Melbourne Theatre Company Artistic Director & CEO, Brett Sheehy AO, today announced that 2021 will be his final year with the Company, concluding with the launch of the 2022 season.

The announcement comes on the day of MTC’s return to the stage with the first of its sold-out Summer Series performances, after ten and a half months offstage due to COVID-19. 

In announcing his departure to the MTC team, Sheehy said, ‘It has been an honour to lead this extraordinary Company for the past eight years, and I am so proud of all we have achieved together. As MTC emerges from the darkest year in our history and looks towards the future, now is the right time to transition to a new artistic director to take MTC forward for the next years of its life.

‘I will leave this year with certainty that the 2021 program we have set for our recovery will see MTC survive and thrive, and again confirm our place as one of the pre-eminent arts organisations of the nation.’

‘I have accomplished what I came here to do,’ Sheehy added. ‘In addition to the brilliant works that have filled our stages, I am particularly proud of seven key initiatives that were part of my initial vision, and which I feel have made a positive and lasting impact on our broader cultural landscape.’

Sheehy concluded his announcement by praising ‘the outstanding Chairs and Boards I’ve been honoured to work with, led by Derek Young AM, Terry Moran AC and Jane Hansen AO respectively; my tremendous MTC colleagues, in particular our co-CEO Virginia Lovett and our associate directors over the years; and the literally thousands of exceptional artists who have been and always will be the core and heart of all our endeavours.

‘It’s been a highlight of my life to serve this city since 2008 by leading two of its foremost arts organisations – first its international arts festival and then its flagship theatre company.’

MTC Chair Jane Hansen AO said, ‘Brett leaves a long and lasting legacy on MTC and we thank him for the outstanding contribution he has made to Victoria’s state theatre company. He has overseen a great period of evolution at MTC, and we look forward to celebrating his achievements over the course of the year. The search for his replacement will begin immediately as we look towards a new era of the Company.’

 

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