Was born on March 25, 1956 in Neksikan settlement of Magadan region.
In 1973-74 he studied in the Faculty of Philology of Latvia University.
In 1974-78 he studied in Variety Department of State School of Circus and Variety Art, course of R.G. Viktyuk.
In 1977 started acting with the same director in the theater studio of Moscow State University (“Good bye boys!”, “The Night After Graduation”).
In 1978-88 he worked in Mosconcert.
In 1980-85 he studied at the Faculty of Variety Directors of State Institute of Theater Art.
The first solo performance is “I’d Like to Tell” (1985) mainly by the works of V. Koklyushkin. The following performances were also staged by the works of Koklyushkin: “Three Questions”, “Round Moon”, etc. (Variety Theater, 1988-90). Since 1990 he has been a founder and art director of Shifrin-Theater the repertoire of which includes performances “Photo as a Memento” (1991), “New Russian Solitaire” (1997), and other.
Efim Shifrin is also a performer of musical pieces in his performances and concerts, among which there are romances by D.D. Shostakovich by the poetry of Sasha Cherny (performance “I Play Shostakovich”, 1990), songs “Jerusalem” by M.A. Minkov, “Return” by V.L. Matetsky, “Southern Night” by A.L. Klevitsky, and other. He played in films “Bolotnaya Street” (1992), “Gloss” (2007), film magazine “Eralash”, and video clips.