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David Gonzalez

Storyteller, musician, poet, actor and Doctor of Arts David Gonzalez has created numerous productions including the critically acclaimed shows íSofrito! and MytholoJazz, both of which enjoyed sold-out runs at Broadway's New Victory Theater. His work Double Crossed: The Saga of the St. Louis, was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution's Discovery Theater and has toured nationally, including a run at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 1998 he was honored with the Helen Hayes Performing Artist of the Year Award. David also wrote The Secret of the Ceiba Tree, a community-based multi-media work in conjunction with Cleveland Playhouse Square with the support of a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Arts Partners grant. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts he wrote and starred in Finding North, a one-man play based on Underground Railroad hero John Parker which premiered at Tony-award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The Frog Bride, a new work joining the music of Prokofiev, the paintings of Kandinsky, and a glorious Russian fairy tale, developed with the support from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Theater Development Fund, premiered at the New Victory Theater in 2006. David has recently completed Freedom's River, a libretto commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera for their 2007 season.

Mr. Gonzalez' poetry was featured at Lincoln Center's Out-of-Doors Festival in 2001, Bill Moyers' documentary Fooling with Words on PBS, as well as NPR's All Things Considered. He was the host of New York Kids on WNYC for eight seasons and is a commentator for Studio 360, on NPR. City of Dreams, a Latin-jazz/spoken-word project featuring Grammy-nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria, received excellent press notices for their debut CD and as well as a generous commissioning grant from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland which enabled a world premiere staging of the project at La MaMa E.T.C..

Mr. Gonzalez received his doctorate in Music Therapy from New York University's School of Education in 1992. He taught at NYU for ten years and has conducted numerous seminars, workshops and lectures at a number of other colleges and universities. David worked as a clinical music therapist for twenty years in clinical and educational institutions throughout the New York metropolitan area. As a guitarist he is a long-time accompanist to pioneering jazz vocalist Lisa Sokolov, having appeared with her on numerous concert stages including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, The Vision Festival, and the Knitting Factory.

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