Rosa Laborde

According to the Toronto Star, Rosa Laborde is a young writer who “deserves both attention and respect” and NOW Magazine asked, “Is there anything this multi-talented artist can’t do?”  Rosa’s plays include: The Source, Sugar, Dish, Leo, Hush and the upcoming Marine Life and Like Wolves and have 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.  Her comedic hit Sugar was named an Outstanding New Play by NOW Magazine.  Her political drama Leo was mounted twice at Tarragon Theatre before touring Canada, was nominated for five Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play and was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and received a reading at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC in March 2012.  Rosa is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre as well as The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa and is beginning a residency with Toronto’s Aluna Theatre. She has just completed her second residency with The Banff Centre for the Arts.  Currently she is completing her play Like Wolves for production at The Great Canadian Theatre Company in 2012/13 and her play Marine Life which appeared at Rhubarb at Buddies in Bad Times in February 2012 and will be presented at The Panamerican Routes Festival at Theatre Passe Muraille in May 2012. As an actress, Rosa continues to work regularly on stage and screen and has been nominated for both a Gemini Award and a Dora Award for performanceRosa is a founding member of Project Undertow for whom she directed Melancholy Play at Summerworks 2009 garnering a Crow’s Theatre Award honorable mention for Outstanding Direction and Dish at LabCab at the Factory Theatre.  As a screenwriter Rosa developed her own original television series Mostly Sunny with CTV (now Bell Media) and is currently adapting the novel Far To Go for the screen with co-writer Hannah Moscovitch for House of Films. She is a recent graduate of The Canadian Film Centre’s Primetime Television Writing Program and is a graduate of The Oxford School of Drama in Oxford, England. She is the 2012 recipient of the KM Hunter Artist’s Award. 



Award Category Year Play
KM Hunter Artists Award Playwright 2012
Governor General's Literary Award Finalist Drama 2008
K.M. Hunter Artist's Award Theatre 2012