Originally hailing from rural Austria, Judith Morgane now manages St Nicholas Priory, Exeter’s oldest building and is also a co-opted member of the board of trustees at the Devon and Exeter Institution, as well as founding member of Devon and Exeter Medial Heritage Trust.
Judith says that growing up in central Europe on the Austrian / Italian border provided an endless stream of possibilities and after attending high school in the United States, she moved to London. Her love of music and theatre never left her, and a string of internships and apprenticeships at various opera houses across Europe proved to be invaluable.
She wrote a ‘cheeky’ letter to her favourite singer asking whether she’d teach her all that she knew, and was asked to join her theatre company the following week!
Judith says that she was always prepared to get ‘stuck in’: “I worked in musical theatre production all over Europe, as performer, stage manager, script writer and director and finally got a job as company manager for Cambridge Handel Opera.
“I was responsible for finances and business planning, creating business models and undertaking feasibility studies, engaging and employing professional cast and crew, student interns and volunteers.”
When moving to Devon, Judith took a job at Tiverton High School teaching Drama, English and Art. Following this, she took a role at the tourist board in Exeter, enabling her to represent the city at local and regional events, and working across the heritage and tourist sites. It was this that enabled her to successfully apply for her post at St Nicholas Priory in 2018 where she’s been ever since. She’s recently been made an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University.