Denver Actors Fund in Action: Robert Michael Sanders

COVID19 brought on the perfect dental storm: An infection, no money, no dental insurance and closed offices. Dr. Kelly to the rescue.

Aid recipient: Actor, Producer and Director Robert Michael Sanders may be the best friend The Denver Actors Fund ever had. He’s given hundreds of volunteer hours producing and presenting fun, high-quality events on our behalf, most recently “Miscast 2019,” which returne this September. In six years, Robert has helped raise $47,498 for The DAF. Other recent projects have included his Henry Award-nominated turn as Amos in Phamaly Theatre Company’s “Chicago”; and directing Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s “Jekyll & Hyde” and 19K Productions’ “In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical.” He was recently named Education Director at Town Hall Arts Center, and last week co-produced the first-ever online Henry Awards with Betty Hart. He is a graduate of Broomfield High School and can be found on Spotify as Robert Michael. His wife is the actor Megan Van De Hey.

His medical story: Robert was recently in need of major dental surgery that included grafts, crowns, bone replacement and more.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund has a partnering dentist in Dr. Brian Kelly DDS, who accepts a limited number of emergency cases each year as his personal, in-kind donation to The DAF with his associates at the Dental Center at Thornton Plaza. Dr. Kelly performed all of the necessary work Robert needed over several visits. The value of Dr. Kelly’s services to a regular patient would have come to $5,193. Instead, no money changed hands, other than a $297 outside lab bill that The DAF has covered. Robert paid nothing, making the overall value of his treatment $5,490. To date, the total value of Dr. Kelly’s service to the Denver Actors Fund is more than $60,000 since 2017. It’s no wonder that, last month, 5280 Magazine included Dr. Kelly among Denver’s top dentists as chosen by his peers for the 12th year in a row. He is himself a dancer and a veteran of four Broadway productions.

A message from Robert:

“Like most people, I fear the dentist. I always have. I also tend to put off going until there is a reason. Of course, timing is everything, right? Prior to the pandemic lockdown, I had a tooth that was acting up. I knew it needed to be fixed, but I thought I would wait a little longer to see how the lockdown played out. In hindsight, that was not my best idea. No thanks to COVID, my Actors Equity (union) health insurance expired in April. Then my tooth became infected and created a perfect storm of problems. No money, no dental insurance – and all medical offices closed indefinitely. Well: Dr. Brian Kelly to the rescue. He scheduled me for the first opportunity to come in, and I never felt safer. He tackled a huge problem that had gotten out of control. He put me at ease as a human and a dentist. Two oral surgeries, one root canal, two crowns and a bridge later, everything is in good shape. Dr. Kelly brought his sense of humor and expertise to the chair every time, and made me feel comfortable. When he said, ‘Don’t you worry about the expense,’ he meant it. Dr. Kelly continues to give selflessly to The Denver Actors Fund (and others) as his gift to this community of performers – of which he is a member himself. Please go see Dr. Kelly as a regular patient when you can. Ask him to tell you old Broadway stories while he works on you. I have deep gratitude for this human being. Please celebrate what he does for us.”

The Denver Actors Fund now has made more than $600,000 available to Colorado artists in need.

How you can help us help us help more Colorado theatre artists: If you would like to make a donation to The Denver Actors Fund, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80211. Or use this donation link, with our humble thanks.

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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 $538,000 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.


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Survey: Most Denver theatregoers aren’t coming back anytime soon

John Hauser in Miners Alley Playhouse’s ‘Once.’ Photo by John Moore.

Audiences, and artists, express deep concerns over going on with the show

By John Moore
Senior Arts Journalist

The spirit is ready and willing, but when it comes to returning to our local theatre stages during an ongoing pandemic, the flesh is weak.

Local theatre companies are all wondering when they will be allowed to re-open as the  coronavirus rages on. But a major new survey of local theatregoers emphatically shows the profound challenge all theatre companies will face when they do. Because not only are audiences not coming back right away – neither, say the artists, are they.

Golden’s Miners Alley Playhouse polled more than 700 theatregoers last week, and 74 percent told them they aren’t coming back to the theatre – at least not for the next few months. And a full 35 percent said they will return only when there is a vaccine – if ever.

But MAP Producing Artistic Director Len Matheo found hope in the 40 percent who said that “within a few months,” they probably would join the 25 percent who say they are willing to come back right now. That would indicate a potential audience base of about 65 percent of normal if live theatre programming were to return to the metro area in the fall.

“I think that the short-term future is going to be smaller audiences and hopefully some kind of streaming option for our more vulnerable patrons,” Matheo said.

Perhaps even more telling: In a separate survey of more than 100 Denver metro actors, only 34 percent said they would feel comfortable going to work on a play or musical right away, even after all governmental “shelter in place” orders are lifted.

Matheo modeled his survey on a national questionnaire recently issued by the Alamo Drafthouse, which is similarly seeking to learn not only when patrons might be willing to return, but what it will take to make them feel safe coming back into an enclosed and crowded auditorium for an extended period of time. The survey asked patrons what potential new safety procedures they would support, from employees undergoing daily COVID screening (87 percent want this), to requiring all patrons to wear masks (89 percent) to enforcing a tough “no coughing or sneezing” policy (a proposal favored by a whopping 58 percent of respondents). A full 92 percent of audiences said they would be willing to have their temperature taken with a touch-free thermometer upon arriving at the theatre.

But the inherent disconnect between safety and economics was laid bare in one question that revealed 88 percent of all audiences would prefer for theatres to maintain at least 6 feet of empty space between patrons – which would essentially make producing most any live theatre fiscally impractical. However, when MAP asked patrons if they would be willing to pay $20 more per ticket to make up for the theatre’s reduced capacity, a perhaps surprisingly high 50 percent said they would be willing to pay up, at least once.

Respondents were allowed to comment as part of the survey, and here are a few representative opinions:

  • “I’m over 70 and as much as I love live theatre, and Miners Alley Playhouse in particular, I’m simply not planning to go to any theatre in the foreseeable future, sadly.”
  • “I love the arts but with this pandemic, I must stick with the science. I will not be returning to the theatre until there is a vaccine.”
  • “I would want to know what procedures are in place for actors so that we as audience can feel that they are also safe.”

  • “We’re certainly anxious to get back, but we’re very cautious. Cost has little to do with it. We want the family together again.”
  • “These are tough times for everyone. Things are never going back to normal as we knew them yesterday.”

The results from the Golden survey cannot be assumed to translate to all Colorado theatregoers, but they strongly resemble other surveys that have revealed the profound wariness Americans are feeling about spending any prolonged time in enclosed spaces with other people. Shugoll Research recently conducted a study of theatregoers in New York City, and another of theatregoers nationwide, which both showed that well less than half (41 percent) of regular New York theatregoers, and only a little more than a third (36 percent) of theatregoers nationwide, say they plan to return to their previous theatregoing habits when theatres reopen, with the vast majority opting to wait between three and six months before attending plays again.

“The bottom line is we will be back making great theatre in some form or another,” Matheo said. “And our patrons will be able to engage with us safely, in whatever way they feel most comfortable.”

AUDIENCE SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

Right away 26 percent
Not right away, but probably within a few months 39
Not until there is a vaccine in place 17
I’m not sure when I’d return 18

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Costume Designer Kevin Brainerd was epitome of class and panache

Kevin Brainerd designed costumes for 18 productions at Denver’s Curious Theatre Company. Photo courtesy Markas Henry.

 

Death at age 58 has theatre community’s heart on its linen sleeve

By John Moore, Senior Arts Journalist

The clothes may not make the man, but under his meticulous eye, Kevin Brainerd’s clothes made hundreds of fictional characters come to vivid life on stages from Broadway to Boulder.

Brainerd, an acclaimed theatrical costume designer who wrapped a remarkably wide swath of the Colorado theatre, dance and opera communities in both his attire and acerbic wit, died April 27 from pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

Kevin Brainerd won the 2019 Henry Award for designing Theatre Aspen’s ‘Ragtime’ costumes. Photo by Austin Colbert.

“I have yet to allow myself to wrap my mind around not having him in my next production meeting,” said Curious Theatre Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton. “He will be missed in ways beyond words.”

Brainerd the costume designer is being remembered for his slavish devotion to detail and historical accuracy. “As a costumer, Kevin just gets you better than you get yourself,” said actor and producer Ami Dayan of Maya Productions. Actor Karen Slack added simply: “He always made me look better than I had any business looking.”

Brainerd the man is being remembered for his own impeccable fashion style, a mischievous smile, the ever-changing iterations of his facial hair and his love for the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.

Brainerd also was known for his hit-or-miss double-entendres, which often made some reference or another to a bishop or a wife. Paige Price, Producing Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company by way of Theatre Aspen, calls Brainerd “the master of the drive-by quip.” Depending on your own sense of humor, you might say Brainerd was “situationally funny,” said his husband, Scenic and Costume Designer Markas Henry, also Director of Theatre at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“He could not tell a joke to save his life … but he was funny as hell.”

Curious Theatre Education Director Dee Covington organized a ‘Yard Bomb,’ encouraging friends to leave art on the front yard of Markas Henry’s home overnight May 2. The idea, she said, “was for Markas to wake up and see that we had been there – and that we are always here. Marking time and holding space with him.”

Brainerd also was a skilled croquet player, which suited not only his domestic landscape (the couple’s home sits directly across from City Park), but also his demeanor and fashion sense. Henry describes his style as “playfully classic … but with a flair.”

Imagine, if you will, Brainerd sporting his summer look of Bermuda shorts with a fitted T-shirt; a white, long-sleeved linen shirt (with the sleeves rolled up); and his essential Converse tennies.

“Oh, yeah, we’re both Converse whores,” Henry said with a laugh.

Now imagine Brainerd slinging a croquet mallet over his shoulder with one hand and holding a martini in his other. Brainerd was known for a mean martini, Henry said. “But just to clarify,” he added winkingly: “He could drink them – not make them.”

Brainerd also was capable of making swift and necessary decisions – like the morning after Dayan, in preparation for a production of his play “Conviction,” embarked on an ill-conceived, late-night experimentation with hair coloring, leaving Brainerd with no choice the next morning but to shave Dayan’s head clean.

“The beauty of that story is Kevin had so much compassion and appreciation for my childish inspiration,” Dayan said. “But make no mistake: He was decisive: ‘Off with the hair!’ And I have to admit it looked better than it did before.”

I didn’t know I had everything. But now I know I’ve lost everything.”  – Markas Henry

Over his 30-year career, Brainerd designed costumes for dozens of stage productions and assisted on many TV shows, films and no fewer than six Broadway musicals spanning 1993 to 2008. His Broadway break came serving as an assistant to the costume designers on “Bells are Ringing.” The pinnacle of his pre-Colorado professional life came while working on Martin Pakledinaz‘s costume design team (which included Henry) that won the 2002 Tony Award for “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Brainerd’s credits also spanned the Santa Fe Opera, The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepardstown, W.V., Opera Colorado, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Theatre Aspen, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Phamaly Theatre Company, CU-Boulder and Curious Theatre Company, where he and Henry became full artistic company members in 2012. Brainerd designed 18 shows for Curious Theatre, from Michael Hollinger’s “Opus” in 2010 to Tony Kushner’s “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures” in 2018.

“Kevin was the consummate collaborator — an artist with a clear vision, yet driven in ways that pushed the entire production toward greater clarity and excellence,” said Walton. “His attention to detail was painstaking and brilliant.”

Brainerd had a unique ability to visualize an instant understanding for each of his characters, Curious Theatre Managing Director Katie Maltais wrote in a 2017 essay. “His meticulous process was to fully psychoanalyze each of his characters to decide who they were, what type of clothes would fill their closets and what they would choose to wear both for big, important moments and simple, everyday ones.” Brainerd’s clothing choices communicated his characters’ cultural identities, professions and economic statuses, while also revealing subconscious clues about their inner worlds.

He will be missed in ways beyond words.” – Chip Walton

While Brainerd was known for researching his characters months before his directors would even decide who would be playing them, one of his defining characteristics as a costume designer was to never purchase a single piece of clothing until after he knew exactly what actor would be wearing them. He customized his designs to his actors’ skin tones, hair colors and character choices. That was a quality Slack deeply appreciated.

Karen Slack in Curious Theatre’s ‘Venus in Fur.’ Photo by Michael Ensminger.

“It doesn’t matter how much preparation you do. The moment you put Kevin’s clothing on your body, it changes everything,” said Slack. “You look at yourself and you see things differently.”

Slack had to leave her comfort zone in 2014 to play a scantily-clad human goddess in Curious Theatre’s “Venus in Fur,” fully revealing a back visibly scarred by multiple spinal surgeries. “I don’t have a normal body to work with,” she said, “but Kevin always got it just right.”

For “Venus in Fur,” she added with a laugh, “Kevin knew I was going to be mostly in my undies for the entire play, so it was really important that we had something that was revealing and sexy but also maintained some level of modesty – and made sure my lady bits were covered. Kevin taught me that double-sided tape is my dear friend.”

