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Education, Honors & Awards
Assumpta Serna has performed in 20 different countries in six languages with prestigious directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Carlos Saura, Pilar Miró, Scott McGehee, David Siegel or Oliver Hirschbiegel. As an actress, she performed on 110 films (“The Craft”, “Nostradamus”, “Wild Orchid”, “Matador” and “The fencing Master”) and numerous plays. She played a wide variety of television shows and series in Europe (“Sharpe”, “Henry VIII” or “Borgia”, just finished 3rd season in Prague), produced by Atlantique productions and the French channel Canal Plus and the National german channel, ZDF. Currenty, is working on a Spanish series: “The Crack” produced by TV3, Cataluña. In the United States she acted on (“Falcon Crest” or “The day of reckoning” NBC TV movie, with Samuel Fuller, adapted from the Patricia Highsmith story). She costarred in Wild Orchid, the International hit which reaped over $100,000,000. And on the film the Craft for Columbia Pictures, directed by Andrew Fleming. She also co-starred in the Drug Wars mini-series, produced by Michael Mann and on Nostradamus with Tcheky Karyo, Ammanda Plummer, F. Murray Abraham and Rutger Hauer. When reviewing Maria Luisa Bemberg's 1990 film, I, the Worst of All, the Hollywood Reporters’ Duane Byrge wrote: “Assumpta Serna is superb. It's a performance every bit as powerful and rounded as Paul Scofield's portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons." In theater, she has played since 1979 on all major Spanish venues and in the 90’s made her first debut on the french theater at the Comédie Française (Theater: Odéon) the italian play by Alberto Moravia: “The angel of Information”, sold out from the first day. Her book, “el trabajo del actor de cine” or “Reel Acting” was the first to be written in Spanish regarding the craft of film-acting. She followed it up with “Monologues in V.O”, a resource for auditioning actors. Her third book is currently in the works. She was elected to the board of the European Film Academy (EFA), representing Spain for 6 years and was responsible for the organization of the European Film awards (2004) in Barcelona (with a 1.8 million euro budget). In 2005 founded with Scott Cleverdon “first team” an international non-profit foundation, which main objective is to increase the quality of education and the ethics among the professionals of the audiovisual sector, writing and developing the: “Code of good practices for the audiovisual actor”. They have founded also First Team school, that has been teaching film acting and the subject on directing actors in 6 countries around the world and so far has taught more than 1800 filmmakers. Scott Cleverdon and Assumpta Serna, to the strength of his published work in the last 10 years they are now considered to be authorities, when commenting in the media, on leadership, directing, acting on camera and film training. They are counselors at the worldwide annual conference on film acting in London.(www.fundacionfirstteam.org)
Assumpta is an actress, teacher and producer. As an actress, specialized in International co-productions (see http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0785264/), she speaks 6 languages. A teacher in 4 countries, and a writer of three books in film acting in Spanish language. President of a Foundation with the mission to bring professionalism and prestige to the training of on-camera actors, to promote the integration of all parts of the film making process., develop the sense of teamwork within film and television production and to create ‘safe ground’ where film makers can learn about the different parts their colleagues play in the film or TV project. As a producer interested in developing good scripts and good projects which content can affect social change for the better.