Dale Ricardo Shields

The Actors Fund / Encore Award

This year has been such an uncertain time in all our lives. But one thing I’m certain about right now is our appreciation for YOU!
That’s why I am delighted to present you with The Actors Fund 2020 Encore Award! This award is given to our dedicated and supportive friends—people like you!
The outpouring of love and commitment you’ve shown to struggling members of the performing arts and entertainment community is simply remarkable. Thanks to you, this year we’ve helped over 30,000 industry professionals. Many are in a financial crisis due to COVID-19. Some have also been impacted by wildfires and hurricanes. Because of you, we are able to provide financial assistance for such vital resources as medications, rent, food, utilities, and more.
Your compassion for those in need is an inspiration to everyone here at The Actors Fund. You shine a beacon of light on our currently darkened stages…and we applaud you.
You should be proud of all that you do for our Actors Fund community, and I hope that you will show your pride by sharing a photo with your 2020 Encore Award on social media. Please tag us @TheActorsFund on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and use the hashtag #EncoreAward so we can celebrate with you. We look forward to seeing your photos!
Dale, it’s an honor to acknowledge your incredible commitment to The Actors Fund. Thank you!
Give Now
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Chairman of the Board
🏆Your 2020 ENCORE AWARD🏆
Today, you are the cause for celebration!





Dale Shields is a director, stage manager, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional). His credits include various projects and assignments at Lincoln Center (State Theatre), The Henry Street Settlement House (New Federal Theatre), The Cleveland Playhouse, The Negro Ensemble Company, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival), St. Clements, Project1Voice, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Penumbra Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Beck Center for the Arts, The Weathervane Playhouse, The Center for Families and Children, The Weathervane Theatre, Mindbuilders, Upward Bound, Youngstown Early Intervention Program, The American Folk Theatre, and Karamu House. Shields has appeared in Lily at Lincoln Center [Tom O’Horgan] and on Saturday Night LiveAnother WorldGuiding LightThe Cosby Show, and the ITV television series Special Needs, and commercials and film.

He is a member of the Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the American Guild of Musical Artists performance unions, and an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He represented the United States at the ASSITIJ Festival (London, England) for youth theatre.

Fraternity: Phi Kappa Phi

Research Accomplishments

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, The University of Akron, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (NYSF).


Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional).
Research Accomplishments:
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. In 2020 He was also awarded The Actors Fund / Encore 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 SUNY Potsdam, Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival).

B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Ohio University.