March 30, 2017

Anna Deavere Smith to give free presentation at Stockton University

The playwright, educator and actress will be in New Jersey in April

Arts & Culture Presentations
Anna Deavere Smith Courtesy of Stockton Performing Arts Center/PhillyVoice

Anna Deavere Smith played Dr. Nancy McNally on NBC’s "The West Wing," hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie" and Alicia, mother of Rainbow (the main character played by Tracee Ellis Ross), on "Black-ish," among her television series roles.

Playwright, educator and actress Anna Deavere Smith will be at Stockton University on Thursday, April 6, to give a presentation titled, "Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition." 

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required

"Smith transforms into living portraits, creating a diversity of emotions and points of view on controversial issues. Through a theatrical multi-character presentation, she highlights issues of community, character and diversity in America," according to Stockton University.

Her appearance will be the second in the Dean C. and Zoe Pappas Visiting Scholar Series, which "seeks to expose the campus and wider community to thought leaders as profound and inspiring as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," according to a press release on the event.

Smith has a list of accomplishments, including:

• Receiving a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama
• Playing characters on "The West Wing" and "Black-ish," among other well-known TV shows 
• Being Tony-nominated for her one-woman play "Twilight: Los Angeles"


“Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition" by Anna Deavere Smith

Thursday, April 6
6 p.m. | Free with reservation
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, New Jersey
(609) 652-9000