The Cotton Club, Film – Frances Ford Coppola
Big Deal, The Broadway Theatre, NYC – Bob Fosse
My One and Only, The James Theatre, Broadway, NYC – Tommy Tune
When Hell Freezes Over, I’ll Skate – Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, NYC – Vinnette Carroll
Staged History of Tap – Riverside Church, NYC
Mule Bone, Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, NYC
• Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Company, NYC
Homage to Mary Lou Williams, Pace University, NYC
Little Joe from Chicago – Jazz, Pace U, NYC
Sweet Tap – Pace U, NYC
Sand Man – Creative Expressions, Whiting Auditorium
The Good Times Are Killing Me – Bower Theatre
Arbiter: Roswell – Film
Winky – Performed by Kendrick Jones II, Showtime at The Apollo, TV, NYC
• ABC – TV – Mariah, Series
Louis – Henry Street Settlement, NYC – Debbie Allen


Training – Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Mime, and Drama

Awards / Recognition
Flint African American Pioneer Award, The Forum Magazine 1993
Resolution of Board of Commissioners, 1993
Special tribute – State of Michigan Floyd Clack, State Representative, 1993
Special Recognition – State Senator Joe Conroy, 1993

Affiliations – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Equity (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG)


Guest Artist Alde Lewis with Nanette Bearden’s Contemporary Dance Theater.

Sounds in Motion Dance Company
Choreography: Dianne McIntyre

Dick Gregory and Alde Lewis at the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers                                                      (Charles Wright Museum of African American History



ALL RIGHTS RESERVED – – Dale Shields  





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, 2020, 2021, and 2022 ENCORE AWARD / The Actors Fund and winner of the 2022. Recently, he won the 2022 Legend Award from his alma mater Ohio University. He is the 2021 winner of the Paul Robeson Award, presented (jointly) by the Actors Equity Association and the Actors Equity Foundation.

Research Accomplishments:
His extensive professional credits as a Director, Stage manager, and Actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional) 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.

Professor Shields 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 began his artistic academic career in New York City at Playwrights Horizon, The South Bronx Action Theatre, and Mind Builders, and then was invited to join the teaching staff at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival). He represented the United States for Theatre Young Audiences at the ASSITEJ Theatre Festival in London, England.

He has taught and been a visiting artist at Ohio University, The College of Wooster, Denison University, Macalester College, Susquehanna University, and SUNY Potsdam.

He holds B.F.A and M.F.A, Degrees from Ohio University.

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