In-school Educational Performances & Workshops, SEL Programs, Social Emotional Learning Programs, Storytelling

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 the 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’s 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 LatinX 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.

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

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