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Episode Info: Jackie Vanderbeck is an actor, writer and the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Sing For Your Seniors (SFYS), a New York-based non-profit organization. SFYS’s mission is to enrich lives through the universal language of music by bringing professional artists to the communities of seniors in need to entertain, foster connection and create shared joy. Proudly focusing its service to low-income senior communities, LGBTQ+ elders, veterans and those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, SFYS is a five-time recipient of the Quality of Life grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Before graduating in the founding class of the Natomas Charter School – Performing and Fine Arts Academy in Sacramento, Jackie spent her summers interning in Outreach and Education for California Music Theatre, where she cultivated her passion for ensuring theatre be accessible to all. Jackie went on to study performing arts at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre and the Ross Award for Excellence. Some of Jackie’s theatre credits include the Denver Center Theatre Company, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Broadway Sacramento - Music Circus, Shawnee Playhouse and two concert tours with the Tokyo Philharmonic in Japan. As a writer, Jackie’s first play with music, “THAW,” with co-creator, George Walker, received two workshops at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Jackie is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild of America. Highlights of our conversation: 1:40 - Learning more about Sing For Your Seniors (SFYS) 5:22 - The different communities SFYS reaches 8:44 - Jackie's favorite memories 13:32 - The incredible support of the community 15:13 - Finding new interpretations in old classics 16:32 - Staying connected to your artist’s passion 22:01 - Committing to one another 23:03 - Balancing charitable work and a career 25:28 - Connecting to the caregivers in your life 30:16 - Using your experiences and tools to connect to others 31:40 - The life-changing power of giving back 35:02 - How to get started with SFYS 36:17 - Giving back to SFYS no matter where you live or your singing ability 37:35 - The gift of Broadway 40:06 - Take action with these steps Connect with Jackie: Discover more about Jackie - Learn more about SFYS - Connect with me: Check out my website - Instagram - Read my Favs - Sing For Your Seniors - https:// Amp Coil - About me: I’m Freddie Kimmel, a Functional Health Coach, Reiki Healer, Certified Personal Trainer, Gut Health Specialist, and proud cancer survivor. I help men and women eliminate brain fog, bloat and belly fat through gut health. I’ve been featured in The Wall Street Journal, th...
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