Shane has been a director, dramaturg, producer and strategic development consultant for the last 20 years. Following training at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, he has worked for all of New Zealand’s major theatre companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Downstage, Court Theatre, Circa Theatre, Bats, Fortune Theatre and the New Zealand Actors Company, as well as the Auckland Arts Festival and the New Zealand Festival.
From 2001 to 2014, Shane was the Artistic Director of Silo Theatre. During his tenure, he directed some of the company’s most lauded productions, including Angels in America, Speaking in Tongues, Private Lives, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Tribes, Top Girls and Tartuffe. From 2015 to 2017 he was based in Australia, directing The Kitchen Sink for Ensemble Theatre, The Pride for Darlinghurst Theatre, Straight for Kings Cross Theatre and sell-out productions of Cock and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant for Redline. His other recent work includes productions of Venus in Fur for Auckland Theatre Company, Jumpy for Fortune Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire for Silo Theatre, Cock for Auckland Live and the world premiere of The Things Between Us for Christchurch Arts Festival. As a playwright, Auckland Arts Festival and Creative New Zealand supported the development of his latest work, Everything After, which won the Adam New Zealand Play Award for 2018.
He was named one of the Aucklanders of 2005 by Metro magazine and in July 2007 they named him one of the Most Influential People Under 40. He is the recipient of three Auckland Theatre Awards and has been awarded Director of the Year by the New Zealand Listener four times. He has undertaken professional development at the Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic in London, and The Public Theater in New York.
In 2018 he will direct the New Zealand premiere of Homos, or Everyone in America at Q Theatre for Auckland Pride and Cock for Circa Theatre.