SAG/AFTRA, Television Academy, ASIFA, WIF, IGDA
Linsay Rousseau is an actor, voice-over, performance capture artist and singer with over 20 years of theatre experience. She has trained at Steppenwolf, the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, Studio A.C.T. at the American Conservatory Theater, The Rachel Adler Studio, The Groundlings, The Second City, Impro Studio, and with Larry Moss. With training in a variety of martial arts and weapons (from East to West), she feels most comfortable with a sword, staff or spear in her hand. She is a US Army Iraq War combat veteran and holds degrees from the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and The College of William & Mary. She is best know as the voice of Elita-1 Transformers: War for Cybertron on Netflix and for her extensive work in video games.
Linsay is known for her range and versatility. As a stage performer who specialized in character roles and decades of improv, she easily slips into any character and adapts to whatever medium she is performing for. As a classically trained singer, she is a master of her instrument. While she loves all aspects in the industry, it was her stage experience coupled with her time in the Army that drew her to video games and subsequently, performance capture. Along with the vast story telling opportunities that video games afford, she's the type of woman who can throw a punch, swing a sword, shoot a gun, take a hit and yell and die for hours. A true geeky badass.
A consummate geek, Linsay is host of the weekly geek talk show, The Roll Out, on YouTube and an associate producer and host at Culture Slate. From Doctor Who to Horizon Zero Dawn, she's got a passion (and t-shirt) for all things geeky. As a queer woman, she is a huge advocate for expanding diversity and inclusivity within the geek community and entertainment industry and ending the toxic behavior so many are faced with. As the Doctor would say: Space. For all.
While Linsay has been a performer her entire life, she took a few detours along the way. She is a former journalist and was one of four Carnegie Fellows chosen to work with the Brian Ross Investigative Reporting Unit at ABC News in New York and worked as an associate producer, reporter, researcher and production associate for PBS Frontline. Her masters thesis for the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, "Rape in the Fields," went on to be produced by PBS Frontline, the Center for Investigative Reporting and Univision. The documentary has won the Alfred I. duPont-Colombia Award, John F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Public Radio News Directors Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.
Prior to attending Berkeley, she served as a combat photographer and public affairs sergeant for the U.S. Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. She spent a year in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk documenting and reporting on combat and humanitarian operations. She now works to give back to the veteran community as an ambassador for the non-profit organization Pin-Ups for Vets and communications coordinator for Continue to Serve.
Linsay had a fairly non-traditional upbringing. The child of two National Park Rangers, she'd lived in seven states by the time she was in high school. With all the moving her family did, theatre and music are what kept her grounded and focused. When she wasn't on stage or playing music, much of her time was focused on human rights and environmental causes. She worked for Amnesty International, focusing predominantly on women's and LGBTQIA rights. While at William & Mary, as student body president, she lead the charge to reform the campus's sexual assault policy, helped with organizational efforts to unionize the maintenance, cafeteria and housekeeping staff, worked to improve the campus's environmental standards and encouraged the university to divest funds from organizations known for their human right's abuses. While she may not have taken the most direct route to Hollywood, she brings all of this passion and experience to her performances and all the work she does.