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 recently completed Canada’s National Voice Intensive, for the second time, with internationally renown speech and dialect coach, David Smukler. She’s looking forward to recording some music with celebrated musician and composer, John Moussa, in Egypt this winter.
Roselyn is interested in exploring women of colour manoeuvering professional environments. What’s at the bottom of the experience of women who walk with strength and intelligence? Roselyn is looking forward to a recurring role in a network series. Stay tuned.
Roselyn plays the lead in Fail Better, a webseries, in development. It’s about Tegan, a woman who is so afraid of failure that every decision becomes monumentally during articling, her first lawyer-in-training job at a Toronto law firm. The series follows Tegan in that terrifying feeling of, what if I drop it all? Trailer is live now! Check in on the “Fail Better” facebook page for updates.
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Roselyn is also the creator and co-writer, with Cat Ramos, of Fail Better. It’s a 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 also has some plays and prose in the works. For news, join the facebook group: Roselyn, Actor & Storyteller.
Roselyn recently shot a pilot for CBS. Before that, she 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 explores the human condition, particularly for women of colour. What makes a woman strong? resilient? 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 also a contributor to the women’s empowerment website, Bitches be Witches.
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.