Actor Anna Deavere Smith on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith has made a career out of her own brand of documentary-style theater, exploring topics like the 1992 Los Angeles riots or problems with today's health care system in her one-woman plays. In her new work-in-progress, "Field Notes: Doing Time in Education: The California Chapter," the MacArthur Award-winning actor digs into whether the school system fails children of color. Smith interviewed over 100 Northern Californians involved in education, from teachers to community youth advisers, about why school dropouts are more likely to end up in prison.


Anna Deavere Smith, actor and playwright