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Diane Roberts is an accomplished director, dramaturge, writer and cultural animator, who has collaborated with innovative theatre visionaries and interdisciplinary artists for the past 30 years. Her directorial and dramaturgical work has been seen on stages across Canada and her reputation as a mentor, teacher and community collaborator is nationally and internationally recognized.

Diane’s celebrated Arrivals Personal Legacy Project, developed during her 7-year tenure as Artistic Director of Urban Ink productions, has birthed new interdisciplinary works across Canada, throughout the Americas, in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. This work has allowed her to articulate, cultivate and realize a vision for theatre that encourages Indigenous ways of knowing as a stepping stone to creative expression. She is a founding member of Obsidian Theatre and backforward collective, Founder of The Arrivals Legacy Project and co-founder and Artistic Director of Boldskool Productions with playwright Omari Newton. Alongside her professional career, Diane is currently pursuing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at Concordia University.

The Arrivals Legacy Project

The Arrivals Legacy Project is a transformational exploration of ancestry, ceremony and root cultural practices for artists and creators of change founded by Diane Roberts in 2004. This embodied creative process interrogates the relationship between Indigeneity and migration and is designed to unearth embodied root cultural practices and creative impulses through ancestral connections.


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