Denver Actors Fund in Action: Trenton J. Schindele

Last year, Trenton J. Schindele performed at ‘Project Careaoke’ to help raise funds for The Denver Actors Fund, only days after starting to have epileptic-like seizures.

‘Because of this help, I am able to stay active and stay walking’

Aid recipient: Trenton J. Schindele of Northglenn is a longtime actor for the Phamaly Theatre Company, having appeared in many productions including “Evita,” “Fuddy Meers,” “Cabaret” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” (“As Motel, Trenton Schindele is authentic and down-to-earth,” wrote Juliet Wittman of Westword.) Most recently he played slimeball murder victim Fred Casely in “Chicago,” The Wolf in “Into the Woods” and was featured in Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s “Going to a Place Where You Already Are” at the Dairy Arts Center. He was trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. By day he works as a retail associate at The Green Solution dispensary in Littleton.

His original medical story: Trenton has quadriplegic displagic cerebral palsy, which comes with painful and often debilitating muscle spasms from the neck down, as well as hearing loss. Trenton was in need of new leg braces to help him walk, as well as funds for a wheelchair, as his disease has progressed and his doctors have told him his condition will only get worse. In March 2018, The Denver Actors Fund approved a grant of $3,578 to buy Trenton a modest, non-motorized new wheelchair and new leg braces.

The second chapter: Last year, Trenton began to experience epileptic-like seizures and was placed on unpaid leave from his job while doctors pursued a diagnosis. Trenton needed an essential MRI for diagnosing the source, but was required to pay his portion of the bill not covered by insurance up front. The Denver Actors Fund reimbursed Trenton with $621 so that he could get the test done without further delay. Trenton was then hospitalized to hopefully pinpoint the source of his seizures and how best to treat them. To give the Schindeles some  breathing room, the DAF  authorized an additional $2,400 to help with essential living expenses. Trenton eventually was cleared to return to work, but only after he his wife vacated their apartment and moved into his parents’ house to best manage their expenses.

The third chapter: While Trenton was focused on continuing to pay down his ongoing medical expenses, he recently was found to have eight cavities and would require fillings, a root canal and two crowns. The Denver Actors Fund referred him to our partnering dentist, Dr. Brian Kelly DDS, who provides emergency dental care to a limited number of qualified DAF applicants each year through The Dental Center at Thornton Plaza as their in-kind donation to The Denver Actors Fund. Dr. Kelly’s goal with each of our patients is to move them from disease to health, and so undertook an extensive (and now completed!) treatment program for Trenton. Even after Trenton’s insurance kicked in through work, Trenton would have owed $2,104 for Dr. Kelly’s treatment. But because of our partnership – and Dr. Kelly’s benevolence – Trenton paid nothing. We kicked in for a $99 lab fee. Because of his other existing financial obligations, Trenton now says, he “no doubt” would have let his teeth get worse before seeking treatment because he simply would not have been able to afford it. Instead, he is now free of any gum disease.

All in all: Including targeted donations, the Denver Actors Fund has now provided the Schindeles with $9,294 in financial and in-kind medical assistance.

Trenton J. Schindele warms up for a performance as Molel in Phamaly’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in 2013 at the Denver Center. Photo by John Moore.

How you can help us help Trenton more: Even with this boost, the Schindeles face an uncertain immediate financial future at best. If you would like to direct a specific, additional donation to Trenton, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Trenton’s name in the topic field) to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO, 80211. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is targeted for Trenton J. Schindele. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Trenton: “I am am so thankful to the Denver Actors Fund. ‘Thank you for helping me continue to do what I love on the stage and continue my daily life with all of the people I love and adore, both in the cannabis industry and in the acting community. Because of this help, I am able to stay active and stay walking.”

Read testimonials from other Denver Actors Fund beneficiaries 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.

 

Trenton J. Schindele played the deceptively affable Ernst Ludwig in Phamaly’s ‘Cabaret’ in 2015. Photo by John Moore.


