Dale conceived and directed a two-year series of original plays for the Center for Families and Children Rap Arts Youth Fellowship Program. Additional recent directorial assignments include: A Day with Duke for the Tri C Jazz Festival, Crowns at the Weathervane Playhouse and Top Dog/Under Dog at the Beck Center for The Performing Arts. He has directed productions at the Karamu House Theatre, Beck Center for the Performing Arts, Weathervane Summer Playhouse, Weathervane Community Theatre, Columbus Stage Center, The Cleveland Public Theatre,The Rainey Institute, The Cleveland School of the Arts and The Cleveland Playhouse.
He was the assistant director to Lloyd Richards and Ed Smith for the New Federal Theatre premiere production of Ossie Davis’ new play A Last Dance With Sybil staring Ruby Dee and Earl Hyman at the St. Clements Theatre in New York City.
Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis and Dale Shields – New Federal Theatre (NYC) Sardi’s
His extensive professional credits as a Director, Stage manager and Actor (Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Regional) include various projects and assignments at Lincoln Center (State Theatre), The Henry Street Settlement House (New Federal Theatre), The Negro Ensemble Company, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival), City Center (NYC), Upward Bound (New York-Ohio-Minnesota), The Hilberry Repertory Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Playwrights Horizon, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Actors Studio, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, The York Players, South Bronx Action Theatre, The Dobama Theatre, Ohio Valley Summer Theatre, Arts West and Columbus Stage Center. As an actor, he is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the American Guild of Musical Artists performance unions. He studied at The Negro Ensemble Company with Anderson Johnson, The Henry Street Settlement House with Hal Scott and Dick Anthony Williams. He appeared as Martin in the New York City revival of Any One Can Whistle directed by Fran Soder at the York Theatre Company, the Lincoln Center world premiere of Lily based on Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King directed by Tom O’ Horgan at Lincoln Center (State Theatre).