About Marcus McShane

Marcus McShane has worked as a bicycle mechanic, a writer, a cycle courier, a translator, and is currently one of New Zealand’s most prolific lighting designers, having produced over 300 professional designs since 2007. His designs have toured to 27 countries, and he has lectured on Lighting Design at Toi Whakaari and guest lectured at Victoria and Massey Universities. His installation work Nag first showed in 2010 at Toi Poneke Gallery and has since reshowed nine times, including as a part of the performance arcade in 2011 both at Te Papa and in Aotea Square. In 2009 he worked with Peter Stenhouse on a commission for The New York Metropolitan Opera, to celebrate the Opera’s 125th anniversary, and then designed Heat, a theatre piece lit by custom-built LEDs which toured it’s own wind and solar power system and became the world’s first self-powered and emission-neutral piece of professional theatre.  His work has received five NZ fringe awards for design and visual art, three Designers Institute Best awards, two New Zealand Architectural Awards, one Museums Aotearoa award, and five Chapmann Tripp awards, including Chapmann Tripp lighting designer of the year for 2011 and 2013.  Five of his installations and designs have just been installed as a part of the New Zealand New Performance Festival at the La Mama complex in New York, and he is currently designing for theatre and architecture and working on three permanent installation works in New Zealand and Australia, before representing New Zealand at the Prague Quadrennial. Marcus is mildly obsessed with efficiency and has a graduate degree in philosophy that he is philosophical about. His interests include building bicycles, writing, sailing, cooking vegetables, and reading stuff worth reading.