Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Lyndol Woodruff

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No matter where he went, Lyndol Woodruff had little trouble finding new bad influences — that is, until the day he realized he had become the bad influence. Next month he takes the Oral Fixation stage to describe his battle with substance abuse in “Partner in Crime.”

Lyndol Keith Woodruff is a unique blend of personality, creativity and business mindedness. A product pitchman by trade, he spent years in Los Angeles working in entertainment, the non-profit sector and has built quite the network. He is VP of Solarity Studios, a writer, actor, stand-up comic and aspiring author/inspirational speaker.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Paul Yanez

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With the help of his four-legged companion, Paul Yanez has learned that he’s up for facing any adventure life throws at him. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Partner in Crime” to recount the time he burned through three cars on a 12-hour-drive. 

Since his quadruple bypass in 2013, Paul Yanez has looked for meaningful ways to spend his time. He supports a small film company (H4H Films) that focuses on human rights issues. Their current project is based on Bessie Rodriguez, whose son was murdered by a Dallas police officer in the ‘70s.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Brooke Lancaster

Whenever she wants to try her hand at a new career field or hobby, Brooke Lancaster doesn’t hesitate to just go for it. Next month, in “Partner in Crime,” she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage, to reveal how that mindset brought her frighteningly close to bank robbery. 

Brooke Lancaster has recently come home to Texas after a decade on the East Coast. She developed a storytelling program for a correctional facility and works with inmates to write a positive next chapter for their lives. Shooting pool, drinking good whiskey, and welding ring in her new year.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nicole Fillion-Robin

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After suffering through a harrowing summer of domestic violence, Nicole Fillion-Robin could have melted down. But next month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how her “Partner in Crime” and fellow DV survivor got her through. 

Nicole Fillion-Robin is a social justice professional, travel enthusiast and lover of most humans. While she enjoys risky behavior — like rock climbing, anarchy and hitchhiking — at heart she’s a true nerd-pacifist and loves losing herself in fiction, journaling and learning foreign languages.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Dana Proulx-Willis

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Truancy, vandalism, shoplifting and drinking were everyday occurrences for Dana Proulx-Willis and her gang of moccasin-wearing cohorts. Next month she’ll recall her years of juvenile delinquency on the Oral Fixation stage in “Partner in Crime.”

Dana Proulx-Willis began life in 1962 in Seattle. Five moves later, she landed in Farmers Branch, Texas, where she spent most of her formative years. She graduated from Arts Magnet, got her BFA in theatre and education from Texas State, and is now a children’s storyteller, teaching artist and playwright.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Darius Frasure

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After fighting his way out of the hood, Darius Frasure realized violence isn’t thet answer. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage for our Partner in Crime show to talk about how he’s learned to keep his anger in check and help others do the same. 

Darius Ajai Frasure is a Professor of English at Mountain View College, a proud graduate of Paul Quinn College, Luther Rice Seminary, and National University. A winner of numerous teaching awards, he mentors young artists and hides in dark corners with books.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Haven Abedin

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Young love is frequently awkward, and most of us just bumble through it as best we can. Next month, veteran storyteller Haven Abedin will take the stage to talk about a failed early romance with Joe, who went on to become a life-long friend. 

Haven Abedin grew up in Dallas, watching Dick Van Dyke Show reruns and exploring the creek across from her house. Now, she teaches English at Brookhaven College. She’s happiest reading in bed after a fun night out with friends, and watching movies with her husband and two pups.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Lara Hastings Laschen


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Lara Hastings Laschen is always down to do-it-herself whenever possible — even when it comes to saving her home from one of the worst floods of the century. This month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to share one of her toughest DIY battles in “Too Many Cooks.”

Lara Hastings Laschen is an award-winning journalist and writer who is drawn to her wild dogs, her bearded husband and bargain hunts. An avid DIY-er, she is constantly scrubbing paint from underneath her fingernails and searching for the most fun and interesting way of doing things.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Amy McCarthy

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At first, learning to cook was just an excuse Amy McCarthy used to get out of P.E. class. For this month’s “Too Many Cooks” show, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how it has since become both a passion and a career. 

Amy McCarthy is a freelance writer living in Dallas, focused on food, cocktails, music and culture. Her writing has appeared at the Dallas Observer, Playboy, Vice, Salon, Cosmopolitan, TIME and Paste Magazine, among other outlets.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jim Kuenzer

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Self-proclaimed mama’s boy, Jim Kuenzer, kept a pretty clean nose, even in his college years. This month, he’ll return to the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how this trait led to one of the shortest road trips in history in “Too Many Cooks.” 

Jim Kuenzer is a father, stepfather, husband, son, and relatively decent person. He’s currently in the midst of his third “National Novel Writing Month,” so forgive his tired, distant gaze. However, if you’re a literary agent or publisher, let’s talk!

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