Meet the Arts Education Network Team

Dañel Malán

Artistic Director, Teatro Milagro

Malán co-founded the Milagro Theatre with her husband, Jose Eduardo Gonzalez and in 1989 she created the bilingual touring program, Teatro Milagro, which tours nationally to schools, colleges and universities. Ms. Malán researches and develops script ideas and works with playwrights, directors, composers and choreographers for the creation of many of the productions. She has also written several bilingual scripts for Teatro Milagro, which include Cuéntame Coyote (2005, 2014) and FRIDA, un retablo (2006, 2013).  Ms. Malán has worn many hats in her 30 some year career as a performing artist.  For a number of years she managed and performed with the Milagro Bailadores, Miracle’s pan-Latino dance troupe. For Milagro’s residencies and workshops, she has collaboratively designed and implemented curriculum for K-12 schools, colleges and community groups.  She has shared her curricular work and bilingual education techniques as a guest instructor and workshop leader at various national and regional workshops, conferences, universities and college campuses around the country.  Malán co-founded OYE, Opciónes Y Educación, a Latino sexual health coalition with Multnomah County Health Dept. and has also developed a cultural competency training program for the corporate sector.  Malán received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of California, San Diego and an MS in Curriculum Instruction from Portland State University.  Her graduate work focused on a case study of quantitatively documenting improved learning with bilingual arts integration in 8th grade classrooms. Most recently she was appointed the position of Commissioner to represent Multnomah County on the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission.