A time to gather and give
Please join us for a morning feast promising a rousing start to your day with our keynote speaker, Amanda Bearse.
Save the Date
Thursday, September 19, 2013
7:30 am Coffee & Registration
8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast Program
Herban Feast - SODO Park
3200 1st Ave S. Seattle 98134
Breakfast will include a delicious locally harvested spread by Herban Feast, including sweet and savory treats.
While there is no fee to attend, a request for your generous support will be part of the morning’s program. We encourage you to invite your friends, family, or colleagues who are interested in learning about and supporting the mission of the Choruses.
Current Seattle resident, Amanda Bearse, has enjoyed over 30 years in the entertainment industry. Born and raised in central Florida, Bearse moved to New York to study acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner. She began her acting career on All My Children for a role that was written for and named after her. Bearse left the soap opera after two years and moved to Los Angeles to pursue other acting opportunities. Early on, Bearse was cast in the cult horror film Fright Night opposite Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall. After that, another cult classic came her way in the role of Marcy D’Arcy on the FOX sitcom, Married… With Children. The show’s original 10-year run anchored the new network with its launch in 1987, making television history.
Bearse studied directing at both the University of Southern California and the American Film Institute in order to prepare for her second career as an episodic television director. She directed numerous episodes during the final six seasons of Married… With Children. Twenty years and over 100 sitcom episodes later, including shows such as Reba, George Lopez, Dharma & Greg, and throughout six seasons of Mad TV, Bearse is still “behind the camera,… currently working at The Disney Channel.
In 1993, at the height of her acting career, Bearse came out as lesbian to the public with a cover article in The Advocate. Her daughter, Zoe, was an infant, and Amanda wanted to share her family story with the dignity that it deserved. Bearse’s activism for the LGBT community includes being the first poster child for Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day, serving on the boards of The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, as well as countless speaking engagements promoting visibility and equal rights. Making television history a second time, Bearse executive produced and directed The Big Gay Sketch Show for LOGO, the first gay cable network.
Bearse met the love of her life, Carrie Schenken, in 2008. They were legally married in Vermont in 2010. Bearse and Schenken, along with their daughters Zoe and Alexandra, are living all together in their home in Fremont.
Bearse became a fan of Flying House Productions through Schenken’s singing with Seattle Women’s Chorus and is delighted to be a part of this year’s Interlude Gather & Give Breakfast