Emily Wanserski has worked with cultural nonprofits, for-profit entertainment entities, higher education institutions, and multiple public agencies. With over 10 years of experience in LA's creative economy, she collaborates with entrepreneurs and artists to bring light to immediate action items that get them closer to their vision. Selected clients, projects, and employers include: the Annenberg Foundation, Arts Bridging the Gap, Barak Ballet, Boeing, Chicago Bulls, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, City of West Hollywood, Heidi Duckler Dance, Intel, Jim Henson Company, LA Contemporary Dance Company, LA Follies, MashUp Contemporary Dance Company, Nike, Royal Shakespeare Company, Suarez Dance Theater, Sundance Film Festival, University of Southern California, and UP Productionz.

An active member of the LA dance community, Emily served on Dance/USA's 2018 LA Conference Host Committee. In collaboration with Laura Berg + Gracie Whyte of WHYTEBERG and choreographer Madison Hicks, Emily launched JUMPSTART/LA, an intensive program crafted for early career dancers and choreographers. Scheduled for July 2022, this program aims to not only empower artists with a deeper understanding of LA’s dance ecosystem, but also provide insight on essential entrepreneurial and financial skills.

 

Emily has taught at AMDA, CalState LA, Santa Monica College, UCLA, and the University of Michigan, and she was honored to be part of the Artist Campaign School's inaugural cohort in 2017. Emily holds dual degrees, BA in Political Science & BFA in Dance, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

 

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Speaking engagements: 

  • MashUp's International Women's Day Festival — March 2021 & 2022 — Los Angeles, CA

  • LA Contemporary Dance Company's Premiere of Finding Meemoo — November 2021 — Los Angeles, CA

  • IDTW Action Film Festival's Women Empowerment Panel — August 2018 — Austin, TX

  • Dance/USA Conference — June 2018 — Los Angeles, CA 

  • Dance/USA Conference — June 2016 — Austin, TX 

  • Design for Dance Conference — April 2016 — ODC Theater in San Francisco, CA

  • Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces — February 2016 — Brown University in Providence, RI 

  • Directors Lab West — May 2013 — Pasadena, CA

Grant panels: 

  • LA County Department of Arts & Culture's Organizational Grant Program — 2021, 2013

  • City of West Hollywood, Arts Projects + Organizational Development Programs — 2021

  • City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs, Operating Grant Program — 2018

  • City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant — 2014