Gail Schickele champions arts & sciences, taking her left and right brain wherever she travels.
Her passion is inspired by the love, challenge and beauty of science as well as the arts from her first job in an uncle’s foreign film and main stage theaters in Buffalo, NY; then as Marketing Director for the landmark Goldenrod Showboat on the St. Louis Mississippi riverfront; the Heritage Square Opera House in the foothills of the Rockies in Golden, Colorado; and Comedy Works in Denver’s historic Larimer Square.
As President of Creative Resource Network talent agency and later Spencer-DeFrancis Public Relations with business partner, singer-songwriter Kathi DeFrancis in Denver, Gail worked with dozens of comedians, actors and musicians including Jay Leno, Roseanne Barr, Sam Kinison, Robin Williams, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy and Dennis Miller; represented talent and booked comedy clubs from coast to coast; presented or produced shows including Frank Ferrante’s one-man Groucho Marx, and with Bob Lacey the Rick & Ruby Rock n’ Roll Revival; and created, produced-or promoted events ranging from Denver’s Bastille Day and Earth Day celebrations to G. William Oakley’s National Ragtime & Traditional Jazz Festivals on the St. Louis riverfront.
She has canvassed and lobbied for the Ralph Nader-inspired Public Interest Research Group (PIRG); worked as a writer-editor for the Sierra Club; served on the board of the Colorado Environmental Coalition; taught a recycling program in Denver Public Schools; and wrote a play on nuclear arms produced as a college musical.
In California Gail has worked as a journalist for The Independent news in Livermore and as coordinator for newspaper-sponsored festivals. Environmental science inspires educational and advocacy work nationally with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and in California with groups such as the League of Women Voters, for which she’s worked for 20 years on various boards and committees at the state, regional and local levels as an activist, administrator and reporter on San Francisco Bay Area and California State environmental issues. She works with the Berkeley League Climate Team focusing on legislation and climate science outreach and co-chairs an environmental group founded by the late Elizabeth Schickele, a physicist whose shared her passion for science and art.
Gail was married to the late filmmaker-violist David Schickele and lives with their son in San Francisco.
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