Jimmy Baldwin and I after I directed his The Amen Corner at Center Stage, Baltimore, MD. Circa 1981. We worked on his last play, The Welcome Table, here the States and in the South of France until his death in 1987. Two readings and one workshop resulted, at my apt in Philly (Jimmy was present), at the University of the Arts, (Philly) and at Lincoln Center in NYC. After that, at least one full production including in London.
“I visited Jimmy here in the mid-’80s when we were working on his last play, “The Welcome Table.” From here we watched New Year’s fireworks over Nice and the Mediterranean, drank champagne, and drew set designs for the play on paper napkins. It’s hard to believe that this culturally rich and beautiful welcoming villa will no longer exist. My memories of being and creating with Jimmy in this place will last forever.
Walter Dallas November 1, 2013, · Edited · Walter Dallas with South African playwright Athol Fugard. My next directing project: Fugard’s “Boesman and Lena” presented by the Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix, AZ, in association with Arizona State University’s School of Theatre, Film, and Dance, February 7-16, 2014. — with Athol Fugard at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ.
Denzel Washington and Walter Dallas
The Cast of “Eyes of The American” by Samm-Art Williams at Negro Ensemble Company, NYC, 1985. Douglas Turner Ward, Artistic Director. Glynn Turman, Graham Brown Seret Scott, Samm-Art Wiliams, directed by Walter Dallas. I learned so much about directing from Graham in this production. He was so gifted, generous, and pure genius! A million thanks to Douglas Turner Ward!
Elain Graham and Walter Dallas. Working on a new play, The Rabbit Foot by Leslie Lee, with the brilliant actress Elain Graham, at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute in Utah. Circa 1988. — in Sundance Utah.
(2009) with S. Epatha Merkerson after a performance of Come Back, Little Sheba on Broadway.
Walter Dallas and Lynn Thigpen
Reunion: Walter and Pearl Cleage
Walter Dallas directed Pearl’s brilliant “Blues For An Alabama Sky” at African Continuum (2011)
Walter Dallas with Alice Walker, opening night of my production of The Bluest Eye in San Francisco
Walter Dallas and Louis Gossett, Jr
Walter Dallas, Louis Gossett, and TCG President Teresa Eyring celebrate the Negro Ensemble Company’s fifty’s Anniversary Gala at Emory University, Atlanta. (2017)
Walter Dallas, Indira Etwaroo and Richard Wesley
The cast of AUTUMN with some really cool people: Kenny Leon, Colvin Grannum, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Walter Dallas… yours truly. They are beautiful. Incredible show! — with Michael Chenevert, Pauletta Washington, Colvin W. Grannum, Kenny Leon, Jerome Preston Bates, Walter Dallas, LeKethia Dalcoe, Count Stovall, Terria Joseph, Brent Langdon, Nicole Yvonne Duncan-Smith, Richard Wesley and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.
THE CAST OF AUTUMN. – VOTE (2016) Dorian Missick, Pauletta Washington, Jerome Preston Bates, Count Stovall, LeKethia Dalcoe, Walter Dallas, Terria Joseph, Brent Langdon, Norman Small, and Indira Etwaroo.
Dale Shields, Karen Baxter, Phylicia Rashad, Jeffery V. Thompson, George Faison, and Walter Dallas – Symphony Space. NYC. VIV Awards.
Kim Sullivan, Eden Sanaa Duncan Smith and Walter Dallas in New York, New York. (2016) VIV Awards.
Count Stovall and Walter Dallas in New York, New York. VIV Awards.
Arden Theatre Company Follow Joilet Harris, Cathy Pullen, Walter Dallas, Hether Smith, and Marty Tuzman.
Today we saw the powerfully moving and imaginative “The Widow LINCOLN,” by James Still, at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC. (Left to right) the one and only grill master/chef Paul Siler, the fantastically, multifaceted Lynda Gravatt (Mammy Sally), the fiercely talented specialist in Afro-Cuban dance, Angela Ingram, the ever-amazing Caroline Clay (Elizabeth Keckley), and our new friend and Village member, Chanel Crump. A wonderful afternoon of theatre and fellowship! — with Lynda Gravett, Angela Ingram and Caroline Stefanie Clay.
Walter Dallas and Patti LaBelle.
Harold Perrineau and Walter Dallas
Walter Dallas and Malik Yoba (Abdul-Malik Kashie “Malik” Yoba)
Walter Dallas with Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Fuller and Douglas Turner Ward, Founder of the Negro Ensemble Theatre Company, NYC. (2009)
Walter Dallas with Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Fuller
Robert Hooks, Douglas Turner Ward, Pearl Cleage, Walter Dallas, and Louis Gossett Jr. at a gathering of Negro Ensemble Company members at Emory University in Atlanta in October, as part of TCG’s Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project. (Photo by Oz Roberts)
Carlton Molette, Reuben Santiago Hudson, Louis Gossett, Jr, Walter Dallas, Oz Scott, (seated from left) Douglas Turner Ward, Pearl Cleage, and Robert Hooks. – Negro Ensemble Company Gala at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
ARCHIVIST, 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. 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 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. degree from Ohio University.