He graduated from the Kharkiv Theatre Institute in 1962 and continued his studies in the creative laboratory of M. Knebel.
From 1962 to 1992 headed the Riga Youth Theatre, where among his works: Ivanov by A. Chekhov, The City at the dawn by A. Arbuzov, The Wood by A. Ostrovsky, Golden Horse by Y. Rainis, Peer Gynt by H. Ibsen, The Prince of Homburg by H. Kleist, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich by B. Brecht, Tomorrow Was the War by B. Vasiliev, Democracy J. Brodsky and other performances.
The Riga Youth theatre — unique theatre in territory of the former USSR where worked 2 equivalent troupes (Latvian and Russian). Theatre — winner of prizes and numerous international festivals.
In Rome, the European Festival Theatre on the screen has received the Grand Prix and Gold Medal for the film The waltz invention by Vladimir Nabokov.
Adolf Shapiro has taught at the Riga Conservatory, which released two acting courses and one director.
In 1992, on the orders of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, the theatre was closed.
Since 1993, Shapiro worked as an independent director and theatre teacher.
Performances in Moscow — Sanctimonious persons' Kabala by M. Bulgakov (Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, 1988 and 2001), The Cherry Orchard by A. Chekhov (Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre), Kabanchik by V. Rozov, Dear Liar by P. Kilty (State Theatre named after E. Vakhtangov), In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel by T. Williams (Moscow Theatre named after V. Mayakovsky), La Princesse lointaine by E. Rostand (RAMT), The Last and The Lower Depths by M. Gorky (Moscow Theatre managed by O. Tabakov), «Fahrenheit 451» on the novel by R. Bradbury (Et Cetera managed by A. Kalyagin), Children of the Sun by M. Gorky (Small Theatre of Russia).
Performances in St. Petersburg — The Cherry Orchard by A. Chekhov, The Wood by A. Ostrovsky (Tovstonogov Great Drama Theatre).
Performances abroad. In Venezuela — The Government Inspector by N. Gogol, in Nicaragua — The Cherry Orchard in the U. S. — Three Sisters by A. Chekhov, Poland — Danish History based on Hans Christian Andersen, Israel — Threepennies Opera by B. Brecht, Last Love by I. B. Singer, France — So It Is (If You Think So) by L. Pirandello.
He taught and conducted master classes in the U. S. (Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Indianapolis University, University of Chicago), Germany (Berlin, Bad Pyrmont, Munich, Bavarian National Theatre), Poland (Theatre Hunting), Israel (Gesher Theatre, Idishspille Theatre), France (National School of Arts and Technology Theatre ENSATT (Lyon)), Italy (bi-annual festival METHODIKA 2007).
Constantly works in Estonia. In 2003 he was elected an honorary doctor of the Department of Performing Arts Theatre Academy in Tallinn and Viljandi College of Art.
Performances in Estonia: The Cherry Orchard (Norsooteater), Three Sisters by A. Chekhov, The Living Corpse by L. Tolstoy (National Theatre named after V. Kingissepp), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Edward Albee (Pärnu City Theatre), Threepennies Opera by B. Brecht (winner of the festival Baltic House, the award for Best Director), Fathers and Sons by I. Turgenev (Estonian Cultural Foundation Prize for Best Performance), So It Is (If You Think So) by L. Pirandello (Linnateatr).
In 2003 he was awarded the order PRO TERRA MARIANA for his contribution to the culture of the state Estonia.
He is the author of plays, going in Russia and abroad, and the books Antr-Act, As the curtain closed (Prize of the journal Friendship of Peoples).
State Prize of Latvia, the winner of the award of Moscow, laureate of the festival Baltic House, the winner of an International Stanislavsky Prize.