Exit interview: Brett Sheehy, MTC

After nine years as Melbourne Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Sheehy has stepped down from the role. What next?

In his final days at the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), outgoing Artistic Director Brett Sheehy has had a lot to think about.

In addition to finalising the handover of his role with incumbent AD Anne Louise Sarks, Sheehy was preparing for the launch of the company’s 2022 season when he spoke with ArtsHub last week – and of course, given the pandemic, the complexities of vaccination were also very much on his mind.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts