Today, MTC Chair Jane Hansen AO announced that Anne-Louise Sarks will be MTC’s next Artistic Director, heralding an exciting new era for the Company.
‘Anne-Louise is an outstanding talent and I am very excited about her vision and the Company’s next artistic evolution. Her wealth of experience both nationally and internationally will bring a fresh creative energy to MTC, signalling a vibrant future for the Company and Australian theatre,’ Jane Hansen said.
An internationally acclaimed director, writer and dramaturg, Anne-Louise has directed over 30 productions with her work seen in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Helsinki, Mexico City, New York, Warsaw, Dublin, Auckland, Mumbai, Perth and Basel.
Anne-Louise was previously Artistic Director of the Lyric Ensemble at the Lyric Hammersmith in London and of the leading Melbourne independent theatre company The Hayloft Project. She has been both Resident Director and an Associate Artist at Belvoir, Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre, and in 2010 she was Emerging Resident Director at MTC.
Anne-Louise Sarks said, ‘I’m honoured to be leading this important institution – and to be serving the artists and audiences of Victoria. I had my first major opportunities at Melbourne Theatre Company, and I want to make sure that artists across Victoria feel as welcome as I did. I’m so excited to be returning to Melbourne to take up this role.
‘My belief is that theatre should always be offering something new. It should give you a fresh way of looking at the world; or expose you to a new idea; or put a surprising perspective at the centre of a story you thought you knew. I’m excited about bringing new voices and perspectives into the Company, and then taking that work to the world.’
Anne-Louise’s recent work includes Avalanche at the Barbican in London, and Our Town and Medea at Theater Basel. Most recently, she directed Stop Girl at Belvoir in Sydney. In 2018 her production of Blasted at the Malthouse was nominated for four Green Room awards. For MTC, Anne-Louise’s work has included Minnie & Liraz and The Seed. She was also part of MTC’s inaugural NEON Festival in 2013.
Anne-Louise will take up the role of MTC Artistic Director in October following the launch of Brett Sheehy’s final program for MTC's 2022 season.
Published on 29 April 2021