Denver Actors Fund in Action: Jaime Lujan

Jaime Lujan, far right, and the cast of The LIDA project's "Watershed, Part 1," a collaboration with Metropolitan State University. Photo by John Moore.

Jaime Lujan, far right, and the cast of The LIDA project’s ‘Watershed, Part 1,’ a 2013 collaboration with Metropolitan State University. Photo by John Moore.

 

Financial-aid recipient: Jaime Lujan is an actor, vocalist and performance artist who has been active in the Colorado theatre community for 17 years. Her credits include the DCPA Theatre Company (“Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner,” understudy), the Arvada Center (“The Rise and Fall of Little Voice”) and Curious Theatre (“The Denver Project”). In 2013, she appeared in “Watershed,” a two-part collaboration between Denver’s experimental collective the LIDA Project and Metropolitan State University. The original piece explored issues of water – both too much and too little – in America. Wrote Lisa Kennedy of The Denver Post: “Let’s start with the stunning. Terry Burnsed and Jaime Lujan blaze as decent, weather-trodden folk who’ve lost a child to pneumonia.”

Her story: Two years ago, The Denver Actors Fund made $1,000 available to Jaime Lujan after she had a full right knee replacement surgery. In May of this year, Jaime fell and tore the rotator cuff in her right shoulder. Surgery to repair the torn ligaments in July found the damage to be much more severe than doctors originally thought. Jaime’s arm will be in a sling for up to four months, during which she cannot work her job as an Aurora Public Schools substitute teacher or even drive. Until she is cleared to return to work in mid-October or early November, she will have no income.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund board of directors has approved a second gift of $2,700 to help Jaime cover essential living expenses over the next three months. The Denver Actors Fund is also mobilizing volunteers to potentially help with driving and household chores. To date, the DAF has now made a combined $3,800 available to Jaime Lujan, and provided about 20 hours of volunteer assistance.

(Note: To volunteer to become a member of one of the Denver Actors Fund’s volunteer Action Teams, sign up here.)

How you can help us help Jaime Lujan more: If you would like to direct a specific, additional donation to Jaime Lujan, simply mail checks made out in her name (note the spelling of first name) to Denver Actors Fund, P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO, 80212. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is targeted for Jaime Lujan. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Jaime Lujan: “As a single woman on your own, you are used to taking care of yourself without the help of others. In fact, your self-expectations are that you are a ‘super woman’ and that you can do it all! But when you have a major surgery, the reality is you are mentally and physically fatigued, and your recovery does not necessarily go as quickly as you would like. So you find yourself reaching out to friends for help. I’m fortunate to have a fantastic and generous theater community that has come to my aid. The financial grant and volunteer help provided by The Denver Actors Fund will help me navigate these next couple months financially so I can concentrate on healing.”

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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.


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund, please CLICK HERE (with our humble thanks)


ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:


Video above: The Denver Actors Fund receives the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2016 Community Impact Award.

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $119,000 to artists facing medical need. In addition to financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers offers good neighborly assistance including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at DenverActorsFund.Org.


HOW TO APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212

ATTEND UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND EVENTS:

COMING SEPTEMBER 25: MISCAST 2017

“Miscast,” the major annual fundraiser produced and presented by the Denver Actors Fund, is an opportunity for local performers to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legit stage. Think gender-bending, race-bending and age-bending. Odd couples and mixed groups. Wrong is oh so right. “Miscast” has evolved over the years into one of the biggest nights of the year in the Colorado theatre community – and it is a really good show. The video below showing one 2016 number has now been viewed more than 400,000 times online. “Miscast2017” will be held Sept. 25 at the Town Hall Arts Center, and it will sell out, so reserve your seats now. Tickets only $20. BUY ONLINE

 

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema At Sloan’s Lake hosts a monthly film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals and plays that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 28: A Chorus Line, with entertainment from the Arvada Center. CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Cathrine Floyd

Cathrine Floyd, seen here with as Miss Lark in ‘Mary Poppins’ with her daughters, was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after this photo was taken.

 

Financial aid recipient: Cathrine Floyd (pronounced KUH-TREE-nuh), played Miss Lark in Englewood Summer Drama’s 2016 production of Mary Poppins alongside her daughters, Emma and Hanna.

