Theodore Shapiro

Theodore Shapiro saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 as a nine-year old boy, and afterwards was certain of two things: 1.) he wanted to be an archaeologist, and 2.) he couldn't stop thinking about the music. His plans to be an archaeologist eventually faded, but his interest in film composition did not. He went on to study music, write a musical about a cryogenically frozen head, and play in a neo-disco band called God at Brown University, and then received a Master's degree in composition from The Juilliard School. Following Juilliard he began both scoring films and writing commissions for the concert hall, including works performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

After scoring some notable independent films in New York, including Karyn Kusama's Girlfight, and David Mamet's Heist and State and Main, Shapiro was hired to score the hit comedy Old School for director Todd Phillips. He has since become one of Hollywood's most sought after composers.

His recent film work includes Dinner For Schmucks, starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, and the hit children's film Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Other notable work includes the Ben Stiller-directed action-comedy Tropic Thunder; Marley and Me, directed by David Frankel and based on the best-selling novel; The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway; and John Hamburg's bromance, I Love You, Man.

Next up for Shapiro is Arthur, starring Russell Brand and Helen Mirren;  The Big Year, starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson; The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman; and The Pirates!, an animated film directed by Peter Lord (director of Chicken Run).

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as part of their "Masters of Film Music" concert series, will be featuring Shapiro's music this spring. The performances will feature the world premiere of his new orchestral work, "In Mitn Drinen".

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