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Shane Anthony

Shane Anthony is a director, acting and movement specialist, and communication coach working throughout Australia and internationally. With extensive directing, movement, communication coaching and teaching experience he specialises in actor training with a physical focus.

Select directing credits include Ulster American by David Ireland for Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre, Our Blood Runs in the Street by Chopt Logic and the ensemble, Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch (nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards), The Whale for Redline Productions at The Old Fitz Theatre (nominated for eight Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016), Lighten Up by Nicholas Brown and Sam McCool at Griffin Theatre, Songs for the Fallen for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (winner of Best Musical), Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne and Brisbane International Arts Festival, Altar Boyz, Calendar Girls and Avenue Q for Fortune Theatre (New Zealand), My Name is Rachel Corrie for La Boite Theatre, Mrs Bang: A Series of Seductions for the 32nd Stage Song Festival (Poland), Often I Find That I Am Naked for Critical Stages (Australian National Tour), Motortown by Simon Stephens for 23rd Productions (nominated for four Matilda Awards). Movement direction includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime for The Court Theatre in Christchurch, Angels in American for The New Theatre, Small Mercies for La Boite Theatre, movement consultant on the feature film, Sleeping Beauty, and as show director for CIRCA on their European tour of CIRCA.

He is a graduate of the Directing Program at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and Screenwriting for Feature Film at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. In 2007 he travelled to New York to continue training with Anne Bogart and the Saratoga International Theatre Institute and in 2012 he received a Mike Walsh Fellowship to study filmmaking in NYC. He is also the recipient of an Anna Sosenko Fellowship to return to NYC with Songs for the Fallen and of the inaugural Arts Queensland Spark “Jump” Mentorship.

Shane facilitates workshops and seminars for a vast range of companies, both nationally and internationally. He is a core tutor across several departments at NIDA including the BFA programs, VET, Open Program, Education and Corporate. He also currently teaches and directs for the UK-based artist-in-education company International Schools Theatre Association, Sydney Film School, Australian Institute of Music, Sydney Theatre School and Sydney Actors School.