“Jump Off A Cliff” featuring Emma Vrabel

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Storyteller: Emma Vrabel

When 14-year-old Emma Vrabel took the stage, most in the audience likely knew little about albinism. But with courage, verve, and plenty of humor, Emma gave us all a lesson in humanity, her condition, and self-advocacy.

Performed in “Jump Off A Cliff” on November 3 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Rooha Haghar

When Rooha Haghar was 12, her family—fleeing religious persecution in Iran—boarded a bus and left everything behind. On Tuesday night, December 19, come hear Rooha’s eye-opening tale of coming to America with only dreams and grit.

High school junior Rooha Haghar is a Vickery Meadow EAGLE Scholar who hopes to one day attend the University of California, Berkeley. An active artist and photographer, Rooha was instrumental in seeing Dallas’ #EducationIsNotACrime public mural become a reality—and her “Humans of Vickery Meadow” project was recently featured at Love Field Airport.

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Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Anjelica Ruiz

Searching for meaning and spiritual guidance, Anjelica Ruiz found a home in Judaism, which meant going against her mother’s wishes and abandoning the faith of her childhood. Undergoing an ancient Jewish ritual, however, she finds new strength. On November 3, Anjelica steps onto the Oral Fixation stage in “Jump Off A Cliff,” and takes us along on her spiritual quest.

A native Dallasite, Anjelica N. Ruiz jumps at any opportunity to leave the state and travel. She can often be found at Temple Emanu-El, where she works full-time and teaches on Sundays. In her free time, she is usually reading, daydreaming, or writing for her blog, The Wondering Jew.

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“Icing On The Cake” featuring Bill Holston

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Storyteller: Bill Holston

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. Executive Director Bill Holston took the audience from the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama to the court rooms of Dallas, where he routinely helps survivors of torture who are seeking asylum. “There is no better feeling than knowing that I had a hand in saving someone’s life,” Bill said. His humility and commitment to others inspired us all.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Monic Reynoso

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Almost six years to the day of the car crash that nearly took her life, Monic Reynoso shares the continuing story of her difficult recovery on the Oral Fixation stage for “Slippery Slope.”

Monic Reynoso was raised in Amarillo and moved to Mesquite at the age of 21. She’s earning her Bachelors in graphic design with a concentration in glassblowing at the University of Texas at Arlington. She hopes to pave the way for the next artist with a disability. 

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Emily Trube

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Having spent years on the radio, Emily Trube is stepping out onto the stage. The spotlight is on her this month as she shares her story with Oral Fixation in “Go With the Flow.”

Emily Trube is a radio reporter, proud Oak Cliff resident, and fifth-generation Texan. She started a broadcasting career in 2003, after spending 11 years in the New York theater scene. You can hear her each morning on CBS Radio’s KRLD and read her reports at TheaterJones.com.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Sissy Block Zoller

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A new Dallas resident but an old hat at storytelling, Sissy Block Zoller makes her Oral Fixation debut this month with a tale about the time she was possibly a mafia princess.

Sissy Block Zoller recently married and moved to Dallas from New York City. A talkative writer, Sissy’s art form of choice is storytelling. She has performed with The Moth and co-produced and performed in the off-Broadway production of Love and Israel, a monologues show about people’s relationships with Israel.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Amanda Rodenborg

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Love is a powerful thing.  It can even overcome conversion therapy.   Let’s learn more about a brave gal who listened to her heart and got “The Whole Enchilada.”

Amanda Rodenborg moved to Texas thirteen years ago after growing up in the Midwest. She is an enthusiastic, if not very accomplished, runner. A sometimes poet and craft beer aficionado, she shares a home in Dallas with her wife, Heather, and Libby the wundermutt.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Drew Weininger

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Some stories keep you on the edge of your seat.  This haunting tale of a teenage prank gone wrong is gonna make you want to know more about this guy.

At the heart of Drew Weininger is a passion to reach out and connect with others. Born in rural Ohio, he is the son of two teachers and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Creative by nature, Drew spends his time writing, sketching, and fulfilling his passion in numerous ways.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jamie Laughlin

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You may not think a first date could weirder than the classic Cameron Diaz/Ben Stiller matchup in “There’s Something About Mary.”  You would be wrong.  Now let’s meet the gal who makes puking on the first date cool.

Jamie Laughlin bosses words around professionally, both as an advertising copywriter and as a contributing author for the Dallas Observer.She’s a beekeeper, organic gardener and a hoarder of snacks. Jamie’s currently at work on early draft of “Opossum!” a rock opera starring her dog, Nacho.

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