Already an accomplished actress, Rosalyn is passionate about the art of filmmaking. Director of the award winning film ALLERGIC TO NUTS written by her husband and partner Craig T. Williams, Rosalyn’s film directorial debut produced the short film DRIVING FISH, which she wrote and directed. ALLERGIC TO NUTS & DRIVING FISH have been official selections of several film festivals including Urban World, San Francisco Black Film Festival and both were finalists in the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Rosalyn also wrote and directed the short films, BROKEN, THE STARTER MARRIAGE, LAYLA’S MOURNING and is director of WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE FOR A GOOD CIGAR, written by Gammy L. Singer. Rosalyn also directed the short films TWISTED, ENDS & BEGINNINGS, THREE WEEKS IN HELL, SCRAMBLED SOFTLY, and WOULD I LIE TO YOU, all written by Craig. Director of the groundbreaking documentary BLACK SORORITY PROJECT, her next assignment will be her feature film debut as director of the romantic comedy “JIMMIE,” writen by Lorisa Bates and Craig T. Williams.
Rosalyn’s distinguished acting career has afforded the opportunity to work with projects from inception to celebration. She just completed runs to universally stellar reviews in the World Premieres of two new plays, Levee James for American Conservatory Theatere at the historic Geary Theatre in San Francisco and Things of Dry Hours at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.
A 2003 Fox Fellow Award winner, this busy actresses Broadway stage credits include Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Mule Bone, and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. Off-Broadway she starred in the world premieres of Whose Family Values at the Harold Clurman Theatre, directed by Phillip Rose and Carson McCullers (Historically Inaccurate) directed by Marion McClinton at Playwright’s Horizons/The Women’s Project. Other notable New York stage credits include the critically acclaimed Breath Boom also directed by Mr. McClinton at Playwright’s Horizons and the role of Lou Bessie in The Old Settler with Leslie Uggams at Primary Stages for which she was nominated for an Audelco Award.
In 2000, she was featured in three films at the Sundance Film festival:OUR SONG, THE WINDOW, and THE OPPORTUNIST. Among Rosalyn’s over 20 other feature films are: VANILLA SKY, BROWN SUGAR, HOOK’D UP, EVERYONE’S DEPRESSED, and MUSIC OF THE HEART. Television appearances include: OZ, NYPD BLUE, NY UNDERCOVER, DC on the WB, and several appearances on LAW AND ORDER SVU.
Rosalyn loves to teach. She was hand picked by Coach to the Stars Margie Haber to be the east coast representative of her world famous studio, “The greatest pleasure for me as a teacher is to facilitate the person to reach their humanity. I want my clients to leave the room knowing their personal power as a base to communicate anything that a human is capable of experiencing.” Margie Haber, who has personally coached Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Heather Locklear, trained Rosalyn to teach her Cold Reading Technique. Rosalyn has also taught at Actor’s Connection, Howard University and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Rosalyn graduated Cum Laude with a BFA from Howard University and with an MFA from Yale Drama School. At her graduation from Yale she received the prestigious Carol Dye Award, the only award given for acting.
Rosalyn began directing at Yale with a production of Ludlow Fair. Rosalyn has been in a fiction/memoir writing workshop for ten years. She has written and performed one person shows at Manhattan Class Company, Shooting Gallery and Baby Jupiter among others.
During her tenure in show business Rosalyn has worked with Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Charles Dutton, Tom Cruise, Danny Glover, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Delroy Lindo and Alfre Woodward. She has worked with writers August Wilson, Craig Lucas, Sarah Schulman and Walter Mosley all on new projects. Directors include Lloyd Richards, Arthur Penn, Cameron Crowe, Marion McClinton, Regge Life, Phillip Rose, Israel Hicks, Oz Scott, Wes Craven.
Rosalyn is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.
An avid tennis player, for fun Rosalyn and Craig are currently self publishing a book of short stories, essays and original scripts. Roz’s Site