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About Dr. David Gonzalez

Award-winning Storyteller, Musician, Poet, Actor, and Educator


“…as long as David Gonzalez is around, the venerable and very fine art of storytelling is in safe hands.” - New York Times


"David Gonzalez speaks with courageous humanity and brilliant creativity - his poetry and stories uplift the spirit and inspire wonder. " - Deepak Chopra



Recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth “Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence,” David Gonzalez continues his tour around the world. Named the Joseph Campbell Foundation Fellow for 2010, Dr. Gonzalez was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience” for his production of The Frog Bride at Broadway’s New Victory Theater. He has created numerous productions, including the critically acclaimed ¡Sofrito! with The Latin Legends Band, and MytholoJazz, both of which enjoyed sold-out runs at New Victory Theater.  David is currently working on Wounded Splendor, a two-year residency and commission from the University of Maryland that celebrates the natural world and our responsibility to it.


Sleeping Beauty, co-commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn College, and The McCallum Theater, premiered in March 2010.  David was a featured performer at the 2007 National Storytelling Festival, and has performed at festivals in Spain, Switzerland, France, Costa Rica, Norway, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United States.  He also appeared for three seasons at the Royal National Theatre in London.


Dr. David Gonzalez’ work Double Crossed: The Saga of the St. Louis toured nationally, including a run at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1998. The same year, David was honored with the Helen Hayes Performing Artist of the Year Award.


As If the Past Were Listening, a suite of creation myths by Gonzalez, was selected for Lincoln Center Institute’s repertory for three seasons (2002–2004).  David’s Latin Jazz poetry project City of Dreams was commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and premiered at New Yorks’ La Mama Theater.  He wrote Aesop Bops!; Finding North, a one-man play based on Underground Railroad hero John Parker that was commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and performed at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and co-wrote Mariel, an Afro-Cuban musical set in the turbulent times of the Mariel boat-lift from Cuba, with Grammy-nominated songwriter John Forster. Mariel is the winner of the Macy’s “New Play Prize for Young Audiences.


David is also the author of the opera libretto Rise for Freedom!, produced at the Cincinnati Opera, and Jimi and Mr. B, a musical commissioned by the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center. His long form poem Oh Hudson in collaboration with violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor commemorates the Hudson quadricentennial, and his version of The Carnival of the Animals with classical piano virtuoso Frederic Chui, premiered in 2008.  David received his doctorate in Music Therapy from NYU David’s poetry was featured at Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors Festival, Bill Moyers’s documentary Fooling with Words on PBS, NPR's All Things Considered, and the World Science Festival among many other venues. He was the host of New York Kids on WNYC for eight seasons.


He earned a doctoral degree from New York University in Music Therapy and taught there for ten years. He has conducted numerous seminars, workshops and lectures, and worked as a music therapist in clinical and educational institutions.


Dr. Gonzalez’ current programs include:

Our Stories - Powerful Connectors to Clients and Customers
Stories create connection. They join us in shared experience and shared identity. Personal stories give insight to character and ability. In this keynote speech Dr. David Gonzalez tells amazing true stories about his journey toward becoming a successful performer, scholar, and businessman. Effective storytelling conveys self-knowledge, generosity of spirit, mastery, creativity and passion. Audience members will feel inspired to take inventory of their own stories and more willing to share personal material within their professional activities.

Mi Gente - Communicating to the Hispanic Community with Stories


Acclaimed performer David Gonzalez, shares the riches of Hispanic culture through his poetry and stories. The content of this presentation moves from ancient myths to personal sagas to his personal compelling poetry of a Latino determined to shape an authentic identity and creative life. David has a gift for communication and in this keynote he offers a fresh vision of contemporary Latino culture that is rooted in soulful mythology and poetic imagination.

Creativity in Action – The Box, The Circle, The Crescent Moon

Creativity is a birthright. Each day we are challenged to work out the situations of our lives with creative solutions. Creativity is a defining characteristic of being human. The artist has a special relationship with creativity. He has invested in it, he has exercised its muscles, he has given it room to roam, and grow. In this engaging and thoughtful presentation Award-winning Broadway writer/ actor/ producer, Dr. David Gonzalez, illuminates the creative process through his poetry, stories, monologues and music.


Speaker reviews: David Gonzalez.

"You will be immeasurably enriched and have an incredibly rewarding experience. David and his team are gifted and honored storytellers, but they are also extraordinary teachers. David taught me to overcome my insecurities about building storytelling into my classroom literacy program." - Dr. Michael Shaw, Professor of Education, St. Thomas Aquinas College


“David Gonzalez is a superb storyteller. He is also an accomplished actor, dramatist, musician-and a teacher. These qualities all come into play as he assumes a multitude of roles on stage. From a Nuyorican child steeped in thousand-year old magic to a Russian prince learning the values of life, Mr. Gonzalez seems to know them all intimately. Schoolchildren adore him - perhaps because they are so deeply drawn into his stories that they don't notice they are being taught something: for each story has a bearing on their own lives, often in a moving, profound way.” -Scott Noppe-Brandon, Executive Director, Lincoln Center Institute.

David Gonzalez's workshops, residencies and performances move, inspire, and engage students and teachers alike on a compelling journey to deeply meaningful places. An opportunity to work with this master teaching artist and performer is to discover the power of performance, storytelling, music, and poetry as a means to transform the teaching experience.” - Tracy Arnold Warzer – Director, Outreach Arts-in-Education, Great Neck Arts Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, A Kennedy Center Partners-in-Education Affiliate


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