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educator , playwright , theater director

Mel Shapiro, American playwright, educator, theater director. Recipient New York Drama Critics award, 1971, 72, Obie award Village Voice, 1972, Drama Desk award, 1973, Drama-logue award, 1993. With United States Army, 1955-1957. Member Society Stage Directors and Choreographers (founder, editor The Journal 1978).

Background

Shapiro, Mel was born on December 16, 1935 in Brooklyn. Son of Benjamin Shapiro and Lillian (Lazarus) Bestul.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1961. Master of Fine Arts, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1961.

Career

Resident director, Arena Stage, Washington, 1963-1965;producing director, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, 1968-1970;master teacher drama, New York University, New York City, 1970-1980;guest director, Lincoln Center Repertory, New York City, 1970;director, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1971-1977;professor, Carnegie Mellon U., Pittsburgh, 1980-1990;head department, Carnegie Mellon U., Pittsburgh, 1980-1987. Head acting University of California at Los Angeles School Theater, Film and television, since 1990. Founder Onstage Company, Los Angeles, 1993.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Director New York City productions The House of Blue Leaves, 1970, Bosoms and Neglect, 1978, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, 1998, Taming of the Shrew, 1999, Big Love (Los Angeles), 2002. Co-adaptor museum Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1971 (Tony award). Author: (plays) The Price of Admissions, 1984 (Drama-Logue magazine award), The Lay of the Land (Joseph Kesselring award 1990), A Life of Crime, 1993.

      (books) An Actor Performs, 1996, The Director's Companion, 1998.

Membership

With United States Army, 1955-1957. Member Society Stage Directors and Choreographers (founder, editor The Journal 1978).

Connections

Married Jeanne Elizabeth Shapiro, February 23, 1963. Children: Joshua, Benjamin.

father:
Benjamin Shapiro Bestul

mother:
Lillian (Lazarus) Bestul

spouse:
Jeanne Elizabeth Shapiro

children:
Joshua Shapiro

Benjamin Shapiro