Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith has appeared in Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President, and Philadelphia.

Anna Deavere Smith, actress/playwright, is said to have created a new theater form. She has received many awards and accolades, including a MacArthur fellowship, two Tony nominations, among others. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. Her most recent one-person show, Let Me Down Easy, toured the United States and was broadcast on Great Performances.

Anna's movie and television roles include Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President, Philadelphia, and many others. She is University Professor at NYU and founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, which supports artists from around the world whose work addresses issues of social justice.