Gail Spencer Schickele


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 and arts from her first jobs in an uncle’s foreign film and main stage theaters in Buffalo, NY; as Marketing Director for the historic Goldenrod Showboat on the St. Louis 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, the late singer-songwriter Kathi DeFrancis in Denver, Gail worked with dozens of comedians, actors and musicians including Jay Leno, Roseanne Barr, Sam Kinison, Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld; 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 Mississippi 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 25 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 and violist David Schickele and lives in San Francisco and Ontario, Canada. Their son is filmmaker and performing artist Nighttrain Schickele of San Francisco.

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Gail Schickele
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