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Hackney Empire’s Clarie Middleton appointed second ever female principal of Rose Bruford

Clarie Middleton is the new principal of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, seen here with Barbara Windsor
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Clarie Middleton has been appointed principal of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, becoming only the second woman to hold the post in the school’s history.

Middleton, currently chief executive of Hackney Empire, will take up her role in February 2018, and is the first woman since the college’s founder, Rose Bruford, to hold the post.

She replaces Michael Earley, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Middleton was made Hackney Empire chief executive in 2009.

Over 25 years working in the arts, Middleton has held posts with theatres including Watford Palace Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic, where she was an interim chief executive.

Middleton described Rose Bruford College as “a truly distinctive specialist higher education institution and a creative community with a radical heritage and a history of innovation”.

“I was hugely attracted by its values and aspirations around excellence and collaboration, transparency and empowerment, internationalism and partnerships – all of which are underpinned by real commitment to diversity and widening participation,” she added.

Rose Bruford College chair of governors, Monisha Shah, praised Middleton’s “vision, experience and stature”, which she said would help lead Rose Bruford College into the next phase of its development.

Earlier this year, the college was given the power to award its own degrees.

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