For “Maple and Vine,” a story that evoked 1950s Americana, Brainerd dressed Slack in some of his own mother’s period dresses. “I felt so honored. They were so beautiful and special,” Slack said. “He also taught me how to do a French twist for ‘God of Carnage.’ He did all this while always making me laugh and being my friend.”

The costumes, Brainerd told Maltais, should never overshadow the actors’ performances. “If the audience is unaware of my design,” he said, “then it is successful.”

Mayberry beginnings

Kevin F. Brainerd swelled the population of Vega, Texas, all the way to 670 when he was born on June 24, 1961, in the rural Texas Panhandle town situated on the original Route 66 about 35 miles west of Amarillo. Vega is known for roadside attractions like Dot’s Mini Museum, with its Avon perfume bottle collection and Cowboy Boot Tree.

“The Brainerds were the Cleavers of Vega,” said Henry, referencing the all-American family from TV’s “Leave it to Beaver.” Richard Brainerd was the town’s beloved District Attorney; Dorothy was a nurse for High Plains Baptist Hospital. They remain there and now have been married for 64 years.

Kevin, the third of their four children, was the smallest member of his high-school marching band – so naturally, he played the tuba.

“Kevin was a crazy, voracious reader, even as a boy,” Henry said. “When it was time for lights out, Kevin was the kind of kid who had a flashlight under his sheets reading ‘Dracula.’ He would climb a tree just to read a book, usually with his cat right by his side. He was a doodler and a drawer, and he began his career as a professional costume designer making clothes for his sister’s Barbie Dolls.

Growing up as the son of an attorney, Henry said, not only gave Brainerd a strong moral and ethical sense, it made him incapable of suffering dishonesty or fools. Which means “Kevin could gravitate toward the litigious,” Henry said with a laugh. “God forbid you ever pissed him off.”

He graduated from the University of Dallas and briefly attended SMU for graduate school before making his way to New York City and embarking on his career in costume design.

Kevin just gets you better than you get yourself.” – Ami Dayan

His early professional work included designing costumes at storefront theatres and Off-Broadway – and Off-Off-Broadway – theatres.

His life changed forever, as it did for … perhaps no one else on the planet, while attending a performance of the Broadway musical adaptation of “The Goodbye Girl.” That was a short-lived bust about which New York Times critic Frank Rich carped: “How good can a musical be when sneering drama critics get the best lines?”

Markas Henry and Kevin Brainerd

Markas Henry, left, and Kevin Brainerd have been together for 27 years. Photo courtesy Markas Henry.

Henry and Brainerd had met only peripherally, given that both were designing costumes for the New York theatre community. “We are a specific-looking lot,” Henry said. “The swatch rings, the shipping tags, the scissors and the staplers in our pockets give us away.”

The two were being initiated into the United Scenic Artists Local 829 union when Henry mentioned to Brainerd that he had an extra ticket the next night to see “The Goodbye Girl,” starring Bernadette Peters and Martin Short. Of the musical, Henry remembers only that it was kind of terrible. But he does remember the important stuff. “I remember that he had the most adorable twinkly eyes, a mischievous smile and an infectious laugh,” Henry said. “I remember that we liked the same foods, and we hated the same foods. And I remember  that he had amazing hands – and great calves.”

That it was June 8, 1993.

“We were an instant thing,” Henry said, “and we saw each other every day forward.”

The couple had a civil-union ceremony celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013, and they were legally married in Denver in 2015.

The couple had moved to Denver at a time when Broadway was going big while the artisans’ time and resources were getting smaller. Henry, who had always wanted to teach, was hired as a temporary costume worker at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2004. He was soon made full-time and now runs the university’s Department of Theatre. The move gave the couple the opportunity to work on artistic projects together, relish in their complementary artistic aesthetics – and coordinate their calendars.

Life changes in an instant

Scenic Designer Markas Henry said Theatre Aspen’s 2008 production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ was one of the best experiences he and Costume Designer Kevin ever had working together. ‘That show fired on every single cylinder,’ he said. They revisited the show in Aspen last summer. It was their last collaboration together.

Brainerd, whom Price will remember for flashing “that impish smile that hid the cigarettes he was always quitting,” began feeling pains in his back two years ago. Then came a cough he couldn’t shake. At 8:05 a.m. the morning after Christmas 2018, a doctor called with the results of a CT scan that revealed both a small spot on one lung and a bigger mass in his pancreas. The next year was all about scans, biopsies, chemotherapy infusions and radiation treatments. Yet Brainerd and Markas managed one last summer designing Theatre Aspen’s “God of Carnage” and “Little Shop of Horrors” together.

In October, Brainerd had surgery that showed his cancer had spread to his stomach lining and was now inoperable. Henry says Brainerd approached his 16-month cancer journey with “resilience, strength and courage.”

It was in the early stages of that odyssey that Brainerd won his first major award since the Tony Award in 1993: The Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2019 Henry Award (regrettably, not named after Markas) for costuming Theatre Aspen’s “Ragtime.” It was an award, Henry said, that meant the world to Brainerd.

In the final 10 days of his life, when Brainerd wasn’t always cognizant through his morphine moments, another award was on Brainerd’s mind. Henry recalls Brainerd sitting at edge of his bed at home while drinking from a sippy cup. “Kevin pushed the cup away and reached out his hands,” Henry said. “I asked him: ‘What do you want?’ And he looked me in the eye and said, ‘Hand me my Oscar!’ ”

When the pain softens, Henry hopes he can look back at moments like those and smile.

“I didn’t know I had everything,” Henry said. “But now I know I’ve lost everything.”

Memorial service planned for future

In addition to his parents, Brainerd is survived by his sister, Becky Casso, her husband, jazz saxophonist Carlo Casso, and their children, Michelle and Daniel; his brother, Rick Brainerd, his wife, Gayla, and their children, Lauren and Trey; and his brother, Stephen Brainerd, and his husband, David. Kevin is also survived by his beloved Cat, Zeb, and was preceded in death by a pair of notorious felines named Theodore and Clifford.

Price equates Brainerd to a splash of paint. A force of energy. “Kevin was mischievous in that what he presented to you was only the part he wanted you to see,” Price said. “Those of us who knew his heart delighted in knowing that he was a deeply feeling person and he would deflect kindness with his sometimes wry, Eeyore-like personality that belied his absolute attention to whatever anyone needed from him.”

Donations can be made in Brainerd’s  name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Curious Theatre Company, where a memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

Senior Arts Journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theatre critics by ‘American Theatre’ magazine and has been covering the Colorado theatre community since 2001. He is the founder of The Denver Actors Fund and was the recent recipient of Actor’s Equity Association’s Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award. Reach him at culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Markas Henry says Curious Theatre’s 2013 production of ‘Maple and Vine’ was Kevin Brainerd’s sweet spot as a costume designer. ‘The 1950s section of that play, with Karen Slack and C. Kelly Leo (above) – that was his element,’ he said. Photo by Michael Ensminger.

KEVIN BRAINERD/Selected shows

Broadway

  • “She Loves Me,” Assistant to the Costume Designer
  • “Bells Are Ringing,” Assistant Costume Design
  • “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Assistant Costume Design
  • “All Shook Up,” Associate Costume Design
  • “Ring of Fire,” Associate Costume Design
  • “Dividing the Estate,” Associate Costume Design

Off-Broadway

  • “Queen Bee’s Last Stand,” Urban Stages, Costume Design
  • “The Sweepers,” Urban Stages, Costume Design
  • “Seven Rabbits on a Pole,” Urban Stages, Costume Design
  • “Conviction,” 59E59, Costume Design

Film

  • “A Beautiful Mind”
  • “The Mirror Has Two Faces”
  • “Ghost Dog”
  • “Made”
  • “Requiem for a Dream”
  • “Exit Wounds”

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company

  • “Seminar”
  • “Crime and Punishment”

Curious Theatre Company

  • “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures”
  • “Detroit 67”
  • “Appropriate”
  • “Building the Wall”
  • The Elliot Plays: “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” “Water by the Spoonful” and “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue”
  • “Sex With Strangers”
  • “Charles Ives Take Me Home”
  • “Lucky Me”
  • “Venus in Fur “
  • “Rancho Mirage”
  • “God of Carnage”
  • “Maple and Vine”
  • “Becky Shaw”
  • “Clybourne Park”
  • “Homebody/Kabul”
  • “Opus”

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

  • “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Phamaly Theatre Company

  • “James and the Giant Peach”

Maya Productions

  • “A Happy End”
  • “Conviction”

Theatre Aspen

  • “The 39 Steps”
  • “Avenue Q”
  • “Ragtime”
  • “Dear Edwina”
  • “Buyer & Cellar”
  • “The Cottage”
  • “Becky’s New Car”
  • “Annie”
  • “God of Carnage”
  • “Little Shop of Horrors” (twice)

Lake Dillon Theatre Company

  • “The Underpants”

Byers-Evans House Theatre

  • “A Doll’s House”

University of Colorado Boulder

  • “Little Women, the Musical”
  • “You Can’t Take It With You”
  • “Twelfth Night”
  • “Peter and the Starcatcher”
  • “Cloud 9”

Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 2009 production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Melissa Lucero McCarl

Melissa McCarl.

Photo by Jeremy Rill.

 

‘I am a part of a community that takes care of its own in a profound way’

Aid recipient: Melissa Lucero McCarl is a prominent Denver playwright, director and actor. She is perhaps best known for writing the Denver Post Ovation Award-winning “Painted Bread,” about the fractured life of Frida Kahlo; “Poignant Irritations,” about Gertrude Stein; and “Lost Creatures,” which imagines the 1978 meeting between British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan and his longtime cinematic idol, Louise Brooks. As an actor she recently played Rita in Town Hall Arts Center’s “Casa Valentina.” Directing credits include the Aurora Fox’s “Anna in the Tropics,” “Real Women Have Curves” and “Hi-Hat Hattie”; Town Hall’s “Swingtime Canteen” and “The King and I”; and the Athena Project’s “Tell Martha Not to Moan.” Melissa attended Loretto Heights College and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

Her medical story: Melissa recently needed and an emergency-room visit requiring injection therapy and pathology. She was left with a post-insurance, out-of-pocket bill of  3,284.22. Like many in our community, Melissa has had all of her upcoming work canceled by COVID-19 and no significant sources of new income to take on this bill.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund has been experiencing an unprecedented run on our reserves in 2020, having sent out more than $58,000 in direct medical relief in the first four months of the year – not including the $50,000 in emergency funding we have paid out through our new DEAR Fund to support Colorado theatre artists who have lost the ability to earn income during the COVID-19 shutdown. So the Board has instituted a more conservative, temporary compensation formula. Essentially, until we can start replenishing our general fund through live performance fundraisers, the Board is compensating qualified applicants at a level that is about 70 percent of normal. In Melissa’s case, the Board has voted to reimburse her with $2,300, or 70 percent of her obligation. With targeted donations from the community, The Denver Actors Fund’s total support for Melissa is now $2,475.

How you can help us help Melissa more: Even after our assistance, Melissa has about $984 remaining on her balance. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Melissa pay down her bill, simply mail checks in any amount made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Melissa McCarl’s name written 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 Melissa McCarl. (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 Melissa: “Having to get an emergency procedure right as the pandemic hit was not ideal. Receiving the large bill after learning that I’d lost at least $5,000 worth of gigs felt catastrophic. Having The DAF come to the rescue so quickly and effectively felt nothing short of miraculous. Sometimes it can be tempting to think: ‘I’ve spend most of my life making theatre, but what do I really have to show for it?’ Being reminded that I am a part of a community that takes care of its own in this profound way makes me think that I have a lot to show for it indeed.”

The Denver Actors Fund now has made more than $538,000 available to Colorado artists in need.

How you can help us help us help more Colorado theatre artists: If you would like to make a donation to The Denver Actors Fund, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80211. 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 their story told.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION

Cast members from Town Hall Arts Center’s 2019 production of ‘Casa Valentina.’ Photo by John Moore.


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 $538,000 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


Hippo Health LogoGET INSTANT, FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: The Denver Actors Fund has launch of a major new FREE medical service for qualified Colorado theatre artists: We are partnering with Hippo Health to provide access to emergency medical evaluations via video conferencing with a Board-certified physician. Click to read more about this wonderful, innovative new partnership that will further improve the lives of artists!


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

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


SHOP AT KING SOOPERS

Sign up for King Soopers’ Community Rewards Program and raise money for The DAF just by shopping for your groceries – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. It’s like the Amazon Smile Program. To sign up, simply go here and designate The DAF as your preferred non-profit. Each quarter, King Soopers sends us a donation based on how much our supporters have spent. Thanks to all of you who are shopping for The DAF.


