Anton Shelupanov

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Anton Shelupanov (born 1978) is a Russo-British penal reformer, social innovator, musician and actor.

Life and work[edit]

Shelupanov was born in the Soviet Union in 1978. He is the son of Prof. Alexander Shelupanov. He came to the UK in the 1990s and was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford. In 1999 he joined the International Centre for Prison Studies and under the mentorship of Prof.Andrew Coyle and Baroness Vivien Stern embarked on a career in the field of penal reform. He has worked in a number of countries, including China and Russia. In 2002 he was decorated by the Russian Ministry of Justice for a significant contribution to the development of human rights in the region.[1] In 2008 he co-authored the UNODC Toolkit on HIV in Prisons.[2]

Since 2007 he has been based at the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation in London, where he manages the Foundation's programme of work on innovation in criminal justice. He has published several papers on this subject.[3] He was one of the first people to work on developing the concept of the Social impact bond although he adopted a neutral approach to the concept rather than expressing strong support or criticism.[4]

Shelupanov is currently an adviser to the Parliament of Ukraine and the government of Turkmenistan on penal reform.[5]

Anton Shelupanov boxes at the Times Amateur Boxing Club in Kings Cross, and is the vice chair of the board of directorsof Homes for Haringey, a social housing provider in North London.[6]

Music and acting[edit]

Shelupanov is a close friend of the poet Stephen Howarth. They acted together in the rock musical Rasputin Rocks! and more recently in the play Bacchus in Rehab at the Etcetera Theatre.[7] He has also appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar and A Season Before the Tragedy of Macbeth by Gloria Carreño opposite Alexis Strum. Classical theatre credits include Lucifer in Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Duke of Burgundy in King Lear and Sea Captain in Twelfth Night, both by Shakespeare. He is one half of the volunteer production team which facilitates free large-scale Guerilla Shakespeare community events[8] at unusual iconic London venues including Hub Westminster, Limehouse Town Hall and the Camden Roundhouse.[9]

In 2011 he has assisted the cast and crew of John Fulljames's Opera North production of Janáček's From the House of the Dead, based on the Dostoyevsky novel.[10]

Shelupanov is a songwriter and musician. He fronts the British blues band Bleak, which is signed to Line Out Records,[11] and is known for its long-standing affiliation with members of the prog-punk band Djevara. In the past he has been bass guitar player on the Russian circuit, having appeared on stage with such Russian artists as Abrau Durso, Chicherina and Valery Sutkin. He has toured in a number of countries including the US, Russia, UK, Lebanon, Germany and the Netherlands.

Bleak released their debut album for the Good of the Nation in 2011 to a lukewarm critical response.


  1. ^ "King's College London School of Law". King's College London. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "UNODC launches HIV/AIDS toolkit for detention centres". 5 December 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Anton Shelupanov". The Young Foundation. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Social Impact Bonds". The Young Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-05-10. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ V@DIM. "Turkmenistan: the golden age". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Meet the Board". Homes for Haringey. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived 18 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Guerilla Shakespeare " Facsimile Productions". 27 October 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Guerilla Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet". Roundhouse. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Director, John Fulljames tells us about crisp blank pages, making big shapes and releasing an eagle into freedom in the first week of rehearsals. " Opera North". 29 March 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bands". Line Out Records. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.