Deavere Smith Anna Aif2020

Anna Deavere Smith

Actress; Playwright; Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, author, and professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In original pieces covering topics including the school-to-prison pipeline (Notes from the Field), race-related violence (Twilight: Los Angeles and Fires in the Mirror), and health care (Let Me Down Easy), Smith embodies characters to tell stories about leading social issues, and has been credited with developing a new form of theater. Her honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, the Dean’s Medal from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, the George Polk Career Award in Journalism, and the National Humanities Medal.

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