Exit interview: Virginia Lovett, Executive Director, MTC

After 10 years at Melbourne Theatre Company, co-CEO Virginia Lovett looks back on her tenure and considers the future.

Looking around a half-packed office as she readies herself to leave Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) after a decade as Executive Director/Co-CEO, Virginia Lovett has a first piece of advice to her yet-to-be-appointed successor: ‘Don’t be as messy as I am!’

Laughing as a tram rumbles past on Sturt Street outside her office window, she adds: ‘File your emails. I’ve got a hundred thousand emails to delete.’

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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