Roselyn Kelada-Sedra is an actor based in Toronto, Canada. 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 at the National Voice Intensive, Lonsdale Smith Studios and the Cindy Tanas Actors Studio. She 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.
Roselyn stars in the pilot of Fail Better, a webseries about fear of failure in a 30-year-old articling student. The series follows Tegan through her struggle to prove herself and become a lawyer, and to maintain the creative person she is through it all. Episode 01 is in post-production now! Check in on the “Fail Better” facebook page for updates as the series develops.
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Roselyn is also the creator and co-writer, with Livia Berius, of Fail Better. It’s a dramedy that digs into the misogyny and racial prejudices in professional environments in Toronto. Have a read to learn about Roselyn & Livia’s journeys to telling this story and to the inspirations behind it. Think Insecure meets The Good Wife.
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Roselyn also has some plays in the works. For news, join the facebook group: Roselyn, Actor & Storyteller.
Roselyn recently finished a comedic turn, playing Cleopatra. (Figure that one out!) In Macbeth’s Head, a new 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’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.
Roselyn began her writing career as a journalist. She wrote columns, feature articles and reviews for newspapers, magazines and web outlets. From there, she began writing and adapting plays, and that led to her writing digital content. Roselyn starts a project with a driving question about human nature - why do we do what we do? That exploration propels the story. Roselyn is now developing two series, one for the web and one for TV. Go to “Now&Next” for details.
Roselyn is also a contributor to the women’s empowerment website, Bitches be Witches.
Keep an eye out for Roselyn’s TV writing debut 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.