Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Conversations with the Divine with Owais Ahmed, Baize Buzan, Kathryn Cesarz, Kamal Hans, Brian Grey, Donica Lynn, Patrese McClain and Miranda Zola at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater

Miranda Zola, André De Shields, Donica Lynn, (2nd row) Baize Buzan, Kamal Hans, Owais Ahmed, (3rd row) Kathryn Cesarz and Brian Grey in Chicago' Victory Gardens Theater rehearsal room on November 14, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Miranda Zola, André De Shields, Donica Lynn, (2nd row) Baize Buzan, Kamal Hans, Owais Ahmed, (3rd row) Kathryn Cesarz and Brian Grey in Chicago’ Victory Gardens Theater rehearsal room on November 14, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Victory Gardens Theater – Artistic Director Chay Yew – presents Conversations with the Divine, featuring Owais Ahmed, Baize Buzan, Kathryn Cesarz, Kamal Hans, Brian Grey, Donica Lynn, Patrese McClain and Miranda Zola, participants from Victory Gardens Theater’s TCG Fox Fellow André De Shields’ week-long Master Class, the Way of the Golden Triangle.

Mr. De Shields is the 2012 recipient of the Fox Foundation Fellowship/Distinguished Achievement.

The Way of the Golden Triangle is Mr. De Shields’ unique style of Griot Performance Art.

(front row) André De Shields, Kamal Hans, Brian Grey and Owais Ahmed. (back row) Nebi Berhane, Patrese McClain, Kathryn Cesarz, Monique Haley, Donica Lynn, Doug Peck, Jean-Christophe Leroy, Baize Buzan, Molli Duckworth in Chicago' Victory Gardens Theater rehearsal room on November 14, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

(front row) André De Shields, Kamal Hans, Brian Grey and Owais Ahmed. (back row) Nebi Berhane, Patrese McClain, Kathryn Cesarz, Monique Haley, Donica Lynn, Doug Peck, Jean-Christophe Leroy, Baize Buzan, Molli Duckworth in Chicago’ Victory Gardens Theater rehearsal room on November 14, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Come experience Conversations with the Divine, on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2  pm in the rehearsal hall at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 North Lincoln Avenue. This presentation is free and open to the public.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

In a career spanning more than forty years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He is best known for his show stopping performances in the original Broadway productions of four legendary musicals: 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’ (Emmy Award) and THE WIZ (title role). De Shields is the recipient of the 2012 Fox Foundation Fellowship/Distinguished Achievement, 2013 Jeff Equity Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor-Musical, 2013 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Supporting Actor-Musical, 2009 National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award, and the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
As an educator, Mr. De Shields has served as Visiting Artist/Lecturer, SUNY-Buffalo State College; Harold ClurmanVisiting Professor, CUNY-Hunter College; Adjunct Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU; Adjunct Professor, School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions (SEHNAP), NYU; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX; Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Visiting Professor (SMU); DR. Martin Luther King Jr.-Rosa Parks-Cesar Chavez Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, among others. He has taught a wide variety of courses ranging from Shakespeare to Masterpieces of Western Literature to Musical Theatre and an interdisciplinary arts workshop in Extreme Performance: From Ancient Africa to Postmodern America.
www.andredeshields.com

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

The Jungle Book
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Photos: André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Akash Chopra, Richard M. Sherman, Kevin Carolan, Larry Yando, Nehal Joshi and More Celebrate The Jungle Book Opening Night at Huntington Theatre in Boston
broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More Celebrate Huntington’s JUNGLE BOOK Opening
theatermania.com: The Jungle Book Enjoys Its Second Opening Night at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company
broadway.com: The Story Begins! Disney’s The Jungle Book Enjoys a Wild Opening Night in Boston
playbill.com: PHOTO CALL: The Jungle Book Musical Celebrates Opening Night in Boston
Click here for more articles on André De Shields.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72
Nov. 25: David Byrne and the Cast of Public Theater’s HERE LIES LOVE including Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More to Host Benefit Concert for the Philippines at Terminal 5
Photos: John Earl Jelks, DeWanda Wise, Harvey Gardner Moore, André De Shields at Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Labyrinth’s American Premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby, starring Tony Nominee John Earl Jelks, Dewanda Wise and Harvey Gardner Moore, Begins Preview Performances at Bank Street Theater on November 6, 2013
Photos: Opening Night of Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man with John Earl Jelks, Richard Masur, Nikki M. James, K. Todd Freeman, Ray Fisher
Photos: Denise Burse, Michael Genet, Doug Eskew, Tracie Thoms, Sakina Ansari-Wilson and More Celebrate Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts Opening Night at Center Stage
Center Stage Photo Preview: Denise Burse and Michael Genet in Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts, Opens October 16, 2013
Nov. 14 – Dec. 29: Paolo Montalban and Eileen Ward Lead Cast of Olney Theatre Center’s Production of The King and I
André De Shields Delivers Keynote at International Conference of Fine Arts Deans in New Orleans
Nov. 18: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph to be honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Signature Theatre’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu Stars SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee
National Black Theatre Festival Photos: Backstage with André De Shields, Marie Thomas, Erin Cherry, Sean Phillips and Morocco Omari in Knock Me A Kiss
Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Photos: Backstage with Michi Barall and the cast of Regina Taylor’s stop.reset. at Signature Theatre
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Febone1960.net Review: Power Play Powerful & Suspenseful
Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Features New Works by Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins
Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Video: Power Play’s Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang on The Carmen Mathis Show
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive.

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