Artistic Director & Chief Executive
Freddie is a critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer/performer, curator and teacher who is the recipient of many choreographic awards and commissions. East London-born, Freddie’s Ghanaian heritage informs his art practices through which he references disparate movement styles, folkloric themes and structured choreography to make witty, conversational and affecting work.
Freddie was Guest Programmer for Dance Umbrella between 2016 and 2019 during which time his Out Of The System programme presented exhilarating work by dance practitioners from the UK and abroad.
Freddie is founder, director and curator of ‘SystemsLAB’ (2016), a platform which responds directly to 21st century diverse artistic needs; offering support and sustained visibility to multifaceted mid-career artists by facilitating connections to festivals, venues, organisations and touring with a bespoke creative team.
Freddie has choreographed and performed internationally in numerous productions including his breakthrough work Silence Speaks Volumes and Fidelity Project (co -created/performed with Frauke Requart) both works reaching the Bloomberg Place Prize finals; Bf with Jorge Crecis (Aerowaves); various Royal Opera House ROH2 commissions; Mis-thread (DU2010); Remaining Energy (Barbican commission) and solo work Show of Hands (DU2013).
Freddie is a former recipient of the Robin Howard Commission, One Dance UK (Dance of the African Diaspora) Trailblazer Fellow/Champion (co-curating their annual showcase events at The Place in 2016) and Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House/ROH2 (2009-12).
Freddie has been a Part-Time Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of East London, composition lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School, a Studio Wayne McGregor Dance Artist, and Visiting Fellow Artist at the Queen Mary University – London. He is also a regular speaker and guest on industry panels both in the UK and internationally.
Tania works alongside the Artistic Director to provide strategic leadership for Dance Umbrella, with a particular focus on business development. An experienced leader in the cultural sector, Tania was previously CEO of Stratford Circus Arts Centre where she programmed ambitious and imaginative work by leading artists and companies such as Punchdrunk and Fevered Sleep, commissioning Akram Khan and Inua Ellams’ first works for young audiences. Under Tania’s realm the organisation built a reputation for its inclusive and participatory ethos and commitment to supporting emerging talent, alongside achieving significant financial growth. She has previously worked for Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells and the British Council. Tania sits on the advisory board of the charity Power the Fight.
Rob is a multi-art form producer and programmer who specialises in cross art form projects, festivals and participatory work. Over the past ten years he has worked with BAC, The Albany, World Stages London, Roundhouse and Brighton Dome and Festival. Rob is currently Festival Producer at Dance Umbrella, and is Creative Producer for Brownton Abbey, an independent performance collective which centres queer people of colour, especially those with disabilities. Rob is also a Clore Alumni.
Creative Learning Producer (maternity cover)
Peter has 20 years’ experience in arts education and participation: as a dance artist, teacher, lecturer and producer. He enjoys creating opportunities for people to connect with art, culture and their own creativity. Peter is also Head of Creative Programmes at icandance and previously held roles at The Place and Akademi. He has written learning resources for Children and the Arts, MOKO Dance, Trinity Laban and New Diorama Theatre. Peter sits on the advisory board of Uchenna Dance Company.
Creative Learning Producer
Bethan has been working within the participatory dance sector for the past twelve years as a producer, choreographer and dance artist. Specialising in contemporary and social dance forms, she is predominately interested in creating and producing work that has social engagement and individual expression at its core. Prior to Dance Umbrella, Bethan worked at Trinity Laban as a lecturer and dance artist for 10 years. From 2015-16 Bethan became the first Choreographer in Residence at Royal Museums Greenwich.
Head of Development
Alongside her role at Dance Umbrella, Dawn is an independent producer and fundraiser. She has worked with a diverse range of organisations, including the British Council and Arts Council. Currently, she develops international projects for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Eastman and Manchester International Festival.
Previous roles spanning 20 years at CandoCo Dance Company and Sadler’s Wells gave her many opportunities to work with extraordinary dance artists. Dawn is a Trustee at Boy Blue and a board member at James Cousins Company.
Head of Marketing
Vicky is an experienced arts marketing professional who has spent the last 13 years working for organisations including the Almeida, Roundhouse, Royal Court Theatre and Barbican. Vicky worked for three years in Sydney, Australia where she led the marketing for multi-arts centre Carriageworks, helping to cement the identity of the organisation and position it within the Australian arts landscape. Vicky has worked on everything from contemporary dance, large scale art installations and exhibitions to gigs, festivals and plays.
General, Finance & Operations Manager
Zsuzsanna joined Dance Umbrella in 2001 as Administrative Assistant and has worked in various roles at DU since then – as Administrator, Tour Manager, and currently as General/Finance & Operations Manager, overseeing the day to day financial management of the company. Zsuzsanna has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Syracuse University, New York and worked in the commercial sector for a number of years before pursuing a career in the cultural sector.
Admin & Digital Communications Officer
Isabella graduated from King’s College London in 2017 with a degree in English Language and Literature. She subsequently worked for King’s Cultural Community as an Events and Gallery Supervisor, before undertaking freelance marketing work for a range of cultural organisations including Access All Areas, Split Britches and non zero one. In March 2019, Isabella joined Dance Umbrella.