Serena Schuler is an award-winning writer, director, and series creator of Makeshift Society, an original TV series about a female founder. Previously, she developed the series Cake Walk, about the crazy events leading up to a wedding, which is currently streaming on Elizabeth Banks's new comedy site WhoHaha. Her latest music video Too Much Love parodied My Fair Lady's "I Could Have Danced All Night" in a story about a Valentine's Day that has gone off the rails, and was a finalist in the Rachel Bloom Comedy Short Challenge.
Her first film, The Ten Plagues, won the Audience Award at the Washington Jewish Film Festival and Audience Award Runner-Up at the Women in Comedy Festival. The story follows a young woman en route to her family's Passover Seder who has a wake-up call of biblical proportions in the form of the modern-day Ten Plagues. It is a coming-of-age comedy about going home for the holidays, on a day when everything seems to be falling apart.
Recently, a staged reading of her first play was held at Berkeley Rep, entitled Power Pose.
Serena is the Program Co-Director of Dinner with Dames, a dinner series which extends the network for women in film. She has produced dinners with industry leaders including Blye Faust (Producer of the Oscar-winning film, Spotlight) and Jennie Frisbie (Magnet Management).
Serena is passionate about encouraging kids to pursue writing and filmmaking. She coaches creative writing with Young Storytellers, a screenwriting program which culminates a live staging of the fifth graders’ scripts by improv comedians. She was the keynote speaker of the 2016 Noe Valley Girls Film Festival.
Serena graduated with honors from Cornell University and received a masters in psychology from Columbia University. She was on the women's rowing team at Cornell, and won the silver medal in the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Sprints. Before becoming a filmmaker, she worked in the tech industry for seven years, and continues to work at the intersection of film and technology.