Belma Islamovic, lover of the smell of fresh air & flowers, will make her debut on the Oral Fixation stage in “Lost in Translation” Friday night!
Belma Islamovic was born in Mostar, Bosnia in 1974 and has two younger sisters. Her formal education was paused in her junior year of high school by the civil war in her nation. At age 18, she became a Medivac’d refugee in Abilene, Texas. She now lives with her mother and father in Richardson.
Marisela Jimenez hits the Oral Fixation stage for the first time in “Lost in Translation” at the DMA on June 20th!
Marisela Jimenez was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She migrated to Rockford, IL in 1992 but has lived in different US cities. In August 2013, she relocated to Texas. Marisela is a businesswoman and current doctoral candidate for the degree of Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership.
Neopolo Ruiz will come up from Austin to make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “Lost in Translation.”
Neopolo Ruiz was born in the Zapotec village of Oaxaca, Mexico. He married a Texas girl named Hope in 2001. He has three kids: Fernando (17), Diego (8), and Tara (5). He has been in the US for 7 years and currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Katrina Simonsen is set to make her debut on the Oral Fixation stage in “Lost in Translation” at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Katrina Simonsen grew up in Pskov, Russia. She immigrated to America in 2000, receiving a full athletic scholarship to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she received a BA in art history. Pursuing her passion for rowing and art, she settled in Dallas, where she currently works at Parish Episcopal School.
Julie Hersh will make her debut on the Oral Fixation stage at the Dallas Museum of Art in “Lost in Translation.”
Julie Hersh published Struck by Living in 2010, and blogs for Psychology Today. She anticipates the release of Decidí Vivir in September. Board work includes Dallas Theater Center, DMA, and UTSW. She does push-ups for #22KILL, watches the Texas Rangers, and has a husband and two kids. www.struckbyliving.com
Jean Congera is set to make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “Lost in Translation.”
Jean Congera was born in exile in Rwanda. His parents fled from Burundi in 1972. He has been in the United States since 2006 thanks to the International Rescue Committee. He is a Christian and evangelist. He is happily married with one beautiful daughter. Jean’s calling is to help people in need, especially refugees.
Nkem DenChukwu will make her debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “Lost in Translation.”
Nkem DenChukwu, a Mother, an Author, a Filmmaker, an Inspiration, a Survivor…was born on July 4th in Nigeria. She came to America twenty years ago with a dream. Nkem lives her life with a smile on her face and hope in her heart, against all storms.
Founder of the famous Mi Cocina, Michael Rodriguez, will make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “The Whole Enchilada.”
Michael (Mico) Rodriguez, the founder of Mi Cocina, has been in the restaurant business since he was a 5 year-old water boy in 1962. His new restaurant Mesero opens at Inwood/Lovers in late May. Serving his guests is his first love. He is very proud of his daughter Bianca Elena.
High School Senior Preston Dominy will make his debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “The Whole Enchilada.”
Preston Dominy is an 18-year-old senior at New Tech High in Coppell. After graduating, he will be attending the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. Preston is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys climbing as well as other forms of mountaineering.
Arts lover Jeanne Henry will make her debut on the Oral Fixation stage for “The Whole Enchilada.”
Jeanne Henry has been a music therapist, photography professor, arts director and museum educator. She’s been onstage many times-from piano recitals to school plays, a musician at Six Flags, to singing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus at Carnegie Hall. But she’s never gone onstage and told the truth. Until now.