Denver Actors Fund in Action: Maggie Sczekan

Maggie Sczekan in Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's recent "Shrek The Musical." Photo by Jeff Kearney
Maggie Sczekan, center, in Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s recent “Shrek The Musical.” Photo by Jeff Kearney

Financial-aid recipient: Maggie Sczekan has been performing in the Colorado theatre community for the past six years, most recently as Fiona in Colorado Springs Arts Center’s “Shrek The Musical” (billed as Maggie Davenport), and in the Arvada Center’s “Sister Act.” Of her performance as Fiona, The Gazette wrote: “Maggie Davenport deserves an action A Maggie Sczekan Quote 3figure – spunky and controlling, a tomboy, a rocker and a princess, all under one crown.” She will be moving to New York at the end of the month, but she will be back in the ensemble of “Evita” at the Lone Tree Arts Center from April 13-29.

Her medical story: Between performances of “Sister Act” at the Arvada Center on a two-show day, the back half of one of Maggie’s molars snapped off, leaving the nerve exposed. She had an emergency procedure to soften the tooth, with a follow-up procedure two weeks later. Maggie does not have dental insurance, but with the help of friends and family, she was able to cover about half of the cost of the procedures.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund has covered the remaining $364.58 of Maggie’s dental charges.

A message from Maggie: “I’m so grateful to the Denver Actors Fund  for helping me cover what I couldn’t pay. Between student loans, health insurance and preparing to move across the country, my bank account already was struggling before this unexpected event.  How lucky am I that we have such a special organization in our theatre community that looks out for us?  Thank you, Denver Actors Fund.  You are so needed and appreciated. ”

(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.)



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 $76,000 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.


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15676420_633660763485857_5012900835356940649_oSTAGED READING: On the final night of the Obama presidency, come to the staged reading of John Moore’s “Waiting for Obama,” which was recently performed at the New York International Fringe Festival. It’s about one Colorado Springs family that is convinced the President is coming for their guns. And in the world of this play, they just might be right. Thursday, Jan. 19. Social hour at 6 p.m. in The Edge Theatre Company bar, with drinks and snacks. The reading begins at 7. The plays runs 75 minutes. This event is free. Donations will be accepted at the door for the Denver Actors Fund. There are no advance ticket sales. Just join us at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood. Direct any questions to

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo daf-alamoDrafthouse Cinema in Littleton 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 on Sunday, Jan. 22, is the film Billy Elliot, featuring pre-screening entertainment by cast members from Vintage Theatre Company’s upcoming stage production of Billy Elliot, the Musical. Join us for live musical performances, trivia, ticket giveaways … and the movie! CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW!

And coming up after that:

Feb. 16, 18 and 22: Special Fathom Events screening of Newsies, featuring Jeremy Jordan CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

6:30 p.m. Monday, March 13: Jesus Christ Superstar, with entertainment from the Arvada Center CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW



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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