Denver Actors Fund in Action: Trenton J. Schindele

Trenton J. Schindele adjusts his braces before the opening performance of Phamaly’s ‘The Foreigner’ at the Aurora Fox in 2013. Photo by John Moore.


Aid recipient: Trenton J. Schindele of Broomfield is a longtime actor for the Phamaly Theatre Company, having appeared in many productions including “Evita,” “Fuddy Meers,” “Cabaret” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” (“As Motel, Trenton Schindele is authentic and down-to-earth,” wrote Juliet Wittman of Westword.)  Trenton has just been cast in the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s “Going to a Place Where You Already Are,” opening April 12 at the Dairy Arts Center. This summer, he will play the Wolf in Phamaly’s “Into the Woods” on the Denver Center’s Space Theatre. He was trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. By day he works as a retail associate at The Green Solution dispensary in Littleton.

His medical story: Trenton‘s has quadriplegic displagic cerebral palsy, which comes with painful and often debilitating muscle spasms from the neck down, as well as hearing loss. Trenton is in need of new leg braces to help him walk, as well as funds for a wheelchair, as his disease has progressed and his doctors have told him his condition will only get worse. On top of that, his car broke down … and he and his wife learned their rent is increasing.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund has approved a grant of $3,578 to buy Trenton a new wheelchair and new leg braces.

Trenton J. Schindele warms up for a performance as Molel in Phamaly’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in 2013 at the Denver Center. Photo by John Moore.

How you can help us help Trenton more: Even with this boost, Trenton still faces both significant financial hardship and logistical challenges. “I need as much help as I can get,” he says.  If you would like to direct a specific, additional donation to Trenton, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund (with Trenton’s name 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 targeted for Trenton Schindele. Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Trenton: “”I am am so thankful to the Denver Actors Fund. ‘Thank you for helping me continue to do what I love on the stage and continue my daily life with all of the people I love and adore, both in the cannabis industry and in the acting community. Because of this, I am able to stay active and stay walking.”

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 his or her story told.


Trenton J. Schindele played the affable Ernst Ludwig in Phamaly’s ‘Cabaret’ in 2015. Photo by John Moore.



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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. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $210,000 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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Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
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Denver, CO 80212


Monday, March 26: TOMMY

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