Denver Actors Fund in Action: Gloria Shanstrom

Aid recipient: Gloria Shanstrom’s involvement in the Colorado performing-arts community began in 1985 as an usher at Boettcher Concert Hall. She was named the  House Manager at the Auditorium Theatre (now the Ellie Caulkins Opera House) in 1997, then the Buell Theatre just before it opened in 1991. In 1997, she was hired as a Marketing Assistant by Denver Center Attractions and was invited to join the Colorado Theatre Guild’s first elected Board of Directors in 1999. She served as the CTG’s General Manager from 2006-17. In 2003, Gloria started Full Court Press to assist small arts organizations with press releases and other publicity responsibilities. She also has served on the boards of Phamaly Theatre Company, Augustana Arts and the Denver Woman’s Press Club.

The Theater Company of Lafayette’s ‘5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche’ (through June 2!) is one of hundreds if not thousands of shows that has used Gloria Shanstrom as its publicist. From left: Joan Harrold, Monterey Hall, Emily Hinteregger, Kay Robbins and Jillian Price. Photo Credit: Ian Gerber.

Her medical story: Shanstrom recently found herself in need of two dental crowns after two fillings came loose. The Denver Actors Fund referred her to Thornton dentist (and former Broadway dancer) Brian Kelly. Through a unique ongoing partnership with the Denver Actors Fund, Kelly accepts a limited number of emergency dental cases referred through the DAF as an in-kind donation. Kelly’s goal is to transition every referred patient from gum disease to health.

How we have helped: Dr. Kelly’s treatment plan for Gloria has now extended over the past two months. The billable value of Kelly’s services to date is $3,759. The amount Kelly has asked the Denver Actors Fund to reimburse has been just $275 for a third-party lab fee. That makes the total valuation of Kelly’s in-kind donation to the Denver Actors Fund in this case to be $3,484.

A message from Gloria: “I had been dealing with the loss of two older fillings for a couple months when I was urged to see Dr. Kelly through The Denver Actors Fund.  I’m so glad I did. Dr. Kelly immediately made me feel at ease with his humor and gentle technique.  He explained what needed to be done and he, along with his fantastic staff, went to work. This was a gift  I will be forever grateful for. Go see Dr. Kelly. It will be the most stress-free dental experience you’ve ever had and, if you like — you can even sing a duet with him.”

How you can help The Denver Actors Fund help more Colorado artists in need: The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $231,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO, 80212. Or use this donation link.

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. In addition to $225,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers has offered good neighborly assistance to more than 100 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 80212

VOLUNTEER:

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

COME TO OUR EVENTS:

Mile High 24: Madness Takes a Holiday! Denver’s annual 24-Hour Playwriting Festival returns for its 5th installment featuring short plays written, staged, and performed over a 24-hour period. This year’s theme centers around eight holidays. All proceeds benefit The Denver Actors Fund, and founder John Moore has once again agreed to be one of the sleepless playwrights. Two shows only, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. n Saturday, June 2, at Denver’s Dangerous Theatre. Click here for more information

 

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: Andrew Metzroth

Aid recipient: Andrew “Metz” Metzroth is a native of Boulder and graduate of Fairview High School who left CU-Boulder with a BA (Religious Studies), a BFA (Theatre Technology and Design) and an MA (Theatre). Overall, Metz has helped create more than 125 shows in the metro area since 2005. He has been an ensemble member of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company since 2010, and served as Production Manager from 2012-16. Recent BETC credits include  Going to a Place Where You Already Are (Lights/Projections), Silent Sky (Lights) and Cyrano (Sound/Music). He currently is employed as Operations Director for CU Presents. Other Colorado credits include Autobahn‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and The Time Machine (Director) at CU-Boulder, and resident stage manager for Stories on Stage (2006–14).

Andrew Metzroth designed lighting and projections for Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s recent production of ‘Going to a Place Where You Already Are.’ Photo by Michael Ensminger.

His medical story: Andrew went to the E.R. several months ago with appendicitis and was taken to surgery for an immediate, emergency appendectomy. His medical bills eventually totaled $5,584. The good news: He has medical insurance. The bad news: His policy comes with an impossibly high annual deductible of $6,000. Meaning he is essentially on the hook for this entire medical ordeal. Andrew and his wife, Amy Cole, responsibly maintained a Health Savings Account with a healthy balance of $2,631 — but that still leaves him with nearly $3,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses. Exacerbating their financial woes: The new parents just moved into a new house in Longmont but within three weeks the roof was ripped up by a wind storm, which, after homeowner’s insurance, added another $1,000 to their present debt. Which just goes to show they have no financial wiggle room.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund board considered a variety of levels of possible compensation. A gift of $2,953.08, combined with the full balance in the couple’s Health Savings Account, would have wiped out the medical portion their debt. But it also would have wiped out their savings and left them with no protection from any forthcoming medical expenses for 2018. So the Board has instead voted to grant more than was originally asked — $3,900 — so that the couple can now keep at least a portion of their current savings.

How you can help us help the couple more: Even with this DAF support, the couple has immediate, non-medical financial bills to pay. As an incorporated medical fund, the DAF can only directly assist beneficiaries with funds that are incurred because of a specific medical situation. However, anyone reading this is free to direct additional donations targeted to Andrew Metzroth and Amy Cole for use at their discretion. If you would like to direct an additional targeted donation, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with the Metzroth 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 Andrew Metzroth. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund. Which would be greatly appreciated as well.

