Anna Deavere Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 18, 1950. She attended Beaver College where she received a B.A. degree in English and received an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in 1976.

A playwright and author, Anna has written and performed a series of one-woman plays about racial tensions in American cities. The series, entitled "On the Road: A Search for the American Character," includes the plays "Twilight: Los Angeles 1992" which earned her an Obie Award and a Tony Award nomination, "Fires in the Mirror," which earned an Obie Award and was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize and "House Arrest." Her book "Talk to Me" is a chronicle of her journey to Washington, D.C. to understand the presidency, the press and howAmericans communicate with their leaders.

Anna is best known for her role as National Security Advisor Nancy McNally on the tv series "The West Wing." She also starred in the short lived series "Presidio Med" and she had a recurring role in "The Practice."

Anna’s feature film credits include "Soup for One," "Philadelphia," "Dave," "The American President" and "The Human Stain."

Anna is a tenured professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is affiliated with NYU Law School. In 2000 she was visiting professor at Yale University's School of Medicine. She has also taught at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Anna is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Award.

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