COME TO OUR EVENTS

TUESDAY, MAY 5: Need some happy? The Happy Hour Foundation is partnering with CreativeMornings/Denver for a special virtual happy hour benefiting three local nonprfits including the Denver Actors Fund. How It Works: Step 1. Strap on your mask. Step 2. Buy some beer to go from Strange Craft Beer Company and FlyteCo Brewing between May 1 and 3. Step 3. Go home and wash your hands for 20 seconds. Step 4. Log on to our virtual happy hour on May 5. Step 5. Socialize while socially distanced. This event supports Prime Health, Denver Actors Fund and Culinary Hospitality Outreach & Wellness. Info: facebook.com/happyhourfoundation


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: Lindsay Fuller

Lindsay Fuller

For an actor who often plays princesses, a front tooth is an essential prop

Aid recipient: Lindsay Fuller has appeared in many local productions including most recently as Cinderella in Town Hall Arts Center’s “Disenchanted” and in the Arvada Center’s children’s productions of “The Velveteen Rabbit” and “Ella Enchanted.” Other prominent roles in recent years have included Penny in Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s “Hairspray” and Brenda Strong in the Aurora Fox’s “Catch Me if You Can.” Other local credits include the Springer Opera House and singing with The Denver Dolls.

LINDSAY FULLER

Lindsay Fuller

Her medical story: Lindsay had a dental emergency that took out her front tooth at the end of 2016, which The Denver Actors Fund helped her pay to fix. This past December, the repair failed – a half-hour before a two-show day for “Ella Enchanted.” Afterward, she was able to see The Denver Actors Fund‘s partnering dentist, Dr. Brian Kelly DDS, who accepts a limited number of emergency cases each year as his personal, in-kind donation to The DAF through the Dental Center at Thornton Plaza.

How we have helped: Over the course of several months, Dr. Kelly (himself a former Broadway dancer!) and his partners repaired Fuller’s teeth and restored her smile in a way that better befits her often princess-worthy roles. Including our payment to the initial dentist back in 2016, and a more recent lab fee, The Denver Actors Fund now has paid $1,438 for Lindsay’s dentistry, while Dr. Kelly has donated $1,395 of his firm’s services. Including a recent DEAR Fund emergency stipend for Colorado theatre artists who have lost the ability to earn income because of the COVID19 shutdown, The Denver Actors Fund now has provided Lindsay with $3,083 in overall support. MORE ABOUT THE DEAR FUND

Lindsay Fuller in Town Hall Arts Center’s ‘Disenchanted.’ Rachel D. Graham Photography.

A message from Lindsay: “I could not be more grateful to The Denver Actors Fund and their partnership with Dr. Brian Kelly. Dr. Kelly squeezed me in for an emergency dental visit within a couple hours of my injury, and he had me laughing and smiling from ear-to-ear the entire time – despite my missing front tooth. What could have been financially detrimental for me was taken care of in a way that I don’t have close to enough thank you’s for. The DAF and their partners are a true gift to our community.”

The Denver Actors Fund now has made more than $528,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us help more Colorado theatre artists: If you would like to make a donation to The Denver Actors Fund, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80211. 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 their story told.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION


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 $528,000 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


Hippo Health LogoGET INSTANT, FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: The Denver Actors Fund has launch of a major new FREE medical service for qualified Colorado theatre artists: We are partnering with Hippo Health to provide access to emergency medical evaluations via video conferencing with a Board-certified physician. Click to read more about this wonderful, innovative new partnership that will further improve the lives of artists!


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

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


SHOP AT KING SOOPERS

Sign up for King Soopers’ Community Rewards Program and raise money for The DAF just by shopping for your groceries – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. It’s like the Amazon Smile Program. To sign up, simply go here and designate The DAF as your preferred non-profit. Each quarter, King Soopers sends us a donation based on how much our supporters have spent. Thanks to all of you who are shopping for The DAF.


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: Scott Hurst

Neither Jekyll, nor Hyde, nor the actors who played them were spared the flu

Aid recipient: Windsor actor Scott Hurst recently shared the title roles in Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde,’ his eighth production as an actor at the Johnstown theatre. Other roles there have included Fred and Petruchio in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and Phoebus in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ He is originally from Flintridge, California.

Hippo Health LogoHis medical story: A flu-like wave swept through the ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ cast when the show opened in late January, prompting many members of its ensemble to take advantage of a free teledoctoring service offered by The Denver Actors Fund through Hippo Health. Hurst was one of them. The other actor trading performances with Hurst also fell ill, and Hurst was left to power through despite his own worsening condition. He was advised by his teledoctor to take Tamiflu and seek direct medical attention from an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, who performed a diagnostic scope. All told, Hurst incurred $496 in medical expenses.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund board of directors voted uninmously to pay Hurst’s medical expenses. Combined with the fee for the Hippo service that The DAF makes available to all qualified members of the Colorado theatre community, Hurst received $521 worth of medical assistance from the DAF.

A message from Scott: “The Denver Actors Fund came through for me when I didn’t know where else to turn. As a singer, vocal health can be often invisible. The DAF provided aid and peace of mind to me when I struggled to afford a simple diagnostic procedure. Thank you to this incredible community for enabling me to protect myself. I have never been more grateful.’

Note: Like most every other theatre production in Colorado, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ has ceased performances because of CoVid-19, leaving Scott Hurst and the entire Candlelight ensemble without pay for the final two weeks of scheduled performances.

The Denver Actors Fund now has made more than $477,000 available to Colorado theatre artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us help more Colorado theatre artists: Simply mail checks in any amount made out to The Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80211. Or use this donation link. Your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund, 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 their story told.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION

Scott Hurst as the dastardly Mr. Hyde. Photo by Rachel D. Graham.


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 $477,000 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


Hippo Health LogoGET INSTANT, FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: The Denver Actors Fund has launch of a major new FREE medical service for qualified Colorado theatre artists: We are partnering with Hippo Health to provide access to emergency medical evaluations via video conferencing with a Board-certified physician. Click to read more about this wonderful, innovative new partnership that will further improve the lives of artists!


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

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


King Soopers LogoSHOP AT KING SOOPERS

Sign up for King Soopers’ Community Rewards Program and raise money for The DAF just by shopping for your groceries – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. It’s like the Amazon Smile Program. To sign up, simply go here and designate The DAF as your preferred non-profit. Each quarter, King Soopers sends us a donation based on how much our supporters have spent. Thanks to all of you who are shopping for The DAF!


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: Kevin Ahl

KEVIN AHLDAF purchases portable respiratory equipment for Phamaly co-founder

Aid recipient: Denver native Kevin Ahl, who has had cerebral palsy since birth, is one of the founders of Phamaly Theatre Company, which for more than 30 years has been a creative home for theatre artists with disabilities. He and fellow founders Kathleen Traylor, Gregg Vigil, Teri Wagner and Rick Britton were schoolmates at the Boettcher School, which at the time was seriously called “The Boettcher School for Crippled Children.” Since then, Kevin has performed in dozens of their shows, most recently in “Annie” in 2017 at the Denver Center’s Stage Theatre. Other Phamaly titles have included “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and the sketch comedy “Vox Construction.” Kevin also has appeared in the annual Magic Moments musical revues. He attended Red Rocks Community College.

Kevin and Pamela Ahl

His medical story: Kevin and his wife, Pamela, are both in wheelchairs, and Kevin is recovering from surgery in November. On top of all that, he has recently become a full-time oxygen user – and his insurance company refused to cover the cost of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator. “When you are in a wheelchair full-time, carrying oxygen tanks is very difficult,” Kevin told us.

How we have helped: Working by the recommendation of Kevin’s doctor, The Denver Actors Fund purchased an Onogen One G3, 16-cell Portable Oxygen Concentrator at a cost of $2,465, with accessories.

A message from Kevin: “Thank you, Denver Actors Fund. This new Oxygen Concentrator will make me able to get out in the community again and not be forced to stay home because of how many oxygen tanks I have. Your continuous generosity is amazing. Thank you for letting us continue to live our lives to the fullest.”

The Denver Actors Fund now has made more than $475,000 available to Colorado theatre artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us help more Colorado theatre artists: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help give Kevin and Pamela some additional breathing room as he continues his surgical recovery treatment, simply mail checks in any amount made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Kevin Ahl’s name written 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 Kevin Ahl. (He will receive 100 percent of your donation.) Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund, 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 their story told.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION


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 $475,000 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


GET INSTANT, FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: The Denver Actors Fund has launch of a major new FREE medical service for qualified Colorado theatre artists: We are partnering with Hippo Health to provide access to emergency medical evaluations via video conferencing with a Board-certified physician. Click to read more about this wonderful, innovative new partnership that will further improve the lives of artists!


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

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


SHOP AT KING SOOPERS

Sign up for King Soopers’ Community Rewards Program and raise money for The DAF just by shopping for your groceries – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. It’s like the Amazon Smile Program. To sign up, simply go here and designate The DAF as your preferred non-profit. Each quarter, King Soopers sends us a donation based on how much our supporters have spent. Thanks to all of you who are shopping for The DAF!


COME TO THE EVENTS THAT SUPPORT US*:

SUNDAY, APRIL 26: True story: A few months ago, the local band Gin & Tonix did a show at the Clocktower to benefit the DAF, and I wasn’t sure I could make it so I didn’t book in advance. I dropped in just before the show began to buy a ticket at the door, and the woman looked at me like I was trying to walk in on Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, BTS, Shawn Mendes and the Wu-Tang Clan all at once. The look on her face was priceless. The event was was way sold out. “Gin & Tonix sells out every time,” she said. Point taken. So who is Gin & Tonix? A group of talented musician friends and family who have made music together on and off for many years. The band features vocal the harmonies of Morgan Griego, Kacie Thomas, Trinity Thomas, and Eileen Adair, by Madi Spillman on guitar, Ian Spillman on drums and vocals, and Jason Spillman on bass and vocals. The group plays songs by artists ranging from The Indigo Girls, The Eagles, The Avett Brothers and many more. The band will again be donating 10 percent of ticket sales for The Denver Actors Fund and taking a collection as a tribute to the late Amy Malmgren – an original DAF board member, and Jason Spillman’s sister. last time the total was a lucky $777. Gin and Tonix is as passionate about their community and family as they are about their music, which is touching. Now take the advice that is splased across the Clocktower’s web page: BOOK EARLY! GIN & TONIX *WILL SELL OUT IN ADVANCE!* Get your tickets here.

JULY 9-18: Stage Left Productions has announced that it will donate ALL NET PROFITS from the entire run of its upcoming summer musical “Ordinary Days” to The Denver Actors Fund! “We are so excited to work with DAF on such an amazing cause,” says Stage Left Productions Owner Sophia Johnson-Grimes, who founded her company as a place for young theatre artists ages high school through college to let their talents shine, to collaborate, create, build leadership skills and give back to their communities. Every production has a designated philanthropic benefactors. “Ordinary Days” is a refreshingly honest and funny musical by Adam Gwon about four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. For more information, go to https://stageleftdenver.com

*All events subject to change


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: Justin Peterson

Trumpet player: Two surgeries, two casts, two massive bills

Aid recipient: Justin Peterson is a trumpet player currently performing in the orchestra for Sasquatch Productions’ “Matilda,” through February 9 at the PACE Center. Over the past year two years, Justin also has played in musicals for BDT Stage, Inspire Creative, Vintage Theatre Company, Aurora Fox, Equinox Theatre, Stage Door Theatre Company and Longmont Theatre Company, with titles including “Newsies,” “Motones vs. Jerseys,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Full Monty,” “The Addams Family,” “Tuck Everlasting” and “The Little Mermaid.” By day, Justin is a site technician for the Aurora Public Schools. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance from Denver University. He’s also a member of the local rock band One Way Ride and the Latin jazz group The Pino Project.

JUSTIN PETERSONHis medical story: Last June, Justin ruptured his Achilles Tendon, which required surgical repair. A few months later, he was in a serious car accident, which required surgery for a broken left wrist. The financial fallout included damage to his car and the musical instruments he was transporting at the time. Combined, Justin was billed for $6,403.99 in out-of-pocket medical expenses. He incurred additional non-medical expenses ranging from car-rental fees to repair of his musical instruments.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors voted unanimously to pay off the whole of Justin’s out-of-pocket medical expenses, or $6,403.99. To date, including targeted donations from the community, The Denver Actors Fund has now made $6,433.99 available to Justin for his medical expenses.

How you can help us help Justin more: In addition to his non-medical expenses, Justin has been told to expect up to $2,000 in additional medical bills to come in over the next few months. So even though we have paid the maximum we are legally allowed to date (because we are incorporated as a medical relief organization), Justin is not fully out of the hole. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help give Justin some additional breathing room to pay off his other expenses, simply mail checks in any amount made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Justin Peterson’s name written 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 Justin Peterson. (He 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 Justin:

“The only way I can explain the year 2019 is with one word: Humbling. I started the year with no major medical issues in my life: No broken bones, no surgeries and I had never worn a cast. But 2019 had some surprises in store for me. Both medical incidents required surgical repair, casting and physical therapy among a whole slew of new experiences.

Maybe it was pride, or stubbornness, but I attempted to tackle the financial burden myself. It seemed every few days as I progressed through recovery, there was a new medical bill, some new unanticipated expense or some balance owed after insurance was applied. Any time the phone rang or I would check the mail, I would take a deep breath expecting yet another bill due. I kept telling myself, “This too will pass; keep your head down and keep at it.” Days after ringing in 2020, I received yet another large medical bill, and I knew I needed help.

