Brett Sheehy

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Brett Sheehy is one of Australia’s most accomplished and acclaimed artistic directors, producers and curators. Brett is currently the Artistic Director and CEO of Melbourne Theatre Company.

Brett is also Australia’s most experienced international arts festival director, having been artistic director of eight festivals to date, CEO of four, co-CEO of two and deputy director of a further six. Brett’s Melbourne and Adelaide programs have all met with enthusiastic acclaim from artistic, press and public circles, nationally and internationally, particularly their raft of commissioned world premieres.

Many Australian works developed by, or premiered at, Brett’s festivals have since toured the world, including works by the eminent dance ensemble Force Majeure, William Yang’s SHADOWS, Chunky Move’s TENSE DAVE, Australian Dance Theatre’s DEVOLUTION, Jonathan Mills’ opera THE ETERNITY MAN and the epic Indigenous music-theatre work CRYING BABY.

Artistically, Brett has consistently broken new ground for Australia, with maverick presentations for the first time on the Australian stage of the work of Theatre du Soleil; the Schaubühne theatre of Berlin; the Forsythe Company; Shen Wei Dance Arts; the Ballet Boyz; Sir Ian McKellen; Osvaldo Golijov; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; James Thiérrée;  DJ Spooky; the music-theatre works of Tom Waits, David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim; and singing sensations Rufus Wainwright and Anohni (of Antony and the Johnsons), to name but a few.

Brett has been a recipient of several awards including two International Society for the Performing Arts Awards in 1993 and 1994. In 2007 he was named by ABC’s Limelight magazine as one of the five most influential arts figures in Australia and in 2012 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the arts.

Brett’s primary advocacy within the contemporary arts is for excellence, innovation, accessibility and dialogue between all art forms in the Australian cultural landscape.