Jonelle Allen

Film and television roles beckoned for her. Jonelle filmed Cotton Comes to Harlem which starred Godfrey Cambridge, Redd Roxx, and was directed by Ossie Davis. She shot a segue, Come Back Charleston Blue.


She won an NAACP Image Award for her role in The River Niger with Lou Gossett, James Earl Jones, and Cicely Tyson. She filmed Hotel New Hampshire with Jodie Foster and Rob Lowe for director Tony Richardson who had directed her earlier in Shakespeare’s As You Like It at the Long Beach Theatre.


Come Back Charleston Blue 

Jonelle Allen
with Raymond St. Jacques and Godfrey Cambridge

1972 Press Photo                                                                                                               Jonelle Allen Peter Deanada                                                                                         Come Back Charleston Blue

Peter De Anda dances with Jonelle Allen in a scene from the film ‘Come Back Charleston Blue‘, 1972. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)



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.

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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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