There are not strong enough words to convey what The Denver Actors Fund has done for me. When I was told the extent to which The Denver Actors Fund was going to help, I was left speechless and, soon after, in tears. In that moment, I could feel an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders and an immense sense of relief. The Denver Actors Fund has CHANGED MY LIFE! There is no way around the fact that without this assistance, I honestly don’t know how long it would have taken to pay these medical bills.

To The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors and to everyone who has contributed to The Denver Actors Fund, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I am astonished, humbled and so tremendously blessed to have received this assistance. I’m not sure I can every repay such kindness and generosity to an extent that could adequately convey how much this means to me.

Over the past month, I couldn’t stop worrying and thinking about everything I could lose … but now I can’t stop being in awe of the people, blessings and love in my life. A drastic change in perspective that should remind us all that life is always best when we live it together.

Again I say, thank you to The Denver Actors Fund and thank you to the Colorado community for supporting the arts in so many ways!”

The Denver Actors Fund now has made more than $438,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us help more Colorado theatre artists: If you would like to make a donation 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 their story told.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION

Justin Peterson, standing second from the left, with the orchestra from Parker Arts and Inspire Theater Company’s ‘Newsies.’


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 $438,000 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


Hippo Health LogoGET INSTANT, FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: The Denver Actors Fund has launch of a major new FREE medical service for qualified Colorado theatre artists: We are partnering with Hippo Health to provide access to emergency medical evaluations via video conferencing with a Board-certified physician. Click to read more about this wonderful, innovative new partnership that will further improve the lives of artists!


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

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


SHOP AT KING SOOPERS

Sign up for King Soopers’ Community Rewards Program and raise money for The DAF just by shopping for your groceries – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. It’s like the Amazon Smile Program. To sign up, simply go here and designate The DAF as your preferred non-profit. Each quarter, King Soopers sends us a donation based on how much our supporters have spent. Thanks to all of you who are shopping for The DAF!


COME TO THE EVENTS THAT SUPPORT US:

Alamo Hollywood's Biggest Night 2020

HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST NIGHT: Sunday, February 9, is the biggest night for the movies! What better way to be a part of the action on the big screen than to join Denver7 at the Alamo Drafthouse Westminster? This year’s host is beloved local actor Steven Burge … and friends (!). Dress your Hollywood best (formal evening wear suggested but not at all required!) Arrive around 5 p.m. in Pandora’s Box for your very own red carpet, paparazzi, and more before we open the doors for food, drinks and fun for everyone. Tickets are just $15 this year and ALL proceeds benefit The Denver Actors Fund! What’s The Denver Actors Fund? Well, Chris Hemsworth may have made $76 million to play Thor in “Avengers: Endgame,” but closer to home, Colorado stage actors often get paid tiny stipends to perform in plays and musicals at local theatres. They often sustain themselves by working a hodgepodge of flexible but low-paying jobs without health insurance. The Denver Actors Fund is a safety net for when Colorado theatre artists (on or off-stage) need help to pay for unexpected medical expenses. In six years, the Denver Actors Fund has made $435,000 available to help artists pay their medical bills or purchase wheelchairs, hearing aids and other essential medical supplies. In addition, an army of volunteers provides neighborly assistance ranging from rides to meals to snow-shoveling and personal company. Reserve your preferred seats today.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17: The Cherry Creek Theatre Company has announced that its Industry Night performance of “My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” will be a benefit for The Denver Actors Fund. Let the music of Frank Sinatra transport you back in time to a swanky nightclub on the Las Vegas strip. Experience more than 50 quintessential hits from the Ol’ Blue Eyes collection. From The Lady is a Tramp to New York, New York, you can’t help but hum along with your favorite jazz standards on this trip down memory lane. Pack up, let’s fly away and fall in love all over again with the music of one of the most celebrated recording artists of all time. The director is Susie Snodgrass, with musical direction from David Nehls. The cast includes Sheryl McCallum, Stephen Day, Shannon Steele and Jeremy Rill. Tickets (normally $33) are $20. At the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., 303-800-6578 or cherrycreektheatre.org

SUNDAY, APRIL 26: True story: A few months ago, the local band Gin & Tonix did a show at the Clocktower to benefit the DAF, and I wasn’t sure I could make it so I didn’t book in advance. I dropped in just before the show began to buy a ticket at the door, and the woman looked at me like I was trying to walk in on Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, BTS, Shawn Mendes and the Wu-Tang Clan all at once. The look on her face was priceless. The event was was way sold out. “Gin & Tonix sells out every time,” she said. Point taken. So who is Gin & Tonix? A group of talented musician friends and family who have made music together on and off for many years. The band features vocal the harmonies of Morgan Griego, Kacie Thomas, Trinity Thomas, and Eileen Adair, by Madi Spillman on guitar, Ian Spillman on drums and vocals, and Jason Spillman on bass and vocals. The group plays songs by artists ranging from The Indigo Girls, The Eagles, The Avett Brothers and many more. The band will again be donating 10 percent of ticket sales for The Denver Actors Fund and taking a collection as a tribute to the late Amy Malmgren – an original DAF board member, and Jason Spillman’s sister. last time the total was a lucky $777. Gin and Tonix is as passionate about their community and family as they are about their music, which is touching. Now take the advice that is splased across the Clocktower’s web page: BOOK EARLY! GIN & TONIX *WILL SELL OUT IN ADVANCE!* Get your tickets 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.

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell, Ella Matheo and Jim Hunt in ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Sarah Roshan Photography.

Actor faced both oral surgery and nearly $3,000 in up-front costs

Aid recipient: Actor and Arvada native Jason Maxwell is a longtime favorite in the Denver theatre community. He is a company member with Boulder’s The Catamounts, where this year he performed in the ensembles of “United Flight 232,” “The Last Apple Tree” and “Everybody.” For the past three holiday seasons, Jason has played Fred, Marley, Fezziwig, Martha AND Old Joe in Miners Alley Playhouse’s seasonal staging of “A Christmas Carol” adapted by Josh Hartwell. Over the past four Decembers, Miners Alley Playhouse has donated all proceeds from one designated performance of “A Christmas Carol” to The Denver Actors Fund, generating an overall donation of $9,660 to date. Jason graduated from Faith Christian High School and the University of Colorado Denver. Favorite roles have included Jazzbo Heywood in Miners Alley Playhouse’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A 1940s Radio Play”; and for The Catamounts, Public Crippen in “The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen” and John N. in “Failure: A Love Story.”

Jason Maxwell. Courtesy The Catamounts.

His medical story: Jason recently faced a severely painful dental crisis that required surgery to place a tooth implant in place of his upper left molar, which also required a sinus lift to complete. Ever the trouper, Jason suffered through the pain in order to complete this year’s run of “A Christmas Carol” before having the procedure, which took place on December 27 – four days after closing. Complicating matters: Colorado Regional Oral Surgery required payment up front before the procedure could take place, and that worked out to $2,992 in advance and out-of-pocket. Most people don’t have that kind of cash in reserve. But in true Jason Maxwell fashion, in making his application to The Denver Actors Fund for financial assistance, he volunteered to have the procedure done without general anesthetic, as that would have shaved about $600 off the bill.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors voted to pay for Jason’s entire $2,992 procedure – up front, as required by the surgeon (and including general anesthesia!)

A message from Jason: “In the 10-plus years I’ve been acting professionally in the Denver metro area, I have been amazed at the communal sense of responsibility that Colorado theatrical artists hold for each other. It’s awesome to behold when so many props/furniture/specialty set pieces/building ideas are shared by so many theatres, but what’s even more special is the sharing of funds. The Denver Actors Fund is as special to Colorado as our majestic mountains, and for a theatrical artist in need it is nothing short of a godsend. Thanks to all who donate and for the volunteers who do what they do daily to keep The Denver Actors Fund alive and well. ”

The Denver Actors Fund now has made more than $425,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us help more Colorado theatre artists: If you would like to make a donation 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 their story told.

From left: Bernadette Sefic, Jason Maxwell and Hossein Forouzandeh in The Catamounts’ ‘Everybody.’ Photo by Michael Ensminger.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION


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 $425,000 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

Hippo Health LogoGET FREE, INSTANT MEDICAL ADVICE: The Denver Actors Fund has launch of a major new FREE medical service for qualified Colorado theatre artists: We are partnering with Hippo Health to provide access to emergency medical evaluations via video conferencing with a Board-certified physician. Click to read more about this wonderful, innovative new partnership that will further improve the lives of artists!


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

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


SHOP AT KING SOOPERS

Sign up for King Soopers’ Community Rewards Program and raise money for The DAF just by shopping for your groceries – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. It’s like the Amazon Smile Program. To sign up, simply go here and designate The DAF as your preferred non-profit. Each quarter, King Soopers sends us a donation based on how much our supporters have spent. Thanks to all of you who are shopping for The DAF!


COME TO THE EVENTS THAT SUPPORT US:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9: Save the Date: For the fifth straight year, The Denver Actors Fund will partner with the Alamo Drafthouse and the local ABC station KMGH-7 for a “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” viewing party, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting The DAF. Check back on the DAF Events page when advance tickets go on sale.

 

Check back in the new year for further updates!


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: 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 Options’ “On Golden Pond” at the Barth Hotel. Her Broadway credits include Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses.” She is married to DCPA Education Head of Acting Tim McCracken.

For Tara Falk, a white dot that had been on her face for years turned out to be a deeply rooted pre-cancerous growth.

Her medical story: Tara was diagnosed last fall with an aggressive form of skin cancer on her face. Just one day after surgery removed the deep tumor and a large part of her nose, she had reconstructive surgery. Her medical odyssey, which has also come with severe autoimmune issues, has continued with the discovery of more tumors requiring additional surgery.

How we have helped: Even though Tara and her husband have health insurance, they have accrued five-figure out-of-pocket medical bills. But despite that enormous and ongoing financial burden, Tara has, to date, only asked The Denver Actors Fund for help paying off one specific bill of $1,938.50 owed to CU Medicine. In May, The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors voted unanimously to pay that full amount, while leaving her case open to consider other bills that come up in the future. With targeted donations from the community, The Denver Actors Fund’s total support for Tara Falk to date is $2,338.50.

Why are you hearing about this now? At The Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is assumed and fully protected unless and until the recipient chooses to have their story told. In May, Tara and Tim chose anonymity. This week, Tara reconnected with The Denver Actors Fund to say: “We have decided to go public with our story to let people know that even when a couple has one person in a full-time position with health benefits and the other is a working spouse, we still needed help.”

Tara Falk and her son. Photo by John Moore.

Tara Falk and her son. Photo by John Moore.

A message from Tara:

“Shame and fear of what others might think are powerful emotions that can stop you from seeking help when you need it most. Three years ago, I started on a mysterious medical journey. Tons of blood tests and treatments. Thousands of dollars later, still no diagnosis. My husband and I worked and used any cash from extra jobs to begin paying down the debt. With the miles amassed because of the medical debt, we decided to cash them in for three cheap tickets for a European vacation with our son so we all could rest from our hectic schedule and heal a bit from still not knowing. Last October, a few months after we cashed in the miles (but before the scheduled trip), I was diagnosed with infiltrative basal cell carcinoma. It was not life-threatening, but a serious procedure that left a massive disfiguration on my nose, causing me to need reconstructive surgery using cartilage from my ear. The bills were astronomical, and on top of having a large monthly health-insurance premium, we found ourselves back in debt again and staring at three more future procedures. Should we not go on the trip? Even though it was free and paid for with miles? Who do we think we are?

Tara Falk and Tim McCracken

Tara Falk and Tim McCracken.

“Then some beautiful soul at The Denver Actors Fund told us: ‘Why do artists think piling up medical bills on credit cards is OK? Why do they think they don’t deserve a vacation? Why disappoint your young son? Take some help!’ My husband and I both work hard and possess a massive ‘we can do it’ attitude. But after much soul-searching, we realized that no matter what we did, we could not stop the bills from piling up into the thousands. After months of debating, we submitted one bill for $1,939 to The Denver Actors Fund, which they instantly paid. That took a giant weight off our shoulders and allowed us to catch up a bit on our other bills. More than anything, it meant we could just take a breath.

“The day after we arrived home from our trip, I had the second surgery on my cheek, which left another very large disfiguration. This procedure somehow ended up costing us $4,000 more than the much-more involved surgery I’d had the year before. If we hadn’t already reached out to The Denver Actors Fund, swallowed some pride and ignored whatever mumblings might unfold from asking for this help, that extra nearly $2,000 debt would have been gaining in interest and holding us back from chipping away at the bills that still lie ahead.

“For years we had made small donations to The Denver Actors Fund. We have watched it allow people to breathe, heal and move forward with their lives instead of being saddled with stress, fear and debt. We never thought we would be recipients of their incredible generosity and we never knew the impact it would have on us. We are forever thankful – and there is definitely no shame in that.”

