Sasha Anawalt

Faculty Fellow


Sasha Anawalt is director of the USC Annenberg Arts Journalism Programs. A faculty member of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, she founded the Masters' degree program in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) in 2008 and directs the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, as well as the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater.

In October 2009, she directed and produced with Douglas McLennan the first-ever virtual National Summit on Arts Journalism, streamed live from USC Annenberg. She wrote the bestselling cultural biography The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company (Scribner, 1996). Anawalt was dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, LA Weekly and for nearly a decade contributed "Dance Notes" to KCRW, National Public Radio in Santa Monica.

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, SoHo Weekly News, Montreal Gazette, Dance Magazine, TV Guide, the Wall Street Journal, KUSC and MSNBC-online sites. Anawalt served on the 2006 and 2007 Pulitzer Prize Committee juries for criticism. A native of New York City and a graduate of Barnard College, Anawalt serves on the board of the Los Angeles Stage Alliance.

Anawalt may be reached at or (213) 740-1818.

Sasha Anawalt In the News

The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard published an article on their website on Engine28, featuring Faculy Fellow Sasha Anawalt. Named for the converted firehouse where the journalists set up shop, Engine28 is the product of an NEA-sponsored fellowship program overseen by Anawalt.

Faculty Fellow Sasha Anawalt was interviewed by the website about the seventh annual NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. "This fellowship will take the pulse of what's going on in theater right now, because we will not only avail ourselves of the stunning confluence of artists, resources, ideas and performances, but we will report on them," said Anawalt.

The Los Angeles Times highlighted a conference at the USC Annenberg School, "A National Summit on Arts Journalism," which was held for an invited audience of roughly 200 people and streamed live on the Internet. The event was co-organized by Faculty Fellow Sasha Anawalt, the story noted.

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