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Adolf Shapiro

He graduated from the Kharkiv Theatre Institute in1962and continued his studies inthe creative laboratory ofM.Knebel.

From 1962to1992headed the Riga Youth Theatre, where among his works: “Ivanov“ byA.Chekhov, “The City atthe dawn“ byA.Arbuzov, “The Wood“ byA.Ostrovsky, “Golden Horse“ byY.Rainis, “Peer Gynt” byH.Ibsen, „The Prince ofHomburg” byH.Kleist, „Fear and Misery ofthe Third Reich” byB.Brecht, „Tomorrow Was the War” byB.Vasiliev, „Democracy” J.Brodsky and other performances.

The Riga Youth theatre unique theatre interritory ofthe former USSR where worked 2equivalent troupes (Latvian and Russian). Theatre winner ofprizes and numerous international festivals.

InRome, the European Festival “Theatre onthe screen“ has received the Grand Prix and Gold Medal for the film „The waltz invention” byVladimir Nabokov.

Adolf Shapiro has taught atthe Riga Conservatory, which released two acting courses and one director.

In1992, onthe orders ofthe Ministry ofCulture ofLatvia, the theatre was closed.

Since 1993, Shapiro worked asanindependent director and theatre teacher.

Performances inMoscow “Sanctimonious persons' Kabala” byM.Bulgakov (Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, 1988and 2001), “The Cherry Orchard“ byA.Chekhov (Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre), “Kabanchik“ byV.Rozov, “Dear Liar“ byP.Kilty (State Theatre named after E.Vakhtangov), “Inthe Bar ofaTokyo Hotel” byT.Williams (Moscow Theatre named after V.Mayakovsky), „LaPrincesse lointaine” byE.Rostand (RAMT), „The Last” and „The Lower Depths” byM.Gorky (Moscow Theatre managed byO.Tabakov), Fahrenheit 451 onthe novel byR.Bradbury (“EtCetera“ managed byA.Kalyagin), „Children ofthe Sun” byM.Gorky (Small Theatre ofRussia).

Performances inSt.Petersburg “The Cherry Orchard“ byA.Chekhov, „The Wood” byA.Ostrovsky (Tovstonogov Great Drama Theatre).

Performances abroad. InVenezuela “The Government Inspector” byN.Gogol, inNicaragua “The Cherry Orchard” inthe U.S. “Three Sisters” byA.Chekhov, Poland “Danish History” based onHans Christian Andersen, Israel “Threepennies Opera“ byB.Brecht, „Last Love” byI.B.Singer, France “SoItIs(If You Think So)“ byL.Pirandello.

Hetaught and conducted master classes inthe U.S.(Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Indianapolis University, University ofChicago), Germany (Berlin, Bad Pyrmont, Munich, Bavarian National Theatre), Poland (Theatre „Hunting”), Israel (Gesher Theatre, Idishspille Theatre), France (National School ofArts and Technology Theatre ENSATT (Lyon)), Italy (bi-annual festival METHODIKA 2007).

Constantly works inEstonia. In2003hewas elected anhonorary doctor ofthe Department ofPerforming Arts Theatre Academy inTallinn and Viljandi College ofArt.

Performances inEstonia: “The Cherry Orchard“ (Norsooteater), “Three Sisters“ byA.Chekhov, “The Living Corpse” byL.Tolstoy (National Theatre named after V.Kingissepp), „Who's Afraid ofVirginia Woolf”, „Edward Albee” (Prnu City Theatre), “Threepennies Opera“ byB.Brecht (winner ofthe festival “Baltic House“, the award for Best Director), „Fathers and Sons” byI.Turgenev (Estonian Cultural Foundation Prize for Best Performance), „SoItIs(If You Think So)” byL.Pirandello (Linnateatr).

In2003hewas awarded the order “PRO TERRA MARIANA“ for his contribution tothe culture ofthe state Estonia.

Heisthe author ofplays, going inRussia and abroad, and the books “Antr-Act“, “Asthe curtain closed” (Prize ofthe journal „Friendship ofPeoples”).

State Prize ofLatvia, the winner ofthe award ofMoscow, laureate ofthe festival „Baltic House”, the winner ofanInternational Stanislavsky Prize.
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