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Luke Yankee is a speaker, author, coach, producer, actor, director, teacher and playwright. He has served as artistic director of two regional theatres, including the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, one of the largest musical theatres in the country. He has acted and directed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad and has assistant directed six Broadway shows. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, JUST OUTSIDE THE SPOTLIGHT: Growing Up With Eileen Heckart. He has been touring the country to sold-out houses for the past three years with DIVA DISH, his one-man show about growing up as a showbiz kid.

Mr. Yankee has worked as a motivational coach, speaker and teacher at Northwestern University, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Dension University, University of New Mexico, Long Beach City College, AMDA, The William Inge Theatre Festival, and at the Folkwang Hochshule in Essen, Germany. Mr. Yankee speaks with warmth, humor and insight using the performing arts and show business as a metaphor for:

  • Living each day to the fullest
  • Finding your own true, authentic voice
  • Acknowledging each individual for their unique contribution 
  • Striving for excellence in a world of mediocrity
  • Teamwork, leadership and making a difference
  • The transformative power of love

Luke Yankee is an artist sought after in many fields. This powerful, funny and sensitive speaker would be an asset to any presentation.