Andre De Shields

Recently André has been seen as Jason’s Father/Actor #6 in Playwright’s Horizons production of Mankind, Starkeeper/ Dr. Seldon in Carousel at a lab with Scott Rudin Productions,  Touchstone in As You Like It at the Bay Street Theater,  Hermes in Hadestown (Reading) at New York Theatre Workshop, Prospero in The Tempest at the Dallas Theatre Center, Senior in the Fortress of Solitude at the New York Shakespeare Festival and Stephen Hopkins in 1776 at City Center. In a career spanning more than forty years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator. He is the recipient of the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award, and the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. Mr. De Shields is best known for his show stopping performances in the original Broadway productions of four legendary musicals: The Full Monty (Tony, Drama Desk and Astaire Award nominations, and both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards), Play On! (Tony nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Drama Desk nomination) and The Wiz (title role). His other Broadway credits include an autobiographical revue, Haarlem Nocturne, and the world premier of two new American plays: Mark Medoff’s Prymate (Drama Desk nomination) and Michael Jacob’s Impressionism, with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen. Mr. De Shields is the ninth of eleven children born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland.
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