Anna Gallagher-Ross

Associate Artistic Director & Curator, Fusebox Festival

Anna Gallagher-Ross is Associate Artistic Director & Curator at Fusebox, a non-profit arts organization based in Austin, Texas. Fusebox is best known for its annual performing arts festival, which features adventurous artists from Austin, the U.S., and around the world, and is entirely free to attend. But Anna and the Fusebox team also work year-round bringing unique artistic projects to thousands of people in Central Texas, providing support and resources to artists, and addressing civic issues at the center of contemporary life and culture.

As a curator, Anna seeks to be an advocate for artists, providing resources and supportive platforms for the creation of new work, as well as forging meaningful and accessible encounters between art and audiences. A graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Anna has over a decade of experience in the curation and production of the performing, visual, and literary arts. Before joining Fusebox, she was Curator & Managing Editor of Sister Writes, a community arts and empowerment program for women affected by poverty and mental health issues in Toronto, Canada. Anna has also held producing and teaching roles at a number of organizations (Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Revolve, and the Paprika Theatre Festival) that provide transformative theatre experiences to young people. She has served as Curatorial Fellow in 2016 at the Walker Art Centre, curatorial assistant for the 2017 Live Arts Bard Biennial, and curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs in Toronto, New York, and London.
Writing and publishing are also a key parts of Anna’s creative work. Her writing and interviews about art and contemporary performance have appeared in Art Papers, C Magazine, the Walker Reader, Theater Magazine, as well as several exhibition catalogues. She has commissioned and edited publications ranging from online journals on curating, architecture, and performance, to zines that catalogue vital yet overlooked urban histories, to book-length collections of original writing and artworks. Anna is co-editor of issue #04: “Curating Performance” of the online journal, which imagines future possibilities for the performing arts field, and launches in October 2020.

Anna is proud to serve on the advisory boards of UNESCO Creative Cities Austin, and Sightlines Magazine for Arts and Culture, as well as panels for local and national organizations The Creative Fund, MAP Fund, Apex Art Foundation, Charlotte Street Arts Foundation, among others