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Associate Professor; Director of Arts Journalism Programs


Specialized Journalism (The Arts)




ASC 307C/J

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Arts and Culture

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.


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 Titles

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