Originally from California, Jackie Vanderbeck’s professional stage career began at age twelve with multiple appearances at both Broadway Sacramento’s Music Circus and Sacramento Theatre Company. Working alongside professionals at a young age inspired her to prepare for a career in the performing arts. Before graduating in the founding class of the Natomas Charter School – Performing and Fine Arts Academy, Jackie spent her summers interning in Outreach and Education for Broadway Sacramento, 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.
For the next thirteen years, New York City would serve as Vanderbeck’s home base, with stage work frequently taking her to regional theatres across the country and even overseas touring Japan with The Tokyo Philharmonic. When not "on the road" Jackie continued her training studying acting at The William Esper Studio, Improv at Uprights Citizen Brigade, and vocal performance with world renowned composer and instructor Craig Carnelia. It was also in NYC that she created the non-profit organization Sing For Your Seniors. What started as one person singing a cappella in a retirement home, is now a thriving and well-respected volunteer organization, giving over 65 performances a year, with residencies in ten different senior centers, hospitals, and respite care facilities. Additional SFYS programming includes an ongoing series of Broadway Sessions, Broadway for the Blind, and the Piano Placement Project.
Jackie is proud to serve as an ambassador for the Statera Foundation. Deriving its name from the Latin word for balance, Statera works through an intersectional lens to improve opportunities for women+ in theatre through it's unique programming and conferences. Positive action = positive change.
Vanderbeck also has a spirited passion for writing and is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. While her poetry and short stories are for her own enjoyment, Jackie, along with co-writer/creator George Walker, has receive two workshops at The Pacific Conservatory Theatre of their new play with music "THAW". The team is continuing to develop the piece and are excited to bring it to audiences in the near future.
Jackie is married to actor/writer/theatre educator Mike DiSalvo, and they are the proud parents of Penny, their twelve year old lab rescue.
"As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen." A.A. Milne