Biography

Simenona Martinez is an American actress, from Los Angeles, California. This thespian is an academic scholar, writer, recording artist, public speaker and entrepreneur. She made her television debut in 2003 on the WB20, and is most well known for her work on the Disney Channel and her role in Alex Cross.

At the age of 16, Simenona wrote, directed, produced, and edited her first film entitled “Black and White.” This documentary project was honored at several well-known film festivals around the U.S., including the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2002. Immediately after completing the film, she opened a production company in San Francisco where she took her writing and producing skills to the next level. She collaborated with large corporations such as Bank of America working one on one with the head of the Bank of America Diversity Division in San Francisco.

Simenona worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. She also signed on with San Francisco’s Warner Bros. WB20 Youth Division in 2003, where she wrote, produced and starred in a series of Public Service Announcements. Her writing team at Warner Brothers was nominated for an Emmy Award.  Simenona wrote a spot entitled “Imagine”  that won an honorable mention for a Froggy Award.  That was the national award for The WB/CW Television Network. Simenona went on to receive awards for her work with the WB20. She was also featured twice on the cover of Summer Blast Magazine. From 2007 through 2010, she hosted the Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney show from “Behind the Ears.” In 2007, she appeared alongside John Amos, Anthony Mackie, and Ving Rhames in the film Ascension Day. Simenona also stars in Rob Cohen’s 2012 blockbuster film Alex Cross headlined by Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, and Cicely Tyson.

As the founder and president of Sioni Academy, which focuses on developing self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-assurance in children, Simenona is able to actively give back to the community. Her production company, Sioni Entertainment, currently focuses on documentaries and public service announcements, and works with different organizations that advocate for a variety of causes. She has also done various public speaking engagements in the industry.

Simenona released her first album, The Awakening, in 2012. She is currently working on her memoir, entitled The Praying Tree, which is set to be released in late 2013.

Simenona grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Sylmar. She began training in dance and gymnastics at the age of 5. In 1996 her family relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she had began participating in local theaters. She was a chess champion in middle school and high school, and always did very well in school. After moving back to California in 2000, Simenona began to develop a love for the performing arts, which would soon turn into a blossoming career.

Simenona Martinez was born in Los Angeles, CA. She is of Honduran and Cuban background. Simenona also suffers from Lupus and is involved in raising awareness and donations in order to find a cure for the disease. She’s also involved in various other charities, and her production company often produces public service announcements for these causes. In addition, she is an advocate for the rights and interests of medical patients. Simenona is involved in much philanthropic work, and has made generous donations to numerous organizations.


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