LAMDA Director Sarah Frankcom Steps Down

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Sarah Frankcom is leaving London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) after less than two years as the director.

Her departure comes at the same time an investigation is being launched into “some aspects of [her] conduct and management style” according to the statement made by the board of trustees.

The board said that the complaints were made by a small number of former and current employees.

“No conclusions can or should be reached about those claims until the inquiry process is complete. The wellbeing of all our staff is paramount and the allegations are being taken very seriously,” the statement continued.

Frankcom assured the board she welcomes the investigation and “takes any allegations of this nature extremely seriously.”

In the statement, LAMDA’s trustees said they want to highlight their appreciation for Frankcom’s hard work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They also noted Frankcom’s achievements during her short time with the company, which include reducing first round audition fees and “addressing diversity at LAMDA as a training organisation.”

Before joining LAMDA, Frankcom spent twenty-one years at the Manchester Royal Exchange and frequently worked with actress Maxine Peake, directing her in productions including Hamlet and A Streetcar Named Desire.

She also established the Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting.

Now LAMDA are searching for a new director and neither the school or Frankcom will be making any further statements on the matter.

Words by Isabelle Casey


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