Sasha Anawalt

Research Council


Sasha Anawalt is founding director of USC Annenberg Arts Journalism Programs, including the Masters degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) program, a partnership with the five arts schools at USC. She also directs the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, a fellowship program focused on creating new dynamic systems and tools for journalism with Douglas McLennan. They produced Engine29.org, a “pop-up” news lab in 2012 and are currently designing Engine30 in collaboration with media partners, designers and developers. Anawalt wrote the best-selling cultural biography, The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company. A PBS documentary about the Joffrey Ballet that is based on her book will be released in January 2013. She recently co-produced, The Underground: From the Street to the Stage, a full-evening dance show choreographed by legendary krumpers, Lil ‘C and Miss Prissy. Anawalt was chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner for six years, for two years at the LA Weekly and for nearly a decade at KCRW, National Public Radio.