He was born on 7 September 1969 in Rostov-on-Don (Russia). He studied physics at Rostov State University. In 1991, still being a student, started to work for TV. In the same period, he directed his first theatre productions that got noticed.
Kirill Serebrennikov won the Russian national television award “TEFI” and prizes in competition sections of Rome International Film Festival and Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi (Russia). He also won prizes of international film festivals in Karlovy Vary and Locarno.
Since 2012 he has been the artistic director of Nicolay Gogol Drama theatre (Moscow).