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Clean Break announce new leadership team

Clean Break announce new leadership team

The award-winning theatre company Clean Break has announced a new leadership team to take the company into its fifth decade of work with women in the criminal justice system.

Founded in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of the imprisoned women to a wider audience, Clean Break produce award-winning plays on the complex theme of women and crime.

Roisin McBrinn and Anna Herrmann will take up new roles as the company’s Joint Artistic Directors, with an Executive Director vacancy to be filled to complete the three-woman leadership team. Click here to find out more and apply

Anna Herrmann said of the new team:

I am ready to embrace this new adventure, making bold and outstanding theatre that shines a light on women’s lives in prisons and beyond.

The new leadership model has been developed by Clean Break’s current Chief Executive, Lucy Perman MBE. Lucy will be leaving the company this summer, having led Clean Break for 21 years. She received an MBE for her services to drama in 2004 and earlier this year she was presented with the Criminal Justice Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to the sector.


Both Lucy and Anna have been a part of National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance Steering Group since its inception and we would like thank them for their tireless and inspiring work supporting the arts in criminal justice.

Anna will remain on our steering group as a representative of Clean Break. We look forward to seeing what’s next for Lucy and wish her – and Clean Break – the very best of luck in the future.


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