Arts Education

Working on the cutting edge of training, professional development, and advocacy in arts education initiatives for over fifteen years, Madeleine is the recipient of a commendation of ‘Excellence’ for her service to arts education from The City of Los Angeles. “Madeleine is a true leader in the field of arts education” Michael Soloman, the Vice President of Programming, The Music Center.

Madeleine’s own journey to becoming a professional artist began with an inner-city youth program in London, experiencing first hand the transformative nature of the arts – she has been a passionate advocate for arts education since that time.

A Professional Development Specialist, Coach and Mentor for one of the worlds leading arts organizations, The Music Center – Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles, Madeleine leads their renowned Teaching Artist Training program, mentors a faculty of artists from around the world, and is a leader in ground-breaking initiatives such as Literacy through the Arts, Anchor Works, The Summer Institute for Educators, and  Testimonial Theatre.

Madeleine has developed PD’s for numerous arts organizations including Center Theatre Group and Skirball Cultural Arts Center. She has led pre-concert workshops and given pre-concert lectures for among others: Beijing Modern Dance, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, The Kirov Ballet and Mathew Bourne. Madeleine is a passionate youth advocate and mentors young emerging artists, she has also directed numerous youth productions and concerts.


Program Design

Working with arts organizations, community centers and performing arts companies to develop new, and or rejuvenate long-term arts education programs and initiatives. Covering all aspects of planning, design and implementation.


Training and Coaching

Comprehensive training and coaching for artist educators, administrators, principals and community leaders – Incorporating strategies such as: Four Wheel Learning, Backward Mapping, Blooms Taxonomy, Multiple Intelligence Theory and Best Practices.


Professional Development

Fostering an interest in lifelong learning, maintaining and improving professional skills, and keeping abreast of new pedagogies and arts education models. Examples: Project based learning, literacy through the arts, common core, STEAM.


Curriculum Design

Developing and integrating an arts curriculum that is sequential and standards based. One that supports students in gaining a comprehensive understanding across a wide range of disciplines.


Testimonial Theatre

Long term residency for young adults – Participants often drawn from the ESL student population, economically challenged teens and those in minority groups. These residencies explore personal stories and are grounded in literacy through the arts, they teach public speaking skills and explore rhetoric  – all through the lens of social, political, gender, age, sexual orientation and cultural issues. YOUTH THEATRE


Anchor Works

An intense course of study in an arts discipline, which is underpinned by a masterwork of national and or cultural note. Example: The paintings of Frida kahlo, the poetry of such artists as Maya Angelo and Pablo Neruda, or a performance piece such as Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch.


KEY PARTNERSHIPS: Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, The Music Center, Center Theatre Group, The Actors Gang, Dance at The Music Center, Los Angeles Unified School District, Culver City School District, Fairfax High School, Polytech High School, City Charter School, CHAMPS Charter High School for the Arts, McGrawl Hill Textbooks, CDEA, Artsource. UK: The Lambeth Institute, SHAPE London and Morley College.



Madeleine Dahm is a true leader in the field of arts education. Her passion and vision has brought the joy of dance and theatre to thousands of students and teachers. Madeleine has been a pioneer in training emerging teaching artists. Her skill and dedication has launched a new generation of teaching artists.” Michael Soloman – Associate Vice President of Programming, The Music Center