David Zucker & Richard McElvain
Dynamic duo David Zucker and Richard McElvain 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!
In addition to performing Shakespeare Guyz and MathsAmazing!, David and Richard are also the originators of YAMA's MythMasters: Tales From Greek Mythology program.
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.
The show was terrific and really exceeded my expectations. The kids (all 190 of them) were truly engaged from start to finish and were participants throughout. I just can’t say enough positive things about the program.
The audience really loved the show. The Shakespeare Guyz were incredibly entertaining, and they really engaged our middle schoolers while also keeping the younger kids involved. I honestly can’t say enough about their performance–they were absolutely fantastic.