David Gonzalez | In-School Shows
Storyteller, musician, poet, actor, writer and music therapist, David Gonzalez, is a one-of-a-kind artist. He is the creator of many stage productions
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In-School Shows


Performed with a brilliant comic spark, passionate intelligence, and impeccable timing, all of these shows inspire, delight, and deliver messages that speak to kids. David has performed more than 5000 school shows and was host of New York Kids on New York Public Radio for 8 seasons.


Maddog and Me: Bullying and the Power of Kindness

This inspiring mix of world tales and personal stories addresses the culture of cruelty in our society. Through fables, myths, and stories from his own life growing up in a rough neighborhood, award-winning storyteller and educator, Dr. David Gonzalez, offers insights and strategies for cultivating compassionate relationships and communities. Workshops using storytelling, creative writing and theater to address compassionate action and mindfulness are available as part of Dr. Gonzalez’ Anti-Bullying Initiative.



Aesop Bops!

A zoo full of animals comes alive in this fast-paced production which teaches children about sharing and friendship. With such stories as The Lion and the Mouse, The Fisherman and his Wife and Why the Turtle Has A Checkered Shell, this fun-filled show features ample audience participation as it captivates and motivates. Great for grades Pre-K to 3.



Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World

Cuentos paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and the Bronx! From the silly antics of the Puerto Rican anti-hero “Juan Bobo” to the mysterious dealings and powers of the Orishas in a suite of Afro-Cuban stories, these tales are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots and positive messages for children. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs of “Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World” in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning. Solid entertainment and a great introduction to the marvelous world of Latino literature and culture. Cuentos “A” grades K – 3, “B” 4 – 6.



JAZZ Orpheus

A hip-hoppin’, be-boppin’ musical version of the classic Greek myth, Orpheus and Euridice. I have always loved this story of courage and adventure and now have made its rich meaning come alive for today’s kids. “JAZZ Orpheus” lasts 45 minutes and is appropriate for grades 5 – 12.


Double Crossed: The Saga of the St. Louis

A one-man narrative recreation of the tragic and heroic voyage of 937 European Jews seeking safe haven in the fallen world of the Holocaust.  (Performed as a dramatic reading from the original script)

“Powerful and beautifully performed.” The US Holocaust Memorial Museum.



Finding North

Finding North is a one-man play drawn from historical research and oral histories that brings to the stage powerful stories of the yearning, sacrifices and dreams of the African-American Underground Railroad hero John P. Parker, as well as contemporary American immigrants. Finding North is an exploration and celebration of the continuing quest for freedom in America.

“Finding North is a brilliant and powerful piece for all ages and races.” National Underground Railroad Freedom Center



Witches, Trolls and Mischiefmakers.

In the wonderfully wicked myths Delgadina (from Chile) and Askelad and the Silver Ducks (from Norway), and others, I introduce school-age audiences to the classic struggle between good and evil. (Psssst…the good guys win!!!) A hit with grades 3 -5.





 For Teachers

Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition:

A Recipe for Satisfying Storytelling

This experiential “playshop” introduces the elements of rhythm, rhyme and repetition as essential for exciting and engaging storytelling. Each of these elements is presented through fun exercises and games in such a way that participants easily comprehend their role in storytelling and acquire basic skills in their use. A familiar folk tale is used as the basis for the workshop and then sub-groups work together to design their own version of a story to tell to the others.


  • one mouth
  • two ears
  • a pinch of desire
  • a sprinkling of imagination…

Workshop Format

  • Introduction to the elements of craft.
  • The Fisherman and His Wife
  • Critique and discussion
  • Activating the skill set: Rhythm, Movement, Rhyme
  • Application of technique in small group telling
  • Small group performances
  • Critique
  • Summary
  • Final Story

Spontaneous Acts of Funk: A Recipe for Serious Delight.

An experiential workshop to release stress, regain vitality and reconnect with the creative impulse.


1. A Motown/Hip-Hop/Salsa head-to-toe tappin’ warm up for the bones.

2. A community of kind-hearted sound conjurers, high-stepping tappers, extemporizing poets and graphic poobahs.

3. A tale from the beginning and the end of time to play upon.

4. Mix well for an episode of Fearless Play.

Wear comfortable clothing and an attitude of adventure!




The Four Rivers Model of Storytelling – The Confluence Model

Confluence – “A flowing together of two or more streams, a point at which streams combine.”*


The Confluence Model of Storytelling was created by David Gonzalez to teach his style of multi-modal performance. In this model the four distinct elements of communication; language, voice, gesture, and imagination, are seen as independent “rivers” which flow together – Confluence. Physical and vocal warm-ups and a fun array of theater games are used to teach the elements of the model. Participants get a chance to employ the new skills they have learned. Lots of fun, lots of learning.



Be The Change: An Anti-Bullying Playshop*

Dr. Gonzalez uses his in-depth experience with meditation, performance, teaching, and arts therapies in an anti-bullying workshop that incorporates: storytelling, creative writing, mindfulness training, and theater games. Participants learn compassionate action practices across the “victim-witness-bully” spectrum.

“Be the change” quoted from Mohandas Ghandi