David Gonzalez, Ph.D is an arts activist/poet/playwright/storyteller/public speaker and the recipient of numerous awards, grants and commissions including two Lila Wallace Community Engagement Grants (Cleveland Playhouse, Clarice Smith PAC), and an Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund Grant. He has enjoyed a 25-year affiliation with Lincoln Center Education, a 10-year affiliation with the McCallum Theatre, as well as multi-year relationships with The Wharton Center, NJPAC, The New Victory Theatre, The Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center, CalPOLY, Cal State Chico, Alaska Junior Theatre, The Forbes Center at James Madison University, The Kennedy Center, and many others.
David is a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, and is the recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth “Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence”. In 2010 he was named a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and 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. David 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. Sleeping Beauty was co-commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn College, and The McCallum Theater. In 2016 he completed a 70-show run at the Minneapolis Children’s Theater.
Mr. Gonzalez was a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, and appeared for three seasons at the Royal National Theatre in London. The Man of the House was commissioned by, and premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His poetry has been performed at Lincoln Center, on Bill Moyers’ “Fooling with Words”, and at colleges and universities throughout the country.
Mr. Gonzalez’ work Double Crossed: The Saga of the St. Louis had a run at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Finding North, commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park ran at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He wrote the book for Mariel, an Afro-Cuban musical which won the Macy’s “New Play Prize for Young Audiences.” and wrote the libretto for Rise for Freedom!, produced at the Cincinnati Opera. He was the host of New York Kids on WNYC for eight seasons, earned his doctorate from New York University’s School of Education, and worked as a music therapist with handicapped children for many years.
David is Artistic Director of Crisalida Communications – a company dedicated to creating effective and lasting relationships between performing arts centers and local community groups with a special focus on the Latino community. Mr. Gonzalez is fluent in Spanish, conversant in French.