Serena Berman

Serena Berman

Serena Berman is a playwright, actress, and producer living in NYC. She is a member of the 2019-2020 Ars Nova Play Group. Her work has been produced at The Davenport Theater (Wisdom, and Other Short Plays), and developed with Westport Country Playhouse (The Splitting), Williamstown Theater Festival, The Renegade Theater Festival, and Less Than Rent Theater (Études), and Artilliers Theatre Company (sea/sick -...
Serena Berman is a playwright, actress, and producer living in NYC. She is a member of the 2019-2020 Ars Nova Play Group. Her work has been produced at The Davenport Theater (Wisdom, and Other Short Plays), and developed with Westport Country Playhouse (The Splitting), Williamstown Theater Festival, The Renegade Theater Festival, and Less Than Rent Theater (Études), and Artilliers Theatre Company (sea/sick - devised). Serena’s short plays have been performed at The Samuel French OOB Festival (The Dark - finalist 2019; Sex Friends - finalist 2018), Williamstown, Absolu Théâtre (Montréal), The Brick, The Players Theater, and more. Upcoming, you can catch her audio plays in an episode of Flying V’s podcast anthology series Paperless Pulp (“Apocalypse Airbnb”), and in the writers room for season two of scripted comedy podcast Roommate From Hell. She is currently Director of Performance at LES gallery Chinatown Soup, where she produces theatre and organizes political activism events. As an actor, favorite credits include Diaspora (NY Premiere), Set it Up (Netflix), Murder at the Gates (Steven Sater), and Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales (Voice of Lucy – ABC). BFA in Drama, NYU Tisch (CAP21). www.serenaberman.com

Plays

  • The Splitting
    Sadie and Will are thrilled and relieved that after a summer away, their experiment with an open relationship has been a success. But soon, a stranger comes to Sadie with a disturbing alternate version of events, forcing her to choose between her identity as a woman and her desire to trust her partner. The play asks painful but urgent questions about sexual assault in a contemporary climate: What do we do with...
    Sadie and Will are thrilled and relieved that after a summer away, their experiment with an open relationship has been a success. But soon, a stranger comes to Sadie with a disturbing alternate version of events, forcing her to choose between her identity as a woman and her desire to trust her partner. The play asks painful but urgent questions about sexual assault in a contemporary climate: What do we do with men who rape when they’re the people closest to us? What is our responsibility to them? To their victims? And what does it look like to reshape our definition of “rapist” in the face of seismically shifting ideas about assault and consent?
  • Études
    A 13-year-old girl has an encounter with a 13-year-old boy that changes the entire trajectory of her identity, as a patchwork quilt of girls piece together the intimate moments that make up a female coming of age. Études is a play about the practice, repetition, and indoctrination of young womanhood.
  • The Difference Between Big Girls and Little Girls
    Miriam is living in New York City and writing feminist essays online when she finally comes to terms with a dark childhood memory. Returning to her small East Texas town, she realizes her own trauma may be nothing compared to the experiences of the childhood best friend she left behind. Can she help? Should she help? Or does the isolation of trauma and the loves we sacrifice to heal create a barrier too thick to cross?
  • The Dark
    "Well it's like, super haunted down here so, you know. Watch out."
  • Sex Friends
    A group of friends tries to take their relationship(s) to the next level.
  • sea/sick
    Truth, Art, God, and a stomach ache that doesn't go away. What happens on the other side of Agnes’ cave? A semi-devised companion piece to Matt Minnicino’s adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. Created with director Jake Beckhard and the Artilliers' Gym Group.
  • Wisdom
    It’s prom night at Sacred Heart, and Danielle is shocked to find her boyfriend Sam with a mouth full of novocaine and short a few wisdom teeth. Sabotaged by his overbearing mother? Maybe. Can Danielle survive limos, pre-games, home school kids, and missing shoes without her partner in crime? And is she ready to face what comes after?