Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
David Gonzalez


DavidGonzalezLG.jpgGuest Instructor of Storytelling and Performance 

www.davidgonzalez.com (2009)

With speech, sound, mime, dance and above all, inspired imagination, nationally acclaimed master storyteller/performer David Gonzalez is keeping the ancient art of storytelling alive. From London’s Royal National Theater to Broadway to hundreds of schools across North America, Gonzalez has performed to more than 5,000 audiences worldwide. A winner of the Helen Hayes Performing Artist of the Year Award, Gonzalez is applauded for his vocal, physical and narrative talents and gift for mimicry, comic timing, and wordplay. Relying on the majesty and variety of language, the limitless landscape of imagination, the pulse of music and the beauty of art, he creates and performs multimedia productions that capture audiences of all ages and cultures.

Described as “a New York Puerto Rican version of Bill Cosby,” Gonzalez tells agesold world myths and stories, tales from his Puerto Rican and Cuban culture, and from his childhood experiences in the Bronx. As poet/guitarist/band leader, Gonzalez has created three jazz-infused shows that combine his contemporary, resonantly rich poetry with the Afro-Cuban rhythms, swing, funk, and rumba of Latin jazz. The critically acclaimed ¡Sofrito! featuring the Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band, and MytholoJazz, have both enjoyed sold-out runs at New York’s New Victory Theater. City of Dreams, featuring the Poetic License Band, will receive a New York City run at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in January 2009.

Gonzalez received his doctorate in Music Therapy from NYU’s School of Education, where he later taught for 10 years. He was the host of New York Kids on WNYC for eight seasons and is a contributor to NPR’s Studio 360.

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

— New York Times