Dance Umbrella's new Executive Director

Published: 7 April 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Tania Wilmer

Dance Umbrella, the London-based festival of international dance, has appointed Tania Wilmer as its Executive Director.

Wilmer was most recently CEO of Stratford Circus Arts Centre where she has programmed work by artists and companies such as Punchdrunk, Inua Ellams, Fevered Sleep and Akram Khan’s first works for young audiences. She previously worked for Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells and the British Council.

She will work closely with Dance Umbrella Artistic Director and Chief Executive Emma Gladstone for each October's Dance Umbrella’s international festival and support the year-round digital projects, creative learning schemes and professional development programmes.

Wilmer said, “I am thrilled to be joining the Dance Umbrella team. I have long admired Emma’s artistic vision for the festival. Her commitment to diversity and her drive to make dance an art form that is widely experienced and enjoyed resonates deeply with my values.”

Gladstone added, “in such changing and challenging times, it is great to know Tania will be joining our team. She brings with her wisdom, knowledge and experience of the arts both on the ground reaching local audiences, and on the level of strategy and wider organisational governance alongside much more. I am truly delighted to welcome her to Dance Umbrella.”