About I For Color

~ IforColor ~

Created by

Dale Ricardo Shields

IforColor – Artistic-minded individuals of color who are accomplished and received little if any, recognition or media coverage in America.
IforColor brings historical key innovators to light for the knowledge and enjoyment of us all.  The collection of profiles included on this website contain historical facts, not judgments.

About:  Dale Ricardo Shields

~ Archivist, Director, Educator, and Historian ~

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, the 2017 AUDELCO/”VIV” Special Achievement Award. In 2020 He was also awarded The Actors Fund / Encore Award

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) and Karamu House. 

He was the assistant director to Lloyd Richards for the New Federal Theatre premiere production of Ossie Davis’ play A Last Dance With Sybil starring Ruby Dee and Earl Hyman at the New Federal Theatre. As an actor he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Another World, Guiding Light, The Cosby Show, and the ITV television series “Special Needs” and commercials and film.

Dale is a member of the Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the American Guild of Musical Artists performance unions and an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

He holds a BFA and MFA degree from Ohio University.


The vision of Dale Ricardo Shields is to preserve history about African Americans and artists of color on the Facebook website Black Theatre / African American Voices on the Internet for everyone to acknowledge, enjoy and learn past and present history.


acknowledges the talent of students from: 
Randolph Macon College (Ashland Virginia), Denison University (Grandville, Ohio) and                                                                                                                                                      Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania)


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