Red Sneaker Productions - mythology through theater - Arts for Learning Massachusetts


Red Sneaker Productions

Type: Performance
Art Form: Theater & Media Arts, History, Math, Science
Grade Level: K - 12

Dynamic duo David Zucker and Richard McElvain, show creators of Red Sneaker Productions have been delighting and educating young audiences for decades with a masterful theatrical blend of humor, mime, puppetry and drama that makes even the most challenging subjects, pure fun!


David Zucker is an actor, director, playwright, teacher, and mime. He has performed thousands of programs for hundreds of thousands of children with Young Audiences since 1977, and is a popular guest artist with 6 other YA chapters across the U.S. In 1996 David was chosen from over 900 ensembles across the country and honored with Young Audience’s National Artist of the Year award. Mr. Zucker is the author of two original plays and of the children’s book, Uncle Carmello. In 1987 David won the “Best Director” award from Dramalogue magazine for his work on The Little Prince, which has been performed in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and on tour throughout the United States. David has taught T’ai Chi since 1973 and travels internationally conducting workshops. He holds a 6th degree black belt in the Zen martial art of Shim Gum Do, and has a M.F.A. degree in Acting from Brandeis University.

Richard McElvain, an actor and director, has appeared in film (“Mermaids”) and television (“Spencer for Hire”), as well as on stage throughout the area for the past 20 years. Last fall he directed the critically acclaimed production of Peer Gynt at the Boston Conservatory. At the same time he appeared in the world premiere production of Israel Horovitz’s Unexpected Tenderness at the Gloucester Stage, where he frequently directs. In December of 1994, Richard staged his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. As an actor, he has appeared most recently at the Hasty Pudding Theatre and at the Huntington Theatre, where he was featured in Bang the Drum Slowly.

Programs Offered

Actors David Zucker and Richard McElvain with mouths agape imitating a skull held by David, in front of a Shakespeare book