Denver Actors Fund in Action: Todd Debreceni

Examples of Todd Debreceni’s special-effects stage work.


‘I’ve seen more doctors since January 7 than I’ve seen in, well, ever!’

Denver native John Carroll Lynch is featured on the cover of Todd Debreceni’s book.

Aid recipient: Todd Debreceni of Aurora is Colorado’s most experienced and awarded prosthetic makeup effects artist, with more than 40 years in the entertainment industry. He has created prosthetics and special effects for innumerable film and local stage productions, most recently Littleton Town Hall Arts Center’s 2018 production of “A Christmas Carol.” Todd is the recipient of a 2017 Henry Award for his extensive body of work; a 2015 DCPA True West Award for “Shrek the Musical” and “Young Frankenstein”; and 2006 and 2009 Denver Post Ovation Awards for “The Wiz” and “Man of La Mancha,” respectively. Todd is also the author of the best-selling makeup effects book, “Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen,” now in its third edition. He is the husband of prolific local Music Director Donna Debreceni.

His medical story: Todd was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April. In the course of his treatment, he has accrued substantial bills from a variety of medical providers. While they do not account for the totality of his financial burden, Todd submitted to us six outstanding bills for consideration of reimbursement totaling $3,585.10. As his treatment continues, Todd was looking for just enough help to keep his continuing out-of-pocket costs manageable.

Todd Donna Debreceni 400. Photo by Brian Landis Folkins

Todd and Donna Debreceni at the 2017 Henry Awards. Photo by Brian Landis Folkins.

How we have helped Todd: The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors has voted to reimburse Todd for the full $3,585.10 in medical bills he has submitted to date, and leave his case open for further consideration as he accrues additional medical expenses. To date, including targeted donations from the community, The Denver Actors Fund has now provided Todd with $4,379.10 in overall medical assistance.

How you can help us help Todd more: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help give Todd some additional breathing room as he continues his cancer treatment, simply mail checks in any amount made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Todd Debreceni’s name written in the topic field), to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80211. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is targeted for Todd Debreceni. (He will receive 100 percent of your donation.) Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Todd: “Donna and I appreciate The Denver Actors Fund more than words can describe. I’ve seen more doctors since January 7 than I’ve seen in, well, ever! Now we’ve got to figure out a number we can do together for ‘Miscast!’ ”

Wait, what? ‘Miscast?’ Donna Debreceni again will volunteer her talents to be the Musical Director for “Miscast 2019,” the major annual fundraiser for The Denver Actors Fund. It will be held Monday, September 30, at the Aurora Fox. It is an opportunity for local performers to sing songs and act out scenes they would never get cast to perform on any legit stage. Tickets here. (More details below.)

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $378,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

Read testimonials from other Denver Actors Fund beneficiaries here

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.

Todd Debreceni and Debby Boone - Into the Woods

Todd Debreceni with pop star Debby Boone, whom he turned into The Witch for Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s ‘Into the Woods.’


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 $378,000 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.


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Friends, we at The Denver Actors Fund believe in building community while building funds. Most of our events are performative in nature so that you have a good time while helping a good cause. Here are some of the events that are currently being planned on our behalf. Visit anytime for an updated list.


Gin TonixSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: Jason Spillman and his family band “Gin & Tonix” are playing at the Clocktower Cabaret and donating 10 percent of total tickets sales to The Denver Actors Fund. Gin & Tonix, a group of talented musicians who have made music together for many years, features the harmonies of Morgan Griego, Kacie Thomas, Trinity Thomas and Eileen Adair, backed by Madi Spillman on guitar, Ian Spillman on drums and vocals, and Jason Spillman on bass and vocals. Gin & Tonix will be performing songs by Pentatonix, The Indigo Girls, The Eagles, The Avett Brothers and more. This is expected to be a sold-out show so reserve your seat now. Tickets are $20. Show starts at 7 p.m. at 16th and Arapahoe streets on the 16th Street Mall.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30:Miscast,” which is presented each year by Robert Michael Sanders as a benefit for 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. “Miscast 2019” will be held Sept. 30 at a new location: The Aurora Fox Arts Center. Tickets are on sale here.


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