Dale Ricardo Shields

Director, Consultant, and Artist in New York

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 and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award.

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 holds a B.F.A and M.F.A degree from Ohio University.

  • Education
    • Ohio University
Endorsements
Dale walked past and repeated, “Write what is in your heart.” I took a deep breath and poured out my heart – all of the thoughts and emotions that I had been holding onto so tightly because I was afraid to share them with anyone. I finished... I stared at the words. I had no idea this was in me. It was cathartic to put it all on paper. And then Dale asked us to read our monologues... Now when I hesitate to say something, I think of Dale and know that my voice matters.
Nicole Brinkmann Reeves -Kennedy Center Awards 2017
I have known Professor  Shields work in area theater productions and have visited his excellent classes. I  have  attended his  thought-provoking productions. he is  incredibly passionate, understanding, compassionate, intelligent, engaging, truthful, and persistent. His “real-world  experience” is a major positive component of working with him.  He leads by example, actively striving to cut down barriers and serve as a role model for students.
Dr. Miriam Harris (Macalester College)
I can comment with authority and knowledge about Dale Shields in the areas of teaching, performance/research/scholarship and community service. Dale is one of the most energetic, passionate and committed teacher/scholars I have encountered at four different institutions over more than thirty years of teaching."
Dr. Alphine Jefferson - Randolph-Macon College
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