i’m taking a performance class with anna deveare smith called “personal narratives, global identities.” why? because performing scares me, has always scared me. because in november, after she spoke to our class, i wrote her a very long thing and she wrote me back encouraging me to apply to be in the class and saying:
tell people to sign up who you think
Are risk takers
Have a sense of humor
Get caught in a project they are developing and work hard
Have a life problem to solve
Enjoy food ( we eat together sometimes)
Will talk you honestly re what they think about your work in a challenging but kind way.
because her compassion and understanding of human nature just radiate from her body and her speech. because she’s rigorous and strategic. because she’s doing important, complicated work in the world.
i’m not allowed to talk about the work we do in class, but it’s powerful, embodied stuff that i’m so excited about.