Dr. Engdahl is the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. He teaches standards-based visual and performing arts methods to undergraduates, multiple-subject credential candidates and masters students in the Early Childhood Education program. His classes cover how to effectively integrate visual and performing arts across the curricula. He teaches single subject methods courses in visual art, social studies, physical education and music. In addition to teaching at CSUEB, he has taught in the Actor Training Program at Solano College, Wright State University, and Florida International University. He works as a consultant and artist in the classroom with many schools in the East Bay.
Dr. Engdahl is currently writing on how theater techniques can be used to increase the efficacy of elementary writing curricula.
- BA Theater, Pomona College
- MFA Acting, Southern Methodist University
- PhD Critical Studies & Theater History, UC Los Angeles
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Engdahl, E. (2014) Alternate Reality Gaming: Teaching Visual Art Skills to Multiple Subject Credential Candidates. Art Education.
Engdahl, E. (2012) The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts: A Model for Community Based Multicultural Arts Education, Multicultural Education.
Engdahl, Eric, editor and contributing writer. GATEWAYS CRADLE TO CAREER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY, 2011, published by University Advancement, 2011.
Engdahl, Eric. LEARNING WITHOUT BORDERS, PROESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXERCISES, published by the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 2006.
Engdahl, Eric, editor, STORIES FROM THE EDGE, SON JAROCHO, KASUM AFRICA, WORK OF THE MIND, web and print published by East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 2006.
Engdahl, Eric, et al., PARAGON™ HUMANITIES ARTS CURRICULUM, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.
Engdahl, Eric, et al., PARAGON CURRICULUM™, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.
Engdahl, Eric, Program Editor and Feature Writer, Solano College Theatre, 2002-2003 season.
Engdahl, Eric & Cab Covay (Illustrations), LUNGMAN AND WINDPIPE’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, (Coloring Book) Published by Make*A*Circus, 1998.
Engdahl, Eric, MAKE*A*CIRCUS’ SMOKE FREE CIRCUS - TEACHER’S STUDY GUIDE. Published by Make*A*Circus, 1998.
Engdahl, Eric. “Issues in Technology and Education.” ARTSREACH ONLINE, Volume 1, Number 2, September, 1997.
Engdahl, Eric. “Creative Collaborations: The California Arts Project/California Arts Council Artists and Educators Collaborative Forum.” ARTSREACH ONLINE, Volume 1, Number 1, February, 1997.
Engdahl, Eric. "Professional Development Goals for Postsecondary Arts Faculty." ARTSREACH, Volume 8, Number 3, March, 1996.
Engdahl, Eric. "I've Got a Ph.D., I'm Ready to Teach!" OPEN MIC, Volume 2, Number 5, May 1996.
Engdahl, Eric. "Tap in America," program notes for GRAVITY IS A STATE OF MIND, New Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, June 1994.
Engdahl, Eric. Review "METAMORFOSES and FACE À FACE at the Festival Fantocchio" Theatre Journal, May 1994.
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Theatre: Its Art and Craft. Collegiate Press, 1999
Produced, unpublished plays for children. GOLD DUST MAGIC, TRICKSTERS – TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES, TRICKSTERS THE WORLD OVER, TOMMYKNOCKERS!, HARLIQUENADE.
"Building a Firm Foundation in Arts Integration: Preservice Teacher Education at CSU East Bay," A Context of Quality: What is Quality Arts Education? Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, May 2014.
Keynote Address "Play Under Siege? Play and Creativity in Young Children": East Bay Association for the Education of Young Children, Week of the Young Child, April 20, 2013.
Conference Presentation: "Communities of Practice in Arts Integration," Arts Education Partnership National Forum, Washington, D.C. April 4, 2013
“Theater and Storytelling @ the Heart of 21st Century Communication,” Art from the Start -Arts Integrated Preparation for Teachers and School Leaders Conference, CSUEB Concord Campus, October 2010.
“Theater and Storytelling @ the Heart of 21st Century Communication,” Arts @ the Core of 21st Century Learning Forum, Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, May, 2010.
“Using Theater to Teach Character Education,” Critical Teaching in Action, The Arts and Social Justice Conference, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA, March, 2010.
