Director Sarah Frankcom to step down from LAMDA

10 August 2021

The Board of Trustees announces that Sarah Frankcom has decided to step down as Director of LAMDA.  

The Board would like to put on record their appreciation and recognition of Sarah’s hard work during an unprecedented time for LAMDA as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her decision follows a period of change and reorganisation of the Drama School, addressing diversity at LAMDA as a training organisation, successfully moving the Exams business online, and ensuring wider access for students through reducing the costs of auditions for a place at LAMDA. 

The Board can confirm they have been in discussion since early June with Sarah on the timing of her departure and the search for a new Director is underway. We look forward to announcing her successor as soon as possible.

In recent weeks, complaints on some aspects of conduct and management style have been made against Sarah by a small number of former and current employees. Following this, the Board has instigated a full and fair internal inquiry into the allegations.  

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 seriously. LAMDA respects the confidentiality of everyone involved during the inquiry process.  

Sarah has told the Board that she takes any allegations of this nature extremely seriously, welcomes the investigation and respects the confidentiality of the process.