Arts Education

Working on the cutting edge of teaching artistry, training, professional development, and advocacy in arts education for over twenty years, 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 and community outreach since that time.

“Madeleine is a true leader in the field of arts education” – Michael Soloman.
Former Vice President of Programming, The Music Center.

As a Professional Development Specialist and Coach for one of the worlds leading arts organizations, The Music Center, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles, she has led their renowned Teaching Artist Training program for fifteen years. She mentors a faculty of artists from around the world, and created the lead pedagogy for key initiatives such as Literacy Through the Arts, Anchor Works, Equity and Inclusion and  Testimonial Theatre.

Madeleine is also an Artist in Residence for ‘Grow’ at The Wallis. She was the Head of Department at CHAMPS Performing Arts High School for several years, and taught at the USC School of Theatre. She has led trainings at numerous arts organizations, given concert lectures/talkbacks for such artists as Mathew Bourne, and collaborated with Janet Eilber, Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company on several key projects. Most recently she was the creator of a pandemic Community Book Reading project.


Distance Learning

Strategies for creating meaningful programming online. A ‘how to’ in developing dynamic online distance learning seminars, classes, presentations, promotions  and workshops – Camera coaching, creative video editing, and audio podcasts.


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

Supporting the narratives of marginalized groups in the student population. Cultivating personal stories and experiences through meaningful connections to the language arts. Developing public speaking skills and exploring inequity in race, gender, economics and sexual orientation. 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