In 2012, director Ruben Santiago-Hudson sought Vinnie out to create two bas-reliefs to enhance a 112-year-old piano for August Wilson’s play, The Piano Lesson at the Signature Theatre in New York City. At the request of the Alabama Historical Society and the Alabama State Council on the Arts,
The Piano Lesson
The Piano for August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson“
The Piano Lesson The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage Cast List: Eric Lenox Abrams Chuck Cooper Brandon J. Dirden Jason Dirden Alexis Holt Mandi Masden Roslyn Ruff James A. Williams Production Credits: Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Director) Michael Carnahan (Scenic Design) Karen Perry (Costume Design) Rui Rita (Lighting Design)
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.