Dale Ricardo Shields

Dale Ricardo Shields ~ Find your own voice – Gwendolyn Brooks ~ Director, Educator and Artistic Activist  Dale Ricardo Shields is a 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. …

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Chuck Cooper

  CHUCK COOPER “Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.” By Dale Ricardo Shields Chuck Cooper was born November 8, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of Ohio University, Chuck Cooper is a Tony award-winning veteran of ten Broadway plays and musicals, his career spans over a thirty-year period as an actor and acting …

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Duchess Harris, PhD, JD

MIRIAM (Duchess) HARRIS  “I wouldn’t trade nothing for my journey now.“ Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Macalester College. She joined the faculty in 1998 and has an expertise in 20th-century political history, feminist theory, and race and the law.   “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it …

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Stanley Wayne Mathis

   Stanley Wayne Mathis    by Dale Ricardo Shields “I read somewhere many years ago while working on the West Coast (The Jelly’s Last Jam workshop at The Mark Taper Forum) “Fame is what others give you. Success is what you give yourself.” – Stanley Wayne Mathis Stanley Wayne Mathis has directed and choreographed for …

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Louis Johnson

Louis  Johnson Dancer ~ Choreographer ~ Director ~ Professor  ~ Legendary ~  By Dale Ricardo Shields   “Most renowned for his choreography in the timeless film, The Wiz, Johnson was one of the first African Americans to appear in a Broadway ensemble.  Having been featured and learning from some of the dance greats, including Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, Johnson began creating …

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