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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Jihad Milhem

Financial-aid recipient: Jihad Milhem is a Denver actor who this summer played King Priam’s son, Paris, in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “Troilus & Cressida.” Previous Denver roles include James St. James in K: The Rise and Fall of the New York Klub Kids for Denver’s Pandemic Theatre Collective; and Happiness is a Warm Gun for […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Joey Wishnia

Financial-aid recipient: Joey Wishnia, who won the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, was educated at Rhodes University and received a teaching diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College in London. He came to the United States in 1993 and quickly established himself in the local theatre community as an actor and […]

Introducing the cast of ‘Waiting for Obama’

  Director Brian Freeland has announced the cast of Denver arts journalist John Moore’s new play ‘Waiting for Obama,’ an official selection into the 2016 New York Fringe Festival. The play will presented by the new Wild Blindness Productions, in partnership with the Bas Bleu Theatre Company. ‘Waiting for Obama’ is the story of one […]

Denver Actors Fund names Will Barnette Interim President

In the video above, Will Barnette announces the $10,000 Brenda Billings Memorial Match.   The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors has voted unanimously to name Will Barnette Interim President through 2016, Executive Director John Moore announced today. Barnette, 30, succeeds his mother-in-law, Brenda Billings, who died of a brain aneurysm on April 13. Barnette, […]

Donor launches $10,000 Brenda Billings Match Campaign

Last night, The Denver Actors Fund announced a $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor in memory of the non-profit organization’s late president, Brenda Billings. It represents the largest gift in the nearly 3-year history of the organization, which provides financial and other relief to local theatre artists in situational medical need. The announcement was made […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: ShaShauna Staton

Financial-aid recipient: ShaShauna Staton is an actor, director, wife, mother and daughter of the beloved late founder of Shadow Theatre founder, Jeffrey Nickelson. Most recently, Staton appeared in Vintage Theatre’s “Ain’t Misbehavin” at the very same theatre her father opened in April 2008, about 16 months before his death at 53. Staton played Armelia alongside […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Kevin Lowry

Financial-aid recipient: Kevin Lowry is an actor, improviser, teacher and photographer whose recent credits include “12 Angry Men” for the Cherry Creek Theatre, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” for The Edge Theatre, “The 39 Steps” for the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre and “Juliet and Romeo” for the Betsy Stage. Other credits include the Arvada Center, […]

‘Legally Blonde’ director, screenwriters to join DAF screening

As Elle says in the 2001 cult classic film Legally Blonde: “Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.” We are so not shooting any husbands, because we are very happy people. The Alamo Drafthouse Denver has just announced that Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic and screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah will come […]

Evening of songs to honor Brenda Billings at Hard Rock Cafe

The Denver Actors Fund will present an evening of songs on Tuesday, May 10, in honor of its late President, Brenda Billings. Billings was the co-Artistic Director at Miners Alley Playhouse, President of the Denver Actors Fund and a longtime contributor to Colorado’s non-profit community. She died April 13 of complications from a sudden brain hemorrhage […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Eric and Jenny Mather

Financial-aid recipients: Eric Mather is one of Denver’s most gifted comic actors, most recently having played Inspector Hans Kemp in Town Hall Arts Center’s “Young Frankenstein.” Denver Post Theater critic John Moore once wrote of Mather: “Here’s a guaranteed formula for staging a successful comedy: Cast Eric Mather, wind him up like a child’s toy, […]

Penny Dwyer joins Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors

  The Denver Actors Fund has appointed Penny Dwyer to its Board of Directors, President Brenda Billings announced today. “Penny Dwyer will bring wisdom, leadership and sensitivity to the job through her many years in the theatre community,” said Billings. “I have always been impressed by her groundedness, her sensibility and sensitivity. She has a great […]

Denver Sonnets Project, No. 78: Erica Lee Johnson

By John Moore CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun […]

Brenda Billings named Denver Actors Fund President

Brenda Billings, Artistic Director at Miners Alley Playhouse and a longtime contributor to Colorado’s non-profit community, has been named President of The Denver Actors Fund, Executive Director John Moore announced today. “I am honored and very enthused to join the Denver Actors Fund,” Billings said. “The founding of this unique and vital organization is making […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Amy Malmgren

