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.

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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. 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.


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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



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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