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

Koby Adams and Teal Jandrain in Bas Bleu Theatre Company's 2018 production of "Equus." Photo by William A. Cotton.

Koby Adams and Teal Jandrain in Bas Bleu Theatre Company’s 2018 production of “Equus.” Photo by William A. Cotton.

 

‘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 decades. Her credits there include  The Most Massive Woman Wins, Moon Over Buffalo, The Rocky Horror Show, Bullshot Crummond, The Ultimate Beauty Bible and recently she played Abigail in The Crucible and starred as Mae in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, a character she describes as “a spitfire with a velvet soul.” Across town, Teal’s Bas Bleu Theatre credits have included playing Susie in Wait Until Dark and Jill in Equus. Teal studied at the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood.

Her medical story: Teal had to have her gallbladder removed last year after a harrowing run of The Crucible, “and let’s just say portraying Abigail’s misery required little pretending,” she said. Then in November, during OpenStage’s Frankenstein, doctors discovered a large endometrioma growing on her ovary. “They ended up having to remove the whole right ovary and fallopian tube, and also found severe endometriosis, which is a source of ongoing pain,” she said. Teal missed six weeks of work at Snooze while recovering from the second surgery. The combination of these two major medical crises in the same year has left Teal struggling mightily to catch up with her living expenses, a situation exacerbated by the financial responsibility she has assumed in caring for her mother.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund board has unanimously voted to provide Teal with $4,195.03 to help cover essential living expenses while she was recovering from surgery, and pay off an outstanding $695.03 bill from the Fort Collins Surgery Center.

How you can help us help Teal more: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Teal further, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Teal Jandrain’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 for Teal Jandrain. (She will receive 100 percent of your donation.) Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Teal: “I’ve been lucky enough to stay active in the Fort Collins theatre community for more than 20 years. Between Debut Theatre, Bas Bleu and Openstage, I’ve had the unique privilege of zipping into the souls of more than 40 fascinating and varied characters. I’ve also chased my silver-screen dreams in Hollywood on and off since high school, mostly paving my own way to Tinseltown. I put my dreams on hold back in 2012 when my mom lost the retail business she’d run for 35 years. I got a waitress job, made the most of the cliché with some quality actor/server jokes and managed to save my family home from foreclosure. Continuing to pursue theatre, though not financially lucrative, was both my escape and my saving grace during these struggles. Throughout the last several years, however, some serious health issues have set me back with work and creativity. This assistance from The Denver Actors Fund means more to me than I, a great lover of words, can possibly articulate. The heavy weight I felt after missing more than a month of work has been significantly lightened. I am forever grateful and can’t wait to tell more people about this amazing organization. Our passions often become clouded by our obligations. Now I can breathe easier and focus more on the art that feeds me and keeps me thriving through every plot twist. Since this burden has been eased, I also feel newly inspired to start a support group for women with endometriosis. I believe in the power of bringing people together to heal, and now I can use my strengths and energy to help others and pay it forward.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $333,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us replenish: If you would like to help us replenish by donating to the Denver Actors Fund, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link, with our humble thanks.

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.

Teal Jandrain and Andreew Cole in OpenStage's just-completed run of 'Foo for Love' in Fort Collins. Photo by Kate Austin-Groen.

Teal Jandrain and Andrew Cole in OpenStage’s just-completed run of ‘Fool for Love’ in Fort Collins. Photo by Kate Austin-Groen.


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE to 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 $326,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers have 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:

 

Friends, we at The Denver Actors Fund believe in building community while building funds. Most of our events are performative in nature so that you have a good time while helping a good cause. Here are some of the events that are currently being planned on our behalf. Visit denveractorsfund.org for the ever-channging lineup!

 

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: Regina Fernandez: $2,440

Regina Fernandez The Moore. Matthew Gale Photography

Regina Fernandez is currently playing Emilie in ‘The Moors’ at the Arvada Center. Matt Gale Photography.

 

‘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 in the DCPA Theatre Company’s “The Secret Garden.” Other Colorado credits include playing Charmian in Colorado Springs TheatreWorks’ “Antony and Cleopatra,” Trix in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Marcy Park in Creede Repertory Theatre’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and Christmas Eve in Theatre Aspen’s “Avenue Q.” She is originally from Boca Raton, Fla., and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Program.

