Denver Actors Fund in Action: Tara Falk

‘No matter what we did, we could not stop the bills from piling up into the thousands’ Aid recipient: Tara Falk is an acclaimed local actor who recently appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company’s “Sweat.” Previous local roles have included Curious Theatre Company’s “Hand to God” and “Time Stands Still”; as well as Senior Housing […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Joanie Brosseau-Rubald

‘I found myself faced with bills I thought would be covered by my insurance but weren’t’ Aid recipient: Littleton native Joanie Brosseau-Rubald has been performing regularly at BDT Stage for 23 years, most recently appearing in “A Christmas Story,” “Disenchanted,” “Motones vs. Jerseys” and “Mamma Mia.” Seminal roles have included playing Eva Peron in “Evita,” […]

Todd Debreceni

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Todd Debreceni

  ‘I’ve seen more doctors since January 7 than I’ve seen in, well, ever!’ Aid recipient: Todd Debreceni of Aurora is Colorado’s most experienced and awarded prosthetic makeup effects artist, with more than 40 years in the entertainment industry. He has created prosthetics and special effects for innumerable film and local stage productions, most recently […]

Mark Duran

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Mark Duran

‘My dad was a hard-working, loving and vibrant man who will be missed every day.’ Qualifying artist: Mark Duran of Denver was the Stage Vice President of IATSE Local 7. He worked dozens of Denver Center shows at the Buell Theatre, including having had a large hand in Denver’s pre-Broadway run of Disney’s “Frozen.” He […]

Katie Burke

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Katie Burke

  ‘I am now able to continue working in the theatre without incredible financial stress’ Aid recipient: Katie Burke is a Fort Collins actor and teacher who last appeared in “A Wonderful Life” at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown. Other credits include at Missoula Children’s Theater, Up In Lights and playing Cinderella’s dreadful stepsister in […]

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Cole Emarine

  ‘Not knowing what is wrong with your body is scary. Not being able to get answers is even worse.’ Aid recipient: Actor, dancer, costumer and choreographer Cole Emarine is a Fort Collins native who has worked on more than 150 productions across the Front Range, and in a variety of capacities. Most recently, he […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Kristy E. Pike

  ‘I am incredibly grateful to have Denver Actor’s Fund as a resource’ Aid recipient: Boulder’s Kristy E. Pike directed and designed the lighting for The Upstart Crow Theatre Company’s The Lion in Winter in August 2018, with previous lighting credits including As You Like It and Pygmalion. She is currently designing the lighting for […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Danielle Hermon Wood

  ‘When I was diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome, I was sad, but I wasn’t going to let it bring me down.’ Aid recipient: Longmont actor Danielle Hermon Wood was nominated for a Henry Award for her performance as The Lady of the Lake in Inspire Theatre Company’s 2016 production of “Spamalot” at the PACE Center […]


Denver Actors Fund in Action: Beki Pineda

‘The Denver Actors Fund’s volunteer angels stepped up and came through the way they always do.’ Aid recipient: Properties Director Beki Pineda, who was given the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Henry Awards, has been an active member of the Colorado theatre community since the early 1980s. She started as a […]

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Cipriano Ortega

  ‘I am beyond grateful for this. Truly, I cannot thank all of you enough.’ Aid recipient: Denver native Cipriano Ortega is an actor, artist, musician and educator who in the past five years has performed in two productions at Su Teatro (“Dona Rosita’s Japapeno Kitchen” and “Christmas in Colorado”), and in Curious Theatre’s 2017 […]

Adam Russell Johnson

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Adam Russell Johnson

  ‘Thank you for helping me pay for the orthotics that allow me to live and walk and perform safely and comfortably.’ Aid recipient: Boulder actor Adam Russell Johnson next will appear in Phamaly Theatre Company’s August 2019 production of “Chicago” at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Most recently, he appeared in Phamaly’s 30th anniversary […]

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Denver Actors Fund: Jordan Manchego and others

  Thornton dentist Brian Kelly now has donated $30,000 in free dental care to Colorado theatre artists Aid recipient: Longtime Denver actor Jordan Manchego most recently appeared in “Cry-Baby The Musical” for Equinox Theatre Company. He is a graduate of Prairie View High School in Henderson and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Among […]

Denver Actors Fund names Gibley president, adds three to board

  Chris Gibley will lead expanded board that now also includes Gail Bransteitter, Dr. Kelli Lewis and Fletcher Woolsey The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors has voted unanimously for Littleton native Chris Gibley to become its next President. Gibley has 30 years of business experience holding senior management positions with Arthur Andersen, the Federal […]

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: DaNia Mortimer

Just after pregnant actor was ordered on bed rest, her daughter was diagnosed with cancer Aid recipient: Denver actor and soprano DaNia Mortimer is a longtime member of the local theatre community. Her credits include “Little Women,” “Annie” and “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Town Hall Arts Center and Performance Now’s “South Pacific” in 2013. […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Jacob Villarreal