“A Cross College Collaboration: Teacher Credential Students Teach Education Administration Students about Arts Integration ,” with Dr. Peg Winkelman, Educational Leadership Department, Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit, March, 2010.
“The Power of the Arts in the Professional Learning of Educators,” (co-presenter) Arts Education Partnership, Cambridge, MA, October, 2009.
“Who’s Got Game? Alternate Reality Gaming as a Motivator in Professional Development,” and “What is the Role of Preservice Teacher Programs in Arts Education?” Arts & Education Forum, The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, Chattanooga, TN, May, 2009.
“The Use Of Alternate Reality Games (ARG) In Introducing Visual Arts Concepts To Multiple Subject Candidates,” Poster Session, California Council on Teacher Education Conference, San Jose, March 2009.
“The ABCs of Drama: Using Theater in the Elementary Classroom,” Co-presented with Michelle Roderick, California Educational Theatre Association, South San Francisco, CA, 2008.
“Using Theatrical Tableaux for Reading Comprehension,” An Arts Integration Conference, California State University East Bay, Concord Campus, 2008.
“The Role of Professional Development in Facilitating the Practice of Arts Integration: Sustainability – Panel Discussion,” Arts & Education Forum, The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, Chattanooga, TN, 2008.
“Arts Integration and the Learning Without Borders Professional Development Program.” The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA. 2007.
“Constructivist Teaching in the Arts.” Co-presented with Dr. Joan Davenport, Association for Constructivist Teaching, Berkeley, CA. 2007.
“Arts Integration.” International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education, Oakland, CA. 2007.
“Using the Arts Effectively in Your Classroom!” Teachers for Social Justice, San Francisco, CA. 2007.
“The Importance of Arts Education.” Keynote Speaker, Mediterranean Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), Madrid, Spain. 2002.
“Artist – Educator Connections, How Artists-in-the-Schools and Educators Can Get the Most Out of Collaboration.” Golden Gate University Arts Education Summit, San Francisco, CA 1998.
"Using Theatre, Dance & Music for Text Re-Presentation as a Language Acquisition Strategy." Visual & Performing Arts Framework Conference, Asilomar, CA 1996.
"Professional Development for Postsecondary Arts and Education Faculty and The California Arts Project." Joint TCAP Policy Board, Site Directors & Principal Investigators' Symposium, CSU San Bernardino, 1996.
"Using the Arts as Language Acquisition Strategies for Second Language Learners." Bay Region IV Diversity Coalition Conference, Burlingame, CA 1995.
"The California Arts Project & Goals 2000" Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, San Francisco, 1995.
"A LIVE ACT - Using Boal’s Methods to Teach Problem Solving Skills in Secondary Schools." California Educational Theatre Association Conference, San Francisco, 1995.
"The California Arts Project" with Gabe Bernstein & Jim Pritchard. California Educational Theatre Association Conference, San Francisco, 1995.
"The Method Doesn't Help If You Have to Play God - An Approach to Directing and Acting Medieval Theatre." Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Philadelphia, 1993.
"The Spiritual Gesture - An Embodiment Approach to Spirituality" with Tess Giannotti, National Association for Drama Therapy, San Francisco, 1992.
Grants and Awards
Principal Investigator: Learning Without Borders, Professional Development in Arts Education grant awarded to West Contra Costa Unified School District by US Dept of Education.
2007-2010 Arts Education Initiative, UC Berkeley. Grants for travel to present at the Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference, the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education Conference, and to travel to attend the Ford Foundation Arts Integration/Arts Education Partnership Conference.
2006 Arts Education Initiative, UC Berkeley. Grant for purchase of instructional materials.
1996 California Arts Council Program Grant, to create theater/visual arts residency at the Sunset School of the Arts.
1992 Travel Grant Awarded by Dean, Wright State University, College of Liberal Arts to present paper at National Association of Drama Therapy Conference.
1990 Research Grant Awarded by the University of California, Los Angeles for travel in conjunction with dissertation research.
1988 Research Grant Awarded by the University of California, Los Angeles for travel in conjunction with dissertation research.
