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David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez, Ph.D., is a public speaker, storyteller, poet, playwright, arts activist and musician. Known for his unique poetic approach to public speaking and his soulful creativity, David is a cultural ambassador for the US State Department and a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. 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 York's prestigious New Victory Theater, Sleeping Beauty (commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn College, and The McCallum Theater) and The Man of the House was commissioned the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2013. David was a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, and appeared for three seasons at the Royal National Theatre in London. Mr. Gonzalez is the proud recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth "Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence." David 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's poetry project (City of Dreams) has been presented at colleges, festivals and theaters throughout the country. He is the director of Crisalida Communications, a company that assists organizations in designing and implementing effective community outreach projects.

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