I’m a huge fan of the TED Talks, which usually leave me floored, but this actress’ performance simply left me floored. I don’t know what comes after floored. Unconscious? Anyway, Spring Break has given me the luxury of sitting down to watch all of these talks, and I was really moved by Anna Deavere-Smith’s performances, so I thought I would share:
Blurb from TED:
Actor Anna Deavere-Smith brings the TED audience to their feet as she brings to life author Studs Terkel, convict Paulette Jenkins, a Korean shopkeeper, and a bull rider – all people she interviewed for “On the Road: A Search for American Character.”
After doing some googling, I also discovered that she was a Professor of the Arts at Stanford from 1990-2000, after which it appears she was stolen away by NYU, though she has returned to campus occassionally to perform. We should get her back!
For more from Deavere-Smith, I suggest watching her fantastic interview with PBS.