, Hamon Hall in The Winspear Opera House, in the world’s largest arts district, we will be able to reach more Dallas citizens and provide a supercool opportunity for our storytellers to share their true-life tales on a grander scale.  We’re gaining almost 100 seats and a state-of-the-art facility along with the best theatrical technicians in Dallas.  We couldn’t be more excited- you’re going to love it!  Note: all Oral Fixation shows will be at 8pm on Mondays and tickets will go on sale on the AT&T PAC website early next month.  Yes, season tickets will be available!

For those of you who have been chomping at the bit for the new dates and themes, wait no longer.  Read through the list, see what speaks to you, and send us your stories!  We’ve revamped our Submissions page so read it with a fine-toothed comb for hints and guidelines to follow to give yourself the best shot of scoring a spot in our Season 3 line-up.


“Best of Season 2”: Monday, September 30th
“Bun in the Oven”: MondayOctober 28th
“When in Rome”: Monday, December 16th
“Silver Lining”: Monday, January 27th
“No Strings Attached”: Monday, February 17th
“Elephant in the Room”: Monday, March 17th
“Ducks in a Row”: Monday, April 14th
“The Whole Enchilada”: Monday, May 5th

Best of Season 2 Poll: Who Were Your Faves?

Place your vote by August 30th!

Is anyone else experiencing serious Oral Fixation withdrawal?  Don’t fret!  We’re busy gearing up for Season 3 but before we jump into a sizzling new season of stories, we want to honor the Best of Season 2.  And what would be better than having YOU tell us what stories from Season 2 that you are dying to hear again?

So, here is your chance!  Please fill out the survey below by Friday, August 30th at 5:00pm.  If you missed a show, just mark “N/A” on that one.  The results will remain private (so no one’s feelings will get hurt) and you can only vote once!

So with that said, let the voting begin!

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