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Roselyn Kelada-Sedra

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Bio

Roselyn Kelada-Sedra is a writer, director & actor based in Toronto & St. Catharines, ON. In her writing and acting, she excels at creating bold women with intense inner worlds. You can get to know her as a writer or as a legal consultant. Read on to get to know her as an actor for the screen and stage.

Roselyn made her acting webseries debut in IRL: The Series, a project to which she also contributed as a story development collaborator. She her American network TV debut in In the Dark.

Roselyn’s first time directing film, Women of Resilience, won accolades in Cannes, Reims, Cairo, Toronto, & NYC (2021).

Roselyn has been acting and writing since completing a 3-year apprenticeship as an actor and theatre-maker with Toronto theatre company, b current. She has written and devised plays produced on Toronto stages, as well as the webseries, Toronto Monologue Slam. Roselyn also created the role of Death in DASH by devising movement and harp music for the piece, based on Emily Dickinson poems.

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Resume

Acting (pdf)

Acting for Film & TV (pdf)

Writing (pdf)

Writing (pdf)
Roselyn photo by Sander Shalinsky

Producing (pdf)

Resume for Producing

 

Filmmaking

Women of Resilience

A documentary film

  • Three souls overcome incredible trauma & become inspiring Women of Resilience.

May TRIGGER audience members with descriptions of sexual assault, violence & suicide attempts.

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Synopsis

This documentary film features older women (60+) who have gone through wars, displacement, abuse and trauma and have healed through relationship. These women show that we can survive the worst traumas and the most broken systems and thrive if we connect in loving relationships. That is what makes these women resilient.

“People look, wittingly or unwittingly, consciously or not, for signs of life, sparks of hope, ... they want someone to help them feel safe and worthy enough to lean on and into the other’s vitality as they endeavor to make it their own.”

  • p. 17 of Restoring Resilience by Eileen Russell (Norton 2015)

A documentary celebrating resilience in older women. 44 minutes. The thesis is that human beings are designed to heal, and trauma interrupts that design. Secure attachment -a relationship within which someone feels loved, seen and valued- can repair the break and restore the healing design of the human brain and body. Through their stories, these strong, vulnerable women show that broken attachment systems can heal. That is the amazing thing about being human.

My own trauma forced me to re-evaluate the concept of resilience. What I saw was my mother, my godmother, women who went through trauma and came through it with love. Their loving hearts are the keys to their resilience. I offer this film to celebrate women who let love shine through their cracks and show that broken people can heal.

Made in Niagara region, Ontario, with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council & Essential Collective Theatre.

An Essential Collective Theatre production, with the City of St. Catharines.

Cannes win
Cairo Winner
Best Short Doc
Cannes
Official Selection
Red
Kalakari

Short film

Roselyn co-wrote and co-produced a short film, “Amor Fati,” an official selection in the Niagara Falls International Short Festival (Spring 2021, NY) & the Kalakari Film Festival. She also played the lead in “Amor Fati” in which the question is raised: can we change our fates?

Kalakari cert
Niagara
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Photo by Devon Slack

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Demo

Roselyn’s film & TV demo

Check out Roselyn’s DEMO for film & TV, live on YouTube!
Roselyn plays: 1) a strong, troubled mother; 2) a determined law student; 3) a Hispanic woman, protecting her family, 4) a jealous, commanding wife.

 

Voice work

Roselyn got to voice three episodes and four characters on the thoughtful children’s series, “Rick & Ricky”. Between playing a struggling mom, a sunny 10-year-old girl, a grieving woman over 80, and kind-hearted 12-year old boy, Roselyn had a blast discovering each character! She recently completed Canada’s National Voice Intensive, for the second time, with internationally renown speech and dialect coach, David Smukler.

Roselyn’s Voice-Over demos

Commercial voice-over

Audiobook narration in non-fiction

Audiobook narration in fiction

Roselyn’s Musical theatre demo

 

Now & Next

Roselyn is showing her immersive video piece, 6&8 at Riverbrink Art Museum, opening Feb. 4th, 2023.

6&8 is a three-screen, audiovisual installation about the disconnect between what we present on screen and what we truly desire (23 minutes in length)

Writing for Theatre

Roselyn has completed residencies Writers’ Room at Pat the Dog Theatre (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON) & Suitcase in Point. Roselyn is seeking a production parter for Sister Warriors and an international residency.

Filmmaking

A documentary film

Riverbrink Art Museum is hosting “Women of Resilience” in Feb. 2023 (dates TBA).

  • FORMAT: 44 minute documentary

Trailer for Women of Resilience

Three souls overcome incredible trauma & become inspiring Women of Resilience.

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As writer & director of the documentary, Women of Resilience, Roselyn is honored by the Toronto International Women Film Festival’s Best Short Doc Award, as well as the Cannes World Film Festival’s Best Women Film Award, among other accolades. The film celebrates women who have gone through fire and share how they have become resilient. Email assistant@roselyn.ca if you want to license the film for your university or organization.

