Leticia Cáceres

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Leticia Cáceres has been lauded as one of the most exciting directing talents in the country specialising in working with new writing and great actors.

Leticia won the Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Mainstage production for THE DROVERS WIFE by Leah Purcell which had its world premiere at Belvoir in 2016.  In 2017 the world premiere of BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS by Alana Valentine and Ursula Yovich at Belvoir took the stage by storm and both plays are now being developed as films.

Leticia is the co-founder of independent theatre company RealTV with award winning playwright Angela Betzien. RealTV are recipients of Brilliant Careers funding through Screen Australia. Leticia is also currently working on a RealTV commission with Belvoir and adapting THE DARK ROOM play as a feature film.

In 2016 Leticia directed THE DISTANCE and EGG for MTC which enjoyed successful seasons.  Leticia held the position of Associate Director at MTC for three years during which she directed DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (STC/MTC), BIRDLAND, YELLOW MOON, COCK, THE EFFECT, CONSTELLATIONS, HELICOPTER and RANDOM. The latter was nominated for three Green Room Awards including Best Direction, Best Main Stage Production and received a Best Actor Award for Zarah Newman and a Drama Victoria Award. YELLOW MOON was nominated for four Green Room Awards; Best Direction, Best Sound/Composition, Best Lighting Design and Best Ensemble. Leticia won a Green Room Award for BIRDLAND in 2015.

For Belvoir Leticia directed MISS JULIE, adapted by Simon Stone, and MORTIDO and THE DARK ROOM, both by Angela Betzien. THE DARK ROOM was nominated for seven Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Main Stage Production, and received a Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian Work.

For Queensland Theatre Company Leticia directed THE ORPHANAGE PROJECT, FAR AWAY and MEMORY OF WATER which received eight Matilda Award nominations including Best Direction, Best Design and Best Actor Awards in both Lead and Supporting categories.

Three of RealTV productions for young audiences have received Drama Victoria Awards (CHILDREN OF THE BLACK SKIRT, HOODS and RANDOM) and have featured on study lists in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. RealTV’s productions have also been presented at major festivals and venues across the country including Come Out International Children’s Festival, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Subiaco Arts Centre (HOODS, CHILDREN OF THE BLACK SKIRT, RANDOM), La Mama (TALL MAN) and La Boite Theatre/Brisbane Festival (KINGSWOOD KIDS).

HOODS won a Matilda Award for Best Independent Production, received a Helpmann nomination, won an AWGIE Award and was presented at ASSITEJ World Congress and toured internationally to Cortile Theatre Im Hof, in Italy and Dschungel Wien Theaterhaus, in Austria. In 2011 RealTV’s WAR CRIMES (commissioned by RAV and Sydney Opera House) toured Melbourne and Regional Victoria and was also awarded VCE status. RealTV’s new work for children, THE VERY TRUE AND UNUSUAL LIFE OF CHOOK, was selected for development at Washington’s Kennedy Centre’s New Visions/New Voices Festival 2010.

In 2009 RealTV were granted a Creative Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria where they created a new location based game, fusing theatre and gaming techniques. In 2012, RealTV was invited to collaborate with Watershed in Bristol for an international intensive workshop on gaming, art, culture and technology, supported by the British Council.

Leticia’s other professional appointments include Intern and Associate Director for Queensland Theatre Company (2003-2004) and Artistic Director of Tantrum Youth Theatre (2006-2008), for which she received numerous City of Newcastle Drama Awards and nominations for her productions in collaboration with children and young people.

In 2009 Leticia was invited by ASSITEJ Germany as they Australian delegate to attend their bi-annual International Director’s Festival in Hamburg.  Leticia is a recipient of a British Council Realise Your Dream Award and a Queensland Lord Mayor’s Fellowship for Excellence in the Arts.

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