Shane Bransdon


Shane Bransdon is a new CONDA judge for 2014. He is a passionate educator and theatrical practitioner with a diverse background in performing arts. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Drama/ Classics) degree in 2004, Shane went on to complete a postgraduate qualification in Education. He is assistant principal at Redhead Public School and undertakes several roles in the leadership of regional arts programs. This has included assistant director of Star Struck, associate coordinator of the School Spectacular State Ensembles, Tutor at the State Drama Festival, Coordinator of the Creative Arts Camp- Newcastle Drama Showcase- Regional Big Band and Video Making Workshops. Shane was a lecturer at the University of Newcastle Drama Department in 2012 and is currently the chairperson of the Newcastle Performing Arts taskforce. Since 2002, Shane has worked extensively with local theatre groups both professionally and non-professionally. He has experience as a director, performer, designer, production manager and stage manager. The combination of ShaneХs experience as an educator and a theatrical practitioner have allowed him to develop a deep understand and appreciation of the elements, forms and genres of drama. Shane's show credits include: Actor- Go Back for Murder (DAPA, 2013), Director-Imagination (NSW State Drama Festival for Schools, 2012), Actor- A Christmas Carol (Hunter Region Drama School, 2012), Actor- Pride and Prejudice (Blank Page Productions, 2011), Puppeteer/ Actor- The Frog Prince (Shakespeare et al, 2011), Actor- Hansel & Gretel (Shakespeare et al, 2008- 2011), Production Associate- Ultra Swing Lounge, (Hunter Lifestyle Magazine Production, 2010- 2012), Lighting Design- James and the Giant Peach (Hunter Region Drama School, 2009) Production Manager- Ultra Swing Lounge, (Hunter Lifestyle Magazine Production, 2004-2009), Actor- The Suitcase (Lollipops Performing Arts, 2009) Actor- Billy and the Garbage Monsters, (Shakespeare et al, 2008) Production Manager- DET Music Festival ( 2008- 2011) Production Manager- Ultra Swing Lounge, (Hunter Lifestyle Magazine Production, 2008) Lighting Design- Waiting for Godot (Popular Theatre Company, 2008) Lighting Design- Clowns on School Outing, (Popular Theatre Company, 2008), Lighting Design- Wonderful Town (Newcastle Festival Opera, 2008) Production Manager- High School Musical, (Hunter Lifestyle Magazine Production, 2007) Production Manager- Cos’ fan tuttЋ, (Newcastle Festival Opera, 2007) Lighting Design- Cos’ fan tuttЋ (Newcastle Festival Opera, 2007) Lighting Design- School for Clowns (Popular Theatre Company, 2007) Compere- LetХs Make an Opera (Newcastle Festival Opera, 2007) Production Manager- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (Popular Theatre Company, 2006), Production Manager- Don Giovanni (Newcastle Festival Opera, 2005), Lighting Design- Don Giovanni (Newcastle Festival Opera, 2005) Lighting Design- Music Man (Opera Hunter, 2005) Production Manager- Master Builders Association Awards (PJ Promotions, 2005) Tour Manager- Ultra Swing Lounge Tour (PJ Promotions, 2005) Technical Director- The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Hunter, 2004 & 2005) Lighting Design- Opera in the Sheering shed (Queensland Music Festival, 2005) Lighting Design- The Christmas Concert ( Conservatorium Drama, 2004) Director- Fourteen (Newcastle University Drama, 2003) Lighting Design- The Student Revue (Newcastle University Drama, 2003) Stage Manager- The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Newcastle University Drama, 2003), Assistant Stage Manager- Grease The Musical (Rockcity Event Marketing, 2003).

  • Actor
  • Production Manager
  • Lighting Design
  • CONDA Judge