‘I’m now able to replenish funds that were lost while I was sick.’ Aid recipient: Actor Jacob Villarreal has been an active member of the Colorado theatre community since first moving here in 2012. You may have seen him around the state in “Forever Plaid,” “Hair,” “In the Heights,” “The Music Man,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” […]

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: David Jensen

‘To have a resource like The Denver Actors Fund touches me so very deeply.’ Aid recipient: David Jensen just completed a run of “Our Town” at Miners Alley Playhouse playing the town drunk, Simon Stimson. David’s recent roles have included Henry and others in “Angels in America,” directed by Timothy McCracken; Dr. John Buchanan Sr. […]

Mark Dissette

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Mark Dissette

  ‘Ask for the help. God knows we all need it at one time or another.’ Aid recipient: For all 30 years of the acclaimed Phamaly Theatre Company‘s existence, Denver actor Mark Dissette has been a member. Phamaly is one of the only companies in the world that exists to create performance opportunities for actors […]

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Luke Rahmsdorff-Terry

  ‘This is a huge comfort, and a weight off of my mind’ Aid recipient: Luke Rahmsdorff-Terry is a longtime local actor, director and sound director, mostly with Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre. He played Ed Carmichael, the chime-playing son-in-law, in Spotlight’s farewell production of “You Can’t Take It With You” last September. Before that, he was […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Teal Jandrain $4,195

  ‘Now I can use my strengths and energy to help others and pay it forward’ Aid recipient: Actor Teal Jandrain is a Fort Collins native who has has been acting since childhood. She got her start at the educational Debut Theatre Company, and has been a company member with OpenStage Theatre Company for two […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Regina Fernandez: $2,440

  ‘This means more to me than you could possibly know’ Aid recipient: Actor Regina Fernandez is a company member for the Arvada Center’s 2019 black-box season, meaning she is currently appearing in “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “The Moors” and “Sin Street Social Club” – all at the same time. In 2017, she appeared […]

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Kathleen Traylor

‘Thanks to The Denver Actors Fund, I will be able to hear my director, my fellow actors and the band’ Aid recipient: Kathleen Traylor of Littleton is one of the founding members of Phamaly Theatre Company, which she helped to create in 1989 when she and four other students from the Boettcher School in Denver […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Katrina Niemisto

‘Here I am. Breathing, because of you.’ Aid recipient: Katrina Niemisto of Denver is a stage manager in the local theatre community who has worked most recently at the Lone Tree Arts Center and for the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Colorado New Play Summit. Her medical story: Katrina recently underwent a complicated hip surgery necessitated […]


Denver Actors Fund in Action: Matthew D. Peters

  ‘I’m so thankful for this amazing program that has helped so many actors in town, now including myself’ Aid recipient: Boulder High School graduate Matthew D. Peters is a busy actor, director and choreographer who most recently directed ‘The Little Mermaid’ for BDT Stage (and played Jetsam), choreographed ‘Newsies’ for Candlelight Dinner Playhouse and […]

Amy Arpan

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Amy Arpan

‘It’s powerful medicine to know there are great people out there in the world,’ says the actor Aid recipient: Amy Arpan is an actor and circus choreographer who most recently appeared as Mrs. Soames in Miners Alley Playhouse’s March production of “Our Town.” She is also the owner and principal performer at Amy Arpan’s Illusions […]

Matt Gnojek

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Matt Gnojek

A superhero in our midst injured in the service of others finds a community waiting to help him in his time of need Aid recipient: Denver native Matt Gnojek recently starred as Seymour in Equinox Theatre Company’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. The Aurora Sentinel’s Ramsey Scott called Gnojek “an amazing singer whose talent […]

Kenny Moten joins Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors

‘Kenny Moten does everything with integrity. He’s a solid human being.’ If you think being a performer is hard, try being a performer and the owner of your own entertainment and consulting company. Kenny Moten makes the transition from actor to producer to businessman and back again in same manner that often describes his rich […]

Rob Riney

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Rob Riney

‘Without your help, I never would have been able to see a light at the end of this very long tunnel.’ Aid recipient: Rob Riney has performed on stages around the state for more than 10 years, most recently in the Aurora Fox’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Equinox Theatre’s Disaster The Musical and the […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Kent Sugg, $4,337

‘I’m blown away by the kindness and generosity of The Denver Actors Fund.’ Aid recipient: Kent Sugg is a veteran actor and director living in Boulder. He is currently playing Fagin in Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s production of Oliver! after having played the title role in Scrooge and a member of the ensemble in Mary Poppins. […]

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Emma Maxfield

  Aid recipient: Emma Maxfield is a busy local actor currently performing in the Arvada Center’s children’s theatre production of Seussical and having just understudied the two female roles in BDT Stage’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in Boulder. She previously starred as Julia in Performance Now’s The Wedding Singer and played Taylor […]

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Miriam Suzanne

Aid recipient: Miriam Suzanne is a True West Award-winning writer, director, producer, actor and musician whose unconventional novel Riding SideSaddle was adapted for the stage by Buntport Theater in 2016 as 10 Myths on the Proper Application of Beauty Products. The play, a story of gender fluidity and transition, took place in a bathroom as […]