How you can help us help replenish: If you would like to make a donation to help The Denver Actors Fund replenish, simply mail checks in any amount made out to The Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80211. Or use this donation link. Or, just attend “Miscast 2019” on September 30 at The Aurora Fox. “Miscast” is the major annual fundraiser for The Denver Actors Fund. Tickets here. (More details below.)

How you can help us help Tara more: While Tara has not requested any additional financial assistance at this time, any targeted donations from the public will be passed on to them in full. If you would like to direct a specific donation to the family, write Tara’s name on the topic field of any check or, if using the online option above, be sure to designate that your donation is a targeted donation for Tara in the space provided.

Read more about Tara Falk’s story here

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $392,000 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 their story told.

Tara Falk starring in the DCPA Theatre Company’s ‘Sweat’ last spring. Photo by Adams VisCom.

 


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 $392,000 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 ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

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 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 anytime for an updated list.

MISCAST 2019

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30:Miscast,” which is presented each year by Robert Michael Sanders as a benefit for 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. “Miscast 2019” will be held Sept. 30 at a new location: The Aurora Fox Arts Center. Tickets are on sale 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.

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Kristy E. Pike

Kirsty E. Pike as Eliza in The Upstart Crow's 'Pygmalion.'

Kristy E. Pike as Eliza in The Upstart Crow’s ‘Pygmalion.’

 

‘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 All My Sons, which opens in September. As an actor, she played Phebe in The Crow’s As You Like It and as Eliza in Pygmalion. Kristy also has served as the company’s Publicity Director for the past four years and also works part-time in the BDT Stage box office.

Her medical story: Kristy was in a bicycle accident on July 2 and suffered a a concussion and sprained wrist. Three days later, she was sent to the E.R. with a completely different medical issue. Between the two incidents, she was unable to perform 52 hours of scheduled box-office work as she recovered. Kristy was left with $752 in post-insurance medical expenses and missed out on $505 of potential wages.

How we have helped Kristy: After examining Kristy’s hospital and employment records, The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors has voted to compensate Kristy for her out-of-pocket expenses and lost scheduled wages, or $1,257.

How you can 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 80211. Or use this donation link, with our humble thanks.

A message from Kristy: “I am incredibly grateful to have Denver Actor’s Fund as a resource. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $375,000 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 their story told.


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 $375,000 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 ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

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 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 anytime for an updated list.

MISCAST 2019

MONDAY, AUGUST 5: Our friends at Miners Alley Playhouse are hosting an Industry Night performance of its hit comedy “Fairfield,” by Eric Coble, with ALL PROCEEDS benefiting the Denver Actors Fund. Tickets, normally up to $32, are just $15 on this night only. “Fairfield” is a regional premiere that “pushes every race button to hilarious effect,” says Alex Miller of OnStage Colorado. “Peace. Love. Respect for all.” Fat chance at Fairfield Elementary, a public school located in a diverse, liberal district. When a young teacher’s misguided attempts at celebrating Black History Month take a hilariously dark turn, chaos erupts. “Fairfield” is directed by Jada Suzanne Dixon and features Sheryl McCallum, Adeline Mann, newly coronated Henry Award-winning Outstanding Actor Brian Landis Folkins, MacKenzie Beyer, Kristina Fountaine and Sinjin Jones. Join us at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 5. Tickets available by calling 303-935-3044 or going online here. Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue. Golden. Thank you to Len Matheo, Elizabeth Scott-Mckean, Jonathan Scott-Mckean, Lisa DeCaro, Bryanna Scott, the cast, crew and whoever kindly works the bar. It’s nights like these that make what we do possible!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30:Miscast,” which is presented each year by Robert Michael Sanders as a benefit for 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. “Miscast 2019” will be held Sept. 30 at a new location: The Aurora Fox Arts Center. Tickets will go on sale in the coming days. In the meantime … Save the Date!

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: Jordan Manchego and others

Jordan Manchego in Cry-Baby

Jordan Manchego in ‘Cry-Baby’ for Equinox Theatre Company at the Bug Theatre.

 

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 the companies he has performed with are the Aurora Fox, Performance Now and Vintage.

Jordan Manchego quoteHis medical story: Jordan’s dental health was recently in major crisis. He had not been able to go to a dentist in more than five years because he did not have dental insurance. He had four wisdom teeth growing in, a cracked molar and an exposed nerve.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund has a unique, ongoing partnership with Thornton dentist (and former Broadway dancer) Brian Kelly,  who each year accepts a limited number of emergency dental cases referred through the DAF as his own perseonal in-kind donation to the organization. Kelly’s goal is to transition every referred patient from gum disease to health. The estimated value of Dr. Kelly’s service to Jordan Manchego was $1,314.

A message from Jordan: “I had been in the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. Just when I thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel, within days of making my application to The Denver Actors Fund, Dr. Kelly was ready to get me into the chair and out of my agony. The fact that he can make you feel so at ease and relaxed while drilling your gums is amazing in itself, but he was kind enough to put showtunes on his Pandora and share stories of his Broadway glory days. Dr. Kelly, his staff and The Denver Actors Fund are literal gifts from God, and  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Brian Kelly.

From left: Adam Russell Johnson, Beki Pineda, Josue Ivan Prieto-Miranda and Sky Seaberry.

Wait, there’s more: Recently, Dr. Kelly also has helped the following Colorado theatre artists with their emergency dental needs:

  • Adam Russell Johnson, Phamaly’s “Chicago”: $1,010
  • Beki Pineda, Props Director: $182
  • Josue Ivan Prieto-Miranda, Cherry Creek Theatre’s “My Name is Asher Lev”: $604. He says: “I am so beyond grateful and extremely humbled by the generosity of Dr. Kelly and the DAF!”
  • Sky Seaberry, BDT Stage’s “Disenchanted”: $346. She says: “I’m eternally grateful for the DAF’s commitment to the theatre community and to Dr. Brian’s gracious heart for providing care. Thank you so much!”

And there are several other cases currently in process. To date, Dr. Kelly now has donated $30,000 in free dental care to Colorado theatre artists through The Denver Actors Fund.

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $355,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us help Colorado theatre artists: If you would like to make a donation 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.

 


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 $355,000 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 anytime for an updated list.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9: Join us at a Denver’s Tony Awards Viewing Party to benefit The Denver Actors Fund on Sunday, June 9, at Cap City Tavern, 1247 Bannock St. It’s hosted and organized through the lovely volunteer efforts of the Denver-area Actors’ Equity Association Liaison Committee, SAG-AFTRA Colorado Local and the Colorado Theatre Guild. There will be a $5 suggested donation. Limited seating so please RSVP your intent to attend by May 31 by emailing denver@actorsequity.org. Thank you all, especially you, Abner Genece, T David Rutherford, Dino McTaggart, Piper Arpan McTaggart, Charles Blackwell and Sheila Traister!

TUESDAY, JUNE 11: Join Eric Weinstein as he takes you on a journey of songs and stories from the three decades he has been part of the Denver theatre community. The evening will feature Ragtime and Stride piano solos that were a mainstay of the venerable Heritage Square Music Hall, hits from Vintage favorite shows “Ring of Fire” and :Ain’t Misbehavin’,” original music and a variety of musical styles. He will be joined by daughters Kaitlin and Kelsey, and performers Hazel Kachline, Adam Luhrs and  Isabella Duran. One hundred percent of ticket sales will benefit The Denver Actors Fund. 7:30 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Tickets at the door.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13: If you are making your theatregoing plans, please consider attending Miners Alley Playhouse’s Industry Night performance of Josh Hartwell’s world-premiere play “The Queen of Conspiracy.” All proceeds, including the bar, go to The Denver Actors Fund! Miners Alley commissioned award-winning local playwright Josh Hartwell to write the untold true story of Mae Brussell, considered America’s first mainstream conspiracy theorist during the 1960s and 1970s. Her popular radio shows, for example, linked the Kennedy assassinations to the Watergate scandal. “As I delved into my research, so many things she was saying back in the ’60s and 70s sounded like things she would be saying right now,” said Hartwell, whose new drama is set in present-day Denver and imagines the family who inherited Brussell’s legacy. Featuring Abby Apple Boes, Chloe McLeod, Sinjin Jones, Bill Hahn, Heather Lacy and Damon Guerrasio. 7:30 p.m. at 1224 Washington St., Golden. Get your tickets by calling 303-935-3044 or through this link.

 

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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 names Gibley president, adds three to board

Chris Gibley has 30 years of business experience holding senior management positions.

 

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 Reserve Bank, First Data Corporation and Decision Technologies.

Giibley replaces Will Barnette, who accepted the title of interim President in 2016 immediately following the death of his mother-in-law, Brenda Billings, and went on to serve a three-year term.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work with all of the many people who serve our local theatre community in so many ways – and I want to meet every one of you,” Gibley said.

The Board also has voted to expand its membership to seven seats. After an extensive search by founder and Executive Director John Moore, the Board has added to its roster Central City Opera Director of Marketing Gail Bransteitter; emergency-room doctor Kelli Lewis; and Cherry Creek High School teacher Fletcher Woolsey. They join actor Penny Dwyer, Elizabeth Scott-McKeon of Miners Alley Playhouse and actor/producer Kenny Moten as continuing Board members.

“It has long been a goal for The Denver Actors Fund to expand both its core influencer and funder base beyond the Colorado theatre community, and this new group gives us a broader diversity of experience and imagination than we have ever had before,” Moore said.

Gibley has worked with Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunications, manufacturing, banking, financial services, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries. His most recent engagements have focused on helping underserved, non-profit organizations. But The Denver Actors Fund is very personal to him. “My family has been involved in supporting the DAF in a major way from the very beginning,” said Gibley, whose son, Evan, has performed at many DAF fundraising events and is a member of the DAF’s new Teen Council.

Chris Gibley Evan Gibley

Evan Gibley and Chris Gibley just before ‘Miscast 2018’ at the Mizel Center. Photo by John Moore.

“All of us are excited to help,” said Gibley, who last year served as Executive Vice President of Project Careaoke, a new non-profit committed to raising money for area non-profits. That group raised $34,000 for The Denver Actors Fund at its inaugural event last September.

“The love and support and initiative the entire Gibley family has shown to our organization has been inspiring,” Moore said. “With Chris’ extensive experience and business connections, there is no limit to the good he might do for our organization as we continue to grow and initiate our longer-range plans to support the local theatre community in even bigger and more impactful ways.”

The Denver Actors Fund is a non-profit organization that since 2013 has served as a source of both immediate financial and neighborly assistance to members of the Colorado theater community in situational medical need. To date, The Denver Actors Fund has distributed more than $350,000 to help recipients with medical bills, insurance, co-payments, supplies, dental care and more. (To read stories about some of the actors, directors, stage managers and others who have been helped, click here.)  In addition, the DAF’s army of more than 60 volunteers have donated more than 500 hours of service ranging from providing meals, child care and transportation to pet-sitting, snow-shoveling, personal company and more.

Gibley takes over for Barnette at a time when The Denver Actors Fund has provided more than $100,000 in medical assistance to qualified applicants in the past year alone. To qualify, an artist must have lived in Colorado for at least six months of the past year and have participated in the creation of a credible Colorado theatre production within the previous five years. (Read more here.)

“Will Barnette came to us at a time when we were paralyzed with grief,” Moore said on behalf of The Denver Actors Fund. “He lifted us up and not only got us moving again, today we are helping artists from all over the state at an unprecedented rate. We always will be grateful for the oversight, professionalism and decency Will brought to us.”

Added Gibley: “I am so grateful to Will Barnette for his ongoing commitment to The DAF. Without Brenda Billings, and Will and his family, none of this would have been possible.”

Gibley, who graduated from Arapahoe High School and the University of Colorado, is an accomplished guitarist who also plays piano, bass and drums. He enjoys musical theater, live music, reading, golfing, hiking, gourmet cooking, travel and volunteer service. He is the father of two boys and lives in Highlands Ranch. He can be reached by email at chris.gibley@gmail.com.

Here is a brief look at the three other newly elected officers to The Denver Actors Fund’s Board of Directors:

AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER

Gail Bransteitter

Gail Bransteitter

Gail Bransteitter. Photo by Marie Griffin.

Gail Bransteitter has a more than a decade of non-profit marketing experience and a passion for the performing arts. She is a graduate of Denver’s George Washington High School and Cornell College in Iowa, where she received her B.A. in theatre. She began her career doing production work for theatre companies and schools throughout the metro Denver area. She then shifted into the non-profit sector where she worked as the National Communications Manager at Mercy Housing. She went on to serve as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver before moving into her current role as the Director of Marketing at Central City Opera.

Bransteitter is an active patron and supporter of Colorado’s performing-arts community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Buntport Theater.

She attended The Denver Actors Fund’s first fundraising event in 2013 and has continued to support the organization throughout the years. Gail hopes her experience in marketing, communications and fundraising will help The Denver Actors Fund expand its reach and increase the resources the organization can provide for those in need.

“I’m honored to join the Board of Directors and continue to advocate for the important work of The Denver Actors Fund,” said Bransteitter. “This organization is an incredible resource for the local theater community, and it has made a tremendous difference for its beneficiaries.”

AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Kelli Lewis

Dr. Kelli Lewis

Dr. Kelli Lewis, a native of Ropesville, Texas, is the Medical Director at St. Joseph Emergency in both Littleton and Northglenn. She received an undergraduate degree in nursing, and practiced as a nurse for several years before graduating from Texas Tech University School of Medicine with honors. She trained in General Surgery at Stanford University and finished an Emergency Medicine residency at Denver Health. Kelli has practiced in Denver for the past 26 years, and is on staff at Denver’s SCL Health hospitals.

Lewis is a shareholder in US Acute Care Solutions, and has held several leadership positions through the course of her career, including Medical Director, Peer Review Committees and Medical Staff President. She has been recognized in 5280 Magazine four times as a “Top Doc” in Emergency Medicine.

Her love for theatre goes back to her high-school days as a performer, and luckily did not end when she walked out of her first audition in college with a full-blown panic attack. After moving to Denver, she promptly became a faithful patron of many local theatres. Her continuing presence at BDT Stage has introduced her to some of her most treasured and longstanding friendships.

As a DAF board member, Lewis hopes to find new ways to be helpful to this community of actors as they encounter medical challenges. She has plans to introduce new options for health-care access, and be a resource for both education and advice. “I’m very excited to see what’s possible,” said Lewis, who added that, most of all, she wants to give back for all of the lovely moments of escape from a stressful career that Denver’s acting community has provided to her.

Lewis lives in Denver with a menagerie of three exotic cats and a bewildered dog. She enjoys live theatre, travel, and playing piano, guitar, and banjo in her leisure moments.

AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER

Fletcher Woolsey

Fletcher Woolsey

Fletcher Woolsey

Colorado native Fletcher Woolsey has taught social studies at Cherry Creek High School for the past 13 years. Along with classroom experience, this time has afforded him the opportunity to run and manage several clubs, including National Honor Society and the speech-and-debate team. Fletcher graduated from Columbine High School in 2002 and Colorado State University in 2006.

Woolsey’s world view is unalterably shaped in part by the fact that he was a freshman at Columbine at the time of the shooting in 1999. It helped guide him into his career in education, and has helped make him particularly compassionate when it comes to helping those who are suffering.

His interest in this specific board position comes from a variety of sources: First, his lifelong appreciation of the arts has made him eager to give back to this community in some form other than ticket sales and donations. Second, his experience as a student of political science and as a government teacher have made him acutely aware of the gaps in America’s health-care system and the fundamental need for third parties who act as catchers in the rye for those lost in or devoured by the system.

Third, Fletcher is engaged to marry Rebecca Joseph, a relationship that has provided a first-hand account of what The Denver Actors Fund can do for artists in need. Rebecca is the widow of local actor Daniel Langhoff, who died of cancer in 2017, just days after the birth of their second child. The Denver Actors Fund covered some of Langhoff’s medical expenses and helped raise more than $75,000 to help Joseph plan for the future needs of her daughters. Though that outpouring, Woolsey said, the DAF fulfilled its role in at least partially mitigating difficulties faced by families in the worst times of their lives.

Joseph also has accepted a new leadership position with The Denver Actors Fund, taking responsibility for the accounting oversight of all funds going in and out of The Denver Actors Fund.

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!

 

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Rob Riney

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 Platte Valley Players of Brighton’s Forbidden Broadway. He is a graduate of Bear Creek High School and has also worked at the Arvada Center, Bas Bleu (Fort Collins), Vintage Theatre, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse (Johnstown), Ignite Theatre, Aurora Fox, Performance Now, Town Hall Arts Center and others.

Rob Riney Miss Saigon

Rob Riney in ‘Miss Saigon’ for Vintage Theatre in 2014.

His medical story: Rob has been in and out of the hospital since October after minor intestinal pain turned into a near-total failure of his digestive system and several surrounding organs. He was ultimately diagnosed with Choledocholithiasis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and gallstones. Surgery to insert stents restored normal blood flow between his liver, pancreas, lower intestine and pancreas and Rob was able to briefly return to his full-time job at a local deli. But there have been subsequent complications, including a blood clot in his liver, necessitating several more hospital visits since (including right now). Medicaid has picked up most of his medical costs, but he has missed many weeks of work and has had little chance to keep up on living expenses.

How initially helped: After Rob’s first two-week hospital stay, The Denver Actors Fund board voted to cover Rob’s essential October living expenses, or $1,023.

The next chapter: Rob has continued along a difficult and mysterious medical odyssey since with multiple hospital stays over the past two months as doctors have continued to ts solve Rob’s gallstone and other issues. That has made working more than intermittent shifts at the deli impossible. The Denver Actors Fund board subsequently voted to cover Rob’s comparatively modest essential living expenses for November and December, or an additional $2,046. In addition, targeted donations to Rob from you, our dear Denver Actors Fund supporters, have come to $310 to date. That brings the total support to Rob from the Denver Actors fund to $3,379 as of December 14.

How you can help us help Rob more: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Rob pay down present and upcoming living expenses that continue to accrue while he is unable to work, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Rob Riney’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 Rob Riney. (He will receive 100 percent of your donation.) Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

How you can help us replenish: At The Denver Actors Fund, we love it when the money goes out as fast as it comes in, which means we are in a constant state of replenishment. That’s the gig. If you would like to help us do that, 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.

Altar Boyz

Rob Riney in ‘Altar Boyz’ for Evolution Theatre Company in 2009.

A message from Rob:I always knew the Colorado theatre community was a family. But I didn’t realize it truly is more than that until the past couple of months. The love and support I have received is beyond anything I could have imagined. My theatre family has stood by me and given me strength while I undergo multiple hospital admissions and various procedures in trying to get back to being healthy and pain-free. Dealing with my medical issues, I have been unable to keep up with life including working and paying bills, and even more heartbreaking – not being on that stage. So I want to thank you all. Without your help, I never would have ever been able to see a light at the end of this very long tunnel. You gave me faith and courage to get through this unforeseeable situation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $300,002 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 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 $302,000 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:

Monday, December 17: The Nightly Met Christmas Special is back for another rocking night of holiday fun. Hosted by The Nightly Met‘s Avery Anderson and Henry Award-winning actor Annie Dwyer, the night will feature Avourneen, Kenny Moten, Jenna Bainbridge, Matt LaFontaine, Markus Warren, Sophia Dotson, Grace Dotson and Hannah Dotson. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the DL Parsons Theatre in Northglenn. Tickets just $8-$10. All proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund. Click here for tickets.

Tuesday, December 18: Miners Alley Playhouse is donating all proceeds from that evening’s performance of Josh Hartwell’s A Christmas Carol to The Denver Actors Fund. This fast-paced comic adaptation uses only six actors to bring Dickens’ most beloved characters to life using nothing more than simple props, fun physicality, and the power of imagination. The cast includes Jim Hunt (Scrooge), Lisa DeCaro (Christmas Present and more), Meredith Young (Christmas Past and more), Jason Maxwell (Fred and more), Josh Hartwell (Marley and more) and Ella Matheo as Tiny Tim and Ignorance. 7:30 p.m. at 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Call 303-935-3044 or buy online at minersalley.com.

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Emma Maxfield

EMMA MAXFIELD

Emma Maxfield starred in ‘The Wedding Singer’ for Performance Now in July 2017, and at the time performed in a screening of the source film to benefit The Denver Actors Fund. Photo by John Moore.

 

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 in Disney’s High School Musical for Fearless Theatre, among many others. She is a graduate of the Community College of Aurora and also works as a Teching Artist with the Denver Center.

Emma Maxfield 300Her medical story: Emma was biking home from her job as a Denver Center Teaching Artist this past summer when she was hit by an SUV that literally landed on top of her. She was taken to the E.R. at Denver Health but miraculously made it out with no broken bones. Despite lingering recovery issues, she has managed to continue performing at the Arvada Center. Emma was charged with $2,564 from Denver Health for treatment and an additional $1,548 for the ambulance ride. To date she has had no success seeking compensation from the offending driver or insurance company.

How we are helping: The Denver Actors Fund has gifted Emma with $4,112 to cover her combined out-of-pocket expenses from her E.R. visit.

How you can help us replenish: At The Denver Actors Fund, we love it when the money goes out as fast as it comes in, which means we are in a constant state of replenishment. That’s the gig. If you would like to help us do that, 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. Your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Emma: “I don’t really have the words to fully express what the Denver Actors Fund has done for me. I get so overwhelmed and teary whenever I try. The goodness and kindness that emanates from this group of beautiful people is what makes all the difference. I hit a point where every institution and policy had let me fall, and was left to struggle and fend for myself. I was saved and pulled to my feet again by that same singular sparkly kindness. People, given the space to be kind, make all the difference. The Denver Actors Fund made (and continues to make) all the difference. I am eternally grateful.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $290,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish our general fund, 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.

From left: Alissa Robinson, Barret Harper, Emma Maxfield, Leiney Rigg and David Miller in ‘Suessical’ at The Arvada Center. Matt Gale Photography 2018


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 $262,000 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:

Monday, November 12: Denver Actors Fund Film Series Presents: Xanadu. The Alamo Drafthouse At Sloan’s Lake hosts a regular film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up is the campy cult classic roller-skating film Xanadu, with live pre-screening entertainment from the cast of the Denver Center for The Performing Arts’ upcoming updated musical adaptation of the film. Therw will be captions for you to sing along. Cast members will be making a special live appearance Nov. 12 at Alamo Drafthouse Denver before a screening of the hilariously stupid cult-classic film. 4255 W. Colfax Ave. Order Xanadu film tickets here

COLORADO GIVES DAY:

Tuesday, Dec. 4 is Colorado Gives Day. You can schedule your donation in any amount right now.

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Maggie Lamb

Aid recipient: Maggie Lamb (who long went by the name Margie), had been performing in the local theatre community for two decades when she was cast as the bipolar wife and mother Diana in Next to Normal, and it changed the trajectory of her stage career forever. Maggie would never be looked at the same after playing Diana at the Midtown Arts Center, Aurora Fox (Ignite Theatre) and Littleton Town Hall Arts Center. Her awards for the role included the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award and a 2015 Westword Best of Denver Award. Before that she spent five years as a Barnstormer at Country Dinner Playhouse and finally broke through playing chorus girls in classic musicals — including performing alongside future movie star Amy Adams in Crazy for You. Her work has been seen across Colorado, including Boulder’s Dinner Theater, The Arvada Center, Miners Alley Playhouse and Breckenridge Backstage Theater. Notable recent roles have included playing the adult women in Town Hall’s Spring Awakening, Alan’s mother in The Avenue Theater’s Equus and Abuelo Claudia in Town Hall’s In the Heights. Maggie trained at the former Loretto Heights College and the University of Denver.

Maggie Lamb in ‘Next to Normal.’

Her medical story: Maggie’s son recently was diagnosed with a lump on his thyroid. After many doctor’s visits, biopsies, blood draws, tears, worry and finally surgery, thankfully no cancer was found. Maggie and husband Gary Duff have insurance coverage through her full-time job at the Denver Center, but the total cost of their son’s medical ordeal exceeded $40,000, and of that the family was left with $2,877 to pay out of pocket. Maggie took a second job as a weekend caterer to try to pay it down — but a month or so ago, she fell and dislocated her foot. Doctors ordered her to stay off her feet, so no more second job. The unpaid bill had been sent to a collector, so the family was up against it.

How we are helping: The Denver Actors Fund’s board of directors has voted to pay down $2,000 of Maggie’s outstanding bill.

Update: Targeted donations to help Maggie Lamb totaling $350 have brought the total amount of DAF assistance for Maggie and her family to $2,350 through Aug. 30.

Maggie Lamb performed in ‘Crazy for You’ with Amy Adams at the Country Dinner Playhouse.

How you can help us help more: Even after this gift, Maggie and Gary still have nearly $900 to pay to keep the collectors at bay. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help the family pay down that total, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Maggie Lamb’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 to Maggie Lamb. (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 Maggie: “A full-time job with benefits doesn’t always keep the astronomical health bills from knocking at your door. I was comforted in knowing my family and I were fully covered until my son was diagnosed with a lump on his thyroid. I was thankful that he was cancer-free and breathed a sigh of relief for insurance. Then we were blindsided with three very high, very unexpected bills with procedures ‘not covered’ by our policy. So I did what I had to do and got a second job to pay it off. All good until I became injured and was unable to maintain my catering position. To my beautiful theatre family: You have helped me go from terrified and helpless to tearfully grateful and comforted. Thank you for every penny that you give. I never thought I would need to turn to the Denver Actors Fund. I can’t wait to give back and help give someone else I love the same relief. Thank you, DAF, for being here for all of us, because … you just never know.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $262,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish our general fund, 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 $262,000 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:

Project Careaoke Launch Party for Denver Actors Fund, Sept. 9: Please join us for a fun karaoke (and much more) fundraiser hosted by Project Careaoke that could represent the biggest infusion of funds to the Denver Actors Fund in our history. And it costs only $12 to attend. There will be competitive karaoke, Jayson Payne from JAMMIN’ DJs, live music with Float Like A Buffalo, a local artist showcase featuring live art, and a silent live auction. Starts at 5 p.m. at The Venue. located at 1451 Cortez St. in Denver (at Highway 36 and Pecos Street). Please come, and spread the word! Purchase your tickets here

‘Miscast’ returns Sept. 17: “Miscast,” which is presented each year by Robert Michael Sanders as a benefit for 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. “Miscast 2018” will be held Sept. 17 at a new location: The Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Purchase tickets here or avoid fees by ordering by phone at 303.316.6360. (Leave a message if unattended.)

