Vallejo Gantner has been Artistic Director of Performance Space 122 since 2005, responsible primarily for all programming, strategic direction and supervising external affairs (fundraising, marketing). P.S. 122 is one of United States’ leading multi-disciplinary presenters of innovative contemporary performing arts.
Prior to this, he was Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival from 2002 – 2004, (CEO and artistic director of this semi-curated three week annual event), and Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival 2000/01 (responsible for programming the free and outdoor programs).
Originally from Melbourne, Gantner has worked in a range of capacities throughout the arts in the US, Asia and Australia – as a director, writer, performer, agent, producer and programmer. He was the co-producer of Spiegelworld from 2006-2008, a commercial producer / presenter of contemporary circus, cabaret, music and entertainment across the US.
Recently, Gantner has appeared as a performer in “The Curator’s Piece” by Tea Tupajic and Petra Zanki across Europe, Executive Produced the hit indie feature films “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely” by Lynn Shelton and directed a new concert performance at the Irish Arts Center by composer / singer Julie Feeney. He is a partner in a micro-brewery – Mountain Goat Beer in Australia, and in 2006, he was a Deakin Lecturer in Melbourne.
Gantner sits on the board of directors of the National Performance Network (USA), Jianguo Pty Ltd (Aus), and Four Winds Foundation (Aus).
Formerly he was a board director of Australia’s leading philanthropic foundation, the Myer Foundation (Aus), Fortnight Journal (USA), Kage (Aus), Mountain Goat Beer (Aus), National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) (Aus), and has sat on more award, funding and other panels than he cares to remember.