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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Dale Shields

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Dale Ricardo Shields is a 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, the 2017 AUDELCO/”VIV” Special Achievement Award, 2020, 2021, and 2022 ENCORE AWARD / The Actors Fund.

He is the 2021 winner of the Paul Robeson Award, presented (jointly) by the Actors Equity Association and the Actors Equity Foundation.

Recently, he won the 2022 Legend Awardfrom (alma mater) Ohio University.

His extensive professional credits as a Director, Stage manager, and Actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional) As an actor he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Another World, Guiding Light, The Cosby Show, and ITV television series “Special Needs” and National commercials and film.

He is a member of the Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the American Guild of Musical Artists performance unions, Music, Theater, and Dance Professionals in the Academy (MTDPA) and an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Professor Shields began his artistic academic career in New York City at Playwrights Horizon, The South Bronx Action Theatre, Mind Builders, and was invited to join the teaching staff at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival) for six years. He represented the United States for Theatre Young Audiences at the ASSITEJ Theatre Festival in London, England.

As an actor he studied acting at The Negro Ensemble Company (Anderson Johnson), The New Federal Theatre (Hal Scott-Dick Anthony Williams) and The National Improvisational Theatre in New York City. Additional acting workshops with Dorothy Silver (Karamu House).

He has taught and been a visiting artist at Ohio University, Wayne State University, The South Bronx Community Theatre, Karamu House, The Cleveland School of the Arts, The College of Wooster, Denison University, Macalester College, Susquehanna University, and SUNY Potsdam.

B.F.A and M.F.A – Ohio University.

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