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Rising Stars: Meet Siecuna Yeboah and Andrea Valenzuela

Today we’d like to introduce you to Siecuna Yeboah and Andrea Valenzuela.

Hi Siecuna and Andrea, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.

Siecuna’s Response – My name is Siecuna and I am a Vagina for life!!

My relationship with The Vagina Monologues started in college. I went to California State University, Monterey Bay. My first year in college, I was casted in the play. It was a struggle at first because my relationship with myself and sex had not always been positive at the time. These monologues are deep, the stories are real, and it focuses you to truly look into yourself. I was part of TVM every year until I graduated college. My last two years in college, I directed and produced the show.

Years later, we’re here! Back to how it all started. Janice Bonello who is performing The Woman Who Loved To Make Vaginas Happy casted me in my first show. Rachel Carter performing In The Room and The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could was the producer my first time directing and Jaya Lynnette who’s also in The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could, was a cast member my first year directing. Andrea casted me my second time in the TVM. Now she’s my right hand and we’re killing it!

Now we made it full circle but this sh**t doesn’t end there. We still moving over here!

Andrea’s Response – Hello, I’m Andrea Valenzuela and I am the producer of the Los Angeles premiere of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. I came across this bewildering play in 2012 in the midst of my college career at California State University Monterey Bay. Growing up in Los Angeles County and being exposed to theater/ performing arts naturally gravitated me to the show. The content is explicit and may feel “over-your-head”. The gut-wrenching part is, every monologue you hear/see is a true story through interviews Ensler(the writer) conducted. In my time with The Vagina Monologues Monterey Bay, I successfully performed 2x and directed this breathtaking show 2012-2015. Siecuna, #TVMLA Director, was in fact a fellow cast member in 2014. As I graduated and left the show, it was Siecuna that eventually inherited the production and became director for years to follow. It truly has been a phenomenal experience returning to the play and seeing a new cast blossom from the context of the pieces.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?

Siecuna’s Response – I used to live in Washington DC with my twin sister. My sister’s friends asked me to be part of TVM at Gallaudet University. The show was completely in ASL. I still struggle with my signing so it was very hard for me to learn my lines in ASL. Sisterhood came together and they helped me through it. Everyone in the play knew had to sign and they did everything they could to help me. I will always be grateful to them. That night I made my sister proud. For the first time ever, she saw me on stage performing in ASL.

Andrea’s Response – Being a young professional, specifically in the entertainment industry can be daunting. Perseverance and hope can take you a very long way. Always work on your resume even if the jobs are small.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?

Siecuna’s Response – Right now, I am working as a Health and Safety Assistant for The L Word: Generation Q on Showtime. I love theater, directing, performing, and I also love Psychology. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. In June, I will be starting graduate school, getting my Masters in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. I am so grateful to God, my twin, my love, my friends, and family. Their love and support got me believing in myself.

Andrea’s Response – Currently, I assist staging and events company: Matrix Visual Solutions in Orange County. We cover an array of high-profile events. I will reach my third year with MVS and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the team. Everyone is keen and kind, there’s endless projects and straight-up just good vibes.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?

Siecuna’s Response – My advice for everyone is to never give up on yourself. You’re powerful and this world needs you. It took me a long time to even think about loving myself. I am still learning, we can all learn together.

I will love to thank all the amazing people who have supported this show. Thank you for donating, we’re so grateful. I will love to thank my cast (Tanissia, Heniya, Shy’Anne, Janice, Annaliese, Drew, Myesha, Marsha, Krystal, Kara, Jaya, Caylyn, Marie, Rachel, Ellie, Tajé, Alia, Zoe, Katie, and Imonie) our producer Andrea and Eve Ensler for creating this wonderful show.

Come see our show!

Andrea’s Response – By acknowledging the hardships within ourselves, we crack open reaching for air and light. I encourage everyone to always work on themselves, love yourselves, and do good. Our world so desperately needs it.


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Shots of cast during rehearsal: Andrea Valenzuela (producer) The Vagina Monologues Flyer: Marsha Morales (cast member)

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