Melbourne Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy is delighted to announce three new artistic appointments: Sam Strong as Associate Artistic Director, Leticia Cáceres as Associate Director and Chris Mead as Literary Director.

‘I am very excited that three artists of such extraordinary calibre are joining MTC to create one of the most dynamic artistic teams in the country. This is a great coup for MTC, and I and the entire MTC team are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Leticia, Sam and Chris in this way, as we collectively take the Company forward into the next stage of its long and illustrious life,’ said MTC Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy.

These three appointments confirm and strengthen MTC’s ongoing commitment to fostering Australian writing and directors, by providing creative, directorial and literary leadership and development opportunities within the Company.

'As one of Australia's leading theatre directors and the current Artistic Director of the highly successful Griffin Theatre Company, Sam Strong is thrilled to take up the challenge ahead as MTC’s Associate Artistic Director.

‘I am very excited to return to Melbourne to contribute to the national theatrical conversation in a new era at Melbourne Theatre Company. Brett Sheehy is one of the country’s great arts leaders and I’m looking forward to working with him and wonderful practitioners, Chris Mead and Leticia Cáceres,’ said Sam Strong.

Strong’s role as MTC Associate Artistic Director will broadly include focussing on developing artistic opportunities and directing some main stage productions. His most recent critically acclaimed work includes Les Liaisons Dangereuses for Sydney Theatre Company and The Boys for Griffin and Sydney Festival.

Director, Leticia Cáceres has been lauded as one of the most exciting talents in the country, in particular as co-founder of the highly acclaimed, RealTV.

‘I’m thrilled to have been appointed Associate Director of one of the most prestigious theatre companies in the country. This is an important milestone in my career as a theatre director,’ Leticia Cáceres said.

‘I am looking forward to collaborating with Brett, Chris and Sam, all of who are highly acclaimed practitioners whose work I respect and admire. I am sure our time together will be very stimulating and immensely rewarding, not just for me, but for Melbourne Theatre Company and its audiences.’

Cáceres will direct for the main stage, develop initiatives for MTC’s education programs, and investigate and enable creative opportunities, in particular for women directors. She is the first female MTC Associate Director in eight years, and in August she will direct Helicopter as part of MTC’s 2012 Lawler Studio season.

As Melbourne Theatre Company’s new Literary Director, Chris Mead brings impeccable credentials as an advocate for new Australian work through his role as Artistic Director of PlayWriting Australia – Australia’s peak playwriting body – and previously as Literary Manager with Sydney Theatre Company and Company B Belvoir. This non-directing role enables Mead to focus on developing and mentoring new stories and diverse voices onto our theatre stages.

Chris Mead said ‘After six years of national play development and the joy and challenges of starting up a new organisation with PlayWriting Australia, I am hungry to get back into the business of plays moving regularly from the rehearsal room to the stage. I am thrilled to be a part of such an august and time-honoured institution as Melbourne Theatre Company and all this is made more sweet as I’ll be joining a dynamic, electric team.’

‘Making theatre is only possible when it is built with real passion and genuine collaboration – and in this team, led by the passionate, collaborative Brett Sheehy, I am looking forward to being a part of creating a virtuous circle of the good begetting the bold and brilliant. This is good for artists and great for audiences,’ said Mead.

MTC Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy said ‘I look forward to the extraordinary contribution each will make to our activities in 2013, and to the program we will develop together for 2014.’