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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Emily K. Harrison

Financial aid recipient: Actor and producer Emily K. Harrison is the founder of the now 12-year old, intentionally lower-cased square product theatre. She just completed a controversial turn playing child beauty queen and murder victim JonBenét Ramsey in House of Gold, performed in Ramsey’s hometown of Boulder. Joanne Ostrow of The Denver Post called it “a surreal ride that’s surprisingly effective and even profound at times.” The mission of square product, Harrison says, “is to engage in radical acts of inquiry that leave an audience with just as many questions as answers.” Harrison, also an adjunct theatre professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, leaves next week for a year-long assignment at Brunel University London, where she will teach acting, playwriting and script analysis, while also creating a devised piece with students. In 2011, Harrison was named a Colorado Creative Pathmaker by The Denver Post.

Emily K. Harrison just played JonBenét Ramsey in ‘House of Gold’ in Boulder. Photo by Michael Ensminger

Emily’s story: Abdominal pain sent Emily to the E.R. back in March, for which she was successfully treated. Her insurance paid all but about $600 of the $11,000 bill – or so she thought. Five months later, and just weeks from leaving for London, Emily was hit with a bill for an additional $1,519.75 from the Good Samaritan Medical Center. Turns out her insurance company decided to kick back that $1,519.75 to the hospital as “patient responsibility,” without explanation. Adjunct teachers have very limited income in the summer, and Harrison was given only two weeks to pay the unexpected bill.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund board has  voted to cover the entire $1,519.75.

A message from Emily: “I’m so grateful to the Denver Actors Fund and each and every person who has donated money, goods or services over the course of the past few years. Theatre is not exactly a lucrative career; we choose it because we love it, and it’s nice to know that when unexpected expenses like this pop up – expenses connected to circumstances beyond our control – there’s support for us that allows us to keep doing what we love.”

To volunteer to become a member of one of the Denver Actors Fund’s volunteer Action Teams, sign up 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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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 $113,000 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:

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

ATTEND UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND EVENTS:

COMING SEPTEMBER 25: “MISCAST 2017”
“Miscast,” the major annual fundraiser produced and presented by 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. The video below showing one 2016 number has now been viewed more than 400,000 times online. “Miscast2017” will be held Sept. 25 at the Town Hall Arts Center, and it will sell out, so reserve your seats now. Tickets only $20. BUY ONLINE

 

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema At Sloan’s Lake hosts a monthly film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals and plays that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 28: A Chorus Line, with entertainment from the Arvada Center. CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

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NOTE: OUR MONTHLY FILM SERIES HAS MOVED FROM LITTLETON TO THE NEW ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AT SLOAN’S LAKE.

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