Anita Dashiell-Sparks is an associate professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She is a graduate of the prestigious New York University, Tisch School of the Arts’ graduate acting program. She is a Maryland distinguished scholar who pursued undergraduate work at the University of Maryland at College Park, earning a degree in theatre. As an actor based in New York and Los Angeles, she has graced the stage on Broadway in Night Must Fall, starring Matthew Broderick, and The Sunshine Boys, starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. She has also appeared in numerous off-Broadway and regional theatre productions, including House of Bernada Alba with Chita Rivera at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, as well as directed Letters From Zora at The Pasadena Playhouse. Her recent television appearances include Huff, Friends, The West Wing, The Division and the Hallmark film McBride: The Doctor Is Out.
In support of her community service as a performing artist, she was awarded a 1998-1999 Fox Foundation Grant to mount a tour of her solo performance piece entitled Resurrection for youth and community organizations in New York City. Dashiell-Sparks is the founder and director of Building Bridges: Communication, Expression, Empowerment Theatre Arts Program, which teaches self-presentation and self-expression to at-risk youth. Her program is supported by a University Neighborhood Outreach Grant at USC.
As an arts educator of theatre and dance, Dashiell-Sparks has taught and developed arts and arts therapy curriculum for the Dream Yard Drama Projects in New York and L.A., The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Vineyard Theatre, TADA! Theatre and Dance and for the National Foundation for the Emotionally Handicapped/Penny Lane in L.A. In academia, Dashiell-Sparks has taught at Barnard College in N.Y., guest lectured in undergraduate drama at New York University, and performed and presented at conferences at St. Mary College of the Woods and DePauw University.