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Artist in Residence

Madeleine Dahm is a professional theatre director and choreographer. Born in the UK, she received a scholarship in the 1980's to train at the former Graham based conservatory in London - under Jane Dudley, and with  Nina Fonaroff, Bob Cohen, Pina Bausch, Bill Louther and Martha Graham herself. She studied dramatic theatre at The Old Vic and Royal Court Theatre in London, and later earned her Post-Graduate at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Madeleine was a professional dancer for seventeen years, performing in international concert dance (Royal Sadlers Wells Theatre, Royal National Theatre, and Covent Garden among others). Post-Graduate studies led to training with British theatre pioneer Lloyd Newson, which then led her to theatre directing and choreography. Her critically acclaimed work has been produced in London, across Europe, in New York and Los Angeles. Dahm is the recipient of a City of London Performing Arts Award, a Theatre Guild Award for directing, she is a founding member of the British Association of Choreographers, an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society of America.

Madeleine is currently co-directing a production in Italy with the Italian theatre ensemble BAMSEMBLE, in 2017 she was the Rehearsal Supervisor and Coach for The Martha Graham Dance Company's work Panorama at Valley Performing Arts Center. In 2016 she directed and choreographed Oktoberfest The Musical: An Almost True Story with Emmy winning film composer Harold Faltermeyer (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop), and Disney writer Philip Lazebnik (Mulan, Prince of Egypt). She continues to work on the Opera Installation The House is Black as an Associate Director and Choreographer, with the renowned Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim (Argo), and Emmy Award-winning film composer Richard Horowitz - the work was recently seen at The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2015 Madeleine became an Artist in Residence at the renowned Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and in 2016 became the Artistic Director of the first ever Wallis Young Theatre Company, which in 2017 participated at the Crisis Art Festival in Italy. She is currently working on the dramaturge and direction for the stage play Isn't It Rich? taken from the feminist Novella written by art critic Victoria Looseleaf.

Madeleine has presented key lectures at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for Bejing Modern Dance Company, The Kirov Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Mathew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty/Red Shoes - and she has been the Artistic Collaborator for their institutes on Pina Bausch, The Kirov Ballet, The Martha Graham Dance Company and  Nederlands Dance Theatre. She has led key professional development training's for such theatre companies as The Actors Gang and Center Theatre Group, and taught dance and theatre arts for over 20 years in Europe and the USA at the university level, for national arts organizations and conservatory programs. She is a master physical arts practitioner and an expert in Laban Movement for actors.

Madeleine is the recipient of a commendation of ‘Excellence and Appreciation’ from the City of Los Angeles for her contribution to arts education.
She was the Artistic Director of the Dance Academy at CHAMPS High School for the Arts for three years, as well as a member of the theatre faculty. During this time she directed more than ten productions and full evening dance concerts - in the Fall of 2015 she took on the role of Artist in Residence in the Performing Arts Academy in order to concentrate on her professional work.


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