Students: Luke Yankee

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Luke Yankee.jpgLuke Yankee is a critically acclaimed playwright, author, screenwriter and TV writer.  His memoir, Just Outside The Spotlight: Growing up with Eileen Heckart is published by Random House, with a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore. His award-winning play, The Jesus Hickey premiered in Los Angeles starring Harry Hamlin.  His first play, A Place at Forest Lawn has been performed by Betty White, Marion Ross, Frances Sternhagen, Marcia Cross, Marian Seldes and Millicent Martin and is published by Dramatists Play Service.  His screenplay, The Last Lifeboat, was one of ten scripts chosen internationally for the 2012 DreamAgo Screenwriting Workshop in The Swiss Alps.  The play version (also published by Dramatists Play Service) will receive its world premiere in California this fall. As a director and producer, he has run two regional theaters, assistant directed six Broadway shows and directed Off Broadway and at theaters around the country. He has toured internationally with his one-man show, Diva Dish! and has taught all over the U.S. and abroad.