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 is an associate professor and director of the USC Annenberg Master's Program in Arts Journalism, a partnership with USC’s six arts schools that she co-founded in 2008. She has co-produced numerous innovative journalism projects known as the Engine Series. This spring, she launches DanceMapLA, a Los Angeles county-wide original online surveying project that is intended to change the dance landscape. She wrote The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company, called a “milestone in dance writing” by the New York Times and published by Scribners. A documentary film about the Joffrey Ballet based on her book aired on PBS American Masters in January 2013. She served on the Pulitzer Prize juries for criticism for two years. Anawalt was chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner for six years and later for the LA Weekly and KCRW, an NPR affiliate in Santa Monica. She attended McGill University and graduated from Barnard College.
The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company
Kindle Edition: reissued January 2012
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
Documentary heavily based on Anawalt's book
Inside Arts magazine, "Soloists" column, January/February 2010
Cue, dance reviews, Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies, June 14-July 2, 2010
JOUR 599: Monetization and the New Media
JOUR 599: Reporting on Arts & Culture in Los Angeles
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 Engine29.org "Pop-up" Lab
June 15, 2011: USC Annenberg’s NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Theater launches Engine28.com “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