Bernie Van De Yacht hails from Green Bay, Wisconsin, the youngest of 12 children. He earned a BA in Psychology and Theatre from The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). After graduation, Bernie began working at an animation studio while he pursued his acting career. During that time, he was spotted by one of the artists and asked to pose for the character of Prince Derek in The Swan Princess. This opportunity allowed him to promote the movie all over the country, travel to the Cannes Film Festival, appear on a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and even have a doll made in his likeness. During this time, Bernie did theatre in and around the Los Angeles area. He eventually became an animation casting director and has been casting films for over eighteen years including The King and I, Trumpet of the Swan, Alpha and Omega and all its sequels, all the Swan Princess sequels, Happily N'ever After II and the upcoming Ribbit and Norm of the North. He has cast for Crest Animation, Morgan Creek, Warner Bros., Columbia/Tri-Star, Sony and Lionsgate. Recently he has branched into live action features and in the past two years has cast Blackjacks, Five Souls, The Speak and No Tell Motel. He is a proud member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and was recently nominated for an Artios award for casting the animated feature film, Alpha and Omega. He is also a screenwriter and director. In 2004 he directed a short film called, There's Something About Meryl, which was the Official Selection at many film festivals around the country. Last year, he directed his first full-length feature film, Salvation, from his original screenplay. It is currently winning multiple awards on the film festival circuit. In addition, his next script, Midwest Farmers' Daughters, has just been optioned and he hopes to commence principal photography next summer. He is slated to direct. He and his wife have been married for seventeen years and are the proud parents of two young sons.
Mary Louise Gemmill has performed in numerous professional theatre productions, films and commercials in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, where she was born and raised. Passionate about acting at a young age, she trained with The Lee Strasberg Institute and with Stella Adler in her "invitation only" Master Class. In 1984, she was selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Vassar Powerhouse Theatre Program in conjunction with The Double Image Theatre Company. While there, she worked with the preeminent talent in American theatre: Max Mayer, Mary McDonnell, Randel Mell, John Patrick Shanley, Jon Robin Baitz, Richard Nelson and Mark Linn-Baker. She performed in Ondine with Eric Gimpel and in Gerald Chapman's final epic stage production of Spring Awakening, playiing Frau Gabor opposite of David Strathairn. Soon after, she was invited to join The New York Stage and Film Company to perform Off-Broadway in The Return of Pinocchio. The production, directed by Max Mayer, included: Rob Morrow, Jayne Atkinson, Joe Urla, Dan Moran and Marylouise Burke. Her strong desire to continue her education resulted in her being recruited to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) by Libby Appel, where she was offered a full talent scholarship, and was one of a handful students in the school's history to be offered her BA/MFA in three years. In professional theatre her portrayal of Georgia O'Keeffe in the West Coast Premiere of Alfred Stieglitz Loves O'Keeffe at CCRT, opposite the late Robert Symonds, as well as her performance as Anna in New Mexico Repertory's production of Burn This, both received critical acclaim. Her voice-over career began in the early 80's. While a student at Vassar, she was asked to record a regional voice-over spot for a prominent New York realtor. Since then she has voiced hundreds of media projects including: video games, animation, commercials, audio books, art installments, daily Dow Jones for Charles Schwab, and has looped innumerable productions. A gift for numerous dialects, the most notable playing Anne Sullivan (Irish/Bostonian), in Nest Entertainment's Helen Keller with E.G. Daily which was critically acclaimed and earned multiple awards and endorsements. She lived in Hamburg, Germany for four years where she worked as an actress and writer. She has performed in over 200 theatrical productions: Off-Broadway, regional theatre in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and everywhere in-between. In addition to acting she has always written. Inspired by her first writing mentors: Jon Robin Baitz and John Patrick Shanley, who encouraged her to launch her first play at Vassar's Matthew's Mug. She later went on to ghost write numerous feature films and one television pilot for several producers. She has three streeted video games and two episodes of SAT1's number one prime-time drama television series to her credit. While running ProADR Looping with her partner, she enjoys spending time with her family, producing independent films, golfing and writing and helping writers. Her company, Writers Ascending, has shepherded first-time writers to publishing deals and is in final revisions for two additional novels based on award-winning screenplays. In addition, she is very happy that her own two novels will be completed in fall of 2014.