Roselyn Kelada-Sedra is an actor based in Toronto, Canada. She excels at playing intense, bold, badass women. Roselyn has worked on stages in Canada, England, the U.S. and Europe. Her first love is Shakespearean theatre, and that led to training at RADA and… everything since.
Roselyn trained in Shakespearean theatre acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at DAH Teatar in Serbia, and in Canada on an ongoing basis. She believes in the 10,000 hour rule, and she works constantly toward mastery of her craft. Roselyn made her TV debut on CBC in Canada’s Smartest Person and her webseries debut in IRL: The Series.
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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Roselyn plays: 1) a strong, troubled mother; 2) a determined law student; 3) a sassy, sarcastic Latina, 4) a jealous, commanding wife.
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 is exploring her heritage as a woman of colour and what it takes for women of colour manoeuvering male-dominated professional environments. What’s at the bottom of the experience of women who walk with strength, deep hearts and intelligence?
Look out for Roselyn in the pilot episode of “In The Dark”, airing on April 4th on CBS, directed by Michael Showalter and written by Corinne Kingsbury. “In the Dark” is about a blind woman who is the only witness to the murder of her drug-dealer friend. Police dismiss her, so she sets out to find her friend’s killer.
Next, Roselyn is looking forward to a recurring role in a network series. For her news & thoughts, join the facebook group: Roselyn, Actor & Storyteller.
Roselyn is writing a play about two sisters dealing with bride-napping in their own family. When one sister is taken, the other faces the crisis of how to deal with the tradition that’s accepted in her own culture and her own family. The play is commissioned by the Vancouver-based theatre company, Affair of Honor, who specialize in movement-driven theatre about badass women warriors. Stay tuned for news about a reading in Toronto in May, a workshop in Vancouver in July, followed by a production in the Edmonton Fringe this summer!
Roselyn is also writing a play, set in early twentieth century Egypt, about how a woman learns to heal her heart through losing two loves of her life.
Roselyn is creating strong, complex female leads in Fail Better, a series in development. Fail Better is a half-hour episodic dramedy following Tegan, an articling student with a crippling fear of failure, that drives her through a cutthroat apprenticeship in a Toronto law firm.
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Roselyn and co-writer Catherine Ramos are working on season 1 of this female-created and female-led dramedy that digs into the misogyny and racial prejudices in legal profession in Toronto. Have a read to learn about Roselyn’s journey to telling this story and to the inspirations behind it. Think Insecure meets The Good Wife.
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Roselyn’s recent theatrical highlights were playing Katherine in a mash-up of Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing with Spur of the Moment Shakespeare. Before that, Roselyn enjoyed a comedic turn, playing Cleopatra. (Figure that one out!) In Macbeth’s Head, a comedy by Kyle McDonald, Cleopatra teams up with Maccers & Richard III to make Shakespeare fix their tragic ends. Stay tuned for the future of this Cleopatra at Malfi Productions.
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Roselyn is grateful for a collaborative relationship with Mixed Company Theatre, where she’s done forum theatre offerings on domestic violence and workplace harassment.
Her 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.
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Roselyn tells the stories of intense, bold women of colour. 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 started writing for TV with webseries, first with an unaired episode of IRL The Series and then with a piece in Toronto Monologue Slam. Visit Roselyn’s writing blog for an archive of her short-form writing, or check out these trailers of past workshops or productions of Roselyn’s plays. For her writer’s resume, visit the Resume’s tab.