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.

Over the nine seasons and more than 100 productions Sheehy has programmed for MTC, the Company grew to have the largest subscriber base of any theatre company in the country. Under Sheehy’s direction, MTC also cemented its place as a company invested in its city and its artists through the introduction of industry-leading artist development programs, award-winning cross-artform collaborations, and a commitment to programming for young audiences.

Act 2 of MTC’s 2021 program will be announced on Tuesday 16 March, featuring a subscription season of six new productions.