POSITION: Executive Assistant to Anna Deavere Smith

Employment period: ASAP – through the Pipeline Project (completed by end of
summer 2022) – and ongoing after that.
Classification: full-time, exempt
Location: New York City

Anna Deavere Smith and the Pipeline: Girls Projects:
In her acclaimed play and subsequent HBO film, Notes from the Field,
playwright/activist/actor Anna Deavere Smith examined how young people from
impoverished communities must contend with the possibility of incarceration from
very early in their lives. Continuing her investigation of juvenile justice, Anna is now turning her lens
specifically to girls and young women. She and her team will immerse themselves
in communities across the US to conduct research. The end result will be a theatre
piece, a series of essays and other creative projects that reveal how girls in
contemporary America fit into ecosystems of poverty.

Position Overview:
This is a full-time position, based in NYC, which requires substantive travel primarily
in the U.S.. This key individual will provide comprehensive executive-level
administrative support to Anna Deavere Smith for all aspects of her “Pipeline: Girls”
project, and for all of Anna’s other projects, as they are all interwoven.
In addition to the full support leading up to an extensive research trip throughout
summer 2022, the Executive Assistant will be the primary staff support beyond the
research phase to finalize project assessments, to the archiving of the entire scope
of research materials (including digital archiving), to assist with final grant reports,
and to handle all administrative matters. This essential role requires familiarity with the work of Anna Deavere Smith.

Key responsibilities:
● Support Anna Deavere Smith in all aspects of her work, both proactively
and as assigned.
● Scheduling: maintain and coordinate Anna Deavere Smith’s calendar,
meetings, and appointments; be the primary contact for and with all other
ADS schedulers, conduct research and prepare assets for speaking
engagements, facilitate and troubleshoot technical needs for Zoom meetings,
handle follow-up items (i.e. thank you notes, documenting and archiving
meeting notes).
● Travel: arrange all air, ground, hotel accommodations and other travel
● Professional Outreach/interaction/external relations: Interface with cohorts
across a variety of professions and partnerships including organizations,
artists, intellectuals, support staff, and representatives.
● Assist at events virtual and real. Prepare fact sheets, Know Before You Go
docs, and attendee info for Anna’s review.
● Communications/Creative Support: Assist with proof-reading and
copy-editing, provide assets for the ADS website.
● Work closely with all other staff including Managing Director, General
Manager (Finance/ Bookkeeper) particularly on submission of credit card
receipts and reimbursement requests.

Position Requirements:
● Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degree or equivalent preferred
● 3-6 years experience in a similar executive support position
● Strong written and verbal communications skills, including experience
communicating with VIPs across a wide swath of professions
● High level of proficiency with Google Suites, digital media.
● Ability to quickly learn new skills: technical and interpersonal
● Excellent Organizational skills within a fast-paced environment
● Excellent listening skills
● Excellent people skills
● Entrepreneurial spirit
● Sense of humor
● Experience working in environments of racial diversity
● Experience in special events is helpful
● Ability to travel to different locations for 2-4 weeks at a time
● Ability to work independently but also to interact and follow instruction
Traits and characteristics:
● Experience working directly with performing artists or other artists
● Dedication to the mission of social justice and equity.
● Maturity, resourcefulness, flexibility, proactiveness, the ability to juggle
many projects
● Ability to remain calm under pressure
● Patience
● Strong attention-to-detail, excellent written and verbal communication
● Respectful, and a willingness to adjust to what different cultures require as
signs of respect.

● Salary competitive
● Health benefits are not part of the compensation package
● Preferred start date: January 12, 2022 or sooner

How to Apply:
Send cover letter, resume and any other relevant material you feel supports your
application, including writing samples to: Debbie Chinn, Managing Director:

Deadline to apply: December 15, 2021

WNYC Studios presents: Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Haiti and International Aid

Haiti’s recent tragedies revives a conversation about disaster, aid, and how people recover. Then, a discussion about perspective on the 30th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots.

After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s southwestern region, many of us were left wondering — what does it mean to best support Haiti through disaster? And if the global community has donated so much humanitarian aid to prevent devastation, why does it keep happening? Is Haiti cursed?

Guest host Nadege Green confronts history, anti-blackness and the way forward with Dr. Marlene Daut, professor and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Listen as they explore the origins of Haiti’s image as a “cursed” country and how that image is rooted in anti-blackness.

Then, we turn to a conversation with playwright Anna Deveare Smith about the unrest that gripped Crown Heights, Brooklyn almost 30 years ago. How are social narratives shaped, and can we benefit from a shared one that celebrates difference?

For the full episode presented by WNYC Studios visit their website here.

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Anna Deavere Smith’s recitation of the Seven Last Words of Christ. Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA.

The celebrated ensemble performs Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, the composer’s reflection on Good Friday, interspersed with reflections by Anna Deavere Smith; Dr. Sandra Montes, Dean of Chapel at Union Theological Seminary; Uriah Kim, President, Graduate Theological Union; and the Very Rev. Dr. Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral.

The Seven Last Words of Christ by Joseph Haydn was commissioned in 1786 for the Good Friday service at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva (Holy Cave Oratory) in Cádiz, Spain. The seven main meditative sections—labelled “sonatas” and all slow—are framed by a slow Introduction and a fast “Earthquake” conclusion, for a total of nine movements. At the request of his publisher, the composer in 1787 produced a version for string quartet: Haydn’s Opus 51. This is the form in which the music is most often heard today.

Anna D. Smith & Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Anna Deavere Smith in the Cross Hall of the White House following the “Remarkable Women in DC” dinner, March 30, 2011.

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On the Road

These are a few pictures which were taken during Pipeline’s creation. They represent the locations and people that were encountered along the way while in California during this phase of the project.

Home of the Yurok Tribe. Northern California, Yurok Indian Reservation
Working with a Kindergarten teacher while in Stockton, California