Solo Arts Heal – Candace Campbell – Florence Nightingale

Solo Arts Heal
Hosted by Gail Schickele

Excerpts, talkbacks and Q&A with special guests
providing health and healing education and advocacy.

Wednesday, August 5 | 7:30 PDT

Candace Campbell
An Evening With Florence Nightingale: The Reluctant Celebrity

A voice from the past with a CONTEMPORARY message ! HOW can you make a difference in this crazy, mixed up world?  Miss Nightingale tackles the tough subjects that we wrestle with today: Diversity and acceptance vs Prejudice of color, class or country Overcoming fear and social conditioning Acceptance and support of self and others Make a Difference Miss Nightingale has a call to action for the world.

A 19th century humanitarian, author, statistician, researcher, nurse and visionary, Florence Nightingale presented new ways to think about healthcare and her visionary wisdom stands the test of time. 

Like all successful Chautauqua scholars, Candy is incredibly knowledgeable about her character. What sets her apart is her background in theater and education. She has a stage presence that makes her character come alive in a way most Chautauqua style performances don’t.  It was more than a monologue, it was a story of Florence Nightingale’s calling to become a nurse, her struggles to become a nurse, and her triumphs in the field of nursing seamlessly woven together … Candy’s use of voices, humor, music, and full stage movement provided a truly captivating and authentic performance…Her depiction of Nightingale to make connections between Florence Nightingale’s time and our current healthcare system that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, and as a result, her performance was more relevant than most.  We would highly recommend Candy Campbell to any organization looking to engage lovers of history and honor nurses in their community.
– Sarah Schaefer, Director of Education, Museum on Main, Pleasanton, CA

“Candy Campbell traces the pattern of Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain  for authenticity and historical gravitas leavened with a sparkling wit…”
– Bill Buchanan

Artists Biographies

Dr. Candace Campbell’s experience includes more than 35 years as an actor, director, speech coach…and nurse. As an actress, Candy has appeared on stage, screen, in commercials, voice-overs, TV, and the internet. She co-founded an improv and stand-up comedy group in the SF East Bay and has taught improv workshops to all ages and stages since 1995. As a nurse historian, Dr. Campbell was inducted into the Nightingale Society of scholars. Her book, Florence Nightingale: Integrity, Insight, Innovation, as well as the show, is based on Nightingale’s own 200 books and articles and thousands of letters.

Candace Campbell, DNP, MSN-HCSM, RN, CNL, FNAP (The Inovation Nurse ) has worn two hats for many years; one as a healthcare professional and the other as an artist  An Oregon native, Candace Campbell came to the nursing profession through a circuitous route. After earning a BA in Speech Communications/Theatre, and working as a flight attendant and PR rep for Pan American World Airways, she experienced a career epiphany one day en route to Karachi, Pakistan from New Delhi, India, and felt “called” to become a nurse.

Her nursing career began in Psychiatry, working with many Vietnam Vets at the VA Hospital in Southern California. That experience led to research within the medical community about PTSD, and the moral distress of medical personnel working in a war zone.

Candy (as her friends call her) began her clinical practice in neonatology in 1989. She received her Neonatal Certificate and specialty training at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she gained experience working with neonatal heart transplant cases. She has also worked bedside as an RN in Labor and Delivery, ER, ICU, CCU, Home Health. Administratively, she served as Program Nurse for the California Department of Children’s Health in the Northern CA Newborn Hearing Screening project.

Candy Campbell, DNP, RN, CNL, CEP, FNAP

Blending Art and Science for Positive System Change 

Award-winning Actor, Author, Filmmaker

An Evening With Florence Nightingale: A Reluctant Celebrity

Represented by:Performance Management International

 Dr. Candy’s other books and docu-film: click here

Manuel Prestamo

Performance Management International

Miami, Florida

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Solo performers present real-life, empowering stories. Transformative experiences for audiences. A theater of resilience that celebrates overcoming mental and physical life challenges and offers hope and inspiration. SOLO ARTS HEAL includes excerpts, talkbacks, and Q&A that provide education and advocacy. Readings or clips of performances will be shared by artists in conversation with Gail Schickele, whose work as a manager and producer of solo artists inspired collaboration of performing arts presenters with artists on a medical track based on their personal experience. The collective creative vision? To help communities through educational outreach and the healing power of the Arts. 

Gail Schickele (Host) champions arts & sciences taking her left and right brain wherever she travels. As an arts manager, consultant, and producer dba SAGE Artists, she convened an ‘Arts Heals’ group of solo artists at APAP 2020 whose unique stories of physical and mental challenges evince the healing power of The Arts.  The COVID lockdown inspired Stephanie Weisman to create SOLO ARTS HEAL to share these outstanding stories of resilience, dramatic and comedic, for the entertainment and benefit of communities everywhere. Gail’s expertise in marketing, management, booking and production has served various theaters, festivals and events nationwide. Trained as a journalist in New York and Colorado, Gail has covered Colorado state politics and the environmental landscape of the Rockies. Environmental science inspires her educational and advocacy work in California with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and for the League of Women Voters for which she’s worked as an administrator and reporter on environmental issues Including legislation, climate science outreach, and co-chair of an environmental speakers series. Gail is honored to host SOLO ARTS HEAL where artists powerful stories offer audiences great performance and ‘informance’ on issues related to health and the environment, inexorably linked.

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