Melbourne Theatre Company celebrates sixty years of enriching lives through the storytelling power of theatre on 31 August 2013.

This marks the opening date of our first ever production – Colombe by Jean Anouilh in 1953 under MTC’s founder, John Sumner, who recently passed away in May this year.

‘The Company’s commitment to the highest standard of theatremaking is as strong today as it was under John Sumner’s leadership when he established MTC as the first professional theatre company in Australia. His vision created the model for all state theatre companies that followed,’ MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy said.

Many people have worked behind the scenes to help create the magic on our stages.

Our longest-serving MTC employee, John Molloy, celebrates 40 years with the Company in 2013. With an estimated 10,000 or more costumes produced over the course of MTC’s lifetime, it’s safe to say that John had a hand in creating many of them. We recognise and celebrate MTC staff with many years of service including Aldo Amenta, Workshop Supervisor,  31 years; Geoff McGregor, Props Supervisor, 30 years; Lucy Moran, Wardrobe Buyer, 25 years; Kerry Saxby, Technical Manager-Light & Sound, 24 years; Alastair Read, Set Builder, 23 years; Colin Penn, Props Maker, 22 years and Shane Dunn, Scenic Art Supervisor, 21 years in 2013.

‘Together with Executive Director, Virginia Lovett, and the MTC team, we’re looking to position the Company for its next decade of growth, expanding on past successes. With our soon-to-be announced 2014 Season, we’re aiming to make theatre as accessible as possible through a suite of theatre productions, events and activities that will provoke, entertain and challenge you,’ Brett Sheehy said.

The Company has served as the launching pad for the international careers of artists such as Barry Humphries, Reg Livermore, and Zoe Caldwell. More recently we have regularly worked with renowned performers such as Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths, David Wenham, Guy Pearce, Robyn Nevin, and Pamela Rabe.

Over the years, MTC has staged works in a variety of theatres starting with the Union Theatre and including Russell Street Theatre, St Martins in South Yarra, the Athenaeum, Princess Theatre, the Merlyn and the Beckett in the Malthouse and the Playhouse and Fairfax Studio in Arts Centre Melbourne. In 2009 MTC gained its own home at Southbank Theatre – with The Sumner (500 seats) and The Lawler (130 seats) – named in honour of its founders.