Yolanda García Serrano

Yolanda García Serrano (born 1958) is a Spanish film director and writer, the winner of the 1994 Goya Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film All Men Are the Same.[1]

Yolanda García Serrano
Born1958 (age 61–62)
Madrid, Spain
OccupationDirector, writer
ChildrenCora Tiedra


García studied Public Relations and worked for a few years as a secretary while starting her studies in Dramatic Arts.[2] She immediately began to participate in a theater group and to write small works, first for the children's audience and then for adults. She studied dramatic writing with Fermín Cabal [es], José Luis Alonso de Santos, and Jesús Campos [es],[3] and later studied audiovisual and cinematographic narrative, as well as film direction. She then began writing for film, television, and theater.

In 1986, and within a dramaturgy workshop of the National Center of New Trends, her play La llamada es del todo inadecuada was selected along with two others to be performed at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. It was a completely new project in Spanish drama with a work framed in the theater of the absurd.[4] She began working in cinematic screenwriting with Joaquín Oristrell, Lola Salvador [es], and Manolo Matji [es], but despite having gone through specialized schools with American and Hispanic writers, García confesses that she learned the trade by writing, reading, going a lot to the movies, "and throwing many scripts to the basket." Later she also went on to teach at the Community of Madrid's Cinematography and Audiovisual School.[5]

In 1988, she began her career as a professional screenwriter with works for film, television programs, and series. From the beginning she formed a team working in collaboration with Manuel Gómez Pereira, Juan Luis Iborra [es], and Joaquín Oristrell. In 1994, and in collaboration with them, she won the Goya Award for Best Original Screenplay for All Men Are the Same.[1] Among the series she has written for are Farmacia de guardia (1991–1995), Abuela de verano [es] (2005), Clara Campoamor, and Fugitiva (2018).[6] In movies, she wrote Why Do They Call It Love When They Mean Sex? (1993), Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health (1997), Queens (2005), and Mediterranean Food (2008).

In 1997, García directed and wrote the screenplay for Amor de hombre with Juan Luis Iborra, which she later turned into a novel. The film won the 1st Award for the best film of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. After ten years removed from the scene, she returned in 1998 with a comedy about marriage, written specifically for three actresses – Carmen Balagué, Elisa Matilla [es], and Rosario Santesmases – entitled Qué asco de amor. She received the Hogar Sur de Teatro de Comedias Award, organized by the Pedro Muñoz Seca Foundation.[7] With Dónde pongo la cabeza, released in 2006, she won the Chivas Telón Award.[8]

In 2000, again together with Juan Luis Iborra, she directed and wrote Km. 0, winner for the best film of the Torino Film Festival. Two years later, she premiered her first solo film, the family comedy Hasta aquí hemos llegado (2002). Her play Ser o no ser Cervantes, premiered in New York in 2010, won three Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) Awards. In 2011 she was the first Spanish woman to premiere and direct her own play in New York: Good sex. Good day. Lo que ellos ignoran de ellas.[9] Along with Juan Carlos Rubio [es], she received the 2013 Lope de Vega Award [es] for a work not yet released: Shakespeare nunca estuvo aquí.[10] In 2013, she was commissioned as artistic director of the Premios Max gala, presented that year by actor Álex O'Dogherty [es].[11]

García has always worked in the field of comedy, which was for her a way to face and overcome the most dramatic reality, until in 2016 she premiered her first drama, ¡Corre!, in collaboration with Joaquín Oristrell.[12] This was based on her own experience, as she explained in an interview conducted by Pepa Fernández on the Radio Nacional de España program No es un día cualquiera [es] in October 2017.[13]

In 2017 she was a finalist in the 1st Teatro Español Playwriting Tournament with her work Parapeto, eventually losing to Ignacio del Moral [es].[14] She has also made incursions into micro-theater with the play La novia de nuestro hijo no es nuestra hija.[15]

Some of García's cinematic works feature leading or supporting performances by her daughter Cora Tiedra, who has also appeared on some television series.[16]


  • 1991 – Salsa rosa
  • 1994 – Todos los hombres sois iguales
  • 1997 – Amor de hombre
  • 2000 – Km. 0
  • 2002 – Hasta aquí hemos llegado



