About Us

40 years ago, Clean Break was founded by two women in prison who believed in the power of theatre to transform lives.

Clean Break uses theatre to keep the subject of women in prison on the cultural radar, helping to reveal the damage caused by the failures of the criminal justice system. Through our unique work, we raise difficult questions, inspire debate, and help to effect profound and positive change in the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system.

Since 1979, Clean Break has been the only women’s theatre company of its kind, and we continue to inspire playwrights and captivate audiences with our ground-breaking plays on the complex theme of women and crime. For further information about the early years click here. 

Through theatre workshops and projects in prisons and in the community which build confidence, resilience and wellbeing, we transform the lives of women who have experienced the criminal justice system or who are at risk of entering it.

Our Members Programme is available to women aged 17 and above. The Programme offers a range of workshops and performance opportunities led by esteemed female theatre artists, underpinned by comprehensive support.

Clean Break’s women-only identity is crucial to our rationale. The treatment of women by the criminal justice system is one of the clearest demonstrations that our society is still unequal and that women are judged by different standards to men. Our vision is of a society where women are neither unjustly criminalised nor unnecessarily imprisoned, and we believe that theatre enables women to challenge their oppression by society in general and by the criminal justice system in particular.

Learn more about women and the criminal justice system at the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison websites.
Read about Clean Break’s early history at Unfinished Histories
For a full list of research, articles, recorded events and documentary work on Clean Break click here.


Our People

Esme Allman
Participation Associate
Tracey Anderson
Support Manager
Emily Clarke
Development Officer
Imogen Davies
Individual Giving Manager
Titilola Dawudu
Creative Associate
Nadia Dorr
Communications Manager
Maya Ellis
Koonyin Ho
Admin & Support Worker
Rebecca Jones
Interim Administrator
Emma Kendall
Development Manager
Cath Longman-Jones
Head of Finance & Operations
Lorraine Maher
Participation Manager
Mana Maye
Selina Mayer
Finance & Data Manager
Samantha McNeil
Volunteer Manager
Linda Morgans
Sally Muckley
Head of Development & Communications
Rachael Smith
Operations Manager
Rachel Valentine Smith
Creative Associate
Jacqueline Stewart
Head of Participation
Dezh Zhelyazkova

Our Board

Development Committee

Tracey Abayeta
Honour Bayes
Elise Brown
Sarah Jane Dent
Sophie Fiori
Sharon Heyman
Catherine Hinwood
Alison Jefferis (Chair)
Sarah Jeffs
Gillian Jones
Rebecca Urang
Sara Watson

Our Patrons

Zawe Ashton
Lord Paul Boateng
Dame Judi Dench DBE
Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Sir Richard Eyre CBE
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Lucy Kirkwood
Kevin McGrath OBE
Ann Mitchell, Hon.Doc.of Arts UEL
Tanya Moodie
Sonali Naik QC
Yve Newbold LLB
Baroness Usha Prashar CBE
Dr Joan Scanlon
Dame Janet Suzman DBE
Dame Emma Thompson
Dame Harriet Walter DBE
Lia Williams


Because our work is about highlighting women’s experiences and providing gender-specific services to women, all of our positions are open to women only (exempt under Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, part 1).


We’re always on the lookout for people to join our year-round Volunteer programme, which takes in everything from workshop skills and arts administration to catering and gardening. You’ll get the opportunity to develop your skills and confidence in a welcoming environment, while also learning more about the way we work. To find out more, come along to one of our regular Volunteer Days or email Samantha McNeil, our Volunteer Manager, at volunteering@cleanbreak.org.uk or call 020 7482 8600. 

"There is a positive energy about the place which makes it a lovely place to work."

Current Vacancies & Volunteer Call-outs

Finance Officer
We're looking for a detail focused and approachable Finance Officer to join our team.
Catering Volunteer
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to be part of our Catering Team.
Gardener Volunteer
We are currently looking for a female volunteer to maintain our garden.