Roselyn Kelada-Sedra – Playwright – Actor: Sadiyah
Roselyn Kelada-Sedra loves the theatre. Her favourite way to work is exploring
Shakespearean text through movement. So naturally, her first play integrates Shakespeare
and dance elements. The odd thing about Six & Eight is that Roselyn didn’t know how
to swing dance when she wrote it. She’s been learning ever since. As a writer, Roselyn
has worked in Ontario, New York, England, France, Senegal, Japan and South Korea.
Her work has been featured in national magazines, newspapers, websites and television.
She is a collaborative creator in the rAiz’n the sun ensemble, and she contributed to the
creation of Mother Courage Revisited: Themes of Women and War in the 21st Century,
led by Michele George.
As an actor, Roselyn got her foundation from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Cindy
Tanas Studio and Equity Showcase Theatre. She recently returned from the Canadian
National Voice Intensive with great training from David Smukler, Gerry Trentham and
Judith Koltai. Some of her favourite moments on stage include: chaperoning Pyramus
and Thisbe as Wall, getting de-atomized in Unusuality, and bustin’ into Tupac in Eating
Roselyn is also a student at Osgoode Hall Law School and a freelance writer.
Taylor Marie Graham – Director
Taylor is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph on the Humber North Campus. She is working as an English tutor in the Humber College Writing Centre.program. She is also the Director of Late Night with Matty D on Rogers Television.
Recent credits include: Researcher with the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Artistic Internship with Canadian Stage, Production Manager for the New Ideas Festival 2011, Executive Producer of Theatre Brouhaha’s LOVESEXMONEY (Factory Theatre, 2011), Director of Zocalo Toronto’s The Weeping Salsa (Theatre Centre, 2009), Artistic & Producing Associate with Theatre Gargantua’s Imprints, The Ancestry Project (Theatre Centre, 2010), Voices within Reach (Factory Studio, 2010), and fIBBER (Theatre Centre, 2009). Taylor has also toured George F. Walker’s Theatre of the Film Noir through Poland and Austria in 2008 with Atlas Stage Productions Canada. Her opera The Virgin Charlie, produced as part of Tapestry’s ‘Opera To Go’ was Dora nominated for Best New Opera/Musical 2009.
Kaleb Alexander – Actor: Christian
Kaleb completed the acting conservatory program at York University. He has most recently been seen in Delicacy at Factory theatre(Theatre Brouhaha), Mister Baxter at Theatre Passe Muraille(Quickening Theatre), Summerworks in Dumbo Squid (Birdtown and Swanville) and Toronto Fringe in Dirty Butterfly (Bound to Create). Other theatre credits include: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action), Tye in I never get dressed until after dark on Sundays (Birdtown and Swanville), Hippolytus in Pheadra’s Lust (Bound to Create) and Macduff/Witch/Murderer in Macbeth (Shakespeare in Action). Film credits: ep. 206 The L.A. Complex, The Green Laser and Until you Break.
Alcina Chiu – Choreographer
Alcina completed her Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Voice. Her passion for music started from an early age, leading her to join any programme that allowed her to express her artistic side. Her time with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto allowed her to gain an appreciation for piano and theory as she worked up to the highest levels of study offered in both subjects. A lifelong learner, Alcina is currently doing part-time graduate studies in Music Education. She has completed her Blue Belt certification and license in Nia Dance Fitness, and travelled extensively to compete, learn, and teach in Swing Dancing. She enjoys the interconnection of music and movement, and is constantly amazed by what she
discovers in her body and how it relates to all movement. She has worked with various schools and community organizations, including Crestwood School, Shakespearience, and Pineway Public School. Her favourite teachers are still her students, who remind her every day that an inquisitive mind and an eagerness for knowledge bring out the best
learning environment possible. In addition to teaching, Alcina loves to be on stage. She has performed at numerous
swing dancing events in southern Ontario. Known for her creativity, musicality, and joy on the dance floor, Alcina enjoys dancing with beginners and advanced dancers alike. The choirs with which she has worked have performed at festivals and concerts including MusicFest Canada, NE1 Can Do The Arts (Toronto District School Board), the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival, and the Ontario Vocal Festival. Other recent performances include the Georgian Sound Jazz Festival, Broadway Melody, Brigadoon, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Verdi’s Requiem, A Night in Vienna, Orfeo ed Euridice, and the Vagina Monologues.