Shane Dempsey is the Artistic Director of Fragments International Ensemble, a vibrant International ensemble of artists based in London and Ireland. Its patrons are Neil Labute, Max Stafford Clark and Steven Atkinson.
Director Shane Dempsey's recent work includes The Master And Margarita (The Bussey Building and Te Pooka Edinburgh), Seven Jewish Children (Arcola Theatre), LOL by Lee Mattinson (Clifftown Theatre, Southend-on-Sea), The Bay (Theatre503, The Space and Te Pooka, Edinburgh) and The Girl In The Box (Clifftown Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, and RADA Studios). Assistant Direction includes assisting Nicholas Kent on Called to Account (Tricycle Theatre), Jamie Lloyd on The Caretaker (Tricycle Theatre), Suzanne Gorman on Moonwalking In Chinatown (Soho Theatre).
He has run Stagecraft – one of Ireland's leading youth theatre's – since 1998, including programming work from Abi Morgan, Moira Buffini, Enda Walsh and Jack Thorne. He is also the founding member of Fragments, a dynamic physical ensemble in London.
Shane was funded by The Arts Council of Ireland to train as a director at E15 Acting School. He went on to be invited to observe Lev Dodin of the Maly Theatre of St Petersburg in Paris, and has also observed actor training in Moscow at the Vakhtangov Theatre. He has also led workshops in New York, Bangkok, Moscow and Beijing.
His work also includes a landmark digital film archive, Mothers Of Modern Ireland – A People's History which can be viewed at www.mothersofmodernireland.com. He is currently preparing to direct The Non-Stop Connolly Show at The Finborough Theatre in April 2016.