Art and Education Consultant
Keren M. Goldberg has enjoyed a career in the arts and education spanning many decades. As a Director of Education during the founding years of the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), she developed an award-winning program called Theatre As A Learning Tool (TAALT). The program was an inventive way of using theatre to promote literacy and conceptual thinking in classrooms throughout Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)and L. A. County Schools covering over 27 school districts. TAALT used the development of Study Guides, and teacher training workshops to demonstrate how to integrate the theatre arts into classroom lesson plans.
Ms. Goldberg, because of her work in art and education, was asked by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles Opera with the Director, uJose Luis Valenzuela, to use her model for their special programs for schools. In addition, after her tenure at LATC, she conducted training sessions called THEATRE FOR EDUCATORS for the LAUSD Professional Development Division. She also was invited to sit on a panel for the L.A. County Arts Commission to review grant applications for youth arts programming.
Some years later, she joined the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health using her social work and arts education background as a member of the Juvenile Justice Administration programming. In that capacity she became the administrator of extensive arts programming which began at the Maclaren Children’s Center in El Monte, and transferred to the three L.A. County Juvenile Halls and selected L.A. County Probation Camps. The program was called Art SMART and involved four art disciplines; painting, music, dance and theatre. As part of the coordination of professional artists rotating in the detention facilities, Ms. Goldberg worked with Probation, Health and DCFS County departments.
Ms. Goldberg is a graduate of the University of California in Los Angeles, is bilingual in Spanish, has written and produced a play aired on Jewish Television Network called Woman From the Shtetl, presented a paper at the International Conference on Jewish Theatre held in Warsaw, Poland in 1993, and continues to develop educational programming for performing arts organizations.