Jonelle Allen



“Allen has been married three times. She was married to John Sharpe on December 19, 1978, divorcing in 1992. Then she was married to Richard Grimmon from January 9, 1998, until 2001.[8] Most recently she was married to Leigh Eaton from 2003 until his death in 2020.”


An evening of celebration and recognition as the Orange County arts community gathers to honor its arts stars.
About this event
An evening of celebration and recognition as the Orange County arts community gathers to honor its arts stars.
21st Anniversary Event!
This year’s Honorees are:
The 2021 Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award Honorees for Lifetime Achievement:
Jonelle Allen, Broadway, Film & TV actress, and arts educator
Laguna Playhouse, Orange County’s oldest theatre company now completing its 100th year
Tom Titus, arts journalist & 55-year-long theatre critic of the Daily Pilot and Times OC 

The OCArts Awards

At The OCArts Awards, I received a Helena Modjeska Life Arts Achievement Award, along with The Laguna Playhouse. October 2021 2021 – All rights reserved ©2022 



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 been a Professor and Visiting Artist at Ohio University, The College of Wooster, Denison University, Macalester College, Randolph- Macon College, Susquehanna University, and SUNY Potsdam.

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

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