KQED/East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (Designed and led three day institute for teachers on arts integration and technology), (June)
Oakland Unified School District Summer Arts Institute (Led week long summer institute on theater skills for elementary teachers for seventh year), (June)
Marin Arts Institute (Led week long summer institute on theater skills for elementary teachers from Marin City and Larkspur school districts for third year), (August)
Learning Without Borders Arts Integration Institute (Designed and led three day institute on arts integration that inaugurates three year professional development program). (August)
Conference Planner, Art from the Start -Arts Integrated Preparation for Teachers and School Leaders Conference. Organized a conference in partnership with the Arts Education Initiative (UCB) and CSUEB at the CSUEB Concord Campus for an audience of local K-12 educators, preservice education faculty from CSUEB, UCB, Mills College and St. Mary’s College, and CSUEB multiple and single subject credential candidates. Responsible for programming, hiring keynote speaker (Provost Martha McKenna, Lesley University), facilities, and publicity. October 2010
Policy Council Member, California Alliance for Arts Education. Serve on advisory council for statewide arts education advocacy organization. 2010 – 2011.
Steering Committee Member, Arts Is Education, Alameda County Office of Education/Alameda County Arts Commission. Serve on Steering Committee of major arts education initiative. 2009 - Current
Steering Committee Member, Arts Education Initiative, University of California, Berkeley – Part of a group of university educators researching ways to improve arts integration instructional methods to preservice teachers. 2007 - Current
Conference Planner, Bay Area Region IV Diversity Coalition - Part of committee planning a conference on the impact of the arts on diversity issues in K-12 schools in seven county area. 1994 - 1995.
Judge, American College Theatre Festival, Region III. 1993.
Career Day/Recruitment for Junior Scholars, Lake Campus, Wright State University. - Prepared performance and gave career talk to high school juniors.
Judge, American College Theatre Festival, Region XIII. 1991.
Chairman, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Retreat Theater Division, New World School of the Arts - Chaired curriculum revision committee.
Selection Committee, Theater Division, New World School of the Arts - Student Written One-Act Play Festival.
Founder, Doctoral Theater Group UCLA - Founded group in 1988 to promote a dialogue between doctoral students and theater professionals and scholars. Hosted Jan Kott, Peter Sellars, Robert Egan, Charles Marowitz, etc.
2009 – 2012
Facilitator, Gateways Cradle to Career Education and Workforce Partnership. (Facilitate Executive and Steering Committee meetings for CSUEB sponsored program dedicated to educational reform. Assist in the formation of school district professional development partnerships, represent Gateways at local and national conferences, and collaborate with team on publications.)
2009 - Current
Consultant, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond, CA. (Advise on First Five funded preschool arts program, after school arts education programs and multidisciplinary in-school enrichment program. Work with West Contra Costa Unified School District leadership on arts education issues.)
2006 – 2009
Director of Art and Public Education, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond, CA. (Directed First Five funded preschool arts program, after school arts education programs and multidisciplinary in-school enrichment program. Directed enrichment program for Albany Unified School District and provided professional development in arts education for West Contra Costa Unified School District.)
Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist/Regional Curriculum Implementation Facilitator, Mosaica Education, Inc., New York, NY. (Core member of design and writing team that created a K–8 arts integrated social studies curriculum for charter schools. Designed middle school arts curriculum, managed and supervised writers, edited lessons for middle school, recruited artist-educators, and managed artist-educator program. Implemented, coordinated and over-saw grants from state arts agencies in five states. Designed and presented professional development for elementary and middle school educators in Michigan, Delaware, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Arizona, and New Jersey. Supervised curriculum implementation at schools in Phoenix and Denver. Trained teachers through classroom modeling, working in classrooms grade K- 8.)
Co-Founder & Artistic Director, A LIVE ACT: An Educational Theater Company, San Rafael, CA. (Wrote, directed, designed, marketed, and managed professional children's theater company touring Bay Area schools.)
1994 - 1997
Special Projects Assistant to the Executive Director, The California Arts Project, (TCAP) San Rafael, CA. (Designed, directed, and supervised budgets of collaborative institutes for TCAP teachers and California Arts Council (CAC) Artists in the Schools. Researched the effectiveness of TCAP's professional development programs on university level arts educators; served as liaison to Policy Board; and as Director of week long leadership events for K-College educators and CAC Artists in the Schools.)
