Financial-aid recipient: ShaShauna Staton is an actor, director, wife, mother and daughter of the beloved late founder of Shadow Theatre founder, Jeffrey Nickelson. Most recently, Staton appeared in Vintage Theatre’s “Ain’t Misbehavin” at the very same theatre her father opened in April 2008, about 16 months before his death at 53. Staton played Armelia alongside Dwayne Carrington, Leonard E. Barrett, Hannah Wheeler and Cicely O’Kain. Other credits include Vintage’s “A Song for Coretta,” the Aurora Fox’s “Once on This Island” and Shadow’s “In Search of Eckstine: A Love Story.” Following her father’s death, Staton brought back his youth program called EmUrge Theatre, which presented “EmUrgency” at Vintage Theatre.
Her story: On April 26, ShaShauna went into premature labor, necessitating an emergency C-section and the arrival of her third child, Bradford Staton III, two months early. Her husband missed the next two weeks of work to care for his wife and three children. That loss of income brought immediate and pressing financial difficulties upon the Staton family.
How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund made $529.03 available to the Statons to help satisfy their immediate financial needs and allow them to fully focus on the health and well-being of their children.
How you can help us help the Statons more: If you would like to target a specific donation to the Staton family to give them a little more breathing room, simply mail checks made out to Denver Actors Fund (with the Statons’ name written in the topic field), to 4594 Osceola St., 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 the Statons. Otherwise it will be applied to the replenishment of the DAF’s general fund.
A message from ShaShauna Staton: “We are truly grateful for the Denver Actors Fund. This has been an extremely hard time for my family, and the DAF has been a complete lifesaver. This is a fantastic support system for our community, and we thank you.”
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