Anna Deavere Smith

Personal Information
Anna Deavere Smith has won numerous awards, among them two Obies, two Tony nominations and a MacArthur fellowship. She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires In the Mirror.
Most recently Smith ended a successful New York run of her newest one-woman play Let Me Down Easy. Let Me Down Easy is a part of her “On The Road: A Search For American Character” series. The series was created in 1981, and it explores American character and our multifaceted cultural identity. This series is her core creative and intellectual enterprise. It has taken Smith to environments as diverse as Los Angeles following the 1992 riots, Crown Heights Brooklyn, to portray tensions between Blacks and Jews, both the Republican and Democratic Presidential campaigns in 1996 and the Clinton White House. For the latest play in the series, Let Me Down Easy, she did interviews on three continents. Currently she appears as hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus on Showtime’s new hit show “Nurse Jackie”. She was National Security advisor Nancy McNally on “The West Wing”. She was a series regular on “Presidio Med”, and appeared on “The Practice”. Films include Rachel Getting Married, The American President, Philadelphia, The Human Stain, Life Support, and Dave. Her books include Talk To Me and Letters to A Young Artist. She is founding director of Artists Without Boundaries, a center for artistic excellence that addresses social change. She is Artist in Residence at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. She is a professor at New York University. She is the recipient of many honorary degrees including those from Juilliard, Barnard, Northwestern, and Wesleyan.
 
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Credits

Author
Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 Pershing Square Signature Center/ Irene Diamond Stage 10/12/2021 Playwright
2 Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 Pershing Square Signature Center/ Irene Diamond Stage 10/12/2021 Conceiver
3 Fires in the Mirror Pershing Square Signature Center/ The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre 11/11/2019 Playwright
4 Notes From the Field Second Stage Theatre 11/02/2016 Playwright
5 Notes From the Field Second Stage Theatre 11/02/2016 Creator
6 Let Me Down Easy Second Stage Theatre 10/07/2009 Playwright
7 Let Me Down Easy Second Stage Theatre 10/07/2009 Conceiver
8 House Arrest Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 03/27/2000 Playwright
9 Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 03/23/1994 Playwright
10 Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Susan Stein Shiva Theater 05/01/1992 Author

Actor
Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Notes From the Field Second Stage Theatre 11/02/2016 Performer
2 Let Me Down Easy Second Stage Theatre 10/07/2009 N/A
3 House Arrest Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 03/27/2000 All
4 Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 03/23/1994 N/A
5 Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Susan Stein Shiva Theater 05/01/1992 All
6 Mother Courage and Her Children Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 05/13/1980 Kiowa Woman/Child
7 Mother Courage and Her Children Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 05/13/1980 Katie/Mestivo Woman/Farm Woman (Understudy)
Awards
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2020 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival Fires in the Mirror Playwright
2 WON 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play Fires in the Mirror Playwright
3 WON 2017 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show Notes From the Field Playwright
      Notes From the Field Creator
      Notes From the Field Actor
4 NOMINATED 2017 AUDELCO Award, Solo Performance Notes From the Field Playwright
      Notes From the Field Actor
5 NOMINATED 2017 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Solo Performance Notes From the Field Actor
6 WON 2017 Obie Award, Special Citation Notes From the Field Playwright
      Notes From the Field Creator
7 NOMINATED 2010 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show Let Me Down Easy Actor
      Let Me Down Easy Playwright
8 NOMINATED 2010 AUDELCO Award, Solo Performance Let Me Down Easy Actor
9 NOMINATED 2010 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Solo Performance Let Me Down Easy Actor
10 NOMINATED 2010 Drama League Award, Distinguished Performance    
11 NOMINATED 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Solo Performance Let Me Down Easy Actor
12 WON 2010 uAward Let Me Down Easy Actor
13 WON 1994 Drama Critics' Circle Award, Special Citation Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 Playwright
14 WON 1994 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Solo Performance Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 Actor
15 WON 1994 Obie Award, Best Play Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 Playwright
16 WON 1994 Theatre World Award Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 Actor
17 WON 1993 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Actress Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities Author
18 WON 1993 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Solo Performance Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities Actor
19 WON 1992 Obie Award, Special Citation Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities Actor