Melbourne Theatre Company announced today that its Associate Director Leticia Cáceres will leave the Company at the conclusion of her contract in December, in order to pursue freelance opportunities both in Australia and internationally.
MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy said, ‘Leticia has been a crucial part of MTC’s artistic team for the past three years and her contribution to the works seen on our stages as well as our education and Artist Access programs has been invaluable. She’s brought extraordinary energy, skill, vision and flair to the role of Associate Director. Although we will miss her immensely, we are very happy to see her take this exciting step in her career, exploring opportunities both nationally and beyond our shores. We are thrilled MTC was able to provide the platform to enhance her reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting theatre directors.’
Leticia’s productions directly met MTC’s vision of attracting new and younger audiences with fresh, bold and contemporary theatre. Her production of Cock attracted high numbers of audiences under thirty years old and her commitment to young audiences remained a hallmark of her time with MTC, with her production of Yellow Moon touring to regional schools, receiving four Green Room Award nominations and winning a Drama Victoria Award. In total, Leticia’s productions reached well over 80,000 attendances and her productions of Cock and Death and the Maiden both toured interstate. Leticia also led MTC’s landmark Women Directors Program for the past two years, which has seen twenty-three women directors forge relationships with MTC and establish work opportunities for new and diverse voices on the Mainstage.
Leticia Cáceres said, ‘I’m very proud of my achievements during my time at MTC but the moment has come to explore new opportunities. My tenure has been nothing short of extraordinary and I feel very fortunate to have been able to shape and support the programs and initiatives offered under Brett’s vision for the Company. I’d like to thank everyone for providing such a supportive and inspiring place to create theatre. I will miss my MTC family but am very much looking forward to presenting upcoming productions for MTC on both the Mainstage and through the Families and Education Program in 2016.’
Leticia will direct the Australian premiere of The Distance and the world premiere of Egg for MTC in 2016 as planned, however, due to unforeseen conflicts in schedules, she has had to withdraw from directing Straight White Men. This production will now be directed by Sarah Giles.