Denver Actors Fund in Action: Sharon Kay White, $4,000

Denver Actors Fund helps veteran shoulder her surgical burden

Aid recipient Sharon Kay White: The powerhouse native of Gilroy, Calif., has become one of the most familiar and funny faces on Colorado stages, with credits spanning Lake Dillon Theatre to the Arvada Center, where she has been featured in 19 productions. Highlights have included labor organizer Emma Goldman in “Ragtime,” Tanya in “Mamma Mia,” Sue Mengers in the one-woman tour-de-force “I’ll Eat You Last,” Dotty in “Noises Off” and the scheming Mary Jo in “Dividing the Estate.” At the time of the pandemic shutdown, Sharon was appearing in the Aurora Fox’s “Secrets of the Universe.” But you name it, she’s tickled your funny bone there: The Cherry Creek Theatre, the Lone Tree Arts Center and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, to name a few more. Sharon has won two Denver Post Ovation Awards, for the Arvada Center’s Carol Burnett bio-comedy “Hollywood Arms,” and the Country Dinner Playhouse’s “Guys & Dolls.” New York theatre credits include “Death of a Salesman,” “A Doll’s House” and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf,” and she’s performed in national touring productions of “Guys and Dolls” and “Funny Girl.” And Sharon just may be the only actor who has played both Mrs. Claus … and Santa Claus in different holiday productions!

Sharon Kay White in the Arvada Center’s 2011 ‘Ragtime.’ Photo by P. Switzer.

Her medical story: Sharon underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff two weeks ago. Her “survival job” is transcription, which keeps her banging away at the keyboard in constant motion for up to eight hours a day. Her surgeon has ordered to stay off the job for two months while she recovers.

How we have helped: When an applicant is unable to work an existing job while recovering from surgery, The Denver Actors Fund aspires to provide that person with up to two months of essential living expenses. The DAF Board of Directors approved a gift of $4,000 to help Sharon Kay during her down time from work.

How you can help us help us replenish: With this gift, The Denver Actors now has provided more than a quarter of a million dollars in relief to Colorado theatre artists this calendar year alone. If you would like to help us 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. If you choose the online option, please schedule your gift as a Colorado Gives Day donation. Gifts that are designated for Colorado Gives Day (December 9) will be bumped by about 10 percent by the Community First Foundation.

‘The complete immobilization of my shoulder after rotator-cuff surgery meant there was no way I could do my job for at least two months.’

An added incentive: Anyone who donates $20 or more to The Denver Actors Fund in the month of December will receive a link to watch our recent fundraising concert called “CAST” (details below). Donate here, with our thanks.

A message from Sharon Kay: “I’m incredibly lucky that my medical insurance through Actors Equity Association is still in place, so my medical expenses are mostly covered. But the real worry was my inability to work after the surgery. Like most actors and artists, I have several different income streams. When the pandemic hit, I was down to one: Transcription. But the complete immobilization of my shoulder after rotator-cuff surgery meant there was no way I could do that job for at least two months. I can’t tell you how reassuring it is to have this gift from The Denver Actors Fund to help pay my living expenses until I’m able to work again. What an incredible resource we have in our wonderful community. Endless thanks to the board members of the DAF!”


Megan Van De Hey and Sharon Kay White in the Arvada Center’s 2016 production of ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas.’ Photo by P. Switzer.

Read testimonials from other Denver Actors Fund beneficiaries here

The Denver Actors Fund has now made $675,000 available to Colorado theatre artists.

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 has launched an innovative new emergency COVID relief fund – with a fun, humanitarian twist. The $65,000 KINDNESS Fund provides $100 monthly stipends to qualified Colorado theatre artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic … when they perform a basic act of socially distanced kindness. Applications are being taken here.



The Denver Actors Fund is a source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. In addition to $675,000 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.


To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here


The Denver Actors Fund has announced a major new collaboration with the Maria Droste Counseling Center of Colorado to provide affordable, professional health care to any qualifying Colorado theatre artist who needs it. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

GET INSTANT, FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: The Denver Actors Fund has launch of a major new FREE medical service for qualified Colorado theatre artists: We are partnering with Hippo Health to provide access to emergency medical evaluations via video conferencing with a Board-certified physician. Click to read more about this wonderful, innovative new partnership that will further improve the lives of artists!



Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org


Send checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80211


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Sign up for King Soopers’ Community Rewards Program and raise money for The DAF just by shopping for your groceries – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. It’s like the Amazon Smile Program. To sign up, simply go here and designate The DAF as your preferred non-profit. Each quarter, King Soopers sends us a donation based on how much our supporters have spent. Thanks to all of you who are shopping for The DAF.


Check out who’s scheduled to perform in this year’s virtual ‘CAST 2020!’

AVAILABLE NOW: This year “Miscast,” the major annual fundraiser for The Denver Actors Fund, pivoted to “CAST 2020,” a professionally produced on-demand video concert featuring Colorado theatre artists performing in roles they WERE cast to play before the coronavirus shut down their shows. “CAST 2020” includes nearly a dozen showstopping songs by an all-star lineup of Colorado theatre performers:

  • Rebecca Myers, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’
  • Lisa Kay Carter and Seth Dhonou, Arvada Center’s ‘Something Rotten’
  • Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp with Michelle Rocqet, Phamaly Theatre Company’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’
  • Scott Hurst, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s ‘Curtains’
  • Mary Louise Lee, Vintage Theatre’s ‘Gypsy’
  • McKayla Marso, BDT Stage’s ‘The Sound of Music’
  • Cal Meakins, Forge Light Theatreworks’ ‘Bare: The Musical’
  • Keith Hershman and Jessie Oblazny, Magic Moments’ ‘Take the High Road’
  • Mercedes Perez, Lake Dillon Theatre’s ‘Man of La Mancha’
  • Jenna Moll Reyes, Aurora Fox’s ‘Freaky Friday’
  • Camryn Torres, Miners Alley Playhouse’s ‘Once on This Island’

For your donation of at least $20, you will be sent a link to the video within 24 hours. You can then watch the concert at your leisure. Reserve your link today

‘Miscast’ is the major annual fundraiser for The Denver Actors Fund. It produced each year by Robert Michael Sanders and Kenny Moten, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to The DAF. ‘CAST 2020’ was recorded primarily at Focus Event Studios in north Denver and edited by Ray Bailey TV. We are grateful to all of them for making this important event possible, and to you for watching.

ONGOING:Waiting for Obama,” the audio version of John Moore’s play that was an official selection at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival, has been released as way of raising funds for The Denver Actors Fund. A Colorado Springs family is convinced that Barack Obama is coming for their guns in the final weeks of his presidency – and they’re right. Featuring Laurence Curry, Drew Horwitz, Chris Kendall, Leslie O’Carroll, Jenna Moll Reyes, Jessica Robblee, Luke Sorge and Mare Trevathan. It was recorded by the staff of Parker Arts at the PACE Center as an in-kind donation to The Denver Actors Fund. Listen for FREE on all major podcasting platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Podbean. Just by listening, you will be raising revenue for The DAF! Or, WATCH the recording as a pay-per-view video for $9.95 on Broadway on Demand. ‘Waiting for Obama’ was recorded by the staff of Parker Arts at the PACE Center and edited by Ray Bailey TV as in-kind donations to The Denver Actors Fund. The actors also donated their services.

ONGOING: “Quarantine Week by Weak” is a new photographic coffee-table book by Susannah McLeod and her wife, Chloe McLeod, who chronicled their home life during the COVID19 shutdown with a light-hearteded photo series documenting their lives during quarantine. They produced more than 35 sets of humorous photos comparing the beginning of quarantine to later in the “stay-at-home” period. Susannah pulled out her camera and we started to play,” said Chloe McLeod. As popularity for the series grew on Instagram and after a feature in Westword, the couple started exploring options to publish the series as a book to benefit The Denver Actors Fund. To order, visit This project is generously sponsored by: The Albritton Family; Natalie Bowen and Jim Corbett; Dave Dyer; Julie Dyer; and Denise Gentilini and Lynette Prisner. Additional support provided by Angie Flachman and Sandy Birkey at The Publishing House and Sandra Lee Stuart.


Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more.

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