It is with deep sadness but endless gratitude that we announce the departure of Sanja Simić from the role of La Boite Creative Producer, a position she has held since 2017.
She will be taking on a new adventure at Unless Pictures, a Brisbane-based production company best known for their local short films, including No Ordinary Black Shorts, Retrograde and upcoming RIDE shorts featuring diverse Queensland creatives, set to premiere at Brisbane International Film Festival in 2021.
During her time at La Boite Theatre, Simić has produced more than 30 mainstage productions for La Boite across the country, commissioned 25 new Australian works, and led five HWY Festivals; the company’s annual series of showings, workshops and conversations, which invites audiences to play an active role in the process of developing new work for Australian stages.
Alongside her producing accolades, Simić was appointed as one of three Directors In Residence within La Boite’s Artist Company. She made her directorial debut at La Boite in 2018 with Lysa and the Freeborn Dames and successfully opened La Boite’s 2021 season with Naked & Screaming; a new Australian drama that made its world premiere in the Roundhouse Theatre. More recently, she produced and directed La Boite’s contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s political thriller CAESAR, which made history as the company’s first ever mainstage show to enlist five playwrights to respond to one classic text.
Sanja’s legacy on La Boite will be a longstanding one, her passionate commitment of representation and access is to be admired. Her skills as a director, collaborator and producer have led to powerful programs and a pipeline of work that La Boite is excited to deliver.
We wish her all the best on her exciting new next chapter!