Playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. In The Pipeline Project, Smith draws upon her HBO special Notes from the Field to take a vivid look at the school-to-prison pipeline and injustice and inequality in low-income communities. The film adaptation of Notes from the Field was recently nominated as Best Movie and Smith as Best Actress for the 2019 Critics Choice Awards. Currently, Smith appears as Rainbow’s mother Alicia on ABC’s hit series Black-ish. During the 2017-2018 television season, she starred in the new ABC legal drama For the People. Smith is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, which was launched at Harvard University and is now housed at New York University, where she is a Professor at Tisch School of the Arts.
Smith’s performance is made possible by a grant from the Student Success Fee – Office of the Provost at San Diego State University.
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