David Mielke is a gay man born in Campbell River, BC, where an extraordinary teacher named Marie Rackham helped him turn his life around when he dropped back into high school after running away from home at the age of 15. He went on to work in Los Angeles as an actor and singer, appearing in television and theatre. When Marie was diagnosed with cancer, David returned to Canada to care for her, and together they created the award-winning Cozy Grammar series as a way for her to be, as she put it, “where cancer isn’t.” After her death, he worked in LGBTIQ social services before returning to acting and creating autobiographical stage shows. David lives in a yurt with his husband, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, on Vashon Island, WA. Their latest collaborations are The Driftwood Bridge - An Offering of Story and Song; and a series of videos called Broadway In The Yurt.