Lucy Shepherd is a theatre maker, performer, director, dramaturg and arts educator. She is the former Artistic Director of Tantrum Youth Arts Newcastle and a co-founder of contemporary performance collective, Paper Cut. Lucy holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Macquarie University, 2006) and Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies (UNSW, 2009). Lucy is passionate about making and facilitating the creation of contemporary performance.


In 2018 Lucy was selected to train with internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly as a participant and performer in their International Summer School Program in London.


As a theatre maker and performer with Paper Cut, Lucy’s theatre credits include: Hello, Stranger (Blackbox Theatre, Newcastle & BMEC Bathurst 2016), No One Cares About Your Cat (The Playhouse, Civic Theatre Newcastle, ATYP Studio 1 & Crack Theatre Festival, 2015) Be My Friend (Hunter Street Mall & Honeysuckle, Newcastle 2015), Spent (The Store, Newcastle 2014; Crack Theatre Festival 2013) and The Past is a Foreign Country, (Civic Playhouse 2013; Crack Theatre Festival 2012).


As Artistic Director of Tantrum Youth Arts Lucy collaboratively devised, directed and produced various large scale theatre productions including: The One (King Edward Park 2018), Mapping the Lake (Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 2017), and facilitated the creation of new theatre works by emerging artists through Tantrum’s Trajectory program HOME (PACT, Civic Playhouse 2017), and Sleep, Perchance to Dream (Civic Playhouse, 2018).


As Associate Director of Tantrum Lucy collaboratively devised and co-directed various projects including: Manning the Fort (Fort Scratchley, 2016), Stories in Our Steps (Watt Street, Newcastle 2015) Diving off the Edge of the World (Newcastle Ocean Baths 2014), Antigone (adapted and performed by young people from Newcastle’s African Community 2014), Breaking Down Barriers: Crossing Boundaries (The Newcastle School, Delineate Program, Accessible Arts, partnership with Cadi McCarthy & Co. 2013), and Treasure Hunt (King Edward Park, 2012).


Lucy’s experience as an Arts Educator is extensive, having tutored for NIDA Open Program and the University of Newcastle in the School of Creative and Performing Arts. She has also facilitated and managed Tantrum’s after-school workshop programs, as well as specialty programs for early childhood, emerging artists, artists with disability, and outreach projects to the Upper Hunter, Newcastle and Central Coast.