Artists

Denise Yvette Serna

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Denise Yvette Serna. Makeup: Talia Weingarten. Photo: Juli Del Prete.

Artist Bio

Denise Yvette Serna is a theater practitioner and arts activist based in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago credits include La Ruta (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Revolutionists (Strawdog Theatre Company), Cambodian Rock Band (Victory Gardens Theater), LTC Carnival 2018: ConeXion! (Latinx Theatre Commons), Hir (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Earthquakes in London (Steep Theatre Company), The View Upstairs (Circle Theatre Chicago), For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) (Pride Films & Plays), HOMESET (Pop Magic Productions), SPARK (20% Theatre Company), _ (the) forgetme\knot (inappropriate theatre company), La Chingada (inappropriate theatre company), and Climate Change Theatre Action Chicago (Global Hive Laboratories). International credits include Medusa (Global Hive Laboratories), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shaw Theatre), Om Swastyastu from London – The Wailing Woman (Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar), and _Heart’s Core (Community Arts North West Refugee Women's Theatre Programme). Serna holds an MFA in theatre directing and is cofounder of Global Hive Laboratories, a collective of international practitioners working toward a global theatre. She is an alumna of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Multicultural Fellowship and serves as a member of artEquity’s diverse cadre of facilitators who support equity-based initiatives nationwide. She is committed to supporting arts organizations as they incorporate the ideals of equity, diversity, access, and inclusion into their programming and internal operations, and move toward becoming transformative anti-racist forces in their communities.