Who We Are

EMMA GLADSTONE | 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 regularly works as a mentor and advisor, most recently in South Korea, China and Chile. Recent awards include an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban and a 2019 Tonic Award, received with DU’s two previous Artistic Directors, recognising outstanding women in the arts. Emma is a Trustee of the Arts and Health charity Aesop and Dartington Hall Trust, as well as Chair of Siobhan Davies Dance.



TANIA WILMER | Executive Director

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, Inua Ellams, Fevered Sleep and Akram Khan’s first works for young audiences. Under Tania’s realm the organisation has built a reputation for its inclusive and participatory ethos and commitment to supporting emerging talent. She has previously worked for Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells and the British Council.