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

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


ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. In addition to $398,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers has offered good neighborly assistance to more than 130 beneficiaries 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 80211

VOLUNTEER:

Ever thought about taking a more active role in the Denver Actors Fund? Click here for more information

COME TO THE EVENTS THAT SUPPORT US:

Barton BrothersMONDAY, OCTOBER 28: You know Jack Barton in the title roles of BDT Stage’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.” He’s also half of an infectious, high-energy dueling piano duet called The Barton Brothers, who mix piano-bar sing-along classics with updated contemporary covers and original songs. Jack and Dan Barton are classically trained pianists and childhood choir nerds who grew up sharing stereos, piano teachers and bunk beds, developing a familiar musical vocabulary from the beginning. They’ll be taking over the BDT Stage stage for one night only, and BDT will donate $5 from every $25 ticket sold to The Denver Actors Fund. BDT is one of our greatest community partners. Please help them to continue to help us in aiding the incredible artists who make BDT Stage and all Colorado theatre such a wonderful and vibrant community. Note: There will be an a la carte menu available, but no food is included with the ticket for this event. Starys and 7 p.m. at 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, GET TICKETS HERE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28: Music Director and longtime Denver Actors Fund supporter Mitch Samu, who recently moved to New York, will be back with a DAF fundraising concert at Columbine United Church. He’s arranged for some local singers to perform at the gathering to raise a little money for the DAF while also asking attendees to bringing clean white man’s crew socks to be distributed to downtown homeless by local actors Tim Fishbaugh and Carla Kaiser Kotrc. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at 6375 S Platte Canyon Road in Littleton.

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Jay Louden

Jay Louden, left, played Willy in the musical parody ‘Rock of Aging’ last year for the Firehouse Theatre with Deborah Montgomery and Shelley McMillion. Photo by Christine Fisk.

 

Aid recipient: Jay Louden has been a longtime actor and director with the Evergreen Players, having most recently directed “The Dining Room” and performed in “The Explorer’s Club.” and “Enchanted April.” He has directed more than 30 productions, including “The 39 Steps” last month for StageDoor Theatre in Conifer.  Last year, he appeared in Firehouse Theatre’s musical parody “Rock of Aging.” and in 2013 played Bill Fordham in Abster Productions’ August: “Osage County” (pictured below and right). In 1979, he made a guest appearance on TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He played Liator in first-season episode “Justice.” Other TV credits include “A Minor Miracle,” the miniseries “Celebrity,” and “Dream West” (with F. Murray Abraham), “Jake and the Fatman,” “Laker Girls,” after which he eared his MFA in Directing from the University of California Irvine. Jay also taught theatre at Front Range Community College and Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, and is certified by the National Society of Fight Choreographers.

His medical story: Jay was hospitalized three times between November and January because of  diverticulitis, a condition where pouches form in the wall of the colon. If they become infected and rupture, it can be can be fatal. Jay had a major operation to remove an offending 1-foot section of his colon in December and then developed an infection that required another surgery in January. He then needed home care for about a month as he recovered. Now the bills are coming in, and although he has health insurance through his wife’s job, he still was facing $6,810 in post-insurance bills from Centura Health Avista Hospital, radiologists, acute-car clinicians and the anesthesiologist.  And his home-car bills have not yet come in.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund has approved an initial grant of $4,000 to help Jay work down over overall financial burden. Combined with targeted donations from the public, the DAF has made a total of $4,335 available to Jay.

How you can help us help Jay more: Even with this boost, Jay still faces $2,810 in unpaid medical bills, with an expectation of more bills to come. If you would like to direct a specific, additional donation to Jay, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Jay Louden’s name 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 Jay Louden. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Jay: “I am eternally grateful for the assistance that the Denver Actors Fund provided me. This generous donation will help us weather the storm after the storm.”

Read testimonials from other Denver Actors Fund beneficiaries 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 $210,000 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:

Saturday, March 24: WAITING FOR OBAMA

Heeding the call from Florida high-school students for a national day of dialogue, marches and protest, the Bas Bleu Theatre will present a community conversation on the prevalence of gun violence in America, followed by a reading of John Moore’s play Waiting for Obama about one Colorado family that, like so many others, is deeply divided by polarizing political beliefs. Waiting for Obama was praised at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival as “a powerful and timely play that depicts the problem of gun violence in the United States in an emotional but often humorous light.” The cast will include Laurence Curry, Chris Kendall, Leslie O’Carroll, Drew Horwitz, Maggy Stacy, John Hauser and Jenna Moll Reyes. Panel at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, with the reading to follow at 7:30. p.m. Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St. in Fort Collins, CO 80524. Admission is free but donations to the Denver Actors Fund will be accepted. Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 970-498-8949 or emailing basbleu@basbleu.org.

