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‘London’s oldest but still most vital festival of contemporary dance.’The Guardian

Dance Umbrella is London’s international dance festival.  Every October we invite artists from around the globe to share their choreographic visions of the world, reflecting how it is now, and dreaming of how it could be. Throughout the year we also run digital talks, make films, support creative learning projects and help pioneering artists do research.

Since 1978, Dance Umbrella has presented more than 739 artists from 34 countries to over one million people and commissioned over 80 new works at 72 venues. These have ranged from Smithfield Market to Battersea Power Station, from canal long boats to car park rooftops, and from major theatre stages to outer London parks.

Artistic Director and Chief Executive Emma Gladstone has an ambitious vision is to take dance out and bring audiences in by expanding definitions of contemporary dance to include a wide range of dance and movement styles. This includes reaching out to new audiences through the commissioning of new work, developing partnerships with non-dance venues, and establishing an Orbital touring network with arts centres in outer London boroughs.

Integral to all DU’s work is our overarching goal is to entice audiences, nurture artists, innovate practice, and deliver excellence.

Post holder

We are seeking an exceptional, experienced individual to work with Artistic Director/CEO Emma Gladstone to provide strategic leadership for Dance Umbrella.Their role is to ensure Dance Umbrella builds on its successes, and continues to develop an agile and sustainable business model that realises the ambitions of the artistic vision.

The Executive Director will deliver the business plan, financial and administrative management, direct the fund-raising and increase brand awareness. They will optimise the organisational resources both human and financial to meet operational needs effectively and efficiently.

This is a 4 days per week post, salary £45,000 per year pro rata.

20 days holiday leave plus bank holidays.

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Key dates

Deadline for applications: 12pm Wednesday 28th November 2018

Interviews: 1st Interviews: Tuesday 4th December 2018, morning

2nd Interviews:  Tuesday 11th December 2018, afternoon


How to apply

Please apply in writing telling us:

  • Why you want to work with DU
  • Details of the qualities and experiences you would bring to the role
  • Earliest available start date
  • The names of two referees (only contacted after seeking permission)

Please also include your CV (max 2 pages), covering letter and completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

If you wish to have an informal conversation about the role with Emma Gladstone before you submit an application, please email to arrange.


All applications should be marked APPLICATION FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and be emailed to:

Zsuzsanna Posta at