Silva is a Lecturer in Drama and an award-winning playwright. She is the module coordinator for Building the Ensemble, Writing and Directing for Performance 1 and Writing for Performance 2.
Her research explores representations of women in dramatic writing and the impact of historical trauma on Armenian feminism. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of East Anglia where she is investigating playwriting by Armenian women in the Western diaspora and writing a trilogy of plays that seek to capture Armenian women’s experience, past and present.
She has worked on devised community theatre projects for the Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Bath. In 2016, she wrote Under a Cardboard Sea for 100 young company performers to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Bristol Old Vic. The Light Burns Blue, about the Cottingley Fairies, has been performed internationally by youth and student theatre groups. Her other plays for young people include Witches Can’t Be Burned for National Theatre Connections Festival 2020 and 2021 and A Quest for Arthur for the National Theatre’s Let’s Play series.
Silva’s awards include the William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting for Another Man’s Son and Best New Play at the Brighton Fringe Festival for Gather Ye Rosebuds. I and the Village, her Master's thesis play at the University of Birmingham, went on to be a finalist for the Bruntwood Prize and an OffWestEnd Award for Best New Play. Her first radio play, Varanasi, was a finalist for a BBC audio drama award. She has been a BBC fellow and writer on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic, a writer on attachment at the National Theatre Studio, and a member of the Royal Court’s Studio Group. More recently, she received an Arts Council grant to develop her creative practice in writing fiction.
- HND Performance
- BA English with distinction
- MPhil Playwriting Studies
- PGCE (PCET)
- Society of Authors
Areas of expertise
Research and academic outputs
Semerciyan, S (2015) The light burns blue. Nick Hern Books, London. ISBN 9781848425026
Semerciyan, S (2015) I and the village. Methuen Drama, London. ISBN 9781474248419
Semerciyan, S (2020) 'Witches can't be burned.' In: National Theatre Connections 2020: plays for young people. Methuen Drama, London. ISBN 9781350161009
Semerciyan, S (2021) I and the Village (2015) [REF2021 collection].
Semerciyan, S (2021) Witches can't be burned (2020) [REF2021 collection].
Semerciyan, S (2020) Witches can't be burned. Online National Theatre Connections Festival, February - March 2020.
Semerciyan, S (2017) His peers. Bath Theatre Royal, Bath, UK, 13 - 15 July 2017.
Semerciyan, S (2016) Under a cardboard sea. Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, UK, 4 - 6 August 2016.
Semerciyan, S (2015) Turning tricks. In: ReOrient Festival, Z Below, San Francisco, SF, USA, 10 September - 4 October 2015.
Semerciyan, S (2015) I and the village. Theatre503, London, UK, 9 June - 4 July 2015.
Semerciyan, S (2015) The light burns blue. Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, UK, 15-18 April 2015.
Semerciyan, S (2014) The window. Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, UK, 22 - 25 October 2014.
Semerciyan, S (2014) The tinderbox. Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, UK, 23 - 26 April 2014.
Semerciyan, S (2017) A quest for Arthur.