McBrinn leaves Clean Break for Dublin’s Gate

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Joint artistic director and CEO Róisín McBrinn is leaving Clean Break Theatre after eight years with the company to become artistic director at the Gate, Dublin.

Clean Break was founded in 1979 by two women prisoners to bring the stories of imprisoned women to a wider public, commissioning female playwrights to make ground-breaking plays. McBrinn, alongside Anna Herrmann as joint artistic director and Erin Gavaghan, executive director, has been at the forefront of commissioning scripts that often use women caught up in the criminal justice system, first as head of artistic programme and then from 2018 in her present role.

“Jointly leading Clean Break with Róisín for the last four years we have faced some extraordinary times together, and we are proud of the bold, ambitious and courageous company we are today” said Gavaghan and Herrmann. We wish her every success as she continues her career and look forward to seeing her continue to make beautiful theatre. Her contributions to our future plans will be a legacy that we are excited to build upon as we move ahead.”

McBrinn added: “Working at Clean Break has taught me an immeasurable amount and it has been the most fruitful, formative and joyful time of my career. I will miss the whole community, but I am so excited to pass the baton on and see this vital, brilliant company morph and grow in someone else's hands.” 

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