Anna Deavere Smith, Engaging the World: The Role of the Artist in Society

Artist Voices Series
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music

Actress, playwright, professor, and social critic Anna Deavere Smith has been hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American Theatre.” While perhaps best known for her roles in The West Wing and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Smith’s work in theater has been a central part of her artistic life.

When granted the prestigious MacArthur Award, her work was described as “a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Smith’s theater combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. In this presentation, she will blur the line between lecture and theatre, as she steps away from the podium and transforms herself into an astonishing number of characters, both legendary and everyday.

She is a recipient of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, two Tony nominations, a Pulitzer nomination, two Obies, a Drama Desk Award, and numerous other honors. She has been featured in several films, among them The American President, The Human Stain, Life Support, and Rachel Getting Married. Smith is a tenured professor at New York University, and her latest book is Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts.

Sponsored in party by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Ticket Information
Adult: $40 UR Student: $10
Senior (62+): $36 UR Employee: $34
Child (0-12): $20 Group (20+): $36
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