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Clean Break appoints Erin Gavaghan as executive director

Erin Gavaghan. Photo: Katherine Leedale
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Women’s theatre company Clean Break has appointed Erin Gavaghan as its first executive director.

Gavaghan will take up the role in October 2018 alongside joint artistic directors Roisin McBrinn and Anna Herrmann, completing the company’s plans for a three-woman leadership team.

Gavaghan is currently executive director at Siobhan Davies Dance, where she has worked for six years.

The appointment follows a leadership restructure by Clean Break in a bid to align its artistic and education programmes more closely.

Lucy Perman was previously executive director at Clean Break before becoming chief executive. She left Clean Break on July 20 after 21 years at the organisation.

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Gavaghan said: “I have been a huge fan of Clean Break’s work for well over a decade and am inspired by the way the company places the authentic stories of women at the heart of everything it does. I am completely thrilled to join the team at such a pivotal moment in its development.”

McBrinn and Herrmann added: “We’re confident that Erin’s vast experience, huge passion for Clean Break and commitment to groundbreaking theatre and performance will be an exciting fit as we move into our new model of producing more theatre and creating more radical opportunities for women with experience of criminal justice.”