David Yeakle, MFA
Professor of Drama
1501 W. US HWY 290
Elgin, TX 78621
Back in the 20th century, David 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 directed over 30 productions. He holds a BFA in modern dance from Texas Christian University, an MFA in directing from the University of Texas, and in 2013 he earned International Baccalaureate certification for Theatre.
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, since the spring of 2000, Austin Community College. His stage adaptation of The Red Balloon received 2 Austin Critic’s Table Awards and 5 B. Iden Payne awards in 2008, plus a special citation for outstanding achievement in original animation. David remounted The Red Balloon in 2010 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Returning to Hip Pocket in the summer of 2010, David directed Circus Salome, and in the fall of 2010, David portrayed the Devil in the ACC/ProArts Collective production of Ti-Jean and his Brothers. In 2011, David adapted and directed the Tongue and Groove production The Incredible Shrinking Man to critical acclaim and he portrayed Don Armado in the Austin Shakespeare Festival production of Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. Tongue and Groove returned to the Long Center in 2012 for David’s remount of Seven Wonders of the World (Plus One). In 2013, David directed Eggheads which was re-written for Tongue and Groove by its author, Joseph Skibell. Currently, David is producing/directing DIE ALREADY!: An Evening of Famous Death Scenes for a September, 2014 run and he will direct the 70’s musical The Wiz for ACC in February/March, 2015. David 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.