Anna Deavere Smith

Actress; Playwright; Professor, New York University; Trustee, The Aspen Institute

Anna Deavere Smith is University Professor at New York University, where she directs the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. An actress, playwright, and teacher, she has appeared in “Nurse Jackie,” “Black-ish,” and “The West Wing”; created the one-person shows Twilight: Los Angeles and Let Me Down Easy; and authored Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me. A MacArthur Fellow, she was the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities and received the 2013 National Humanities Medal from President Obama. She sits on the boards of trustees for the American Museum of National History, Aspen Institute, and Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Videos/Audio of Anna Deavere Smith

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