CultureTalk with Anna Deavere Smith: The Artist's Voice in Times of Crisis

Wed - 02.19.2020 - 7:30 PM

Colwell Playhouse

Free (Tickets Required)

Following her one-woman presentation the previous evening, playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith will be joined by Julia Wolfe, composer, educator, and recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music, in CultureTalk, an exploration of the ideas surrounding the arts and culture. Lisa Dixon, Producer/Chair of the Illinois Acting Program and Associate Professor in Theatre, will serve as moderator. This discussion is presented in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Center for Advanced Study, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.


Smith is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University where she is also university professor at Tisch School of the Arts. This facilitated conversation will provide a special opportunity to hear perspectives from “the American theater’s most dynamic and sophisticated oral historian” in the context of the complexities and challenges of our own time (The New York Times).


Don't miss Anna Deavere Smith on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Krannert Center where she will use her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America through living portraits of both legendary and everyday people.

Bridget Lee-Calfas