Anna Deavere Smith

Playwright and Actor

Playwright, actor and professor Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Newsweek declared her “the most exciting individual in American theatre," and The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with a Genius Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.”

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