Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jeannie Santiago attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson will both star in his own one-man play, “Lackawanna Blues” and direct “Skeleton Crew” this year. (2021) Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Ruben Santiago-Hudson and family The New York Premiere of HBO Film’s LACKAWANNA BLUES
“Today I fall down on my knees in a special way…to say Happy Birthday to the woman who saved a little boy raised him to be a man and gave him purpose. Many called her Nanny I called her “mom”. She was my angel then and continues to live in every breath I take. I love this picture of her sitting with her two beautiful sisters. So regal and majestic. I celebrate you today and always…my angel. Rachel “Nanny” Crosby.”
The Lackawanna, NY native opened the Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center in 2014 in his hometown.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Daughter Lily Interviewing Him | Oscars Weekend 2020
ARCHIVIST, EDUCATOR, HISTORIAN, and ARTiST
Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional).
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.