Regina Fernandez QuoteHer medical story: Regina was diagnosed with Psoriasis (a chronic and painful skin condition caused by an overactive immune system), as well as Psoriatic Arthritis (a chronic form of arthritis that affects joints) back in 2010. Her medications run her $1,220 a month, which she must pay out of pocket until she reaches her insurance plan’s high annual deductible. Regina asked the DAF for help in covering one month of the cost for her medications.

How we have helped: To give Regina a little bit of financial breathing room as she works toward meeting her annual deductible, The Denver Actors Fund board has unanimously voted to reimburse Regina for TWO months of the cost of her prescriptions, or $2,440.

How you can help us help Regina more: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Regina, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Regina Fernandez’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 for Regina Fernandez. (She will receive 100 percent of your donation.) Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Regina: “Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis are chronic autoimmune disorders that make everyday living really tricky for me. More than 8 million Americans struggle with this disease and about 30 percent of us develop Psoriatic Arthritis. I’ve been lucky enough to find a way to help keep mine under control. The Denver Actors Fund is giving me the chance to get the care I need so I can continue to perform and go about even simple everyday tasks that would not be possible without my medications. I’m beyond grateful that The Denver Actors Fund exists to help close the gap when it comes to access to health care. There are truly not enough words to express how thankful I am to all of the sponsors and friends looking out for people like me, including my “Anne Frank” castmate Darrow Klein, who helped raised money for the DAF this weekend. This means more to me than you could possibly know.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $333,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us replenish: If you would like to help us replenish by donating to the Denver Actors Fund, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link, with our humble thanks.

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.

Video bonus: Darrow Klein presents Regina Fernandez with $2,440 from The Denver Actors Fund:


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE to 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 $326,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers have 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:

 

Friends, we at The Denver Actors Fund believe in building community while building funds. Most of our events are performative in nature so that you have a good time while helping a good cause. Here are some of the events that are currently being planned on our behalf. Visit denveractorsfund.org for the ever-channging lineup!

 

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: Kathleen Traylor

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‘Thanks to The Denver Actors Fund, I will be able to hear my director, my fellow actors and the band’

Kathleen Traylor as Penelope Pennywise in 'Urinetown.'

Kathleen Traylor as Penelope Pennywise in ‘Urinetown.’

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 grew frustrated with the lack of theatrical opportunities for people living with disabilities. Kathleen has been a regular performer with the now internationally acclaimed theatre company over the years, notably playing Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. After several years off due to with medical complications, Kathleen will returning to the stage this spring in Phamaly’s 30th anniversary gala concert, to be presented at three locations from May 24-June 6, and she has been cast in Phamaly’s upcoming summer production of a not-yet-publicly named Broadway musical. Kathleen went to Thomas Jefferson High School and is the mother of noted local actor Daniel Traylor.

Her medical story: Kathleen was born with multiple disabilities resulting from a condition known as Amniotic Band Syndrome. But the reason we are helping her out now is that she was recently diagnosed with severe hearing loss and nerve damage in both ears. But with the proper hearing aids, Kathleen can return to performing because Phamaly has a system by which technicians can feed the sound directly into her hearing aids. Kathleen has Medicaid insurance, but that does not cover hearing aids for adult patients.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund board has unanimously voted to reimburse Kathleen Traylor for the full $1,380 cost of her new hearing aids.

A message from Kathleen: “Thanks to The Denver Actors Fund, I will be able to hear my director’s instructions, as well as my fellow actors on the stage and the band during performances! I don’t know how I could have purchased my hearing aids without the help of The Denver Actors Fund. This is a wonderful program Denver is fortunate to have!”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $326,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us replenish: If you would like to help us replenish by donating to the Denver Actors Fund, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link, with our humble thanks.

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.

Katheen Traylor with Trenton J. Schindele in Phamaly's 'Fiddler on the Roof.'

Katheen Traylor with Trenton J. Schindele in Phamaly’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE to 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 $326,000 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:

