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McMorrow quits head of Brighton Festival post to launch her own company

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Jane McMorrow is to leave her post as head of Brighton Festival after seven years in the role, to set up her own company dedicated to developing large-scale productions for the Cultural Olympiad.

During her time at the festival, McMorrow was instrumental in commissioning works such as Dirty Wonderland in 2005, Stomp’s Lost and Found Orchestra in 2006 and a revival of Pinter’s acclaimed New World Order last year.

She was also responsible for nurturing companies such as Dreamthinkspeak and Prodigal Theatre, as well as relaunching the Brighton Festival Fringe as a separate organisation to the main festival.

McMorrow said: “I’m very excited about using the skills I have developed while at the festival to deliver some exciting projects in the build up to 2012. I leave the Brighton Festival in great shape. I’m really looking forward to seeing where new chief executive Andrew Comben and the team will take it next.”

Brighton Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in the country, and runs for three weeks every year during May. It annually contributes more than £20 million to the local economy.

Brighton Dome and Festival chairwoman Polly Toynbee added: “Jane McMorrow has made the Brighton Festival what it is today. With an exuberant mix of the entertaining, the unexpected, the exotic and the brilliant, she has brought to Brighton works from all over the world, world premieres and new commissions. We wish her every success with her new enterprise.”

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