Actress, Playwright, University Professor, New York University

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Notes from the Field: School and Prison Pathways

Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith will perform parts of a work-in-progress and will discuss her ongoing research for a new play she is writing on the subject of the school-to-prison pipeline. She will be joined after her presentation for an on-stage discussion with Stanford Graduate School of Education professors Prudence Carter and Sean Reardon.

Smith is said to have created a new form of theater. Her honors include two Obies, two Tony nominations, a Drama Desk Award, and a MacArthur fellowship. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. Her most recent play, Let Me Down Easy, was featured at Berkeley Rep and tells the human side of the healthcare story in the U.S. Smith is known for looking at controversial events from multiple points of view, combining the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. The New York Times has called her “the ultimate impressionist; she does people's souls.” Smith's television and movie credits include Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President, and others. Honorary degrees include those from Juilliard and Northwestern, and a Radcliffe Medal. She is University Professor at New York University, and founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, a nonprofit that convenes artists whose work addresses the world's most pressing problems.

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Presented in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Workshop on Poverty, Inequality and Education.

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