David Gonzalez is the proud recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth "Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence". He was also named the Joseph Campbell Foundation Fellow for 2010. Mr. 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.
Mr. Gonzalez' work Double Crossed: The Saga of the St. Louis toured nationally, including a run at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1998. As If the Past Were Listening, a suite of creation myths, 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 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; Aesop Bops!; 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 and taught there for ten years.
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 has conducted numerous seminars, workshops and lectures, and worked as a music therapist in clinical and educational institutions.