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(Mahwah) – Entertainer, educator and motivator David Parker will share his high-spirited experience in communications through song, dance and sign language in the Sharp Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m. The 1994 winner of the Distinguished Service Award of the National Council on Communicative Disorders will present David Parker: The Pied Piper of Sign Language, a message of self esteem, diversity, leadership and creativity.

At first glance, David Parker looks like a Bill Cosby with a little Ben Vereen thrown in . . . take a second look, though. He’s an original,” says a reviewer in The Columbian. Parker displays unusual talent in entertaining listeners while involving them in his messages.

Part of my job is to break down barriers between people,” says Parker, who encourages the value of an open mind.

Whether a keynote speaker, master of ceremonies or educator, the internationally- renowned Parker involves his audiences in unearthing and learning a new world of communicating. The New York Times calls Parker the charismatic ‘Pied Piper of Sign.'”

Parker’s career started with social work. His performances include arts centers such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, as well as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Parker has appeared on several television shows including Cappelli & Company on Nickelodeon, Breaking Through (an International Year of the Disabled Persons special) and a variety of National Club Telethons.

He’s also presented at various conferences including the American Red Cross 75th Anniversary-Youth Division, the New York State Foster and Adoptive Parent Association and the California Association of Directors of Activities. His appearances include various international children’s festivals, Artscape and Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Tickets for David Parker: The Pied Piper of Sign Language are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for youth. The Sharp Theater is located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. For more information call 201.684.7844.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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