Denver Actors Fund in Action: Archie Villeda

The Denver Actors Fund provided $8,450 in dental work to actor Archie Villeda.
The Denver Actors Fund provided $8,450 in dental work to actor Archie Villeda through partnering dentist Dr. Brian Kelly DDS.

Financial-aid recipient: Actor Archie Villeda  is a local actor who most recently appeared in Su Teatro’s Dona Rositas Jalapeno Kitchen in 2015. Other titles include Ludlow: El Grito de Las Minas in 20914 and  the class comedy La Carpa Aztlan Presents: I Don’t Speak English Only in 2012 (pictured below with Manuel R. Roybal Sr.). For six years he also was Su Teatro’s lead graphic designer.

His medical story: Archie came to the Denver Actors Fund in urgent need of bridge work on his bottom teeth. At the moment, he does not have  have dental insurance or qualify for Medicaid. He came to the right place, because the Denver Actors Fund has a partnering dentist who accepts certain emergency cases referred by The Denver Actors Fund, primarily as an in-kind donation. Dr Brian Kelly DDS (himself a former Broadway dancer!) removed  three teeth and created a bridge to replace them. He also gave Archie a full cleaning as part of his overall treatment plan to move all  his patients from disease to health.

How we have helped: Dr. Kelly’s services would have cost Villeda $8,450 out of pocket. Instead, Kelly donated all services free of charge except for $750 in outsourced lab fees, which the Denver Actors Fund has paid. Because of this unique partnership, Archie received the essential treatment he needed at no actual cost to him – and it only cost The Denver Actors Fund $750. But the overall value of Archie’s services makes him the largest direct beneficiary in the Denver Actors Fund’s four-year history.

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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. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $129,000 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.


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Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25: Equinox Theatre will donate 10 percent of all ticket sales for this weeken’s performances of Disaster the Musical to the Denver Actors Fund. 7:30 p.m. both nights at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. BUY TICKETS
Monday, Nov. 27: Vintage Theatre will donate all proceeds from its industry-night performance of Honeymoon in Vegas on  will go to Langhoff’s family, including, remarkably, box office. The DAF’s Sue Leiser will lead a collection brigade. All tickets are $15 for this performance only. At 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or BUY TICKETS
Tuesday, Nov. 28: National Giving Tuesday
Sunday Dec. 3: Miners Alley Playhouse’s annual benefit performance with all proceeds (door, bucket, bar tips) going to the Denver Actors Fund. Curtain 6 p.m. in Golden. BUY TICKETS

Tuesday, Dec. 5: Colorado Gives Day: Please help us get the word out and encourage any friends, family or other potential donors. This is the single largest annual revenue day of the year, and we need all the organic support we can to get the word out. You can schedule donation early (as in now). DONATE

Monday, Dec. 11: Denver Actors Fund Presents … “Elf” at the Alamoo Drafthouse Denver, with live entertainment from the Longmont Theatre Company’s “Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf.” BUY TICKETS

Wednesday, Dec. 13: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company is donating all proceeds from its performance of Every Christmas Story Every Told on Dec. 13 to the DAF’s Daniel Langhoff Fund. At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. BUY TICKETS

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 to the Denver Actors Fund.  BUY TICKETS


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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at