Co-written by roselyn Kelada-Sedra & livia Berius
Livia & Roselyn met on day 1 of orientation at Osgoode Hall Law School and breathed mutual sighs of relief at meeting a fellow artist. They articled around the corner from each other on Bay St., and they write the scripts for Fail Better together. Both Livia & Roselyn come from backgrounds as theatre-makers and are now practicing lawyers, as well.
Pictured: Roselyn & Livia graduating from law school
Creator, Writer & Executive Producer
Roselyn Kelada-Sedra is an alumnus of the rAiz'n the sun ensemble at b current, where she apprenticed as a content-creator and performing artist. Her writing training comes from Humber College and from writing articles and editing newspapers, magazines and web outlets. Roselyn’s plays and devised work have been produced at various Toronto theatres. Her writing can be seen on TO Monologue Slam, or read on the women's empowerment website, Bitches be Witches.
Roselyn is making her first foray into producing for screen! Her producing experience is previously in theatre. She is hugely grateful to Ryan West for guiding her through producing for screen. Surprise: Roselyn loves producing!
Roselyn balances acting and writing with practising law at Sabsay Lawyers. Check out Roselyn.ca for more, & follow on Facebook to hear her updates & musings about artist life.
Pictured: Roselyn Kelada-Sedra as Tegan
Photo by Devon Slack
Co-Writer Livia Berius
Livia Berius is a graduate of the Playwrighting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada, and Osgoode Hall Law School. She was a founding member of Pink Jellybean Productions (writer, director and actor), and the Maboroshi Orchestra (shadow puppet artist and performer). Her play, Pie in the Sky was published by Playwrights Canada Press. As a law student at Parkdale Community Legal Services, she started the Justice-Telling Workshop for Women, a writing program for women who were survivors of violence. During her articling term, she and Roselyn often met for emergency coffee dates to swap hilarious and nightmarish stories as students-at-law. Livia is thrilled to be writing for Fail Better. She spends her time balancing practicing law, writing, teaching spin and yoga, and training her crazy dogs.
Pictured: Livia at Call to the Bar.
Co-Producer Ryan West
Ryan West co-produced the Proof of Concept and has helped develop Fail Better since day 1.
Ryan West is a Vancouver-born, Toronto-based producer with a long history in both film and television. He has produced several shorts, including ‘zom-com’ A Day of the Living? which received the Audience Choice Award at the Hamilton Film Festival, quirky romance Mann, and dark comedy Must Kill Karl, which received awards at Comedy Festivals in Austin, LA, and Atlanta. His debut feature A Sunday Kind of Love, made with director Geordie Sabbagh, was the Ontario selection of the inaugural IndieCan10K Film Challenge, screened at festivals from the Caribbean to China, and is currently available on several VOD platforms.
Ryan and Roselyn met as theatre reviewers, assigned to the same show.
Script consultant Jessica Liadsky
Jessica has been a guide and cheerleader in bringing out the best of Fail Better's story.
Jessica Liadsky is a writer/actor. Winner of the J.C.W Saxton Prize in Playwriting, Jessica’s play Canon in
D Minor went on to be performed at the Summerworks Theatre Festival, and the New York International Fringe Festival, where it was later selected to appear as part of the Encore Series. Most recently, Jessica graduated from the Creative Writing program at Humber College, with a diploma in Comedic Scriptwriting. She is a graduate of the Classical Acting Program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and holds a BA in Drama from Queen’s University.