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Anna Deavere Smith

Actor and Playwright

New York, New York

Actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith has worked in television, theater, and academia. She received an MA from the American Conservatory Theater. Her main focus is a project she developed in the 1970s, On the Road: A Search for American Character. Exploring the relationship between language and identity, she interviews and records hundreds of people of diverse backgrounds, focuses on a few characters, and then plays all those parts in one-person shows. Her works deal with social issues such as the Los Angeles riots in 1992 in Twilight: Los Angeles. Smith has appeared in several films, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1996.

Donor -This award was generously supported by Susan V. Berresford.

This artist page was last updated on: 07.12.2024