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Ms. Inna Shapiro

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Local Address:  Boca Raton , Florida , United States
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Employment History

  • Founder and Artistic Director
    Classica Theatre
  • Artistic Director
    Classika Theatre
  • Founder and Artistic Director
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Press Releases, 29 Mar 2004 [cached]
"WETA's Hometown Heroes" Features Inna Shapiro
Washington, D.C. - Inna Shapiro, founder and artistic director of Classika Theatre in Arlington, is the focus of a month-long "WETA's Hometown Heroes" profile airing in April.WETA selected Shapiro for her dedication to improving literacy through the creation of innovative programs in local public schools.Her profile premieres Friday, April 2, just before "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" at 7 p.m., on WETA TV 26 and will repeat throughout the month.
Shapiro emigrated from Russia to the United States 25 years ago, learning English after she arrived.Since then, she has not only mastered the language but has championed literacy in area schools through the development and implementation of programs that aid 700 at-risk students in Arlington and Alexandria each week.
Shapiro started Classika Theatre's educational outreach program to help students improve literacy skills, develop individual study patterns and enhance performance on standardized tests.
In addition to creating programs for schools, Shapiro has created numerous thought-provoking productions for school-age children at Classika Theatre.She has adapted popular children's books to the stage, such as The Little Prince, Karlsson on the Roof and The King's Stag.Shapiro's belief that high-quality literary works can help children cultivate a life-long passion for books and reading has encouraged her to make such works a staple in Classika Theatre's season.Other efforts to engage children in theatrical productions include her development of Classika's Green Parrot Puppet Theatre.Visit to learn more about Shapiro, and to support or learn more about the Classika Theatre, visit
Inna Shapiro, 10 Dec 2004 [cached]
Inna Shapiro - Artistic Director
Inna Shapiro Artistic Director & Founder
Ms. Shapiro's professional acting career in St. Petersburg, Russia spanned two decades in two of the city's most prestigious theaters.She began professional acting career at the Theater for Young Spectators, which is internationally known for its innovative artistic methods and its acting techniques.She later joined the troupe of the prestigious Komissarjevksaya's Drama Theater which is most respected for its fresh approach to classical productions.Inna has performed over 50 leading roles on stage and television, and has also hosted a radio program for young adults.
Since founding Classika Theatre, Ms. Shapiro has created numerous thought-provoking, intelligent productions for young audiences and their families and has adapted for stage most of literary works for Classika's productions.Under her leadership, Classika Theatre has become one of the fastest growing arts organizations in the region.
Ms. Shapiro directed most of Classika's much-loved productions including Zolushka: The Russian Cinderella Story, The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish, The Little Prince, Aesop's Fables, The New Year's Adventure in the Forest of Wonders and this year's sensation Karlsson on the Roof.
Ms. Shapiro is the playwright of this winter's holiday production This Old Fairy Tale, an original musical for which Ms. Shapiro also wrote the lyrics to all songs.
For Classika's outreach programs, Ms. Shapiro introduced world geography and wrote an original play in verse that introduces students to the rich cultures of the world.
For adult audience, Ms. Shapiro brought to stage international classics rarely seen on American Stages such as Beaumarchais's Figaro and Carlo Goldoni's Mirandolina.
In the fall of 2000 Ms. Shapiro launched an exclusive partnership with the Maly Theatre of St. Petersburg, (considered among top three theaters in the world) which brings top directors from Russia to stage productions at Classika and tours Classika's productions in Russia.
She has assembled an international team of top professional artists and developed a high-quality arts programming devoted to the overall development of children., 16 Sept 2002 [cached]
"American kids are not taught this way," Inna Shapiro, the group's Russian founder, told the Associated Press."It was all new to them."
It's as simple as getting children up out of their seats and giving them a part to play, Shapiro said.
Educators say the unorthodox teachings resulted in higher scores on the state's standardized tests.Fourth graders in Virginia are required to pass the state's Standards of Learning, or SOL.
NY, 11 Mar 2002 [cached]
"American kids are not taught this way," said Inna Shapiro, the group's Russian founder and artistic director, referring to Slavova's constant demand for discipline, clear speech and the ability to recite facts."It was all new to them."
Shapiro said her secret is simple: Get children on their feet and give them a part to play.
"By hearing it and repeating it many times, they understand it," she said.
Welcome to Adobe GoLive 6, 7 May 2006 [cached]
We wish to acknowledge the valuable assistance of those who provided the inspiration, ideas, books, videos, sculpture, paintings and bricks and mortar in establishing the Pushkin Library and its salons including: Evgeniy Bogatyrev, Director, State Pushkin Museum; the RCISCC St. Petersburg staff; Professors Peter Rollberg, George Gutsche, Mark Sconce, James Falen, Josephine Woll; Classica Theatre Artistic Director Inna Shapiro; U.S. Pushkin Competition winner, Rene Richardson; Kenneth Pushkin for architectural drawings; Library reconstruction - Sergey Veretenov, superintendent of craftsmen.
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