Shane Pike

Shane is a writer/director based in Brisbane, Australia, and a Lecturer in Drama at the
Queensland University of Technology. He has a PhD (Performing Arts — Directing) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where his work on (re)presentations of masculinity in contemporary Australian theatre received an Edith Cowan University Research Excellence Award. Shane has a passion for contemporary Australian theatre and a significant amount of his work is dedicated to exploring (and
expressing) Australian identity/ies. Along these lines, directing credits include Stephen
House’s Appalling Behaviour (Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse) and Merlynn Tong’s Ma Ma Ma Mad (Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse). His written works also explore this theme, with Nineteen, Bloke and Yesterday’s Hero based on extensive research into Australian male identity. These plays are performative/dramatised expressions of that research, purposefully presented in the traditions of mainstream contemporary Australian theatre in order to appeal to (and therefore reach) a wide audience.

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