Shirley Taylor

Columbia IRAAS Summer Institute. Two weeks of rich, intense study with an amazing group of folks. “We hold the space.

Education at the Apollo Theater Director of Education Shirley Taylor, Christian John Wikane and Ana “Rokafella” Garcia live on FOX 5 Good Day Street Talk (programs in celebration of Women’s History Month. March 23 is Women in Hip Hop and March 26 is Bold Soul Sisters. (2015)

Master Class seminar day.
(L-R: Christian John Wikane, Janice Pendarvis, Shirley Taylor, Felicia “Fenix” Graham, Carlos Ricketts Jr.                       (November 16, 2015)

Women of Color in the Arts – WOCA
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Panelists with Shirley Taylor, Director of Education at The Apollo Theater and Kaisha Johnson, Co-Founder of WOCA. Photo © 2013 c. bay milin


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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