Dale Shields

New York City

ARCHIVIST and HISTORIAN Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Regional). Research Accomplishments: The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. On the web, he is the archivist and historian of Iforcolor.org and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, The University of Akron and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (NYSF). Education B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree from Ohio University.

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Arthur Theodore Wilson – Actor, Playwright, Poet, Educator

“What color is a friend when you need one?”   Arthur Theodore Wilson is a Published Poet; Playwright; Teacher; and Co-Editor/Publisher over thirty years of Attitude Magazine.  Mr. Wilson was born in Newark, New Jersey at the end of World War II. His early fascination and interest in theater, poetry, gospel music, and the fine …

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Madam Sul-Te-Wan

~ Madam Sul-Te-Wan ~  Prominent Black Actress During Silent Film Era By Dale Shields Madame Sul-Te-Wan (Nellie Conley) –  (1873-1959), was one of the most prominent Black actresses during the silent film era. “We never did discover the origin of her name. No one was bold enough to ask.” – Actress Lillian Gish. Madame Sul-Te-Wan career …

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William Edmondson – Artist

                  “I was just doing the Lord’s work,” he said in one interview. “I didn’t know I was no artist until them folks come and told me I was.” William Edmonson became the first African American artist whose work received a one-man show exhibit at MOMA.  He …

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Debra Byrd

A powerhouse of talent, Debra Byrd (born in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American vocaist who has worked with Barry Manilow and Bob Dylan, appeared on Broadway, and serves as the head vocal coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol, also singing backup for the contestants. She also helped judge Military Idol, a singing competition where …

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