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I am a playwright, actress, screenwriter and director.


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 Chilean, Jewish, multi-lingual 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. She’s been called “a young writer who deserves both attention and respect” by The Toronto Star and NOW Magazine asked, “Is there anything this multi-talented artist can’t do?” 


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 has received the KM Hunter Artist’s Award for Theatre. 

As a screenwriter Rosa recently co-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, acquired 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 that just wrapped production and will drop fall of 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. 


As an actress Rosa continues to work on stage and screen and has been nominated for both a Dora Mavor Moore Award for theatre and the Gemini Award for television (now called The Canadian Screen Award).


Currently she’s commissioned by the Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, and The Stratford Festival of Canada. Rosa is a graduate of The Oxford School of Drama in Oxford, England, and The Canadian Film Centre’s Primetime Television Writing Program. 


Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding New Play for LIGHT


KM Hunter Artists’ Award for Theatre 

Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding performance by an ensemble in PAPER SERIES 

Crow’s Theatre Honourable mention for Outstanding Direction for MELANCHOLY PLAY 

Canadian Screen Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an ensemble for HISTORY BITES

Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Finalist for LEO

Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding New Play for LEO


Broadway World Outstanding new play for TRUE


NOW Magazine Critic's Pick for TRUE


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