Serena is a voice practitioner, performer and writer working across text, speech & performance.
She trained in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MFA, Distinction). Her dissertation on vocal affects and the use of playfulness, pleasure and affective resonance in performance training, received the Voice Care Network (VCN) Scholarship Award 2019.
Her teaching approach combines embodied understanding and critical skills, with particular attention to neurodiversity, mental health and cultural identity. Serena also holds an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies from Birkbeck University of London, and a BA in History and Communication (summa cum laude) from RomaTre.
Serena has performed extensively from a young age. A chorister from the age of 6, she trained in jazz and experimental voice before moving to acting, performance making and voicework. Her work has been performed in a variety of settings, including live art, music theatre, poetry and performance festivals. Her writing has been published & performed in the UK and internationally. Serena's poetry pamphlet BLUE SHEILA came out with Dancing Girl Press (Chicago, 2018).
Serena has taught voice, speech and text both inside and outside academia, in the United Kingdom and internationally. Teaching engagements have included Goldsmiths University of London, University of Northampton, St Mary's University, Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb (Croatia) and Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company.
Voicework is first of all the practice of being engaged with one another — a practice of listening.