Anna Deavere Smith
Public Talk
Who We Are with DBR

Anna Deavere Smith

with Daniel Bernard Roumain
October 28, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Join artist-activists for their insights on this critical moment of pandemic and protest along with original collaborative performances.

20/21 Hop Presents

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Hosted by violinist, composer and Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar Daniel Bernard Roumain, this compelling series features multidisciplinary artist-activists who have broken stereotypes and made history. Guest artists will discuss their experiences and the evolution of their work during this convergence of global health and social crises. Inspired by their conversation, Daniel and guests will create and share short performances together. Audience members are encouraged to submit their questions in the live chat.

Episode 4: Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher and author. Smith's theater combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. Her plays include Fires In the Mirror (a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize) and Twilight: Los Angeles (two Tony Award nominations). Her most recent play and film, Notes from the Field, examines the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system and contemporary activism. Time Magazine named the stage version of Notes from the Field one of the Top 10 Plays of the year.

Smith co-stars on the new ABC / Shonda Rhimes series, For the People and she appears on the hit ABC series Black-ish. She is also a University Professor at Tisch School of the Arts and the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.

Smith is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Medal (awarded by President Obama); the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for achievement in the arts; the 2017 Ridenhour Courage Prize; and the 2017 George Polk Career Award in Journalism.

Find out more about Anna Deavere Smith. 

About Daniel Bernard Roumain

Daniel, an Institute Professor at ASU, is known for his signature violin sounds infused with electronic, urban and African-American music influences. He has composed chamber, orchestral and operatic works and created large scale musical events for public spaces. He is also an Emmy winner for Outstanding Musical Composition for his collaborations with ESPN.  Daniel is one of the creators and performers of The Just and the Blind about the realities of incarcerated youth and their families, which performed at the Hop in January 2020.

Find out more about DBR's work on his website and learn more about his collaborations at Dartmouth.

Photos: courtesy of the artists

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