ProgramSpecialized Journalism (The Arts)
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.
Here's a short video on the Arts Journalism Masters program at USC Annenberg:
Video: Doug McLennan talks with Sasha Anawalt after the Friday Night Concert. June 7, 2013.
Video: Engine 28 publisher Sasha Anawalt explains the idea behind the pop-up newsroom, with 40 journalists dedicated to 8 days of intensive reporting on live performance in downtown L.A.
Hero Photo Credit: Cynthia Minet for the elephant in the background.
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