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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Meghan Ralph

Meghan Ralph played Tituba last year in Firehouse Theatre Company’s ‘The Crucible’ opposite Daniel Langhoff. Photo by Christine Fisk.

 

Financial aid recipient: Meghan Ralph has been heavily involved in the Denver theatre community since 2004, working as actor, stage manager, assistant director, run crew, box office, photographer and anything in-between. She is one of the founders of Equinox Theatre Company and has worked with Spotlight, Firehouse, Vintage and many others. Most recently, she played Tituba in Firehouse’s “The Crucible.” In 2013, she played the lead role of Theresa in Firehouse Theatre’s “Boy Gets Girl.”

Her medical story: Meghan recently underwent a dental odyssey. In June, she needed an emergency dental crown. Even though she had insurance through her employer, Meghan was left with $1,120 in out-of-pocket expenses for the procedure. But the pain Meghan was experiencing from the crown never went away, and  intensified over two weeks in August. This time, Meghan visited Denver Actors Fund partnering dentist Brian Kelly (also a former Broadway dancer!), who performed a root canal that brought Meghan back to pain-free dental health.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund’s board of directors approved a grant of $1,120 for the June procedure. As our partnering dentist, Kelly, again provided his services as a personal, in-kind donation to the Denver Actors Fund. Post-insurance, the value of Dr. Kelly’s contributed services was $968. That’s essentially how much Meghan would have been bound to pay any other dentist post out-of-pocket. Because of this unique partnership, Meghan receiving the essential treatment she needed at no actual cost to her – or The Denver Actors Fund.

Note: Meghan Ralph was also just our sixth aid recipient back in 2014 when she needed emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder. The Denver Actors Fund provided $700 toward her out-of-pocket expenses, and the Meal Prep Team headed by Kristen Samu delivered several homemade gluten- and dairy-free meals to Meghan’s home. To date, the overall support the DAF has provided to Meghan totals $2,788, plus the cost of meals and groceries.

How you can help us help Meghan more: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help give Meghan some breathing room with her present expenses, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Meghan Ralph’s name written in the topic field), to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is a targeted donation to Meghan Ralph. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the DAF’s general fund.

A message from Meghan: “I was living in fear before this. I was in pain from the first procedure and fearing the financial backlash from possibly needing more procedures. NO ONE should have to remain in pain for fear of the cost of help. This gift took away my fear and gave me confidence and made it possible to start to heal. I am so grateful to the Denver Actors Fund. You all have helped me more than you know. Thank you!

Meghan Ralph has made a name for herself as a production photographer under the name of Soular Radiant Photography. Samples, from top left: Lowry Spotlight Theatre’s ‘Barefoot in the Park,’ ‘Night Watch, and ‘A Christmas Carol Live Radio Play’; And Toto Too’s ‘Smoke.’

 

(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.)

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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. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $119,000 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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Denver, CO 80212

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COMING SEPTEMBER 25: MISCAST 2017

“Miscast,” the major annual fundraiser produced and presented by 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. The video below showing one 2016 number has now been viewed more than 400,000 times online. “Miscast2017” will be held Sept. 25 at the Town Hall Arts Center, and it will sell out, so reserve your seats now. Tickets only $20. BUY ONLINE

 

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema At Sloan’s Lake 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 at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 28: A Chorus Line, with entertainment from the Arvada Center. CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

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