David Yake

MisCon 31 Attending Professional

David Yake is a Wildlife Educator with Montana WILD and a former Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park. During the off season, he has worked as an Improv Actor as a member of the Helena MIMEprov Theater Troupe. He started acting at an early age, and though his professional passions have skewed him more towards wildlife work, his second love will always be theater.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Stage Combat Workshop, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: David Yake

    As Sun Tzu's famous book implies: War is an Art, in the theater, we realize that the art form needs to be well organized to ensure that everyone involved is safe, and that the audience can really enjoy. We'll be teaching the basics of stage combat as well as a few generic hand-to-hand techniques and some weapon strikes (using Calimacil molded weapons).

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Room For IMPROVment, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: David Yake

    Do you like "Whose Line is It Anyway" or "Don't Think Twice"? Then you like Improvisational comedy. Come give it a try with some long-time improvvers. We'll teach you what to do, what to avoid, and after some short tutorials, we'll learn some fun improv games that will help not
    only with performance skills, but skills you may find apply offstage.
    Maybe you'll find Improv is right for you.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Anthrozoology, Madison
    Panelists: David Yake

    Meaning "Study of the Human Animal Interaction and Bond", Anthrozoology is one of the fastest growing new fields in Science. As it affects each of us in some way, and throughout much of our
    development, what can we, and have we learned from ANZ. Furthermore, animals persist throughout our myths, social media, and entertainment, what can we do to learn from them, and improve their portrayals.

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