Actors Samuel L Jackson, Geoffrey Holder, Melba Moore and more than 300 other African-American Broadway veterans turned out for the 2011 Black Stars of The Great White Way photo shoot in Times Square. There was a West Coast equivalent (above) of the Times Square historic event in California. With Chapman Roberts conducting the group (above), that Black Stars of The Great White Way gathering included recently-deceased actor James Avery, Linda Hopkins, Loretta Divine, Paula Kelly, Debbie Allen, Reginald Van Williams and members of the original casts of “A Chorus Line,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Your Arms Too Short,” “Hair,” “Lion King,” “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “Dreamgirls.” Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/broadway-black-stars-carnegie-hall-bound-article-1.1605538#ixzz30yYHmG5h
The Black Stars of The Great White Way Frank Owens, Chapman Roberts, Andre De Shields, Larry Marshall, Keith David, Omar Edwards, Norm Lewis, and Keith Robinson. “This is an unprecedented assemblage of Broadways Best as conceived and directed by Chapman Roberts.”
Chapman Roberts, Norm Lewis and Andre DeShields at the inaugural-Black-Stars-of-the-Great-White-Way concert event held at the Queensborough-Performing Arts Center-before a sold-out audience.
ARCHIVIST and HISTORIAN
Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Regional).
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).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree from Ohio University.