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Toni King  *  Melony McGant  *  Autumn Stiles

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Created by Dale Ricardo Shields 

Find your own voice ~ Gwendolyn Brooks

“The ability of writers to imagine what is not self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” ~ Toni Morrison

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks “the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.” And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, “Okay. Okay. I’ll come.” ~ Maya Angelou

James Baldwin – “You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”

“You rely on a sentence to say more than the denotation and the connotation; you revel in the smoke that the words send up.” ~ Toni Morrison

Langston Hughes – “To create a market for your writing you have to be consistent, professional, a continuing writer – not just a one-article or a one-story or a one-book man.”

Zora Neale Hurston
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.” – “Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey’s back.”

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Dale Ricardo Shields is a 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®. He is the 2021 winner of the Paul Robeson Award, presented (jointly) by the Actors Equity Association and the Actors Equity Foundation, the 2017 AUDELCO/”VIV” Special Achievement Award, 2017 and 2015 Tony® Award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 ENCORE AWARD / The Actors Fund.

Recently, he won the 2022 Legend Award – (alma mater) at Ohio University.

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 ITV television series “Special Needs” and National commercials and film.

He is a member of the Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the American Guild of Musical Artists performance unions, Music, Theater, and Dance Professionals in the Academy (MTDPA), and an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Professor Shields began his artistic academic career in New York City at Playwrights Horizon, The South Bronx Action Theatre, and MindBuilders, and was invited to join the teaching staff at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival) for six years. He represented the United States for Theatre Young Audiences at the ASSITEJ Theatre Festival in London, England.

As an actor, he studied acting at The Negro Ensemble Company (Anderson Johnson), The New Federal Theatre (Hal Scott-Dick Anthony Williams) and The National Improvisational Theatre in New York City. Additional acting workshops with Dorothy Silver (Karamu House) and The Cleveland Playhhouse.

He has been a professor and visiting artist at Ohio University, The South Bronx Community Theatre, Karamu House, The Cleveland School of the Arts, The College of Wooster, Denison University, Macalester College, Susquehanna University, The Cleveland Playhouseand SUNY Potsdam.

B.F.A and M.F.A – Ohio University. [Phi Kappa Phi Honor Soceity]

Website(s) –

Research – Iforcolor.org [Theatre and Black Studies/Artistic Diversity Research]

Career – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Ricardo_Shields [Career]