Special Announcement - our new Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Virginia Lovett has been appointed as MTC’s new Executive Director and will take up the role in January 2013.

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In making the announcement this morning, Chairman of the MTC board Derek Young said: ‘We are delighted to be able to appoint an individual with Virginia’s broad and relevant experience as our new Executive Director. As well as overseeing the business aspects of the Company, Virginia will be working closely with Artistic Director Brett Sheehy on a range of initiatives identified in MTC’s new strategic vision.’

Virginia said she is thrilled to be joining the Company.

‘Under the direction of Brett Sheehy and the new creative team, the opportunity to build on MTC’s success, engage new audiences, create new experiences and re-imagine theatre in Melbourne, is very exciting,’ Virginia said.

‘Brett and I have a shared vision of audience engagement and I am looking forward to working with him to lead the Company in creating a deeper dialogue with the city and beyond.’

Virginia brings a wealth of experience to MTC and is passionately committed to the Australian arts and cultural sector. Most recently she has been the General Manager of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but Virginia has worked in a range of different organisations including Zoos Victoria, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Theatre Company. Virginia is currently Chair of the Arena Theatre Company and Deputy Chair of Force Majeure.

Our Artistic Director Brett Sheehy is delighted with Virginia’s appointment.

‘Virginia has been General Manager of the Comedy Festival for four and a half years, during which time she and the festival’s director Susan Provan have cemented it as the most attended festival in Australia and one of the biggest in the world,’ he said. ‘Virginia has experience of international touring to Asia, of collaborating across many live and broadcast platforms including new digital platforms, and of presenting work in a vast array of venues and contexts.’

‘All this, coupled with her twenty years’ experience in the theatre, visual arts, festival, political and media arenas, makes her an ideal choice to manage the extensive opportunities facing MTC in the coming decade,’ Brett said.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Virginia to MTC.

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