Associate Professor; Director of Arts Journalism Programs

Ph: 213 740 1818
Office: ASC 307C/J
Office Hours: Mondays, after 4:40 p.m.
Sasha Anawalt

Sasha Anawalt is associate professor and director of arts journalism programs at USC Annenberg, including the Master's degree program in arts journalism, a unique partnership at USC that integrates the five arts schools toward a single goal: engendering better arts, culture and entertainment coverage. Anawalt also directs the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, and leads many experimental journalism projects that create and test innovative digital media practices, systems and tools, often using L.A. as a living laboratory.

In 2012, she and her colleague Douglas McLennan produced Engine30, an interdisciplinary media enterprise that brought students together with Getty Fellows and three media partners (Los Angeles Times, KCET and KPCC). In 2011, Anawalt and McLennan co-produced and, interactive “pop-up” arts news sites with content mainly provided by professional journalists on fellowships though USC Annenberg.

Anawalt’s best-selling cultural biography, “The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company,” was re-issued in 2012 as an e-book, timed to coincide with the release of a feature film documentary that aired on PBS, “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance.” Anawalt was chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and LA Weekly and, for nearly a decade, was the voice of Dance Notes at KCRW, National Public Radio. She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, SoHo Weekly News, Montreal Gazette, Dance Magazine, TV Guide, KUSC and MSNBC-online sites.

Anawalt served on the 2006 and 2007 Pulitzer Prize Committee juries for criticism. She is a frequent host and speaker for the dance series at the Music Center and at USC’s Visions and Voices. She is a board member of USC Fisher Museum of Art, the LA Stage Alliance, and Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia. She is a research fellow at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, and also serves on the advisory board of Jacaranda: Music at the Edge of Santa Monica. A native of New York City and graduate of Barnard College, Anawalt lives in Pasadena with her husband; they have three children.


The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company
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Kindle Edition: reissued January 2012
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Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
Documentary heavily based on Anawalt's book
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Inside Arts magazine, "Soloists" column, January/February 2010
Cue, dance reviews, Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies, June 14-July 2, 2010

Course Title
Spring 2013:
JOUR 599: Monetization and the New Media

Spring 2012:
JOUR 599: Reporting on Arts & Culture in Los Angeles

Spring 2009-2013:
JOUR 477: Arts Reporting

Fall 2008-2010, 2012:
JOUR 592: Reporting the Arts
Feb. 4, 2013: Anawalt explores new ways to communicate her passion for dance and the arts
Sept. 26, 2012: USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program's 2012 fellows will collaborate with news organizations to produce journalism for Engine30 project 
Sept. 24, 2012: USC Annenberg grad helps bring street dance to the stage for the first time
Feb. 1, 2012: Anawalt moderates panel discussion for Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance Los Angeles premiere screening at The Colburn School
Jan. 28, 2012: Anawalt moderates panel discussion for Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance World premiere screening at Dance On Camera in New York
Oct. 10, 2011: 10th Anniversary USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program announces 2011 Fellows and "Pop-up" Lab
June 15, 2011: USC Annenberg’s NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Theater launches “pop-up” newsroom
June 15, 2011: Sasha Anawalt interviewed on Airtalk for Engine28 newsroom
April 20, 2011: ALOUD series at L.A. Central Public Library, conversation with Jacques D'Amboise about his memoir, "I Was a Dancer" (podcast)
March 4, 2011: Interviewed on KDB classical music station for Santa Barbara about the Joffrey Ballet
Feb. 2, 2010: ALOUD series at L.A. Central Public Library, conversation with Tim Page about his memoir, "Parallel Play" (podcast)
Nov. 2, 2009: Winning Arts Journalism Projects Announced for A National Summit on Arts Journalism
Oct. 2, 2009: LIVE TODAY: The National Summit on Arts Journalism explores future of cultural reporting
Nov. 17, 2008: What is This Thing Called The Slow Journalism Movement?
June 5, 2007: Studio 360 – Getty Fabulous: Live in L.A.
June 1, 2004: National Endowment for the Arts to Establish Arts Journalism Institutes
Feb. 28, 2002: Six Leading Arts Journalists to Inaugurate New Program at USC Annenberg