Denver Actors Fund in Action: Will Ferrie


Aid recipient: Fort Collins native Will Ferrie, a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School, is an award-winning actor and longtime member of OpenStage & Company in Fort Collins who most recently played Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot. He won the OPUS Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work as Bartley in The Cripple of Inishmaan, and was nominated for a 2013 True West Award for playing Professor Rupert Fenton and six other characters in Bullshot Crummond. Other favorite roles include Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Ernst in Spring Awakening, Larry in Burn This, M in Cock, Clifford in Side Man and Jason in Rabbit Hole. He will play Rab next spring in Nick Dear’s Frankenstein, and also will be appearing in the upcoming film RGB Nightmare, to be released this winter. Of his work in Bas Bleu Theatre Company’s Side Man, reviewer Kate Forgach wrote for The Coloradan: “Clifford is played with great facial intensity by Will Ferrie. Every twist in the action is written so well on Ferrie’s face that it deserves a close-up camera more than the distance of theater.” Will is also the son of prominent Fort Collins actor Charlie Ferrie, with whom he appeared in Spamalot.

Will Ferrie, left, with Ben Hilzer in OpenStage’s 2014 production of ‘Spring Awakening’ in Fort Collins

His medical story: Ferrie recently found himself in need of emergency dental care when a previous root canal failed and an abscess developed on a rear molar. That led to an emergency E.R. visit, where he was told the infection was threatening his right eye. The Denver Actors Fund referred Ferrie, who has no health or dental insurance, to Thornton dentist (and former Broadway dancer) Brian Kelly. Through a unique ongoing partnership with the Denver Actors Fund, Kelly accepts a limited number of emergency dental cases referred through the DAF as an in-kind donation. Kelly’s goal is to transition every referred patient from gum disease to health.

How we have helped: Dr. Kelly’s treatment plan for Will was to extract the tooth and build a custom retainer and prosthetic replacement. The billable value of Kelly’s services to date is $1,228. The amount Kelly has asked the Denver Actors Fund to compensate has been just $131 for reimbursement of materials. That makes the total valuation of Kelly’s overall in-kind donation to the Denver Actors Fund in the past two years to be $30,964 for his help with nine emergency patients from the Colorado theatre community. (And he already is working on Nos. 10 and 11.).

Video above: Will Ferrie, left, and his father, Charlie (center), were among a group of cast members from OpenStage’s ‘Spamalot’ who traveled from Fort Collins to perform at the Denver Actors Fund’s monthly film series screening of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ at the Alamo Drafthouse. Highlights above.


A message from Will: “This takes a tremendous weight off my shoulders. I really got pulled out of a bind, and I would like to give back in any way that I can.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $262,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish our general fund, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO, 80212. Or use this donation link.

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.


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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. In addition to $257,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers has 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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Denver, CO 80212


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Denver Actors Fund Film Series: Our next Denver Actors Fund film screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake will be a “West Side Story” singalong at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, hosted by Traci J. Kern and Ryan Belinak. Reserve your preferred seat here.

Project Careaoke Launch Party for Denver Actors Fund, Sept. 9: Please join us for a fun karaoke (and much more) fundraiser hosted by Project Careaoke that could represent the biggest infusion of funds to the Denver Actors Fund in our history. And it costs only $12 to attend. There will be competitive karaoke, Jayson Payne from JAMMIN’ DJs, live music with Float Like A Buffalo, a local artist showcase featuring live art, and a silent live auction. Starts at 5 p.m. at The Venue. located at 1451 Cortez St. in Denver (at Highway 36 and Pecos Street). Please come, and spread the word! Purchase your tickets here

‘Miscast’ returns Sept. 17: “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 2018” will be held Sept. 17 at a new location: The Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Tickets on sale here. All seats just $20.  No fees if you purchase by phone at 303-316-6360. (Leave a message if unattended.) .


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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