Acting

Roselyn is doing a forum theatre show with Branch Out Theatre and having a blast playing Princess Jasmine in the Princess Gala. #bornforthisrole

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Roselyn’s theatrical highlights have been playing Katherine of Taming of the Shrew fame in a Shakespeare mash-up with Spur of the Moment Shakespeare, and giving Cleopatra a comedic turn in Macbeth’s Head, a comedy by Kyle McDonald with Malfi Productions. Roselyn’s dream roles include Cleopatra in Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra, Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child... obviously.

She Kills Monsters

  • Roselyn just closed She Kills Monsters, her debut with Orphaned Egret Productions.
  • Roselyn played the calculating dark elf, Kalliope. Lethal with a bow and arrow, with magic at her fingertips, this cerebral tracker-warrior rescues a lost soul in an epic, D&D adventure.

Acting for Film/TV

Roselyn is thrilled to be part of a ground-breaking new Showtime series with an A-list team.

Stay tuned for updates! For her news & thoughts, join the facebook group: Roselyn, Actor & Storyteller.

Always learning

It is important to me to do what I can to stop the oppression of women, dismantle the patriarcy and the destroy the racial hierarchy. I am not without biases. I am working on it. Click to access my read/watch list about feminism and the oppression of women. Click to access my read/watch list about anti-racist activism and racial oppression. I strive to promote and create equity for women and people of colour in the way that I live, the art that I make and the policies I support.

 

Random Skills

  • Languages: Fluent English, conversational French, basic Spanish, basic Arabic.
  • Music: Singer (low E to high C) Plays harp and piano. Basic acoustic guitar.
  • Sports: Proficient in swimming. Skiing and skating.
  • Getting around: Driving (automatic), Motorcycle (M2), horseback riding, cycling.
  • Random: Archery, swing dancing. Singing telegram courier. Lawyer.
  • Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, harpist
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  • Roselyn Kelada-Sedra on the set of The Sicilian Accord
    On the set of The Sicilian Accord
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    Lethal with a bow & arrow in She Kills Monsters
  • Roselyn Kelada-Sedra on the set of The Sicilian Accord
    On the set of The Sicilian Accord
  • Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, harpist

 

Contact

  • Principal agent:

Jessica Martins

Roselyn Kelada-Sedra

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Writing

Roselyn writes for stage and screen. Using her background in law, she brings a wide breadth of experience to her works, exploring the human struggle for women of colour.

Writing for Theatre

Roselyn has been nominated for the Cayle Chernin Award as playwright of Sister Warriors.

Also as a playwright, Roselyn has completed residencies with the Writers’ Room at Pat the Dog Theatre (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON) and with Suitcase in Point. Roselyn is seeking an international residency.

Six & Eight

Roselyn’s film installation 6&8 opens Feb.4th, 2023 at Riverbrink Art Museum. This 3-part filmic experience is a new iteration of Six & Eight the dance play. A 23-minute excerpt is showing in conjunction with SWFT (Supporting Womxn Femm & Trans artists).

The play explores: the disconnect between our screen-selves and our true selves. And what matters more - our intentions or outcomes? Subscribe to get invited.

Documentary film

Roselyn’s film, Women of Resilience screens at Riverbrink Art Museum in Feb. 2023, dates TBA.

  • This film has won accolades in film festivals all over the world.
    • Three souls overcome incredible trauma & become inspiring Women of Resilience.

May TRIGGER audience members with descriptions of sexual assault, violence & suicide attempts.

Awards

Roselyn’s first film, Women of Resilience won nominations & awards at the Cannes World Film Festival, New York International Women Festival, Toronto International Women’s Film Festival (June 2021), Lonelyn Wolf International Festival (2022) & Cairo Indie Shorts Festival. It is also an official selection for the Red Movie Awards (Reims, France) and Kalakari Film Festival (West Bengal, India).

Cannes win
Cairo Winner
Best Short Doc
Red

Short film

Roselyn co-wrote and co-produced a short film, “Amor Fati,” an official selection in the Niagara Falls International Short Festival (Spring 2021, NY) & the Kalakari Film Festival. She also played the lead in “Amor Fati” in which the question is raised: can we change our fates?

Niagara
Kalakari

Have a look (below) at her trailers, and stay up to date through “Now&Next” & her quarterly emails.

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photo credit: Gaetz Photography

The women of Roselyn’s work go through crises and become their most resilient selves. Roselyn explores the human condition, particularly for women of colour. What makes a woman strong? brave? compassionate? These explorations drive the stories that Roselyn tells, on stage and screen.

Roselyn began her writing career as a journalist. She wrote columns, feature articles and reviews for newspapers, magazines and web outlets. From there, she did a 3-year apprenticeship as a playwright, theatre-deviser & actor, at b current.

She began writing and adapting plays, and that led to her writing content for the screen. Roselyn starts a project with a driving question about human nature - why do we do what we do? That exploration propels the story. Go to “Now&Next” for details on what Roselyn has in development.

Roselyn is a contributor to many web outlets including the women’s empowerment zine, Bitches be Witches and the Globe & Mail.

Trailer: Six & Eight, a swing dance play, written by & featuring Roselyn Kelada-Sedra

Trailer: Disappearing Soul, an adaptation of Romeo & Juliet created by and featuring Roselyn

Roselyn Kelada-Sedra
photo credit: Hi Uan Kang Haaga

Roselyn Kelada-Sedra

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