Shane has been a director, actor, dramaturg and producer for the last twenty years. Following training at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, he has worked for most of New Zealand’s major theatre companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Downstage, Circa Theatre, Bats, Fortune Theatre and the NZ Actors Company.
From 2001 to 2014, Shane was the Artistic Director of Silo Theatre. During his tenure, he directed some of the company’s most celebrated productions including Angels in America, When the Rain Stops Falling, The Brothers Size, Speaking in Tongues, Private Lives, Tribes, The Only Child, That Face, Ruben Guthrie, Holding the Man, The Little Dog Laughed, The Real Thing, Three Days of Rain, Dying City, Take Me Out, Suddenly Last Summer and Bash: Latterday Plays.
He was named one of the Aucklanders of 2005 by Metro Magazine and in July 2007 was named one of the Most Influential People under 40. Shane was selected by Creative NZ to participate in the Future Leaders Programme and he has also undertaken professional development at the Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic in London and Public Theater in New York. He is the recipient of three Auckland Theatre Awards and has been awarded Director of the Year by the NZ Listener four times.
In 2014, Shane was commissioned by Auckland Live to create Both Sides Now: Julia Deans Sings Joni Mitchell. This production has since played to capacity attendance at festival engagements across New Zealand.
Shane has been working in Australia since 2014, directing The Pride for DTC, The Kitchen Sink for Ensemble Theatre, Straight for Kings Cross Theatre and sell out productions of Cock and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant for Redline.
His many recent credits include A Streetcar Named Desire for Silo Theatre, The Things Between Us for Christchurch Arts Festival, Venus in Fur for Auckland Theatre Company, Homos for Brilliant Adventures, Delicious Oblivion for Auckland Live and Uncle Vanya here at The Court Theatre.
2021 also sees him directing Everything After for Brilliant Adventures and a trilogy of solo works to celebrate the centenary of Bruce Mason’s birth.