Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Bernie Van De Yacht is the youngest of 13 children. He earned a BA in Psychology and Theatre from The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a 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 twenty years including The King and I, Trumpet of the Swan, Alpha and Omega, all the Swan Princess sequels, Happily N’ever After II, 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, casting Blackjacks, Five Souls, The Speak and No Tell Motel. He is a proud member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and was 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. He directed his first full-length feature film, Salvation USA, from his original screenplay, which won multiple awards on the film festival circuit and is now available on VOD. Also, an author, his debut novel, A Man Walks Into A Hardware Store, is available on Amazon.com where its received an overall rating of 4.6/5 and over 800 reviews (currently being adapted to audiobooks by Whole Story Audiobooks) In addition, he is prepping his next novel Midwest Farmers’ Daughters, once again based on his original screenplay. He and his wife have been married for twenty-two years and are the proud parents of two teenaged sons. ProADR Partner and CalArts Alumni – MFA 1989.