Denver Actors Fund in Action: Lisa and Mike Young

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‘Within only a few hours, we had our tremendous burden lifted from us’

Aid recipients: Lisa and Michael “Big Mike” Young of Parker are longtime married performers in the local theatre community. Lisa is an actor who appeared in the Aurora Fox’s “Caroline, Or Change” and is currently performing in Bitsy Stage’s “The Necromancer’s Stone.” Lisa, a graduate of Rangeview High School, drama teacher fpr the Aurora Public Schools and a member of the Colorado Theater Guild’s board of directors, is also a longtime performer with Phamaly Theatre Company (“Fiddler on the Roof,” “Rapunzel,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and many more.) Michael, a Parker native and graduate of Ponderosa High School, is a musician who played the trumpet in Performance Now’s “Crazy for You” and just completed a run of “Motones vs. Jerseys” at the Lone Tree Arts Center. They have been married since 2001.

Mike Young in ‘Motones vs. Jerseys.’ Lisa Young in a reading of ‘The Laramie Project.’

Their medical stories: On January 1, Lisa slipped on black ice, felt a disconnect in her knee and went to urgent care. After a long medical odyssey, her injury was eventually determined to be a torn meniscus. She has been receiving treatment since, but may ultimately require surgery to fully repair the damage. Michael hurt his back and later had a severe allergic reaction to his blood-pressure medication that sent him to the ICU for two days. Despite having health insurance, the couple were left with a combined $3,039.34 in out-of-pocket expenses.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors has voted unanimously to pay the full amount owed, or $3,039.34

A message from Lisa and “Big Mike” family:

“We mustache you a question: How can two Denver performers be more grateful for the organization called The Denver Actors Fund? When we both had recent medical encounters, accumulating thousands in medical bills, we had no idea how our bills were going to be paid. So we reached out to The Denver Actors Fund. Within only a few hours, we had our tremendous burden lifted from us. “Thank you” seems too small but … THANK YOU! Thank you for all you do for the artists in our community. Love. Mike and Lisa Young.”

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.

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $406,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

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 their story told.


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 $406,000 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.


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11: Cast members from the national touring production of The Phantom of the Opera (performing at the Buell Theatre from November 6-17) will present a one-night-only concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning musical Company to benefit The Denver Actors Fund and Broadway Cares. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at the downtown Hard Rock Café, 500 16th St. Call 303-623-3191 to reserve by phone. An online ticketing link will be live soon at


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