Denver Actors Fund in Action: Joanie Brosseau-Rubald
‘I found myself faced with bills I thought would be covered by my insurance but weren’t’
Aid recipient: Littleton native Joanie Brosseau-Rubald has been performing regularly at BDT Stage for 23 years, most recently appearing in “A Christmas Story,” “Disenchanted,” “Motones vs. Jerseys” and “Mamma Mia.” Seminal roles have included playing Eva Peron in “Evita,” Roxie Hart in “Cabaret,” the title role in “Peter Pan,” Charity Hope Valentine in “Sweet Charity” and Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors.” In 2017, she won a True West Award for her work in BDT Stage’s “Rock of Ages” alongside real-life daughter Olyvia Sydelle. Joanie also has performed at the Arvada Center, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Lone Tree Arts Center, PACE Center, Country Dinner Playhouse and Heritage Square Opera House. And she runs the BDT Academy youth program. She is a graduate of Heritage High School.
Her medical story: Joanie recently underwent surgery to release a trigger-finger tendon in her thumb. While she has some insurance, it did not cover the bulk of the procedure, or any of the anesthesiology fees. When all was said and done, Joanie’s out-of-pocket obligation was $1,764.50 after insurance.
How we have helped Joanie: The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors voted unanimously to pay Joanie’s outstanding medical balance of $1,764.50.
A message from Joanie: “I have always been a fan, follower and supporter of The Denver Actors Fund and the services and support they have offered to the Colorado theatre community. Never did it cross my mind that I might someday need its assistance. When I found myself faced with bills I thought would be covered by my insurance but weren’t, I was embarrassed to apply for help. As actors, technicians and musicians, many of us don’t work a conventional 40-hour week. That, sadly, is the criteria with which many employers must comply when offering health benefits. As a result, many of us purchase expensive but limited coverage on our own. And it’s not enough. After some urging and encouragement from friends, I swallowed my pride and applied for help. When I did, I was told that the goal of The DAF is to help any beneficiary get back to whatever financial place they were at before things went wrong, as if the medical issue never happened. What a gift. In the theatre, our job is to provide entertainment, laughter, tears, thoughtful storytelling and big, flashy musical numbers. We wish to send each audience member away feeling that they have had a journey. An adventure. We want to lift the weight of their day and allow them to escape. I am deeply grateful for DAF for lifting my weight and for helping me heal. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
How you can help us help replenish: If you would like to make a donation to help The Denver Actors Fund replenish, simply mail checks in any amount made out to The Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80211. Or use this donation link. Or, just attend “Miscast 2019” on September 30 at The Aurora Fox. “Miscast” is the major annual fundraiser for The Denver Actors Fund. Tickets here. (More details below.)
The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $392,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.
Note: At The Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have their story told.
ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:
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 $392,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers have 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.
HOW TO APPLY FOR AID:
MORE WAYS TO HELP:
Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org
DONATE BY MAIL:
Send checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80211
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COME TO OUR EVENTS:
Friends, we at The Denver Actors Fund believe in building community while building funds. Most of our events are performative in nature so that you have a good time while helping a good cause. Here are some of the events that are currently being planned on our behalf. Visit denveractorsfund.org anytime for an updated list.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: “Miscast,” which is presented each year by Robert Michael Sanders as a benefit for 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. “Miscast 2019” will be held Sept. 30 at a new location: The Aurora Fox Arts Center. Tickets are on sale here.
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