Sparks, Anthony

Sparks, Anthony

Department:  Cinema and Television Arts

Phone: 657-278-3399


Office: CP-650-15

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Faculty Biography:

Degree:   Ph.D. University of Southern California

MA/BFA at university of Southern California 

Degree Area:   TV Studies, African American Studies, and American Studies

Degree Univ:  University of Southern California

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Anthony Sparks is a television writer-producer, screenwriter, playwright, and essay writer. He is also a scholar-artist of media studies, performance studies, and African American politics and culture.

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Sparks has written and produced on several television dramas, including: "The District"  (CBS), the groundbreaking "Lincoln Heights" (ABC Family), “Undercovers” (J.J. Abrams/NBC), and the hit NBC drama, "The Blacklist." Anthony also consults for Disney Imagineering.  

In television Anthony received and/or was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards and two Sentinel Awards from the Norman Lear Center and the U.S. Center for Disease Control. 

Anthony’s play, “Ghetto Punch” was presented at several off-Broadway venues and was optioned by NBC and HBO. Anthony began his career as an actor, performing for five years in the hit theatre show, STOMP, in New York and on its Broadway tour. Other credits include roles at: The Public Theater/NYSF, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Old Globe Theatre, and Crossroads Theater.  

Dr. Sparks earned a B.F.A. (Theatre) and M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicity, all from USC.