Artistic Director & Chief Executive
As Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella Emma Gladstone runs London’s international dance festival. Focusing on broadening definitions of choreography since taking over in 2014, recent festivals have featured ice skaters, flamenco artists, hip hop and digital work. Committed to introducing contemporary choreography from around the world to audiences of all ages, DU now tours to more sites across the capital than ever before.
Previously Emma was Artistic Programmer at Sadler’s Wells 2005-13, and has worked extensively with the British Council, Southbank Centre, The Place and the Rolex Mentor Protégé programme. Before programming Emma danced for many years with Arlene Phillips, Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys, and co-founded Adventures in Motion Pictures with Sir Matthew Bourne. Emma will be leaving DU in Spring 2021. She is Chair at Siobhan Davies Studios, and a Trustee at Aesop and Dartington Hall Trust.
An experienced leader in the cultural sector, Tania was most recently CEO of Stratford Circus Arts Centre where she has programmed ambitious and imaginative work by leading artists and companies such as Punchdrunk and Fevered Sleep, and commissioned 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. During her tenure the charity saw significant growth, with turnover increased by 45% and reserves built up. 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 Producers
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.