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Now Available: New Speeches on Race and Education from Actor Anna Deavere Smith

Like all Royce Carlton Speakers, Anna Deavere Smith is exclusively represented by Royce Carlton, Inc. for lectures and speaking engagements.


We live in a time of social uncertainty. Communities are divided. Huge populations are marginalized. And there are so many perspectives that it’s nearly impossible to understand the magnitude of it all. But for more than 20 years, there has been playwright, actor, professor, and social activist Anna Deavere Smith, who has used her singular brand of theater to give a voice to those caught in the middle. From the LA Riots to Ferguson, and healthcare to mass incarceration, Anna Deavere Smith has built production after production, tackling issues of race and social inequality. 

In her speeches, Smith weaves a dramatic narrative, pulling from her own understanding of the issues as well as individuals from her productions, which are based on one-on-one interviews with real people, to explore the problems that haunt America. Her new lecture presentations, “From Rodney King to Michael Brown: Anna Deavere Smith on the Narrative of Ferguson” and “Doing Time in Education: The School-to-Prison Pipeline,” explore the sources of civil unrest in modern America, from police brutality and race relations to the school-to-prison pipeline in low-income communities. 

Named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Smith has appeared on such hit TV shows asNurse Jackie and The West Wing. Newsweek declared Smith “the most exciting individual in American Theatre." Smith’s theatrical portraits will have your audience seeing these issues in a whole new light. 

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