arrivals belonging

The Black Community Resource Centre, in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, is offering a series of online workshops to celebrate English Black histories in Quebec. The project will invite artists and community members to enter into a creative dialogue with the English black histories that have shaped this province. By exploring their own ancestral lineage to awaken a sense of belonging, participants will immerse themselves in the Arrivals Personal Legacy process led by Arrivals Legacy Project founder  Diane Roberts in collaboration with an interdisciplinary co-facilitation team (to be announced)

The Arrivals Legacy Project  (Arrivals) is a creative engagement tool designed for those who wish to seed new expressive works based on Ancestry and personal history. The process allows participants to connect in new ways to their authentic historic bodies as a powerful source for artistic expression, personal & cultural empowerment. The Arrivals method is a combination of “Afrisporic” influenced performance traditions (dance, voice, movement, alignment, balance), contemporary story weaving and improvisational techniques that opens doors for the emergence of embodied truths drawn from Ancestrally anchored personal places.  

Click on the link below to access the Arrivals Belonging website:


What Happened: The Arrival’s Legacy Process  

The Arrivals Legacy Project  (Arrivals) is a creative engagement tool designed for those who wish to seed new expressive works based on Ancestry and personal history. The process allows participants to connect in new ways to their authentic historic bodies as a powerful source for artistic expression, personal & cultural empowerment. 

What’s Coming: The Installation (coming soon!)

The Installation is a website that will demonstrate the Arrival’s Legacy process with creative content created by participants to the workshop and conversations about belonging with Black English Speakers living outside of Montreal.

Meet the Team
Diane Roberts

Facilitator and founder of the Arrival’s Legacy Process

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. Roberts has birthed a vision for theatre that encourages Indigenous ways of knowing as a stepping stone to creative expression.

Liliona Quarmyne

Co-Facilitator (Arrival’s Legacy workshop)

Liliona Quarmyne lives and works in K‘jipuktuk (Halifax), on the powerful, unceded and unsurrendered land of the Mi’kmaq people. Originally from Ghana and the Philippines, via several other places, she has an eclectic background and a diverse set of trainings and experiences. As a result, she wears many hats – choreographer, dancer, actor, singer, community organizer, and facilitator. Liliona’s work stems from the idea of the body as story – an ever shifting, layered meeting place of moments and memory that is in constant conversation with time, space, land, and other bodies. Liliona sees her body as a link to past and to future generations.

Lopa Sicar

Co-Facilitator (Arrival’s Legacy workshop)

Lopa Sicar started acting when she was in high school. Her work as a performer has taken her to stages across Canada, to Dublin, and to Kolkata, India. She has a great love for contemporary storytelling that unearths truths about what it is be human, across timelines and across generations. A physically-based actor, Lopa builds her characters from the inside out in the traditions of Grotowski and Chaikin. She often inhabits more than one character in a single piece, a skill that came in handy when embodying her grandfather in his various incarnations for The Vermillion Project.

Benita Bailey

Witness (Arrival’s Legacy workshop)

Benita Bailey is an Ethiopian-German artist who moved to Montreal in 2016. She has a background in International Relations and African Studies at the University of Leipzig and at Hong Kong Baptist University & worked in this field in NYC and Beijing as well as research assistant in the Human Rights department at the German parliament in Berlin. From 2012 – 2015 Benita studied acting full-time in Berlin. Since graduating in 2015, Benita has appeared on German Cinema and national television, worked with acclaimed director Robert Wilson and collaborated with theatres in Berlin such as Ballhaus Naunynstraße and Haus der Berliner Festspiele. In Montreal she was part of the renowned BTW Artist’s Mentorship Program (2017/18), worked with Imago Theatre, Scapegoat Theatre among others in venues such as the Rialto, MAI, Centaur Theatre.  She is a part of the Afro-German artist collective, “Label Noir” with whom she performed in 2020 at Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin and she created her own show called #yellit From The Mountain where she has conversations with Black Performance Artists from Canada and Germany.

Julie Tamiko-Manning

Witness (Arrival’s Legacy workshop)

Julie Tamiko-Manning is an award-winning actor, theatre creator and mentor from Montreal. Selected acting credits include: Sin in Paradise Lost (Centaur), Marion in The Team on The Hill (Blyth Festival), Annie in Jean Dit (Théâtre D‘Aujourd’hui), Elena in Butcher (Centaur), Isabella Bird in Top Girls (Segal Centre), Emilia in Othello (Scapegoat Carnivale/Segal) and Nancy in Oliver! (National Arts Centre)  She has been a mentor for Imago Theatre’s mentorship program, ARTISTA and Black Theatre Workshop’s AMP.  Julie is a proud Sansei (third generation) Japanese Canadian and a member of the student taiko group Inazuma Daiko.

Warona Setshwaelo

Belonging Installation Practitioner

Warona Setshwaelo is a storyteller, mother and activist. Since moving to Tiohtià:ke 12 years ago, Warona has immersed herself in the theatre community, both locally and nationally. Apart from performing with several theatre companies in Montreal, such as Tessri Duniya, Repercussion Theatre, Geordie Theatre, Black Theatre Workshop, The Segal Centre, Tableau d’Hote and Scapegoat Carnivale she has performed in Toronto at the Tarragon Theatre as well as at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company in Winnipeg and the Belfry in Victoria.  She also sat on the board of ELAN (English Language Arts Network) 2015 – 2017, she is presently the co-coordinator of the Artist Mentorship Program at Black Theatre Workshop and is so excited to be the new Vice President of QDF’s board.

Natjelly Lozada

Digital technician

Natjelly Lozada is from Mexico city. She studied the Bachelor in Dramatic Literature and Theatre at National Autonomous University of Mexico and a DEC in Theatre Production at John Abbott College. She has worked as Stage Manager , VSM and Assistant for various companies like the Segal Centre, the St-Ambroise Fringe Festival , the QDF and the association creature/creature. In 2020, she did an artistic internship for the company creature/creature as part of the demART Program, financed by the Conseil des Arts de Montreal.

Andira Hernandez

Digital & web designer

Andi(ra) Hernandez is an artist, designer, and general creative based in so-called  Montreal. Their practice revolves around the intersections of design, art and positive social change. They strive to challenge the colonial aspects of art and design and to use their position as a designer to uplift the voices of those who have historically been excluded from the overarching design/art narrative.

Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s longest running Black theatre company and is committed to reflecting Black culture and community by developing and providing visibility for Black Canadian artists. Black Theatre Workshop is an award-winning English-speaking theatre company based in Montreal, Quebec.