” I see myself as not a typical theater person, but a person who uses the theater as a place to meet people and explore ideas. “


” Artists are the people that no matter what, pick up the pen, pick up a paintbrush. They take the time to translate what is happening to create something that resonates deeply with the rest of the people that are caught in the middle of their own reality. “


” In my profession, I’m around a lot of people whose bodies are their instruments in one way or another. “


” You know, all kinds of people inspire me. “


” For me, first of all, I love people, I love ideas. “


” I love studying how people are. Not just what they’re saying, but how they are, what they’re doing. “


” Not that many people, even contemporary writers, write about right now. “


” I think as a kid I always liked to listen to people. I loved hearing stories. “


” Well, the terrible thing right now, and I don’t know the statistics, but there’s a growing concern in some communities about how rapidly people are sent from school to jail, how quickly they’re put into the criminal justice system. And of course the rapidly growing number of brown people, both men and women, in prison. And this is terrible. “


” I think some of our most talented people are not going to pick the arts as a way that they’re going to spend their lives. “


” Suddenly in high school, I’m in a predominantly Jewish atmosphere. Jewish people were my gate to white America. “



All 11 Anna Deavere Smith Quotes about People in picture


I see myself as not a typical theater person, but a person who uses the theater as a place to meet people and explore ideas.
Artists are the people that no matter what, pick up the pen, pick up a paintbrush. They take the time to translate what is happening to create something that resonates deeply with the rest of the people that are caught in the middle of their own reality.


In my profession, I
You know, all kinds of people inspire me.
For me, first of all, I love people, I love ideas.
I love studying how people are. Not just what they
Not that many people, even contemporary writers, write about right now.
I think as a kid I always liked to listen to people. I loved hearing stories.
Well, the terrible thing right now, and I don
I think some of our most talented people are not going to pick the arts as a way that they
Suddenly in high school, I
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