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I grew up in Ottawa in a development community called Herongate which was populated with mostly new immigrants. Behind our townhouses there
was a large, shared backyard. It was here that I first created shows with neighbourhood kids. I conceived, directed and acted in shows about us, starring us. I was a mixed Chilean, Jewish, multilingual kid and my friends were from all over the world -- all of us with different languages, accents and customs --
but together we told stories and found our
commonality in play-land. My childhood passion became my career. I love what I do.

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Rosa Laborde is a critically acclaimed Chilean Canadian Playwright,
Screenwriter, Director, and Actor.


As a playwright she’s been produced across Canada at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Neptune Theatre, Touchstone Firehall Theatre and The Belfry Theatre as well as performances at Playwright’s Horizons and the Arthur Seelen Theatre in New York City.  She’s been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, been nominated twice for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play and was the recipient of the KM Hunter Artist’s Award for Theatre. Currently she’s commissioned by the Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, and The Stratford Festival of Canada.

An alumni of The Canadian Film Centre’s Primetime Television Writing Program, Rosa works regularly as a screenwriter and recently wrote on CTV’s The Spencer Sisters, wrote two episodes of HBO Canada’s Emmy nominated show Sensitive Skin starring Kim Catrall, co-wrote two episodes of A Sweet Ride with comedian Mary Walsh for Shaw/Global, wrote two episodes of the dark comedy Killing It created by Susan Coyne and developed by CBC, created her own original comedy Mostly Sunny for CTV-BELL MEDIA, wrote three episodes of the action packed surveillance drama Five Eyes created by Paul Gross and John Krizanc, ac
quired by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, co-adapted the award-winning novel Far To Go for House of Films, co-created the sexy political drama congress  with Malcolm Macrury and David Weaver, and co-created, wrote, was showrunner, and starred in the short-form Crave Original series Nesting launching December 22, 2023. Rosa has developed television and film projects for Sullivan Entertainment, Rhombus Media, Pier 21, Alcina Pictures, Frantic Films, Big Coat, Force Four and the networks; CBC, Shaw-Global, and CTV Bell-Media. 

Also an actress, Rosa is a graduate of the acting program from The Oxford School of Drama in Oxford, England.  She began her professional career in Canadian theatre playing the title role of ‘Trilby’ in Svengali’s at Toronto’s Theatre Centre with the experimental company Civilized Theatre led by the late visionary director Paul Bettis. Since then she has worked steadily on stage and on screen and has been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for acting in theatre and a Gemini Award (now CSA) for her acting in television.


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