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


Our People

Tracey Anderson
Support Manager
Eva Bush
Finance & HR Administrator
Stephanie Cartwright
Philanthropy Manager
Maya Ellis
Executive Assistant
Mimi Findlay
Emma Kendall
Development Manager
Cath Longman-Jones
Head of Finance & Operations
Lorraine Maher
Participation Manager
Selina Mayer
Finance & Data Manager
Samantha McNeil
Volunteer Coordinator
Linda Morgans
Sally Muckley
Head of Development & Communications
Jacqueline Stewart
Head of Participation
Claire Stone
Heritage Project Manager
Demi Wilson-Smith
Development & Members Assistant
Dezh Zhelyazkova
Assistant Producer

Our Board

Alison Jefferis

Alison Jefferis

Ellie Kendrick Clean Break

Ellie Kendrick

Winsome Pinnock Clean Break

Winsome Pinnock

Development Committee

Tracey Abayeta
Honour Bayes
Elise Brown
Sarah Jane Dent
Baroness Simone Finn
Sharon Heyman
Alison Jefferis (Chair)
Sarah Jeffs
Gillian Jones
Marie-Claire Meisels
Rebecca Urang
Sara Watson

Our Patrons

Zawe Ashton
Lord Paul Boateng
Dame Carmen Callil DBE
Dame Judi Dench DBE
Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Sir Richard Eyre CBE
Barbara Hosking 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
Baroness Vivien Stern CBE
Dame Janet Suzman DBE
Dame Emma Thompson
Dame Harriet Walter DBE
Lia Williams

Current Opportunities


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 Coordinator, at samantha.mcneil@cleanbreak.org.uk or call 020 7482 8600. 

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


Development Committee Members
We are looking for women to join our Development Committee to support Clean Break in meeting our annual and longer-term fundraising objectives. These are voluntary roles.