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Miscast 2018 for Denver Actors Fund: Performer lineup announced


Some of the local theatre community’s top performers will gather at the Mizel to support The Denver Actors Fund

Miscast 2018, the fifth annual fundraiser for The Denver Actors Fund, returns Monday, Sept. 17, at a new home: The Mizel Arts and Cultural Center. Miscast is an opportunity for some of the local theatre community’s top performers to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever … get cast to perform on a legitimate stage. The program includes audience-participation games and general silliness. It’s one of the best nights of the year in Colorado theatre, and tickets are now on sale.

The initial performer lineup (listed below) was announced today by Producer and Director Robert Michael Sanders, and it includes Broadway veteran Candy Brown, powerhouse vocalist Anna Maria High (Aurora Fox’s Hi-Hat Hattie), newly minted Henry Award-winning best actor Jake Mendes (Aurora Fox’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Denver Actors Fund co-founder Christopher K. Boeckx. It was previously announced that Shannan Steele and Steven J. Burge will host this year’s party. Steele will star as Donna in the Arvada Center’s upcoming production of Mamma Mia, opening Sept. 7. Burge just performed in the Denver Center’s extended relationship musical First Date at the Galleria Theatre and will next appear in Benchmark Theatre’s world-premiere play What You Will, opening Nov. 30.

TJ Hogle last appeared in Miscast in 2016.

Last year’s Miscast raised $7,000 for the Denver Actors Fund, which provides financial and practical relief for members of the Colorado theatre community facing situational medical need. In just five years, this grassroots nonprofit has distributed more than $260,000 in direct aid to help local artists with medical expenses, along with neighborly assistance from a group of 60 volunteers. Read some of their stories here.

Actors from throughout the Front Range submitted  their “Miscast concepts” for judges to consider, and once again Sanders, who produces and presents Miscast each year as his own in-kind donation to The Denver Actors Fund, received more submissions than he had performance slots. “This year’s turnout was completely overwhelming,” said Sanders. All applications were considered by a special selection committee based on variety and cleverness, among other factors. A premium, Sanders said, was placed on submissions that extended beyond simple race- or gender-swapping.

“We made the choices we think best suit this year’s show,” said Sanders, who called the resulting list “the best cross-section of talent from many different theaters, types and styles of performances.”

Sanders has announced the following lineup of actors who will perform at this year’s Miscast. But he’s holding back on announcing a couple of featured performers, as well as the songs his lineup will be performing, as a surprise for audiences who attend on Sept. 17. The following performer current list (in alphabetical order) is subject to change:

  • Avery Anderson
  • Christopher K. Boeckx
  • Candy Brown
  • LuAnn Buckstein
  • Anna Maria High
  • Kris Graves
  • T.J. Hogle
  • Chas Lederer
  • Jake Mendes
  • David Nehls
  • Suzanne Nepi
  • Mark Pergola
  • Arlene Rapal
  • Max Peterson
  • Elliot Peterson
  • K. Woodzick
  • Lisa Young

From left: Suzanne Nepi, Arlene Rapal, LuAnn Buckstein and Lisa Young have a surprise number brewing for ‘Miscast 2018.’

Plus a few unannounced surprise appearances.

Creative team:

  • Director: Robert Michael Sanders
  • Musical Director: Donna Debreceni
  • Stage Manager: Jordan Brockman
  • Assistant to the Director: Jessica Swanson
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Ashley Duke
  • House Sound: Tom Quinn
  • Backstage: Meagan Holdeman
  • Alexis Bond: Lighting
  • Bucket Brigade: Sue Leiser
  • Ushers: Jose David Reynosa

This year’s event will include several special performance twists, such as a series of games a la Jimmy Fallon and other late night TV hosts. Many area merchants and theatre companies are contributing more than $1,000 in prizes for the event.

Video: Three actors battling cancer helped The Denver Actors Fund raise almost $7,000 with help from dozens of other local theatre artists.

Miscast 2018: Ticket information

Learn more about DAF at www.denveractorsfund.org. Follow DAF at Denver Actors Fund on Facebook or on Twitter at @DenverActorsFun

Special thanks: Dan Rib, Steve Wilson and the Mizel Arts and Culture Center.

(Note: “Miscast” is a registered trademark of MCC Theater and is used with permission.)

Photo gallery from Miscast 2017

Miscast 2017
Photos from ‘Miscast 2017,’ which raised more than $7,000 for the Denver Actors Fund. To see more, hover your cursor over the image above and press the forward arrow. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Will Ferrie

DENVER ACTORS FUND

Aid recipient: Fort Collins native Will Ferrie, a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School, is an award-winning actor and longtime member of OpenStage & Company in Fort Collins who most recently played Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot. He won the OPUS Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work as Bartley in The Cripple of Inishmaan, and was nominated for a 2013 True West Award for playing Professor Rupert Fenton and six other characters in Bullshot Crummond. Other favorite roles include Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Ernst in Spring Awakening, Larry in Burn This, M in Cock, Clifford in Side Man and Jason in Rabbit Hole. He will play Rab next spring in Nick Dear’s Frankenstein, and also will be appearing in the upcoming film RGB Nightmare, to be released this winter. Of his work in Bas Bleu Theatre Company’s Side Man, reviewer Kate Forgach wrote for The Coloradan: “Clifford is played with great facial intensity by Will Ferrie. Every twist in the action is written so well on Ferrie’s face that it deserves a close-up camera more than the distance of theater.” Will is also the son of prominent Fort Collins actor Charlie Ferrie, with whom he appeared in Spamalot.

Will Ferrie, left, with Ben Hilzer in OpenStage’s 2014 production of ‘Spring Awakening’ in Fort Collins

His medical story: Ferrie recently found himself in need of emergency dental care when a previous root canal failed and an abscess developed on a rear molar. That led to an emergency E.R. visit, where he was told the infection was threatening his right eye. The Denver Actors Fund referred Ferrie, who has no health or dental insurance, 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 Will was to extract the tooth and build a custom retainer and prosthetic replacement. The billable value of Kelly’s services to date is $1,228. The amount Kelly has asked the Denver Actors Fund to compensate has been just $131 for reimbursement of materials. That makes the total valuation of Kelly’s overall in-kind donation to the Denver Actors Fund in the past two years to be $30,964 for his help with nine emergency patients from the Colorado theatre community. (And he already is working on Nos. 10 and 11.).

Video above: Will Ferrie, left, and his father, Charlie (center), were among a group of cast members from OpenStage’s ‘Spamalot’ who traveled from Fort Collins to perform at the Denver Actors Fund’s monthly film series screening of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ at the Alamo Drafthouse. Highlights above.

 

A message from Will: “This takes a tremendous weight off my shoulders. I really got pulled out of a bind, and I would like to give back in any way that I can.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $262,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish our general fund, 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 $257,000 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:

Denver Actors Fund Film Series: Our next Denver Actors Fund film screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake will be a “West Side Story” singalong at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, hosted by Traci J. Kern and Ryan Belinak. Reserve your preferred seat here.

Project Careaoke Launch Party for Denver Actors Fund, Sept. 9: Please join us for a fun karaoke (and much more) fundraiser hosted by Project Careaoke that could represent the biggest infusion of funds to the Denver Actors Fund in our history. And it costs only $12 to attend. There will be competitive karaoke, Jayson Payne from JAMMIN’ DJs, live music with Float Like A Buffalo, a local artist showcase featuring live art, and a silent live auction. Starts at 5 p.m. at The Venue. located at 1451 Cortez St. in Denver (at Highway 36 and Pecos Street). Please come, and spread the word! Purchase your tickets here

‘Miscast’ returns Sept. 17: “Miscast,” which is presented each year by Robert Michael Sanders as a benefit for 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. “Miscast 2018” will be held Sept. 17 at a new location: The Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Tickets on sale here. All seats just $20.  No fees if you purchase by phone at 303-316-6360. (Leave a message if unattended.) .

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: Xavier Frétard

The actor: Xavier Frétard was a longtime circus performer who came to Colorado Springs in his early 20s and performed for 15 years with the Millibo Art Theatre in Manitou Springs. His signature routine, according to co-founder Birgitta De Pree, was riding a tall bicycle he built while wearing 5-foot stilts and a red top hat.  He was affectionately known as the “Tall Man” at the Millibo, and often visited area schools to teach students circus performance. “Xavier was the Spirit of Play,” cofounder Jim Jackson said. “His wonderful madness will be missed so much.” Click here to read a wonderfully written tribute by friend Matthew Schniper.

His death: Xavier’s life was taken June 23 in a late night hit-and-run accident while he was riding a on a bicycle at the corner of Speer Boulevard and Logan streets. He had been visiting friends in Denver. The driver hit Frétard from behind at a high speed and drove away, but police found and arrested him nearby. The driver faces seven charges, including vehicular homicide involving a DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving resulting in death, and driving without a license.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund’s board of directors has voted to contribute $1,000 to a memorial fund that has been established to help his partner, Gabrielle Waters, pay for funeral expenses and the cost of returning his ashes to his native France.

How you can help us help more: If you would like to add to our contribution to the fund, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Xavier Frétard’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 to the partner of Xavier Frétard. (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.

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $245,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish our general fund, 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 $241,000 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:

Denver Actors Fund Film Series: Our next Denver Actors Fund film screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake will be a “West Side Story” singalong at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, hosted by Traci J. Kern and Ryan Belinak. Reserve your preferred seat here.

Miscast returns Sept. 17: “Miscast,” which is presented each year by Robert Michael Sanders as a benefit for 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. “Miscast 2018” will be held Sept. 17 at a new location: The Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Tickets onsale soon.

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: Tresha Farris

Aid recipient: Tresha Farris is a 25-year-old Colorado native who studied acting and writing at the University of Colorado Denver and at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts through its Education classes. She most recently played Cordelia in Fearless Theatre’s production of “King Lear” and was in the ensemble of an original play called “Anansi: The Itsy BiTSY Spider Stories,” based on the African trickster who is considered to be a spirit who possesses the knowledge of all stories. Other credits have included  “Julius Caesar” for Fearless;  “The Stone Coat Woman” and “The Stonemason’s Wish” for the BiTSY Stage; “Belleville” for Progressive Theatre; and “How Leaving Came to Me” for the Bolder Life Festival.

Tresha Farris in ‘Anansi: The Itsy BiTSY Spider Stories.’

Her medical story: During the second week of “King Lear” performances, Tresha began experiencing abdominal pain. She immediately went to the E.R., where she was told she probably had food poisoning or a virus. Instead, her symptoms persisted and she went into the vortex that can be the journey toward medical diagnosis, which eventually landed on angioedema and lupus. (In the meantime, there were four more hospital admissions, numerous consults and tests.) Lupus is essentially an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Although Tresha has been fortunate to still be on her parents’ insurance, she was unable to work the restaurant job that pays her bills for two months. She also has accumulated 14 medical bills (and counting) that add up to $1,635.94 after insurance.

How we have helped:The Denver Actors Fund’s board of directors has voted to pay both the $1,635.94 to wipe out Tresha’s present medical bills, and $2,000 to help with lost wages while she was incapacitated for a total grant of $3,635.94. Additional targeted donations have brought the total amount of support for Tresha to date to $3,675.94.

How you can help us help Tresha more: Tresha still has new bills coming in, and a lifetime of medication to pay for. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help give her some breathing room as she adjusts to her new diagnosis, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Tresha Farris’ 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 to Tresha Farris. (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 Tresha: “First, I want to thank The Denver Actors Fund for their generous assistance. They have given so much relief after this hardship, and I can’t thank them enough. It’s nice to know there are heroes in the world. Now, thankfully, I am in recovery and getting stronger every day. This was one of the hardest and scariest journeys I’ve ever experienced. I was blessed and thankful to have my supportive family and my boyfriend, Sean, by my side every step of the way. However, it was easy to become overwhelmed and defeated by the amount of medical bills and living expenses that accrued during my illness. Fortunately for me, The Denver Actors Fund was the first place I went to for assistance. It’s truly a crowning gem of the Denver theatre community, and I am a firm supporter and believer in it. If it weren’t for the funds made available by the great talent and esteemed audiences of this city, I really don’t know what I would have done. I can now start putting the pieces of my life back together. I feel so honored and blessed to receive such a selfless gift from my Denver theatre family. It proves that this community is about much more than just excellent plays and performance – it’s about supporting the people who perform in it.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $241,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish our general fund, 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 $241,000 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:

Denver Actors Fund Film Series: Our next Denver Actors Fund film screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake will be “Rock of Ages” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, with live entertainment from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. Reserve your preferred seat here.

