Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson

Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson is the producing artistic director of 2TinCans Philippines, which has produced Gugmang Giatay The Musical, as well as Siddhartha The Musical for its Cebu, Manila, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, New Zealand, Japan, and Australia runs. She is responsible for bringing The Vagina Monologues to Cebu in 2002. In 2015, she produced and directed Ensler’s musical, Emotional Creature. As a trustee of the Bidlisiw Foundation, she knows first-hand the challenges faced by the marginalized, especially problems of trafficking of women and children.

What do you think makes The Vagina Monologues still relevant, 20 years since its first run?
As a people, we demand for injustices to end and yet we choose leaders who have no respect for women’s rights and human dignity. We tell victims to speak up against rape and abuses, and yet use social media as a weapon to silence those who expose the truth. We value education and yet accept that teaching girls how to behave and dress up properly in public is the best way to end rape. It’s been 20 years. We raise one hand in victory while we are buried waist-deep in shit. One out of three women has been abused or raped in her lifetime – this has not changed.

On a personal level, how is performing in The Vagina Monologues important to you?
I fell in love with theater because of its power to transform a society. I have witnessed first hand how theater has created meaningful changes in many people’s lives. The Vagina Monologues, being an artistic uprising, brings together my love for the arts and my passion for feminism and children’s rights. V-Day Cebu is a commitment. It may be a sad, conscious acknowledgment that violence against women and girls still exists, but it is, more importantly, a celebration of womanhood and the victories that we have won in making women’s stories heard. I have an army of fierce and beautiful Vagina Warriors and I intend to win more battles with them.

If your vagina could talk, what would it say?
“I am strong. I am free. I am who I’m meant to be. This is me.”

photography Candice Hintz