Update: A $500 targeted donation from Diana Kinsey to help Andrew Metzroth and his family have brought the total amount of DAF assistance for Andrew and his family to $4,400 through Aug. 30.

A message from Andrew: “I am floored. This grant completely turns around my family’s concerns about financial stability over the next year. It is transformational, and will help us get our lives back on track so much faster than we could ever do it ourselves. I am feeling a ton of relief right now that I never thought I would. Generally I consider myself a pretty independent person. Amy and I both have steady day jobs at a major university, and we saved  a substantial amount in the event of this exact kind of medical situation. Despite that, a hospital visit for about the most routine medical emergency there is still put me in a position where my family was not going to have the means to handle all my medical bills alone. It’s taken me a good deal of soul-searching to realize that the problem here is a medical system that forces us into major, unavoidable payments for the privilege of staying alive. This is a systemic issue that our country still needs to resolve. Thanks again, DAF. I’m still not sure how to express my amazement.”

How you can help The Denver Actors Fund help more Colorado artists in need: The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $231,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO, 80212. Or use this donation link.

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. In addition to $225,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers has offered good neighborly assistance to more than 100 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 80212

VOLUNTEER:

Volunteer Appreciation and Re-Boot. Ever thought about taking a more active role in the Denver Actors Fund? On Monday, May 21, we invite you to join us from 6-8 p.m. at Buntport Theater (7171 Lipan St.), both to celebrate our current volunteers (party!) and talk about practical ways of beefing up our “Action Council” — that’s a group of about 12 “Super Volunteers” who each have taken ownership of a specific piece of the operation. The more, the merrier. This is your invitation to become more actively involved with the Denver Actors Fund as we continue to build toward the future. Click here for more information

COME TO OUR EVENTS:

Mile High 24: Madness Takes a Holiday! Denver’s annual 24-Hour Playwriting Festival returns for its 5th installment featuring short plays written, staged, and performed over a 24-hour period. This year’s theme centers around eight holidays. All proceeds benefit The Denver Actors Fund, and founder John Moore has once again agreed to be one of the sleepless playwrights. Two shows only, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. n Saturday, June 2, at Denver’s Dangerous Theatre. Click here for mote information

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: Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell in ‘Anything Goes’ for Performance Now Theatre Company in Lakewood.

 

Aid recipient: Tim Campbell is a well-known local actor currently working as the Food Service Manager at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, located 45 miles north of Denver in Johnstown. Tim, a graduate of Lakewood High School and Metropolitan State University of Denver, most recently played bumbling alcoholic uncle Billy in Candlelight’s A Wonderful Life. Other recent credits include Once Upon a Mattress for Cabrini Arts, Bat Boy for Equinox Theatre, Anything Goes for Performance Now, and Hairspray for Evergreen Players. Campbell came to the support of The Denver Actors Fund in 2016 when he appeared as Edna Turnblad at a memorial concert for late DAF President Brenda Billings.

His medical story: Tim recently sought medical attention for lingering stomach issues. Having two expensive diagnostic tests ended up costing him $1,340.52 out of pocket — even after he chipped in the $150 he could afford and insurance paid its meager share of $300. For context: Tim’s monthly premium to the insurance company is $360. (!) Tim was past due on the remaining amount and had no means to meet the obligation before writing to the Denver Actors Fund for help.

How we have helped: The Board has voted to cover the remaining  $1,340.52.

Tim Campbell performed as Edna Turnblad along with his Evergreen Players’ ‘Hairspray’ castmates at a memorial concert for late DAF President Brenda Billings in 2016. Photo by John Moore.

A message from Tim: “The Colorado theatre community is so lucky to have a program like this. I cannot express how grateful I am to have access to a program like the Denver Actors Fund that is helping so many people in a community that I hold near and dear to me. Thank you to the Colorado theatre family for making this a possibility. I am so grateful.”

How you can help The Denver Actors Fund help more Colorado artists in need: To date, The Denver Actors Fund has made more than $227,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO, 80212. Or use this donation link.

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. In addition to $225,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers has offered good neighborly assistance to more than 100 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 80212

VOLUNTEER:

Volunteer Appreciation and Re-Boot. Ever thought about taking a more active role in the Denver Actors Fund? On Monday, May 21, we invite you to join us from 6-8 p.m. at Buntport Theater (7171 Lipan St.), both to celebrate our current volunteers (party!) and talk about practical ways of beefing up our “Action Council” — that’s a group of about 12 “Super Volunteers” who each have taken ownership of a specific piece of the operation. The more, the merrier. This is your invitation to become more actively involved with the Denver Actors Fund as we continue to build toward the future. Click here for more information

COME TO OUR EVENTS:

Mile High 24: Madness Takes a Holiday! Denver’s annual 24-Hour Playwriting Festival returns for its 5th installment featuring short plays written, staged, and performed over a 24-hour period. This year’s theme centers around eight holidays. All proceeds benefit The Denver Actors Fund, and founder John Moore has once again agreed to be one of the sleepless playwrights. Two shows only, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. n Saturday, June 2, at Denver’s Dangerous Theatre. Click here for mote information 

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