Denver Actors Fund in Action: Emma Maxfield

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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


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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 $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.


To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here



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


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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


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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