Young and determined, Serena Espagnet was born in Rome on August 10th 1988. Despite the absence of an artistic heritage, she showed a great predisposition for the artistic world since she was very young.
Serena integrated her artistic education with ballet and contemporary/jazz classes, getting her diploma with the dance association ARSmovendi in Rome. She began working with Director Andrea Cagnetti and performed several times at the famous Teatro Greco in Rome.
After graduating high school in Liceo Classico Dante Alighieri in Rome, she enrolled in the University program D.A.M.S. (Didactic College studies in the Sciences of Technology, Arts, Music and Show Business) and was admitted into the theatre Academy Teatro Blu of the well known Argentinian acting coach Beatrice Bracco. Directed by Beatrice Bracco Serena performed in two major theatre shows: “Le voci che ci divorano” and “Il peccato deli innocenti”.
At the age of 23, Serena was ready for the next step. In 2011 she moved to NY, where she had the opportunity to refine her singing-interpretative skills with Broadway teacher Mary Setrakian. She then met the exceptional acting coach Susan Batson, one of cinema’s latest gurus and referring point for actors all over the world. Susan Batson is the acting coach of actors like Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Tom Cruise and Liv Tyler.
In 2012 Serena met casting director John Gallagher, with whom she started working at SVA (School of Visual Arts) in NY, booking parts in many short movies. She also participated in the movie “Free Richard!” by award winner director Carl Ford. In 2013, she booked her first feature film “Gravedigger” starring the famous actor Keith Collins. Gravedigger won best thriller award at 2013 Downbeach film festival in Atlantic City.
Tenacious and unrelenting, Serena kept expanding her network and in 2013 she performed in the show “In Scena” directed by Laura Caparrotti and Donatella Codonesu, a eulogy to the Italian Theatre in New York, presented at the well known Festival Figment.
In 2014 Serena booked a co-lead role in the feature film “Clean Cut” starring the awarded actor Kaith Collins. After signing a contract with Jack Boar Pictures Production, in 2015 Serena plays the lead role in the short movie “Waiting for Harry” directed by Antonio Benedetto.
One of Serena's latest works - the short movie "The Gatherer" by Aurore Duiguo, in which she plays the lead role of Jane - will screen at Big Apple Festival in November 2016
Represented by Step Forward Entertainment Management
The life and essence of art- whether it be painting, music, or dance- lies in expressing through a wellspring of emotion the universal realm of the human spirit. It is a melding of the individual and the universal. That is why great art reaches out beyond ethnic and national barriers to move people all over the world.
- Daisaku Ikeda
The Gatherer Jane (lead role) A. Duiguo, Dir. NY
Waiting for Harry Giulia (lead) A. Benedetto, Dir NY
Clean Cut Sandy (co-lead) J. Pepitone, Dir NJ
You can’t hustle a hustler Angie (supporting c.) B. Sobel, Dir. NY
Pigalle Adele (supporting c.) B. Sobel, Dir. NY
Blood is Noir Cecilia (lead) K. Davis, Dir. NY
The Club of Rome Lea (co-lead) N. Cimino, Dir. NY
Gravedigger Melissa (supporting c.) K. Collins; D. Bollingers, Dir. NJ
O Làsce Eva (lead role) J. Anquier, Dir. NYC
Watching from distances Cris (lead role) J. Caridi, Dir. NJ
Bully Film Liz (lead role) L. Davidson, Dir. NYC
Election Tracy (lead role) A. Payne; J. Tailor, Dir. NYC
To the Fairest Venus (lead role) S. Kim, Dir. NYC
The Code Serena (lead role) Y. Wang, Dir. NYC
La Polka Patafisika Clara (lead role) F. Francioni, Dir. RM
Shakespeare and the Courtesan Veronica Franco (lead) P. Srteitz, Co., NYC
Sardines and Olives Lena (lead role) B. Sobel, Co., NYC
Voci nel deserto Reading In Scena T. Co., NYC
Dona-Donna-Dona Reading poetry La Faggeta a.c., Italy
L’altra metà della mela Ortensia (lead role) Teatro Blu, RM, Italy
Il peccato degli innocenti Claudia (lead role) Teatro Blu, RM, Italy
Le moment de la lune Beatrice (lead role) Teatro Blu, RM, Italy
Le voci che ci divorano Beatrice (supporting c.) Teatro Blu, RM, Italy
Nano Transformers Marie AudioWorks Producers Group
Brinken multiple characters AudioWorks Producers Group
Tactical Training for Actors Level 1 and 2 (Handle firearms; Individual Movements and Team Movements) - by veteran Law Enforcement trainer Kevin McMahon
Jared Kirby - Combat for Stage and Screen Training
Anthony Abeson, classes and private coaching, NY (since 2013)
Workshop Keysi Movie Action, fighting method by Justo Dieguez, NY (2013)
Susan Batson’s Studio, LLC; New York (2011 - 2013)
Workshop C. Linklater Method (2009) with Susan Main
Acting Training Beatrice Bracco, Rome, Italy (2008 - 2011)
Speech, Breathing and Voice training Giorgia Trasselli, Rome, Italy (2007)
SPECIAL SKILLS & ABILITIES
Singing, Mezzo Soprano (4 years) Mary Setrakian; Rome and NYC
Dancing Contemporary Lyrical Peridance C. Center, New York
Dancing Ballet, Modern, Jazz (5 years) ArsMovendi, Mimma Testa, IALS; RM
Bartender, Professional(since 2008) Flair Project, RM
Languages: Italian (native); English (fluent speaking, reading, writing); Spanish (speaking). Valid Italian passport; Italian driving license