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Anthony Sparks

co-executive producer Queen Sugar; writer/producer, The Blacklist, Undercovers
Anthony Sparks is an award winning television writer-producer and a cutting edge scholar of media, performance, and African American studies. Originally from Chicago’s South Side, Anthony has worked on multiple television drama series over the last 15 seasons, including "The Blacklist" (NBC); “Undercovers” (J.J. Abrams, NBC), "Lincoln Heights" (ABC Family), and "The District" (CBS). He is currently in his 3rd season as a writer and Co-Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed series, “Queen Sugar” (Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey for OWN). Anthony is also developing, writing, and executive producing new drama series pilots at several studios and networks.In 2017, Anthony was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards-- for his work as a writer and producer on Queen Sugar and for his first book, Running the Long Race in Gifted Education. He was also nominated in 2008 as a writer/producer for two NAACP Image Awards and he has received two Sentinel Awards from the Norman Lear Center. Anthony began his career as a playwright and actor. His solo play, “Ghetto Punch” was presented at several off-Broadway venues. His performance credits include: the international hit show STOMP in NYC and on Broadway tour, and roles at prestigious theatres such as: The Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Old Globe Theatre. Education: B.F.A. in Theatre, M.A., and Ph.D. in American Studies, all from USC, the University of Southern California. Sparks is also a consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he wrote Disney World’s first African American history exhibit, "Re-Discovering America..." The exhibit is currently open at EPCOT until 2018. Anthony has taught at USC, Occidental College, and is a professor in Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Fullerton. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Broadway veteran and USC Dramatic Arts professor and Associate Dean Anita Dashiell-Sparks, along with their daughter and young twin boys.