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Ms. Inna Shapiro

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Local Address: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
AmuseTales Publishing, LLC

Employment History

  • Founder and Artistic Director
    Classica Theatre
  • Artistic Director
    Classika Theatre
  • Founder and Artistic Director
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Web References
>>About Inna ..., 21 May 2011 [cached]
>>About Inna Shapiro
Inna Shapiro came to the United States from the former Soviet Union, where she was a professional actress. She started her acting career in the Leningrad State Theatre for Young Audiences. At that time, this theater was considered the best theatre for children in the world. In the States, she started Classika Theater, a professional theater for American children; based on Russian theatrical traditions, located in Arlington, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC. For ten years she was the Founder and Artistic Director of the company.
Inna directed, wrote, adapted, and translated more then 60 plays. Classika Thearter was in reality three theaters under one roof: the Puppet Theater for small children, a Fairytale and Story Theater for elementary school-age children, and the Theater of International Classics for teenagers and adults. Classika Thearter offered a drama school and art school in the theater, a summer camp, and an extensive after-school outreach program for children enrolled in Title 1 Federal programs. Title 1 programs were created for children from underprivileged families who needed support and were behind in their studies for at least six months. Inna wrote and implemented these programs for these activities.
Among the programs she wrote for the outreach activities was a year-long program called "We Love Geography" - a poetic journey around the world, written in rhymes, introducing children to the seven continents of the world and more then twenty countries. There was also a "Virginia History" program that was created for fourth graders at the Drew Model Elementary School in Arlington, VA, to help them learn material about the rich history of Virginia. Through the implementation of this program, children's scores were raised on the State exam by 75%, and Classika earned a $500,000 grant from the US Congress to expand this program among other public schools in Arlington and Alexandria, VA. For the next three years, Classika's educators worked with more then 2000 children. In 2004, WETA, named Inna Shapiro a Hometown Hero because of her work with underprivileged children.
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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