Roselyn Kelada-Sedra is a writer & actor based in Toronto, Canada. She excels at playing and writing bold women with intense inner worlds. Roselyn brings her whole self to each role she takes. You can get to know her as a writer or as a lawyer. Read on to get to know her as an actor for the screen and stage.
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 Hispanic woman, protecting her family, 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.
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Roselyn is grateful that the tour of her play, “Never in the Room,” completed its tour of southern Ontario before the outbreak. Her first forum theatre script, the play was developed with Mixed Company Theatre (Toronto, ON). “Never in the Room” explores the experience of a Bangladeshi woman fights the incremental confiscation of her power to make decisions in her own life as she ages.
In partnership with Affair of Honor, Roselyn is seeking a co-presenter for SISTER WARRIORS, a play about sisterhood, bride-napping and crisis of faith. The play is commissioned by the theatre company, Affair of Honor (Vancouver, BC), who specialize in movement-driven theatre about badass women warriors. Roselyn is grateful for a recent reading & discussion about SISTER WARRIORS with Suitcase in Point Theatre (St. Catharines, ON) and their Nest of emerging artists. She is digging deeper on this story and its characters.
Roselyn has a short film, Llorona, in consideration for film festivals. Roselyn plays a single mom trying to teach her child love instead of fear of the ghost stories from their Guatemalan heritage.
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 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 Mississauga 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 prejudice in legal profession in Toronto.
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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.
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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.