Denver Actors Fund in Action: Marq Del Monte


IMG_1662Marq Del Monte, second from right, appeared in John Moore’s play, “Maureen Dowd’s Dark, Delicious Descent into Denver Hell, An Edible Cautionary Tale,” as part of The Mile High 24 Play Festival on June 2 at the Spark Theatre. From left: Lindsey I. Benge, Deb Flomberg, Karen Kargel, Del Monte and Desiree Phillips.


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.

Financial-aid recipient: Marq Del Monte is an actor and playwright who in June appeared in John Moore’s play, “Maureen Dowd’s Dark, Delicious Descent into Denver Hell, An Edible Cautionary Tale,” as part of The Mile High 24 Play Festival. On Aug. 30, The Wit Theatre Company hosted a reading of Del Monte’s one-act play, “The Almighty, Low.” In the play, an exasperated God washes his hands of his children on Earth until Satan himself shows up to convince his adversary to “put the gloves back on and duke it out.”

 His family story: Del Monte’s wife, Debbie, was laid off from her job on Aug. 22, leaving her uninsured. On Sept. 10, she was diagnosed with a brain cancer that had traveled from an undetected breast cancer. She next receiving chemo and radiation for Metastatic Carcinoma while awaiting surgery. After the diagnosis, Debbie was added to Marq’s health insurance with Kaiser Permanente from his job with Freeway Ford. Still, the Del Montes need all the help they can get to pay rent and other bills.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund approved a $499 grant to help the Del Montes cover their rent for October, followed by an additional $200. The family later received meals and other assistance from the DAF’s Action Team volunteers.

A message from Marq Del Monte: “We are facing a pretty serious financial situation, and the Denver Actors Fund was generous enough to give us a grant. We are extremely grateful!”

To help us help the Del Montes more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Marq Del Monte and his family, mail checks in his name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212.

Update: In May 2019, The Denver Actors Fund paid Marq $382 to buy new eyeglasses, bringing the total of our support for his family to $1,081.

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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 financial relief, a team og 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 www.DenverActorsFund.Org


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Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212



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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