Denver Actors Fund in Action: Carol Kelly

Financial-aid recipient: For 18 years, Carol Kelly was the Hair and Makeup Coordinator for Phamaly, the acclaimed Denver theatre company that creates performance opportunities for actors with disabilities. Most recently, she worked on Cabaret at the Denver Center’s Space Theatre.

Her medical story: Carol has been put on a two-week medical leave by her doctor for two injured hips, and her current employer does not have offer short-term disability.

How we will help: Carol has no savings and needs help getting through this immediate rough patch. The Denver Actors Fund is replacing her lost pay for these two weeks, which comes to $1,000, so she can focus on getting healthy again. The ordeal has also left her feeling lonely and anxious, so two DAF volunteers will be coming to her home this week to provide companionship. Including targeted donations from the public, the DAF has now made $1,499 available to Carol.

How you can help us help Carol more: Financially speaking, Carol is living day-to-day. If you would like to direct a specific, additional donation to give her some breathing room moving forward, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Carol Kelly’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 forCarol Kelly. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Carol Kelly: “It means so much to me to know that during this really scary, lonely time, my beloved community is there. I am overwhelmed by all the generosity, I look forward to paying it forward when I am back on my feet!”

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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.


This photo is from a story Denver Actors Fund founder John Moore wrote for The Denver Post in 2006 about Molly Nash, who was appearing in ‘The Wiz.’ That’s Carol Kelly on the right. Photo by The Denver Post.


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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 $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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Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212


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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