Professional Consultant, Theater Arts, Redwood Arts Project Invitational Institute, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. (Theater arts discipline expert for residential professional development institute for K-post secondary educators in the visual and performing arts.)
Director, Bay Area California Arts Project, Open Institute, Cal State Hayward. (Administered, hired professional staff of 16, recruited 85 participants, oversaw budget of $95,000, designed and presented programs for two-week residential professional development institute for K-post secondary educators in the visual and performing arts. Conducted follow-up meetings, provided assistance and support, and tracked participants for research purposes.)
Managing-Artistic Director, Actors' Theatre of Sonoma County, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA. (Administered a early budget of $126,000 for a six play season. Worked with Board, staff, directors, technicians, actors, designers, and community. Oversaw fundraising, promotions, and developed company policy. Selected seasons. Directed and designed productions, served as lighting designer and technical director. Accomplishments also include computerizing box office systems and creating a database of subscribers and funders.)
Co-Director, East Bay/Valley Sierra California Arts Project Joint Invitational Institute, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. (Administered, hired professional staff, recruited participants, oversaw budget of $45,000, designed and presented programs for residential professional development institute for K-post secondary educators in the visual and performing arts. Conducted follow-up meetings, provided assistance and support, and tracked participants for research purposes.)
Interim Site Director, TeachARTS Project - The California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE), Cal State Hayward. (Administered pilot program for recruiting minority education students with art specialties and linking them with mentor teachers.)
Master Teacher, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Midnight Shakespeare Program, San Francisco, CA. (Supervised teachers in North Bay, taught classes in Shakespeare and commedia dell'arte, directed productions with at-risk adolescents.)
Artist-Educator, Theater Discipline Team, The Bay Area California Arts Project. (Developed and led workshops for K - University teachers in mask-making, creativity and acting.)
Independent Acting Teacher, Oakland, CA. (Taught Acting and Shakespeare classes.)
Associate Artistic Director, Will & Company, Los Angeles (Equity touring company presenting productions of Shakespeare in the schools: associated with the Music Center of Los Angeles County. Duties included teaching acting classes to the ensemble, artistic administration, development, budgeting, marketing, directing, workshop presentation and acting.)
Teacher, Lincoln Unified School District, Stockton (Taught theater in alternative education high school.)
Assistant Director & Technical Director, Summertime Theater, Yuba Community College, Colusa Center
Associate Artistic Director, Theatre of N.O.T.E., Los Angeles (Equity waiver company presenting new plays. Taught acting/voice to the Equity ensemble.)
Ringmaster & Performance Director, Circus Flora, Rocky Mountain Tour
WORKSHOPS, CONSULTING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (*) indicates workshops with students
2010 – Oakland Unified School District Summer Arts Institute (Led week long summer institute on theater skills for elementary teachers for fifth year) Marin Arts Institute (Led week long summer institute on theater skills for elementary teachers from Marin City and Larkspur school districts).
2009 – Claremont Middle School, Oakland (Year-long Professional Development workshop with teachers and students grades 6-8 on integrating theater with language arts comprehension skills*), Oakland Unified School District Summer Arts Institute (Led week long summer institute on theater skills for fourth year).
