Prior to becoming a television writer, Lara worked as a director in film, TV and commercials. She directed the USA dramedy ROYAL PAINS and numerous global commercial campaigns for companies including Verizon, L’Oreal, and Prudential, starring a variety of celebrity talent including Bono, Edward Norton, Matt Damon, Kevin Hart, James Earl Jones, Liev Schreiber, Marc Anthony and Don Cheadle. Lara directed and co-wrote the romantic comedy film LABOR PAINS starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Luke Kirby and Cheryl Hines. Her short films have been screened at festivals and globally on TV, including at the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, Canal +, Channel 4, and ZDF.
Lara was elected to both the Directors Guild and Writers Guild councils, was selected to be on the Women’s Steering Committee of the Director’s Guild and the first Women and Diversity Initiative Council at the Writer’s Guild. Lara is an adjunct professor in writing for television in the graduate film schools of Columbia University and New York University/Tisch. She has been a fellow at the Macdowell Colony, a New York State Council of the Arts fellow, a Carla Kuhn fellow at Columbia University, and a recipient of the Sloan Filmmaker Fund Award.
Lara received her BA with honors from Cornell University, and her MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University.
QUIET REBEL (in development)
A drama pilot for the limited series RULEBREAKER. Created/written by Lara Shapiro, 2021. Sony TV, Emjag Productions and Jessica Chastain/Freckle Films.
STICKY FINGERS (in development)
A drama pilot adaptation of a best selling memoir for BAD ROBOT. Created/written by Lara Shapiro, 2021.
UNDERCOVER (in development)
A drama series pitch for Tomorrow Studios. Created/written by Lara Shapiro, 2019.
Writer, “Walter Taffet, ” episode 7, season 3, directed by Noah Emmerich.
Staff Writer, Season 3 of the FX drama THE AMERICANS, created by Joe Weisberg and starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.
Writer, “Right of Way”, episode 5, season 2, directed by Bronwen Hughes.
Story editor season 2
Writer, “The End Of The World”, Episode 7, Season 2. Executive Story Editor, Season 2
Logline: A divorced suburban housewife, an eccentric genius inventor, and musician Stevie Wonder create an unlikely partnership in an attempt to save a revolutionary new technology from failure.
Director, Scenes 8 minutes
Director, Scenes 4 minutes
VERIZON WIRELESS with Kevin Hart
Director, Scenes 60 sec