Cathrine’s story: Shortly after Mary Poppins ended, Cathrine was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, Cathrine was found to be cancer-free last month. The bills have continued to roll in however. In their application, the Floyds sought help with a late-arriving $720 bill from Sky Ridge Medical Center for her radiation treatments.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund has paid the $720 bill in full.

How you can help us help the family more: If you would like to direct an additional donation to help give the Floyd family some more financial breathing room, simply mail a check in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Cathrine Floyd’s name written in the topic field), to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is targeted for Cathrine Floyd. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Cathrine: “My family and I are so grateful to all of those who have donated to Denver Actors Fund. This is such a huge blessing for my family. We hope our story will inspire others to help their fellow actors.”

(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.)

(Note: To volunteer to become a member of one of the Denver Actors Fund’s volunteer Action Teams, sign up here.)


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund, please CLICK HERE (with our humble thanks)


ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:


Video above: The Denver Actors Fund receives the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2016 Community Impact Award.

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $112,000 to artists facing medical need. In addition to financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers offers good neighborly assistance including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at DenverActorsFund.Org.


HOW TO APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212

ATTEND UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND EVENTS:

COMING SEPTEMBER 25: MISCAST 2017

“Miscast,” the major annual fundraiser produced and presented by the Denver Actors Fund, is an opportunity for local performers to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legit stage. Think gender-bending, race-bending and age-bending. Odd couples and mixed groups. Wrong is oh so right. “Miscast” has evolved over the years into one of the biggest nights of the year in the Colorado theatre community – and it is a really good show. The video below showing one 2016 number has now been viewed more than 400,000 times online. “Miscast2017” will be held Sept. 25 at the Town Hall Arts Center, and it will sell out, so reserve your seats now. Tickets only $20. BUY ONLINE

 

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema At Sloan’s Lake hosts a monthly film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals and plays that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 28: A Chorus Line, with entertainment from the Arvada Center. CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM ‘DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …’ FILM SERIES:

NOTE: OUR MONTHLY FILM SERIES HAS MOVED FROM LITTLETON TO THE NEW ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AT SLOAN’S LAKE.

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Emily K. Harrison

Financial aid recipient: Actor and producer Emily K. Harrison is the founder of the now 12-year old, intentionally lower-cased square product theatre. She just completed a controversial turn playing child beauty queen and murder victim JonBenét Ramsey in House of Gold, performed in Ramsey’s hometown of Boulder. Joanne Ostrow of The Denver Post called it “a surreal ride that’s surprisingly effective and even profound at times.” The mission of square product, Harrison says, “is to engage in radical acts of inquiry that leave an audience with just as many questions as answers.” Harrison, also an adjunct theatre professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, leaves next week for a year-long assignment at Brunel University London, where she will teach acting, playwriting and script analysis, while also creating a devised piece with students. In 2011, Harrison was named a Colorado Creative Pathmaker by The Denver Post.

Emily K. Harrison just played JonBenét Ramsey in ‘House of Gold’ in Boulder. Photo by Michael Ensminger

Emily’s story: Abdominal pain sent Emily to the E.R. back in March, for which she was successfully treated. Her insurance paid all but about $600 of the $11,000 bill – or so she thought. Five months later, and just weeks from leaving for London, Emily was hit with a bill for an additional $1,519.75 from the Good Samaritan Medical Center. Turns out her insurance company decided to kick back that $1,519.75 to the hospital as “patient responsibility,” without explanation. Adjunct teachers have very limited income in the summer, and Harrison was given only two weeks to pay the unexpected bill.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund board has  voted to cover the entire $1,519.75.

A message from Emily: “I’m so grateful to the Denver Actors Fund and each and every person who has donated money, goods or services over the course of the past few years. Theatre is not exactly a lucrative career; we choose it because we love it, and it’s nice to know that when unexpected expenses like this pop up – expenses connected to circumstances beyond our control – there’s support for us that allows us to keep doing what we love.”

To volunteer to become a member of one of the Denver Actors Fund’s volunteer Action Teams, sign up here.

(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.)


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund:

Please CLICK HERE (with our humble thanks)


ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:


Video above: The Denver Actors Fund receives the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2016 Community Impact Award.

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $113,000 to artists facing medical need. In addition to financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers offers good neighborly assistance including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at DenverActorsFund.Org.


