Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella Emma Gladstone runs London’s flagship dance festival, which has reached over a million people in 72 locations across the capital since 1978. Focusing on broadening definitions of choreography since taking over in 2014, recent festivals have featured ice skaters, hip hop and flamenco artists, alongside contemporary performances for audiences of all ages.
Previously Emma was Artistic Programmer at Sadler’s Wells 2005-13, and worked with numerous cultural institutions including the Southbank Centre, The Place, Rolex Mentor Protégé programme, and the British Council. Before programming she danced for many years including with Arlene Phillips, Lea Anderson and as founding Co-Director of Adventures in Motion Pictures.
Emma often works as a mentor and Advisor, most recently in India, South Korea, and for the Royal Opera House Draft Works. In 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban.
Anu Giri - Executive Director
Currently she is Executive Director at Dance Umbrella, London’s leading international contemporary dance festival and is responsible for finance and business development. Previously she was Co-Director of English National Ballet School where she developed the ‘My First’ series of children’s ballets in partnership with English National Ballet and set up ENBS Juniors – high quality children’s ballet classes across 3 London boroughs.
Prior to this Anu spent 10 years at Arts Council England and was Head of Dance from 2003 – 2010. Before this she was General Manager at Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Education Administrator at Birmingham Royal Ballet; managed small-scale dance companies Chitraleka and Company and Claire Russ Ensemble and was Projects Administrator at Dance 4, National Dance Agency.
Anu also works in a freelance capacity supporting dance artists and organisations with business development and fundraising. Clients have included: Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, Independent Dance, Dance UK, ZooNation Dance Company, ATMA Dance and New Movement Collective.
Anu co-presented Network East for BBC2, trained in Indian Classical Dance and has a BA in Drama and a Diploma in Management and currently serves on the Boards of Rambert, Scottish Ballet and One Dance UK.