Anna Deavere Smith – I made a real specific…

I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists…


“I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home – if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman – and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That’s not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination.”
-Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith – I made a real specific…

I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists…


“I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home – if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman – and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That’s not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination.”
-Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith – When I got out of…

When I got out of acting school, I was lucky to have gotten any job…


“When I got out of acting school, I was lucky to have gotten any job at all. A lot of people hiring African American actresses – it was right after ‘Roots,’ and for society, not me, it was great. Nice richly dark-skinned people was the fashion, and I was not.”
-Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith – I was a mimic when…

I was a mimic when I was a child. I mimicked the teacher and made…


“I was a mimic when I was a child. I mimicked the teacher and made friends that way, actually. That was a very subversive activity, because I was a goody-goody who never got in trouble. But if I went off in the corner and mimicked the teacher, people loved it.”
-Anna Deavere Smith