Trudeau scholar - PhD Humanities, Faculty of Fine Arts
Navigating stories of ancestry, exile and belonging through theatre and performance
Diane Roberts, a humanities Phd candidate in the Faculty of Fine Arts, is an accomplished director, dramaturge and writer who has worked in theatre and interdisciplinary arts for the past 30 years.
Her Arrivals Legacy Project is an exploration of ancestry, ceremony and root cultural practices that looks at the relationship between indigeneity and migration. The project draws inspiration from African and diasporic performance traditions to give participants the tools to connect in profound ways to their authentic histories.
Currently working under the supervision of Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro, Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance, Roberts hopes to articulate a vision for theatre that encourages Indigenous creative expression.