Watch: Amy Malmgren is interviewed along with the rest of The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors on a recent episode of  “In Focus With Eden Lane.” Update: So there is a reason we have legal counsel! The Denver Actors Fund has a stipulation that was unanimously approved by its board of directors upon founding […]

BDT Stage raises $5,173 for Denver Actors Fund

Photo by Glenn Ross.   BDT Stage’s special added performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” raised a total of $5,173.29 for the Denver Actors Fund, making it one of the two most successful evenings in the growing non-profit’s short history. Of that total, $1,660 comes directly from performers and musicians donating their show pay. Another […]

Denver Sonnets Project, No. 11: Crystal Verdon Eisele

Denver Sonnets Project, No. 11: Crystal Verdon Eisele

By John Moore CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Joe Majestic

Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told. Financial-aid recipient: Littleton native Joe Majestic, a graduate of Arapahoe High School, appeared as Lewis in Ignite Theatre’s “Pippin,” and as Bobby in “Cabaret.”  He also played a […]

Denver Sonnets Project, No. 55: Cajardo Rameer Lindsey

By John Moore CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun […]

Video: DAF Night at ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is coming Feb. 17

Wayne Kennedy, star of BDT Stage’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” introduces a special added performance of the hit musical on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to benefit the Denver Actors Fund. Kennedy talks about when his 1-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia and why “the introduction of the DAF is so important for people in my business.” […]

Testimonial: GerRee Hinshaw on the Denver Actors Fund

A testimonial from GerRee Hinshaw, pictured above performing in the 2013 presentation of “BALLS!, A Holiday Spectacular.” This year’s “BALLS!” benefits the Denver Actors Fund: “One Sunday morning last April, my husband, Lee, called me from his parents’ Washington farm with the unimaginable news that his dad had just died in an accident. My son, Manny, and […]

Young ‘Oz’ actor speaks up for Denver Actors Fund

  On Saturday morning, young Theatre of Academy Arts actor Hannah Katz spoke to audiences at the Town Hall Arts Center in support of the Denver Actors Fund. “We are lucky to have so many gifted, talented, caring, dedicated actors in the professional theatre community who set great examples for us both onstage and off,” […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Sheila Ivy Traister

Sheila Ivy Traister, left, in “99 Histories” for Theatre Esprit Asia last year at the Vintage Theatre.   Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told. Financial-aid recipient: Actor, director and playwright Sheila Ivy Traister […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Laura Adducci

Laura and Lucien Adducci.   Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told. Financial-aid recipient: Laura Adducci is the Program Director at Mirror Image Arts, a nonprofit outreach performance company whose mission is to take […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Shelly Bordas

  Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told. Financial-aid recipient: Shelly Bordas is a Denver actor and teacher who has appeared in dozens of plays all around Colorado, including memorable turns in Theatre Group’s […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Marq Del Monte

  Marq Del Monte, second from right, appeared in John Moore’s play, “Maureen Dowd’s Dark, Delicious Descent into Denver Hell, An Edible Cautionary Tale,” as part of The Mile High 24 Play Festival on June 2 at the Spark Theatre. From left: Lindsey I. Benge, Deb Flomberg, Karen Kargel, Del Monte and Desiree Phillips.   Note: […]

The online ‘Miscast 2014 Auction’: Bid now!

  As the countdown to “Miscast 2014” enters its final week, the Denver Actors Fund is tickled to introduce the 2014 Miscast Auction: Services provided by artists as they are “cast” in real life. Many of our most accomplished actors and artists have off-stage careers that call upon a wide variety of real-world skills. Some […]

DSA students make remarkable, record donation to Denver Actors Fund

From left: Amelia Corrada (Penny), Madison Kitchen (Tracy), Jeremy Willis (Seaweed), Claire Willcutt, John Moore and Jimmy Bruenger (Link Larkin). Twelve days before Denver School of the Arts was to open its fall all-school musical “Hairspray,” cast members Jimmy Bruenger and his little sister, Damiana, learned their father, James, had died of a sudden heart […]

Announcing: Performer lineup for “Miscast 2014”!

Steven Burge was the uncontested “Best Dressed” performer at Miscast 2009. What surprises are in store for this year? Photo by John Moore.   By John Moore Robert Michael Sanders today announced the performance roster for “Miscast 2014,” a fundraiser hosted by the Aurora Fox Theatre on Sept. 29 as a benefit for the Denver […]