Emily Gastineau is a choreographer, performer, writer, and arts administrator. Her work has been presented at Frascati (Amsterdam), On the Boards (Seattle), Garage29 (Brussels), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and Red Eye Theater (Minneapolis), among others. She collaborates with Billy Mullaney (US/NL) under the name Fire Drill, and their work has been shown in Amsterdam, Minneapolis, St. Paul, New York, San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Chicago. Her collaboration with Vilma Pitrinaite (LT/BE) has been supported by workspacebrussels, SE.S.TA (Prague), and the Lithuanian Council for Culture. Emily co-founded the performance writing platform Criticism Exchange, curates performances at Fresh Oysters Performance Research (Minneapolis) and elsewhere, and produced RELAY RELAY, an interview marathon and publication on contemporary performance. She is the recipient of a 2016 Next Step Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and a 2017 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. From 2017-2019, she was based between Minneapolis and Amsterdam while completing a master’s at DAS Choreography, Amsterdam University of the Arts. Emily is one of seven artistic directors of Red Eye Theater.
Emily has worked with Mn Artists since 2014, supporting almost every aspect of the program, including website development, content strategy, outreach, live programs, and editorial. As Program Manager of Mn Artists, she collaborates with guest artist-curators to produce the Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] program series at the Walker Art Center, and coordinates guest editors to commission original arts writing for mnartists.org.