Monday, March 26: TOMMY

Join us on Monday, March 24, at Alamo Drafthouse by Sloan’s Lake for our next monthly film series event: The Who’s rock-concept film Tommy with live entertainment, ticket giveaways and other fun with the cast of the DCPA Theatre Company’s upcoming stage production of The Who’s Tommy. Scheduled to appear is Broadway and TV star Andy Mientus, star of Spring Awakening and Smash, and Lulu Fall (“Hair”), who plays The Acid Queen. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with the film starting at 7. CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED SEATS HERE

 

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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: Alli Caw

Alli Caw in Off-Center’s ‘The Wild Party’ for the Denver Center at the Stanley Marketplace. Photo by Adams VisCom.


Aid recipient: Allison Caw is a Philadelphia native who earned her MFA in Theatre at Naropa University in Boulder and recently appeared in Off-Center’s “The Wild Party” for the Denver Center at the Stanley Marketplace. Other Colorado credits include “_______, An Opera,” and “Beowulf, A Thousand Years Of Baggage” for The Catamounts. She has been a member of the local performing community since 2013.

Her medical story: Alli recently aggravated a spinal injury from a past car accident that left her unable to work or walk without assistance. The injury essentially left her in tremendous pain and unable to work for seven weeks. During that time, she had to forfeit several jobs that were essential for her to pay for basic living expenses and was essentially homebound.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund has approved a grant of $2,235 to cover Alli’s doctor-recommended physical therapy and lost wages as she recovered from her injury and was unable to work.

Update: Alli’s recovery has been slower than doctors expected, and has of yet not been able to accept jobs. The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors has approved an additional $1,00o in assistance with basic living expenses, bringing the total of our assistance to $3,235.

How you can help us help Alli more: Even with this boost, Alli faces immediate financial challenges as she gets back to a normal work routine. If you would like to direct a specific, additional donation to Alli, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Allison Caw’s name 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 Allison Caw. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Alli: “Since moving to Denver 2 1/2 years ago, I have been blown away by the incredibly supportive theater community here. Culturally speaking, we live in a society where the arts are underappreciated and underfunded. It is a gift beyond imagining to find a community that not only supports the arts but also the artists themselves. The Denver Actors Fund and its donors acknowledge and address the financial challenges that arise for artists when medical emergencies occur. With their generous, I can continue my healing process without financial stress and worry. Let it be known that Denver gives back to its artists, and I am forever grateful!”

Read testimonials from other Denver Actors Fund beneficiaries 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 $210,000 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:

Monday, March 19: HAMILTON GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the generosity of donors Brian Trampler and Becky DeLio Trampler, The Denver Actors Fund will hold a drawing on March 19 to give away two orchestra seats to the Saturday, March 31, evening performance of Hamilton at the Buell Theatre in Denver. There is a $20 suggested donation per entry, but no donation or purchase is necessary to enter or win. Drawing will be held on Facebook Live. You can’t win if you don’t play the game, and by law there is no purchase or donation required to enter. Give it a shot here.

 

Saturday, March 24: WAITING FOR OBAMA

Heeding the call from Florida high-school students for a national day of dialogue, marches and protest, the Bas Bleu Theatre will present a community conversation on the prevalence of gun violence in America, followed by a reading of John Moore’s play Waiting for Obama about one Colorado family that, like so many others, is deeply divided by polarizing political beliefs. Waiting for Obama was praised at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival as “a powerful and timely play that depicts the problem of gun violence in the United States in an emotional but often humorous light.” The cast will include Laurence Curry, Chris Kendall, Leslie O’Carroll, Drew Horwitz, Maggy Stacy, John Hauser and Jenna Moll Reyes. Panel at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, with the reading to follow at 7:30. p.m. Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St. in Fort Collins, CO 80524. Admission is free but donations to the Denver Actors Fund will be accepted. Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 970-498-8949 or emailing basbleu@basbleu.org.

 

Monday, March 26: TOMMY

Join us on Monday, March 24, at Alamo Drafthouse by Sloan’s Lake for our next monthly film series event: The Who’s rock-concept film Tommy with live entertainment, ticket giveaways and other fun with the cast of the DCPA Theatre Company’s upcoming stage production of The Who’s Tommy. Scheduled to appear is Broadway and TV star Andy Mientus, star of Spring Awakening and Smash. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with the film starting at 7. CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED SEATS HERE

 

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