Miscast returns Sept. 17: “Miscast,” which is presented each year by Robert Michael Sanders as a benefit for 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.  “Miscast 2018” will be held Sept. 17 at a new location:  The Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Tickets onsale soon.

(Note: “Miscast” is a registered trademark of MCC Theater and is used with permission.)

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: Broc Timmerman

Broc Timmerman, second from right, in Carousel Dinner Theatre’s 2007 production of ‘Altar Boyz’ in Fort Collins.

 

Aid recipient: Broc Timmerman of Loveland has been an actor at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown for most of its 10-year existence, most recently as a tumbling salt shaker in Beauty and the Beast; in the ensemble of Kiss Me, Kate; as Tenario in Man of La Mancha, and, coming up next, in Newsies. Before that, he appeared in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the Arvada Center in 2007 and as Luke in productions of Altar Boyz for both the Carousel Dinner Theatre (now Midtown Arts Center) and in Denver at the Clocktower Cabaret. Broc is originally from Kimball, Neb., and graduated from the University of Wyoming.

His medical story: Broc recently aggravated an old back injury while in performance of Kiss Me, Kate, and had to undergo emergency back surgery for a ruptured disc. The surgery and its recovery hurt him on several fronts: Post-insurance, Broc was left with a variety of bills totaling $6,772 in out-of-pocket expenses covering surgery, an MRI, radiology treatment, pain management, urgent care and more. It also sidelined him both from performing and working his day job as a massage therapist. His recovery cost him about $3,000 in lost wages, leaving him without income for basic living expenses. Broc’s primary income comes from performing and tips from waiting tables at Candlelight, as well as his job at Massage Envy.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund’s board of directors has approved a grant of $4,500, equaling the largest gift in our history, to help Broc with immediate bills due and catching up on essential living expenses.

How you can help us help Broc more: By our estimate, the DAF gift still leaves Broc with at least $2,200 in unpaid medical obligations and about $1,000 behind on living expenses while he couldn’t work. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help give Broc some more breathing room as he gets back on his financial feet, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Broc Timmerman’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 to Broc Timmerman. (He will receive 100 percent of your donation.) Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

Update: Targeted donations totaling $152 to help Broc Timmerman have brought the total amount of DAF assistance for him to $4,652 through Aug. 30.

A message from Broc: “I can’t put into words how grateful I am. The Denver Actors Fund truly helps to change people’s lives for the better.  I can attest to that.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $238,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish our general fund, 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

Save the date: Our next Denver Actors Fund film screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaon’s Lake will be “Rock of Ages” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, with live entertainment from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. Tickets onsale soon.

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: 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: 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

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Jeff Jesmer

Jeff Jesmer (John Proctor) and Julie Kaye Wolfe (Elizabeth Proctor) in Firehouse Theater Company’s 2016 production of “The Crucible.” Photo by Christine Fisk.

Aid recipient: Denver actor Jeff Jesmer, who works at many Denver theatres as both an actor and scenic builder/designer, is currently appearing as David Cameron in Vintage Theatre’s “The Audience.” Other recent roles include  John Proctor in “The Crucible,”  Richard in “The Lion in Winter” and Paul in “The Champagne Charlie Stakes” (all for Firehouse Theatre Company) as well as Cogsworth in Vintage ‘s “Beauty and the Beast.” The Minnesota native attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and trained in theatre with Stacey D’Angelo at Community College of Aurora. Jesmer, also a Firehouse board member, was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy in the early 1990s, and  a single parent for 18 years.

His medical story: Jesmer recently was in need of significant dental surgery, so The Denver Actors Fund referred him 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 performed a root canal, did eight fillings and rounded off a damaged tooth for Jesmer. The estimated value of Kelly’s services to Jesmer is $2,380.

A message from Jeff: “I had been very reluctant to seek dental work in the past because of  money and also, eventually, shame. I went to Dr. Kelly to have him look at some dental problems (read: holes). His affable nature made my anxiety disappear. When Dr. Kelly told me he was going to do the work I needed without charging me, I wept. Openly. In the dentist’s office. Dr. Kelly is a treasure. Not only was the man charming and  attentive to my needs, apparently he is also a saint in our community. I still have difficulty processing the gift he gave me. Dr. Kelly has done far more than just fix my smile. Look him up. Share this article. Spread love.

How you can help The Denver Actors Fund help more Colorado artists in need: To date, The Denver Actors Fund has made more than $225,000 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

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Monday, April 23: Monthly film series: Glengarry Glen Ross

Join us on Monday, April 23, at Alamo Drafthouse by Sloan’s Lake for our next monthly film series event: A down-and-dirty, fun screening of David Mamet’s foul-mouthed “Glengarry Glen Ross,” a 1992 classic starring Alec BaAldwin, Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Jonathan Pryce. The film depicts two days in the lives of four real-estate salesmen and how they become desperate when the corporate office sends a trainer to motivate them by announcing that, in one week, all except the top two salesmen will be fired. Cast members from The Edge Theatre Company will offer a sneak peek at their current production beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Sloan’s Lake Alamo. Rough language and good food? Think of it as a two-course, too-coarse meal! 😉 CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED SEATS HERE

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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.


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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.


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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:

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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:

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P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212

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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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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

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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

 

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Don Gabenski

Financial-aid recipient: Don Gabenski has been performing for 15 years with Phamaly Theatre Company, which exists to provide performance opportunities to actors with disabilities, and more recently Spoke N Motion, Denver’s only fully integrated dance company. Phamaly highlights have included playing the patriarch Jacob in “Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” The Wiz,” “Guys and Dolls,” and going “half-monty” as a Kit Kat Boy in “Cabaret.” But he’s always had the most fun performing in Phamaly’s annual “Vox” series of original sketch comedies that don’t shy from the personal — or the political. One year Gabenski, who has cerebral palsy, wrote and performed a memorable satiric parody he called “Medicaid Pie” to the tune of “American Pie,” making the blunt assertion that the more you work, the less qualified you are for Medicaid. Until recently, Don also has worked as the longtime receptionist at the Denver Center’s Newman Center for Theatre Education.

His medical story: When you are a permanently disabled person, your life revolves around two wheelchairs — one a primary, and the other an essential backup. But when you are always in one chair or the other, and you rely on them to get around in all kinds of conditions, they break down. A lot. And unlike when your car blows a gasket and you can pull into a service station for a relatively immediate repair, a person on Medicare needs a doctor’s approval to take his wheelchair in for service — a process that can leave a disabled person without a chair for weeks. Don explains his situation this way: “As a physically disabled actor and dancer in the Denver community, my power wheelchair serves as my life. My chair gives me the ability to go out into the community and entertain people. Over the past couple of years, I have had almost continuous mechanical issues with my chair, which has forced me into a wheelchair that has outlived its usefulness after 10 years of almost continuous service. Most recently, I had to use that chair just to perform in “Annie,” and I was almost forced to leave the production because of a serious mechanical issue.”

In 2009, Don Gabenski played a dealer who offers Alice a little help down the rabbit hole in a comic sketch about the disabled in “Vox Phamalia: Re-Dux.”

How we have helped: We have provided Gabenski with $3,529 for the full purchase of a new wheelchair. And it’s a bargain, with a list price of $5,099, Bonus: This will be the chair Don now uses for rehearsals and performances with Spoke N Motion. So it will be used not only for practical, everyday purposes — but also for the making of art!

How you can help us help Gabenski more: Even with this boost, Gabenski is in for a tough financial year. His projected income for 2018 is only $15,480. If you would like to direct a specific, additional donation to Don — just because — simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Don Gabenski’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 Don Gabenski. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Don: “Because of the love and support of the many wonderful people in my life, and the unending generosity of The Denver Actors Fund, my worries are now over.  With the purchase of my new power wheelchair, I will be able to continue to do what I love most.  I can continue to entertain people and put smiles on faces for years to come. I cannot properly close without expressing my undying love and gratitude to The Denver Actors Fund, Suzanne Yoe and Anita Edwards for their love and support; DCPA President and CEO Janice Sinden for her brilliant idea; Steve Wilson, Regan Linton, Paul Behrhorst, Jenna Bainbridge, Debbie Stark and Ronni Gallup for believing in me and my abilities for 15 wonderful years at Phamaly;  Erin Ramsey Breitenbach, Matt Wagner, Jim Berman and the awesome technical crew at the DCPA; Clint Flinchpaugh, Mike Kimbrough, Dwight Barela and the DCPA engineering staff for keeping me and my chair running non-stop for so long. Last, but certainly not least, thank you Teri Westerman Wagner for creating such a wonderful company in Spoke N Motion that  gives anybody the chance to go out and touch people’s lives. Thank you for your love and friendship, and for teaching me that if you believe in something strongly enough, that anything is possible.”

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.

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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 $200,000 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:

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Tuesday, Dec. 19: The Nightly Met Christmas Special at the D.L. Parsons Theatre in Northglenn, hosted by Avery Anderson and Annie Dwyer, featuring Anna High, and Ryan Chrys and Rough Cuts. Tickets $8-$10. All proceeds go to The Denver Actors Fund. BUY TICKETS

Monday, Jan. 22: Denver Actors Fund Monthly Film Series Presents … “500 Days of Summer” at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaon’s Lake, with live entertainment from cast members from DCPA Cabaret’s “First Date.” Half of all ticket proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund. BUY TICKETS

Monday, Feb, 18: Denver Actors Fund Monthly Film Series Presents … “Dumb and Dumber at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaon’s Lake, with live entertainment from Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s world-premiere comedy musical. “Totally Awesome ’80s Ski Town USA.” Half of all ticket proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund. Save the date. Tickets not yet on-sale.

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Nancy Warner

Financial-aid recipient: Nancy Warner has been a dresser, backstage crew member and faithful volunteer for Phamaly Theatre Company for many years, most recently as a show-runner for Phamaly’s “Vox Phamilia: Under Construction” at the Community College of Aurora. For nearly 30 years, Phamly has existed to provide performance and backstage opportunities for people with disabilities. Nancy is a graduate of Cherry Creek High School and Regis University. Her family’s bloodlines in the Colorado theatre community go back 30 years to the days of the Original Scene downtown and, since, the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center and Magic Moments.

Her medical story: Nancy has been in a world of hurt for the past year or so, including an emergency hysterectomy, an emergency appendectomy and a pinched nerve in her leg that left her unable to perform her job as a child-care provider for four months, requiring ongoing specialized treatment to make structural changes and enhance nervous-system function.”

How we have helped: Even after insurance, Warner has paid more than $5,000 out of pocket to work down her medical bills, but her continuing series of setbacks has only left her in a growing hole. She currently still owes Rose Medical Center and various specialists $5,110 in outstanding medical and chiropractor bills. The Denver Actors Fund Board has examined her breakdown of expenses and has unanimously voted to off-set the 3,832 Warner owes for hospital (non-chiropractic) bills. Including targeted donations from the public, the DAF has made a total of $3,932 available to Nancy.

How you can help us help Nancy more: Even with this boost, Nancy is committed to continuing her long-term, specialized treatment plan for the pinched nerve with a chiropractic specialist. She is currently $1,278 behind on those payments. If you would like to direct a specific, additional donation to Nancy, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Nancy Warner’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 Nancy Warner. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Nancy: “When I applied to the Denver Actors Fund for financial help, I wasn’t sure what to expect, or even if they could help me with my medical bills. I am a very private person and don’t easily ask for help unless I really need it. I have been unemployed for the past four months, the bills were piling up, and I was drowning in debt. I didn’t know where else to turn. I was fortunate to have Christmas come early when I was told I would receive a grant to pay down my medical bills. I honestly don’t know what I would do without people like K.Q., Annie Dwyer, Paul Dwyer, Ruby Hershberger, Sharon McClaury, Mark Dissette, Leonard Barrett, Amber Marsh, Rob Costigan and so many others in my life. These people have been there for me in my most difficult times, and have welcomed me with open arms. That’s what I love most about theater: It doesn’t matter if you are in the audience or part of the cast or crew — you are part of a family (or Phamaly!), and they have got your back. They have had mine. I am so thankful that The Denver Actors Fund exists to help people when they need it the most. And although I can’t pay it back now, I will pay it forward in the future. I can’t thank the DAF enough for helping me and so many others.

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.

SCHEDULE YOUR COLORADO GIVES DAY DONATION NOW


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 $200,000 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:

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Monday, Dec. 18: Firehouse Theatre Comany will donate all proceeds from its industry-night performance of “The Miracle Worker” to the family of late actor Daniel Langhoff, who previously appeared in Fiirehouse’s The Crucible. Audio description will be provided for visually impaired patrons. All tickets are $15 for this performance only. 7:30 p.m. at the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or firehousetheatercompany.com. (Photo above by Christine Fisk.)
Tuesday, Dec. 19: The Nightly Met Christmas Special at the D.L. Parsons Theatre in Northglenn, hosted by Avery Anderson and Annie Dwyer, featuring Anna High, and Ryan Chrys and Rough Cuts. Tickets $8-$10. All proceeds go to The Denver Actors Fund. BUY TICKETS

 

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