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

Anna Deavere Smith – President Obama called for a…

President Obama called for a ‘we’ nation in his Inauguration Address. Art convenes. It is…


“President Obama called for a ‘we’ nation in his Inauguration Address. Art convenes. It is not just inspirational. It is aspirational. It pricks the walls of our compartmentalized minds, opens our hearts and makes us brave. And that’s what we need most in our country today.”
-Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith – Racism has been for everyone…

Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we’ve all been…


“Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we’ve all been heavily sedated from it. If we don’t come into consciousness of this tragedy, there’s going to be a violent awakening we don’t want. The question is, can we wake up?”
-Anna Deavere Smith