American actress, playwright, and professor, Anna Deavere Smith, may be best known for her roles as National Security Advisor, Nancy McNally, in The West Wing and as Hospital Administrator, Gloria Akalitus, in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she received her M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. Her film credits include Philadelphia, The American President, Rent, and Rachel Getting Married. Smith has taught in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and in the drama department at Stanford University as well as at NYU School of Law. She has also written two books, Talk to Me: Travels in Media and Politics, and, Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts-For Actors, Performers, riters, and Artists of Every Kind. Enjoy today’s quotation of mastery by Anna Deavere Smith:

I am not myself; I am the potential of myself.

~Anna Deavere Smith

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