Classika Theater was founded in 1996 by Inna Shapiro on the model of the Russian theaters in which she worked before coming to America.
After a short stay in Arlington's Ballston Commons Mall, Classika moved into a retail storefront in the Village of Shirlington just off Route 395. Its 100-seat main theater offers European classics and modern comedy and drama for adults and teenagers. The Green Parrot Puppet Theatre is dedicated to productions for the youngest audiences. Classika also operates a conservatory-style theater school for children. Shows are offered in an "Adult/Teenage Series" and an "Adult/Children's Series," which frequently features original musical versions of European classics.
With a flare for colorful staging and stylized acting rooted in Russian tradition, Classika presents small shows unlike the usual fare of little theaters in the area. It also offers classes for adults and children and an Arts and Drama summer camp for ages 4 to 16.
-- Brad Hathaway