When she was born, her family belonged to a Baptist church where Zenobia sang in the choir at the age of 2 years old. After leaving their church, her family attended many different religious communities including Christian Science, Missionary Baptist, and Catholicism of which Zenobia left to find the meaning to life and her own personal sacred relationship to The Divine.
Grammy-nominated songwriter and recording artist, Zenobia taught herself to play the piano at 5 years old and wrote her first song at 8. After winning local talent shows and awards in acting, at eighteen, she debuted in the LA company of the rock musical, Hair, then was sent to New York to join the original Broadway company.
The Original 1971 Broadway Cast of Hair. The Age of Aquarius 1971
HAiR on tour with Meshach Taylor, Kenny Ortega, Patric D’Eimon, (Zenobia on the far left) “a great tour it was!”
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 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. degree from Ohio University.