Andre De Shields Biography

 
Bio:
In a career spanning forty-seven years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. Mr. De Shields is an esteemed alumnus of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004 Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa) and New York University’s ... (read more)
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Bio:
In a career spanning forty-seven years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. Mr. De Shields is an esteemed alumnus of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004 Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa) and New York University’s ... (read more)

In a career spanning forty-seven years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. Mr. De Shields is an esteemed alumnus of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004 Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa) and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. His numerous accolades include a second honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (SUNY-Buffalo State College), the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, a 2012 Fox Foundation Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement, Florida Atlantic University’s 2014 Making Waves Award, the Theatre School at DePaul University 2015 Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Riant Theatre’s 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award, the Black Theatre Network's 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award, three Chicago Joseph Jefferson Awards and nine AUDELCO Awards. His body of work includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Feature Films, Television, Distinguished Visiting Professorships and Motivational Speaking. A multiple Tony Award nominee, Mr. De Shields is best known for his show stopping performances in six legendary Broadway productions: Impressionism (costarring with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen); the world premiere of Mark Medoff’s Prymate (Drama Desk nomination); The Full Monty, for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Astaire Award nominations, in addition to both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards; Play On! (Tony nomination); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Drama Desk nomination) and The Wiz (title role). A triple Capricorn, Mr. De Shields is the ninth of eleven children born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland.

Andre De Shields Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
The Lortels - 2008 - Outstanding Lead Actor
Andr De Shields, Black Nativity
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Andr De Shields, Black Nativity
 
Obie Awards - 2007 - Sustained Excellence of Performance Gold Star
Andre De Shields
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Play Gold Star
Andre De Shields, Prymate
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Andre De Shields, The Full Monty
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Andre De Shields, The Full Monty
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical
Andre De Shields, Play On!
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Andre De Shields, Play On!