2008 – Oxford Elementary School, Berkeley (Arts Anchor Teaching Artist leading all 300+ students in a year-long program integrating theater skills into the district adopted writing curriculum. Led teachers in professional development workshops*), Oakland Unified School District Summer Arts Institute (Led week long summer institute on theater skills for third year), Larkspur School District/Youth in Arts, Larkspur (Wrote eight week introductory visual arts curriculum for grades 6 and 7. Supported teacher in delivery of curriculum), Kensington Hilltop Elementary School, Kensington (Led professional development workshop for teachers on integrating theater in elementary grades), Castro Elementary School, El Cerrito (Led professional development workshops on visual thinking strategies and theater in elementary grades), Claremont Middle School, Oakland (Demonstrating theater skills to increase reading comprehension. Providing on-going professional development for teachers*), West Contra Costa Unified School District (Led five sessions of professional development training for K-6 teachers on the use of dance and theater in elementary classrooms)
2007 – Oakland Unified School District Summer Arts Institute (Led week long summer institute on theater skills), Larkspur School District (Using Theater for Teaching Problem Solving Skills to Middle School Students & District Planning for Arts Integration), West Contra Costa Unified School District (District planning for Sustainable Arts Plan), Kennedy High School, Richmond (Planning for High School Arts Academy)
2006 – Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael (Visual Arts Integration), Oakland Unified School District Summer Arts Institute (Lead week long summer institute on theater skill.), Thornhill Elementary, Oakland (Theater and Language Arts)
2005 – Mendenhall Middle School, Livermore (Integrating Visual Art into Middle School Math and Science)
2004 – Mary Collins Elementary At Cherry Valley, Petaluma (Building Plays in the Elementary Classroom*)
2003 – East Bay California Arts Project, Professional Development Program Series (Drama in the Language Arts Classroom)
2002 – Palo Alto Unified School District, (Standards and Alignment)
2001 – Alameda County: The Watershed Project (Artist-Educator Teacher Collaborations), The Redwood Arts Project (Theater in the Elementary Language Arts Classroom)
2000 – Museum of Children's Art, Oakland (Artist-Educator Teacher Collaborations), City of Manhattan Beach: Department of Parks and Recreation (Artist-Educator Teacher Collaborations), Palo Alto Unified School District (Special Projects and Research)
1999 – Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Theater and Literacy), Palo Alto Unified School District (Special Projects and Research)
1998 – Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Theater and Literacy), Roosevelt Elementary School, Redwood City (Integrating Arts in Elementary Social Studies Curriculum), Young Audiences of Santa Clara County (How to be a Visiting School Artist)
1997 – Civic Arts Education LAEP Grant, Walnut Creek (Secondary Theater and Dance Production on a Shoe String), Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz (Theater and Literacy), Sonoma County Office of Education, Santa Rosa (Theater and Literacy), Woodside Middle School, Woodside (Shakespeare*)
1996 – Sonoma Country Day School, Santa Rose (Shakespeare for Middle School Students*), Sunset School of the Arts, Arcata (CAC/TCAP Joint Project*), Oxford Middle School, Berkeley (Creativity), Sonoma County Office of Education - In-service (The Visual and Performing Arts Framework), Bayside Middle School, San Mateo (The Visual & Performing Arts Framework), McAteer High School, San Francisco (Creative Dramatics*), Novato Unified School District (The Visual & Performing Arts Framework), The Academy, Edison High School, Stockton (Five week program to produce MACBETH with at-risk students*), Hidden Valley Elementary School, Martinez (Math and the Arts), Albany High School, Albany (Creativity), Actors Theatre (Performative Movement)
1995 – Calistoga High School, Calistoga (Linklater Voice*), East Bay California Arts Project, Contra Costa Center CSUH (Language Acquisition Strategies), Redwood High School, San Rafael (Creativity), Piedmont Independent Learning High School, Piedmont (Extended workshop, Theater with at-risk adolescents*), Merritt Middle College, Oakland (Extended workshop, Theater & English in a Diverse Classroom*), Castro Valley Junior High School, Castro Valley (Theater & Literature*), Mission San Jose High School, Fremont (Shakespeare in performance*), Cherry Avenue Middle School, Tulare (Shakespeare in performance*), San Ramon Community Center, San Ramon (Midnight Shakespeare*), Livermore Alternative High School, Livermore (Midnight Shakespeare*), Sequoia Union High School District, Redwood City (Arts and Curriculum Integration), Newark Community Center, Newark (Midnight Shakespeare*), Oakland Unified School District, Oakland (Arts and Curriculum Integration), Wildwood Elementary School, Piedmont (Creativity), Martinez Unified School District, Martinez (Arts and Curriculum Integration), Grillos Middle School, San Jose (Midnight Shakespeare*)
1994 – East Bay California Arts Project, Contra Costa Center, CSUH (Boal techniques), Crittendon Middle School, Mountain View (Arts and Curriculum Integration), Yellow Springs High School, Yellow Springs, OH (Shakespeare in performance*), Dunbar Middle School, Dayton, OH (Shakespeare in performance*)