HOW TO APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212

ATTEND UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND EVENTS:

COMING SEPTEMBER 25: “MISCAST 2017”
“Miscast,” the major annual fundraiser produced and presented by the Denver Actors Fund, is an opportunity for local performers to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legit stage. Think gender-bending, race-bending and age-bending. Odd couples and mixed groups. Wrong is oh so right. “Miscast” has evolved over the years into one of the biggest nights of the year in the Colorado theatre community – and it is a really good show. The video below showing one 2016 number has now been viewed more than 400,000 times online. “Miscast2017” will be held Sept. 25 at the Town Hall Arts Center, and it will sell out, so reserve your seats now. Tickets only $20. BUY ONLINE

 

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema At Sloan’s Lake hosts a monthly film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals and plays that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 28: A Chorus Line, with entertainment from the Arvada Center. CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM ‘DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …’ FILM SERIES:

NOTE: OUR MONTHLY FILM SERIES HAS MOVED FROM LITTLETON TO THE NEW ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AT SLOAN’S LAKE.

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Christopher Tye

Financial aid recipient: Adrianna Tye is the mother of actor Christopher Tye, who appeared as Curtis Taylor Jr. in Ignite Theatre’s production of “Dreamgirls” in 2014-15 at the Aurora Fox. Christopher died without warning on July 20, his birthday. He was 36. “He died too young and without warning or signs,” said his wife, Tahesha Tye. Christopher also leaves a 17-year-old daughter. Here is the online death notice. Adrianna Tye has now lost both of her sons within the past two years.

Christopher’s story: Christopher recently appeared in a Whitney Houston tribute with the mayor’s wife, Mary Louise Lee. He has been singing professionally since age 11. By 12, he was majoring in music and theatre at Denver School of the Art. Later at Montbello High School, he was one of four vocalists chosen to be part of the “Colorado Youth Pops Orchestra,” earning a $1,000 college scholarship. He transferred to Denver East High School, where he was a member of the East High Angelaires, There, he appeared in many theatrical productions, including “The Music Man,” “Oedipus Rex” and “Three Penny Opera.” By his senior year, he had been a member of the Denver Pub;ic Schools Citywide Choir for 10 years and the Colorado All-State Choir for two. Recently, Christopher was cast in the chorus of Central City Opera’s production of Showboat. He also was a member of the nationally recording gospel music group “Spirit of Grace.” He was known for having a five-octave singing range.

How we will help: The Tye family received some social assistance on the burial expenses but still owes $1,500 of the $3,070 bill. In addition, they have yet to purchase a headstone because of the cost. Denver Actors Fund bylaws specifically allow for burial expenses as a medical expense. The board has approved a gift of $2,500 to help Adrianna and Tahesha Tye pay for burial expenses.

How you can help us help the family more: If you would like to direct a specific additional donation to help give the Tye family more breathing room, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Christopher Tye’s name written in the topic field), to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is a targeted donation in honor of Christopher Tye. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

To volunteer to become a member of one of the Denver Actors Fund’s volunteer Action Teams, sign up here.

(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.)


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund:

Please CLICK HERE (with our humble thanks)


ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:


Video above: The Denver Actors Fund receives the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2016 Community Impact Award.

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $112,000 to artists facing medical need. In addition to financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers offers good neighborly assistance including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at DenverActorsFund.Org.


HOW TO APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212

ATTEND UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND EVENTS:

COMING SEPTEMBER 25: “MISCAST 2017”
“Miscast,” the major annual fundraiser produced and presented by the Denver Actors Fund, is an opportunity for local performers to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legit stage. Think gender-bending, race-bending and age-bending. Odd couples and mixed groups. Wrong is oh so right. “Miscast” has evolved over the years into one of the biggest nights of the year in the Colorado theatre community – and it is a really good show. The video below showing one 2016 number has now been viewed more than 400,000 times online. “Miscast2017” will be held Sept. 25 at the Town Hall Arts Center, and it will sell out, so reserve your seats now. Tickets only $20. BUY ONLINE

 

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema At Sloan’s Lake hosts a monthly film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals and plays that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 28: A Chorus Line, with entertainment from the Arvada Center. CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM ‘DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …’ FILM SERIES:

NOTE: OUR MONTHLY FILM SERIES HAS MOVED FROM LITTLETON TO THE NEW ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AT SLOAN’S LAKE.

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more