Friends, we at The Denver Actors Fund believe in building community while building funds. Most of our events are performative in nature so that you have a good time while helping a good cause. Here are some of the events that are currently being planned on our behalf.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20: Local actor (and former DAF aid recipient) Emma Rebecca Maxfield (Performance Now’s The Wedding Singer) and actor Andy Seracuse (Vintage Theatre’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) present an evening of songs at the Vintage Theatre with special guest Brandon Bill. Maxfield and Seracuse plan to independently stage an upcoming production of The Last Five Years in September with a “large portion of our proceeds going to The Denver Actors Fund every step of the way,” Maxfield says. So attend the fundraising event at Vintage on March 20 and enjoy an evening of cabaret. A portion of the ticket sales will go to Vintage; of what remains, a portion will go toward The Last Five Years, and an equal portion to the DAF. 7:30 p.m. at 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 22-23: Darrow Klein, star of the Arvada Center’s new production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” is also one of the youngest and oldest (as in longest) supporters of The Denver Actors Fund. She is arranging to take collections for the Denver Actors Fund following the March 22-23 performances. This effort is being initiated entirely by Darrow, who is also donating one week of her own acting stipend. If you plan to see this important and acclaimed show about the 13-year-old Jewish girl who chronicled the horrors of being trapped in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, why not plan to attend on one of our special DAF nights? Performances take place at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. For ticket information, call 720-898-7200 or go to arvadacenter.org

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: 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 by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of connective-tissue disorders that can affect the body in various and unpredictable ways but generally characterized by tissue fragility and joints that stretch further than normal. Despite having decent insurance, Katrina’s five-day hospital stay left her with three post-insurance bills totaling $1,814.52.

How we have helped: After an examination of Katrina’s bills, The Denver Actors Fund board unanimously voted pay off the full balance of $1,814.52.

A message from Katrina: “I truly cannot thank the Denver Actors Fund enough. This community shows me time and again how strong we are despite so many obstacles. Living with Ehlers-Danlos can be painful and alienating, but I have felt so surrounded with love and support from my community — my chosen family — the entire time. I don’t know what I did to be so fortunate, but I want to keep doing it. Getting back on my feet both financially and physically has had a great impact on my mental health as well. I cannot tell you how many nights I sat up trying to find ways to cut corners. My credit cards were maxed with medical-bill debt, and when I checked into the hospital, I had no idea how I would pay for my stay. But here I am. Breathing, because of you. I don’t recommend having major hip surgery immediately followed by having your gall bladder removed, but if you find yourself in that situation, I truly hope that you are a part of the Colorado theatre community. You are all angels walking this Earth disguised as technicians, designers, actors and stage managers.

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $321,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

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 to 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 $321,000 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:

Friends, we at The Denver Actors Fund believe in building community while building funds. Most of our events are performative in nature so that you have a good time while helping a good cause. Here are some of the events that are currently being planned on our behalf.

MONDAY, MARCH 18: Lauren Bahlman and Jessica Austgen, improv comedians, book nerds and hosts of a popular podcast called “Required Readcast,” are hosting a special event in collaboration with Benchmark Theatre: Their first-ever LIVE recording of the podcast, during which they comically dive back into the age-old required-reading list to see which books are still awesome … and which scarred them for life. (For a taste, just listen to this hilarious conversation about “Lord of the Flies.”) On March 18, the quippy literary pair will be discussing George Orwell’s 1984. Which is perfect because Benchmark Theatre will be staging the dystopian classic from March 15-April 13. “We’ve been wanting to discuss this one on the pod for a while, and thought it would be a perfect collaboration with the opening of the Benchmark production,” Bahlman said. “Maybe we can bring a little levity to the situation. We’re hoping to have one of the cast members as a guest as well.” All proceeds from that evening, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood, will go to The Denver Actors Fund. Suggested donation of $5. Drinks and such will be available. No reservation necessary.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20: Local actor (and former DAF aid recipient) Emma Rebecca Maxfield (Performance Now’s The Wedding Singer) and actor Andy Seracuse (Vintage Theatre’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) present an evening of songs at the Vintage Theatre with special guest Brandon Bill. Maxfield and Seracuse plan to independently stage an upcoming production of The Last Five Years in September with a “large portion of our proceeds going to The Denver Actors Fund every step of the way,” Maxfield says. So attend the fundraising event at Vintage on March 20 and enjoy an evening of cabaret. A portion of the ticket sales will go to Vintage; of what remains, a portion will go toward The Last Five Years, and an equal portion to the DAF. 7:30 p.m. at 468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 22-23: Darrow Klein, star of the Arvada Center’s new production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” is also one of the youngest and oldest (as in longest) supporters of The Denver Actors Fund. She is arranging to take collections for the Denver Actors Fund following the March 22-23 performances. This effort is being initiated entirely by Darrow, who is also donating one week of her own acting stipend. If you plan to see this important and acclaimed show about the 13-year-old Jewish girl who chronicled the horrors of being trapped in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, why not plan to attend on one of our special DAF nights? Performances take place at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. For ticket information, call 720-898-7200 or go to arvadacenter.org

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