  • 1993 – Línea caliente
  • 1997 – Amor de hombre, novel based on the author's film script in collaboration with Juan Luis Iborra
  • 2000 – Siempre me enamoro del hombre equivocado
  • 2001 – De qué va eso del amor, in co-authorship with Verónica Fernández Rodríguez
  • 2004 – Mujer casada busca gente que la lleve al cine
  • 2007 – Descalza por la vida, in co-authorship with Verónica Fernández Rodríguez


  • 1986 – La llamada es del todo inadecuada
  • 1998 – Qué asco de amor
  • 2007 – Dónde pongo la cabeza
  • 2013 – Shakespeare nunca estuvo aquí, in co-authorship with Juan Carlos Rubio, Lope de Vega Award winner[10]
  • 2016 – ¡Corre!, in collaboration with Joaquín Oristrell[12]


  1. ^ a b Conquero, Dolores (9 April 1997). "En Madrid surgen historias por todas partes" [In Madrid, Stories Emerge Everywhere]. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Sofia entre mujeres" [Sofia Between Women]. Arbor (in Spanish). 185 (A1). 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ Heras, Guillermo (2002). "La dramaturgia española actual (1975–2000)" [Current Spanish Dramaturgy (1975–2000)]. Miradas a la escena de fin de siglo: Escritos dispersos II [Looking at the Scene at the End of the Century: Dispersed Writings II] (in Spanish). University of Valencia. p. 196. ISBN 9788437054292. Retrieved 27 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Haro Tecglen, Eduardo (4 January 1986). "El misterio de la dramaturgia" [The Mystery of Dramaturgy]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ Pérez de Pablos, Susana (24 March 1998). "García Serrano: 'Aprendí tirando guiones al cesto'" [García Serrano: 'I Learned Throwing Scripts to the Basket']. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Paz Vega protagonizará 'Fugitiva', la nueva serie de RTVE que empezará a rodarse en noviembre" [Paz Vega Will Star in 'Fugitiva', the New RTVE Series That Will Begin Shooting in November] (in Spanish). RTVE. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  7. ^ Nieto, Marta (8 September 1998). "Yolanda García Serrano vuelve al teatro con una comedia sobre el matrimonio" [Yolanda García Serrano Returns to Theater with a Comedy About Matrimony]. El País (in Spanish). Bilbao. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Yolanda García Serrano pone humor al maltrato en '¿Dónde pongo la cabeza?'" [Yolanda García Serrano Puts Humor into Abuse in '¿Dónde pongo la cabeza?']. ABC (in Spanish). Madrid. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Entrevista en Radio 5 – Yolanda García Serrano: 'Quiero tener poder de decisión sobre mí misma'" [Interview on Radio 5 – Yolanda García Serrano: 'I Want to Have Decision-Making Power Over Myself'] (in Spanish). RTVE. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Yolanda García-Serrano y Juan Carlos Rubio, premio Lope de Vega" [Yolanda García-Serrano and Juan Carlos Rubio, Lope de Vega Award]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Madrid. EFE. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Alex O'Dogherty presenta la gala de los Premios Max". Hoyes Arte (in Spanish). 13 May 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  12. ^ a b "'¡Corre!', el primer drama de Yolanda García Serrano, en la Sala Mirador" ['¡Corre!', the First Drama by García Serrano, at the Sala Mirador]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 10 March 2016. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  13. ^ "No es un día cualquiera – Yolanda García Serrano: Necesito la comedia para estar viva'" [No es un día cualquiera – Yolanda García Serrano: 'I Need Comedy to Be Alive'] (in Spanish). RTVE. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  14. ^ García, Rocío (14 June 2017). "Último asalto en el combate de palabras" [Last Assault in the Battle of Words]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  15. ^ Gutiérrez, Koldo. "Micro-teatro: Por primera vez" [Micro-Theater: For the First Time]. Cactus (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  16. ^ "¡Hasta aquí hemos llegado!" [So Far We Have Come!]. Fotogramas. 25 June 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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