Yanik grew up in Northern Ontario, studied Theatre in Ottawa, and is currently acting, writing, and producing work in Montreal. An honored graduate of the Algonquin Theatre Program, Yanik has also studied the Meisner technique with the late Jacqueline McClintock, and acting for film with Jock Macdonald at Carter Thor Studios East.
Yanik’s most memorable roles are Mr. Hardlong in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Grace Of Mary Traverse, Phil in Neil Labute’s The Shape Of Things which he also co-produced, and Sheriff Carroll in Jensen and Blank’s The Exonerated. Yanik has also written, produced and acted in two critically acclaimed one man shows, I Wish I Was Freddy Dylan Etheridge and Serving Something.
A founding member of Third Eye Ensemble, a Montreal theatre company, Yanik is now its artistic director. He is looking to collaborate with local or Canadian playwrights to produce work addressing issues of current events. The Ensemble’s mandate is to provoke thought and communication about social, environmental, and political issues through education and entertainment with the aim of encouraging a socio-political paradigm shift.
Yanik has starred in various short films. The short dance-film, Der Untermensch was represented by Telefilm Canada at the 2013 Festival de Cannes’ Film Market and Short Film Corner and has been selected for the Fantasia Film Fest 2013. The short film Please Breathe, Lucy has been featured at the 28th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market 2013 as well as Toronto’s 2013 Wild Sound Festival.
As an actor, Yanik cherishes every opportunity to step inside the body, mind, and spirit of someone completely foreign. A dedicated storyteller, he is always up to the challenge of creating work outside of his comfort zone. Got work? Contact him! Yanik is represented by Cha Cha Da Vinci at Da Vinci Talent.