News: Trinity Laban appoints new Director of Dance

Tuesday 4 September 2018

Sara Matthews

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has appointed Sara Matthews as Director of Dance, starting in January 2019.

A former Director of the Central School of Ballet, Matthews joined Trinity Laban as Dean of the Faculty of Dance in January 2017. Within this wide-ranging role, she has sought out strategic opportunities to enhance training, developed innovative artistic projects and worked with staff and students to establish a collaborative approach to curriculum development.

Matthews has worked closely with the current Director of Dance Mirella Bartrip, who retires at the end of 2018 after 36 years at the conservatoire. Speaking of the appointment, Bartrip commented:

“Sara brings a wealth of experience in the training and education of dance artists, as well as a profound and passionate commitment to the continuing development of our art form and to its infinite collaborative possibilities. This is a superb combination for the future leadership of the Faculty.”

Sara Matthews said:

“I am thrilled to be taking on this role, which Mirella has fulfilled so magnificently. We have so much to celebrate here at Trinity Laban – our buildings and facilities, our collaborations and artistic projects, but most of all, the truly wonderful staff. I am excited at the prospect of working collaboratively with so many inspiring and talented colleagues, both within the Faculty of Dance and across the whole of Trinity Laban.”

Principal of Trinity Laban, Professor Anthony Bowne, added:

“Under Mirella Bartrip’s leadership, the Faculty of Dance has gone from strength to strength. Our innovative practice is attracting attention from dance artists and educators across the globe, and we’re receiving record levels of applications for our teaching programmes. Sara Matthews has already played a big part in that success, and I am truly delighted that she is taking over as Director of Dance to lead us into the next chapter of our history.”

Situated in the Stirling Prize-winning Laban Building in Deptford and the nearby Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Trinity Laban is one of the UK’s largest conservatoires and the only one which combines the disciplines of music and contemporary dance.

Sara Matthews studied dance at The Rambert Academy, and was a member of Rambert Dance Company from 1985 to 1996. In 1996 she established the post of Choreographer in Residence at Queens’ College, Cambridge, becoming Head of Dance at Central School of Ballet in 1998. She remained at the school for 18 years, becoming Assistant Director in 2002 and then Director in 2009, before joining Trinity Laban as Dean of the Faculty of Dance in January 2017.

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