Assis Carreiro MBE
International Arts and Cultural Projects
With over 3 decades of industry expertise and knowledge in dance and the wider arts and cultural sectors around the globe, Assis Carreiro represents established and up and coming choreographers and designers from across the world.
Assis' bespoke and personalised professional representation services include career advice and planning as well as contract negotiations and networking. She also offers an Artistic Consultancy service to individuals, dance companies and organisations.
With a deep knowledge, enthusiasm and curiosity for the arts, Assis has developed and nurtured trusted professional relationships with major international artists, cultural leaders and arts organisations.
Her support for choreographers and designers includes confidential one-to-one mentoring, career guidance and producing opportunities in dance, ballet, theatre, opera and in the commercial arena.
Artist Management & Mentoring
- Choreographer Representation
- Designer Representation
- Strategic Planning
- International Artistic Director Searches
- Bespoke Mentoring
- Producing & Curating Programmes, Conferences, Cultural Projects & Festivals
- Artistic Leadership Mentoring
- Fund Raising Consultancy
A key figure in the international dance world, Assis Carreiro has vast experience in arts leadership and producing.
Passion, energy, commitment and a thirst for developing and nurturing talent and new creative initiatives & partnerships have made her a respected key player in the national and international cultural scene.
Recent appointments include Cultural Projects Advisor to the High Commission of Canada in the UK and from 2017-2018, Cultural Strategist at the High Commission of Canada. Previously, she served as Director of Culture for the Delegation du Quebec in London.
During 2015/16 she was Head of Strategic Planning & Development for New English Ballet Theatre. In 2015, she was Creative Producer for Dance UK’s first industry-wide conference and Creative Researcher on Digital Dance for The Space.
In 2016, Assis launched BooksEast literature festival in Ipswich, Suffolk. The inaugural festival drew large audiences and featured acclaimed writers and social commentators, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Meg Rosoff, Charles Handy and Xiaolu Guo.
From 2012-2014, Assis was Artistic Director of Royal Ballet Flanders, where she rejuvenated the award-winning company, with a merger with the Flemish Opera and the development of new repertoire, including creations by Slava Samodurov (Romeo & Juliet), Edward Clug, Ashley Page and Jacopo Godani as well as introducing works by Wayne McGregor, Alexander Ekman, Jiri Kylian and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Assis was Artistic Director & Chief Executive of DanceEast from 2000–2012. She led the organisation through a period of reorganisation and expansion. Her legacy there is the £9 million Jerwood DanceHouse, the cultural cornerstone of the largest urban regeneration project in the East of England on the Ipswich waterfront.
Assis initiated and produced the respected Rural Retreats, a series of international think tanks supporting dance leadership for existing and future artistic directors.
As a programmer, she produced a dance series at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich with commissions by among others, Arthur Pita, William Tuckett and James Cousins. She also launched Snape Dances an international dance series at Snape Maltings presenting Cuba's Danza Contemporanea, Mark Morris, Wim Vanderkeybus and Rambert. During her tenure, DanceEast was home to the National Centre for Choreography and was invited by the Dept of Education to set up the DanceEast Academy CAT.
During 1998/99 Assis was dance programmer at DasTAT in Germany for William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. From 1994-96, she was founding director of DanceXchange in Birmingham and went on to work for Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and as Fund Raising Executive at The Place. Prior to moving to the UK in 1994, Assis was Director of Education, Community Outreach and Publications for the National Ballet of Canada.
Assis is Trustee of Rambert Dance School and Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh. She has been an advisor and assessor to Arts Council England, Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council, and Scottish Executive and served on Sir Brian McMaster’s Sounding Board Review for Supporting Excellence in the Arts: From Measurement to Judgement.
Assis was born in the Azores, Portugal, and raised in Canada. She studied dance for many years and holds a BA (Honours) from Canada’s York University and an MA (Distinction) from Surrey University in Guildford.
She holds an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Suffolk College, University of East Anglia and has been a Visiting Senior Fellow in Dance in the School of Arts and Humanities of University Campus Suffolk.
In 2014 Assis was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her services to dance.
Assis Carreiro photos by Johan Persson
Current & Recent Projects
Member, Freelance TaskForce, Fuel Theatre, UK, 2020
Artistic Advisor, Rural Retreat 2020, DanceEast, England
Mentor, Mercury Creatives, Mercury Theatre, UK, 2020
Guest Speaker, VIII Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum 2019
Consultant, Dusk Dances, Toronto, Canada
Mentoring Canadian Artists, Edinburgh, 2019 - Canada Council
Consultant, National Creation Fund, National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Cultural Projects Consultant, High Commission of Canada, London
Cultural Strategist, High Commission of Canada, London
Interim Director for Culture, Quebec Delegation, London
Founding Director, BooksEast Festival,
International Presenter Liaison, Canada Scene, NAC, Ottawa
Head of Strategic Planning & Development, New English Ballet Theatre
Producer, Dance UK industry-wide conference, 2015
Digital Dance Researcher, The Space
Capital Fund Raising Mentoring & Consultant, Dance 4
Leadership Mentoring and Mentoring Choreographic Lab, Northern Ballet
"I had the great privilege of being mentored by Assis last year (2019) at two international dance and performance festivals. Assis’ extensive background and network of relationships within dance in Europe and North America helped me gain a picture of what I was getting into even before I arrived! She is someone who really listens. Her thoughtful guidance around shows and places to explore, and people to meet, helped shape my experiences. And best of all, through our conversations she prompted me to reconsider something I had decided against – and she was right!"
Heidi Strauss (she/her)
Artistic Director, adelheid, Toronto, Canada
"Learning from Assis in Edinburgh last year was an incredibly formative experience for me as a producer. Assis was able to offer me tangible skills on how to sell a show which resulted in me selling my show to a producer in Colombia. Assis not only provided me with skills for the Edinburgh fringe, but also she provided me with skills that have continued to benefit my work as a producer since then. Learning from her quickly excelled my career as a producer in a very short period of time and I would highly recommend learning from her"
Tai Amy Grauman, Director, Actor, Playwright, Producer, Canada
“We worked with Assis Carreiro prior to and during Edinburgh Fringe 2019, and her mentoring and coaching helped to prepare us to meet with and cultivate relationships with presenters and producers at the festival. Assis helped ground and focus us, was always available to soundboard, and was instrumental in connecting us with people who would be interested in our work.”
Catherine Magowan and Spy Denomme-Welch, Co-Directors, Unsettled Scores, Toronto, Canada