Openly gay Melbourne Festival director Brett Sheehy has been announced as the fourth artistic director and chief executive for the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC).

A former artistic director of both the Sydney and Adelaide Festivals and artistic associate for the Sydney Theatre Company, he’ll still produce two more Melbourne Festivals while working part-time for the MTC, before joining them full-time in 2013.

The appointment was made after an intense six-month international recruitment process following Simon Phillips’ resignation announcement last July, after more than 11 years with the company.

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