Adolf Shapiro

Honoured Artist of Latvia, Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, Laureate of the Moscow Award, Laureate of the Baltic House Theatre Festival Award, Laureate of the Stanislavski Award.

Adolf Shapiro is a graduate of the Kharkov State Kotlyarevsky University of Arts (1962). He continued his work with Maria Klebel’s creative workshop.

In 1962-1992 was the head of the Riga Youth Theatre. This theatre is a unique structure of the former Soviet Union for its two independent casts from Latvia and Russia, and is the winner of numerous international competitions.

Adolf Shapiro taught at the Riga State Conservatory and prepared two acting and one directing classes before the theatre was closed at the order of the Latvia Culture Ministry in 1992.

Since 1993 Adolf Shapiro works as an independent stage director and drama teacher. He has taught and lead workshops in the USA (Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Indianapolis, The University of Chicago), Germany (Berlin, Bad Pyrmont, National Theatre Munich), Poland (Teatr Ochoty), Israel (Gesher Theatre, Yiddishpiel Theatre), France (Ecole Nationale Sup?rieure Arts et Techniques du Th?atre Lyon) and Italy (bi-annual festival METHODIKA 2007).

Resides and works in Estonia. In 2003 Shapiro was elected an Honoured Doctor of the Department of Performing Arts of the Tallinn Theatre Academy and Fine Arts College in Viljandi.

Adolf Shapiro is a playwright whose works are staged both in Russia and abroad. He is the author of Entr’acte and The Curtain Falls (Friendship of Peoples magazine award).

Pylon, 1987
Dear Liar, 1994

Riga Youth Theatre:
“Ivanov” by Chekhov, “City at the dawn” A. Arbuzov, “Forest” by A. Ostrovsky, “Golden Horse” J. Rainis, “Peer Gynt” by Ibsen, “Prince of Homburg» Kleist G.,”Fear and despair of the Third Reich” by B. Brecht,”Tomorrow Was the War” by AB Vasil’ev, “Democracy» by Brodsky etc.

Performances in Moscow:
“Cabal of Hypocrites” by Mikhail Bulgakov, “The Cherry Orchard” by Chekhov, “Precipice” by I. Goncharov (Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre)
“In the bar of Tokyo hotel” T. Williams (Vl. Mayakovsky Theatre)
“Princess Dream” by E. Rostand (Ramtha),
“Last ones” and “At the bottom” Gorky (Tabakov Theater)
“451 degree by Fahrenheit ” by R. Bradbury novel (Et Cetera)
“Children of the Sun” by M. Gorky (Small Theatre of Russia).

In St. Petersburg:
“The Cherry Orchard,” Chekhov, “The Forest” by Alexander Ostrovsky (Tovstonogov Big Drama Thater).
Performances abroad:
In Venezuela – “Inspector” by Gogol,
in Nicaragua – “The Cherry Orchard”
in the U.S. – “Three Sisters” by Chekhov,
in Poland – “The Danish Story” based on Hans Christian Andersen,
in Israel – “Three penny Opera” by Brecht, “Last Love” by IB Singer,
France: – “This is so, if you think so,” L. Pirandello,
in Estonia – “The Cherry Orchard” (Norsooteater), “Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov, “The Living Corpse,” Leo Tolstoy (National Theatre. Kingisepa)
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” by E. Albee (P?rnu City Theatre), “The Three penny Opera” by Brecht (winner of the festival “Baltic House”, the prize for best director), “Fathers and Sons” Turgenev (Prize Fund of Culture of Estonia for best performance), “This is so, if you think so,” L. Pirandello (Linnateatr).

In 2003 he was awarded the Order of the “PRO TERRA MARIANA” for his contribution to the culture of the state Estonia.
In Rome, on the European festival “Theatre of on-screen” received the Grand Prix and Gold Medal for his film “Waltz Invention” by Vladimir Nabokov.