Published: Jan. 22, 2010

Staff profiles: Bert Goldstein

The opportunity to bring world-class art and artists to Michigan State University is one of the aspects Bert Goldstein loves most about his job. As the director of the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts and Creativity, Goldstein finds artists from around the world to work with students and community members.

“That goes to the heart of what we’re trying to do here, which is to not only do collaborations on campus, but to bring really good artists in to work with students and it becomes an incredible learning opportunity for them,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein is currently working on the institute’s first collaboration with the MSU Department of Theatre to produce the “Jack Sprat Low-Fat” World Tour, a musical which teaches children the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Goldstein produced the piece many years ago and was always interested in doing it again. He said it provides actors the ability to perform a show that’s thematically important, but also one that allows students to hone their musical theater skills. 

A public performance will be available at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Wharton Center.