whose acting credits span stage, television, and film.
“To many, Ruben Santiago Hudson is known as one of the greatest Black directors of all time with greats like George C. Wolfe and Kenny Leon. But Ruben’s first rendezvous with August Wilson’s work was as Canewell in the original Broadway cast of Seven Guitars starring Viola Davis and Keith David. He won the tony in 1996 for Best Featured Actor has not looked back since. Now he’s considered an expert on the Pittsburgh cycle and continues to spread August Wilson’s legacy across the country.” – Black Broadway
Ruben Santiago Hudson wins the 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Canewell in Seven Guitars.
He has performed in more than 100 plays. His portrayal of Canewell in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars garnered him a Tony award.
Jelly’s Last Jam
Ruben made his Broadway acting debut as Buddy Bolden in Jelly’s Last Jam.
– JELLY’S LAST JAM
L.A. Cast of Jelly’ s Last Jam (pre-Broadway). – Freda Payne, Karole Foreman, Scotch Ellis Loring, Keith David, Linda Twine, Leilani Jones, Obba Babatundé, Peggy Ann Blow, Robert Fleming, Robert Fleming, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tonya Pinkins, Phyllis, Phylliss Bailey Brooks, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Mary Bond Davis, and DeBorah Lynn Sharpe-Taylor.
Jelly’s Last Jam workshop-November 1991 – Savion Glover, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Keith David, Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, and Gregory Hines.
SEVEN GUITARS by August Wilson Goodman Theatre..Chicago.. – Ruben Santiago Hudson, Jerome Preston Bates, Albert Hall and Tommy Hollis.. – Directed WALTER DALLAS
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.