Back in the 20th century, David Yeakle (Adjunct Professor of Drama) was an active company member with Fort Worth's innovative Hip Pocket Theatre for a dozen seasons. Since 1995, he has been the Producing Artistic Director of Tongue and Groove Theatre in Austin where he has produced and directed over 30 productions. His stage adaptation of The Red Balloon received two Austin Critic's Table Awards and five B. Iden Payne awards in 2008, plus a special citation for outstanding achievement in original animation. Last summer, he was featured in Hip Pocket Theatre's The Ugly Brothers Present a Perfectly Lovely Play Featuring the Quiver Sisters and Their Pretty Little Ways in Fort Worth. In the fall of 2009, David played Snorkey in Under the Gaslight at Austin Community College and Herr Drosselmeyer in Midland Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker. In the spring of 2010, he performed in The@re Ranch's original work, Silent Stage, and ACC's production of The Sandbox by Edward Albee. With Tongue and Groove, David remounted The Red Balloon in May, 2010, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Austin. Returning to Hip Pocket in the summer of 2010, he will direct Circus Salome, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's notorious play. And David will direct the regional premiere of Rough Magic running February 25 - March 6, 2011 at ACC. David has studied commedia dell'arte at the Dell Arte School of Physical Theatre in California and Mask technique with Donato Sartori at Centro Maschere in Abano Terme, Italy. An associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, David holds a BFA in modern dance from Texas Christian University and an MFA in directing from the University of Texas. Since 1986, he has been on the Texas Commission on the Arts Artist-in-Education roster. David has directed and taught workshops across the country and has been on drama faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Wesleyan University, and is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Drama department at Austin Community College.