Denver Actors Fund launches Action Teams, Web Site


The Denver Actors Fund, named Wednesday the recipient of a 2014 Westword Best of Denver Award, is today announcing several major initiatives. Most significantly, the DAF is officially activating its 2014 Action Teams. That’s an Army of Angels who will provide good-neighborly assistance to any qualifying member of  the local theatre community who seeks it.

bodThe Denver Actors Fund is also today launching its new website at www.DenverActorsFund.Org. The new web site will make applying for financial aid or other assistance easier and more immediate than ever. And finally, the Fund is announcing the addition of a fourth board member. Paul Dunne, a local performer and Vice President of Development for the Kempe Foundation, has raised millions of dollars in donations for nonprofit organizations nationwide.

Here’s more information on each of these exciting developments:

2014 Action Teams Launched

dafarmyIn December, the Denver Actors Fund began distributing financial assistance to members of the local theatre community in situational medical need. Since then, the Fund has assisted four artisans including two actors, one director and a props specialist. Overall, the Fund has raised about $13,000 in its first 10 months of existence, and currently it has about $10,000 in the bank.
Today, the Fund is officially moving into “Phase 2” of its implementation. More than 60 volunteers all along the Front Range have stepped up to create Action Teams that are now  standing by to provide assistance in the following areas:

Errand Runners (Shopping, deliveries, housecleaning, chores, pet-sitting, etc.)
Meal Preparation and Delivery (Preparing meals, snacks or desserts and delivering them to home or hospital.)
Transportation (To and/or from appointments, work, family gatherings or wherever you need to go.)
Construction (Installing ramps, railings, safety equipment in the home or where required.)
Babysitting (Providing child care so you can work, run errands or take care of personal business.)
Personal Company (Spend time with you at home or in the hospital; read, play games, visit, etc.)

Whatever the need may be, however big or small, our volunteers are ready and eager to assist.
They are standing by to help right now. To apply, click here.

To qualify for financial assistance, the applicant must have been a resident of the Denver metro area for at least the past six months and have worked on at least one theatrical production in the past five years. (The Fund plans to eventually expand its eligibility borders.) To qualify for neighborly assistance, the Fund already also has volunteers prepared to serve applicants from northern Colorado as well. When in doubt, apply.

The head of the Denver Actors Fund Action Teams in Shannon McAndrews of Betsy Stage. Here is a rundown of her individual Action Team Leaders:

Errand Runners: Susan Lyles of And Toto Too Productions
Meal Preparation and Delivery: Kristen Samu
Transportation: Onna Poeter
Construction: Robert Michael Sanders
Babysitting/Child Care: Trina Magness
Personal Company: Maggie Stillman of Ripple Effect Theatre Company

In addition, here are additional Team Leaders:

Event Planning: Shannon McAndrews
Event Food and Beverage: Rhonda Brown
Donor Acknowledgement: Sarah J. Hom
Tap Shoe Initiative: Gloria Shanstrom
Marketing and Media: Gloria Shanstrom
Social Media: John Moore
Web site: Deb Flomberg

Here is a complete rundown of all Action Teams and their individual members

Denver Actors Fund launches new web site today

The Denver Actors Fund is proud to announce today’s launch of www.DenverActorsFund.Org as its new online home. There, you can directly apply for aid, discover all the Denver Actors Fund has to offer to anyone in the theatre community in need, and keep abreast of the Fund’s upcoming fundraisers and community-building events.

The web site was conceived, designed and launched in its entirety as an in-kind contribution from Deb Flomberg of DenverMind Media. Flomberg is a co-founder of the Equinox Theatre Company.

Key web-site links:


Paul Dunne added to Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors

Paul Dunne is an ordained minister and a vice president with the Kempe Foundation, a world leader in the fight against child abuse and neglect. Inspired by the need to serve after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Paul joined the nonprofit sector as a Senior Development Officer for the Denver Rescue Mission. He also served as Executive Director of Development for the Inner City Health Center, where he quadrupled donations in a three-year period before leading a $5.5 million campaign for a new clinic. Paul has assisted a variety of nonprofits in their fundraising needs, including the North Hawaii Community Hospital and Ability Beyond Disability. As a background singer, Paul has performed with Peter Cetera, Shania Twain and John Tesh. He has also performed on many of  area stages, including the Town Hall Arts Center.

Dunne joins current Denver Actors Fund board president Christopher K. Boeckx, treasurer Amy Malmgren and Secretary Sarah J. Hom. The Executive Director of the Denver Actors Fund is John Moore.

2014 Westword Best of Denver Award

On Wednesday, Westword recognized the Denver Actors Fund with a 2014 Best of Denver Award for “Best Display of Theatrical Community.” Here is what Juliet Wittman wrote about the Fund:

John Moore, the onetime Denver Post theater reviewer who now works at the Denver Center, started the Denver Actors Fund last year to help theater people with medical crises. The goal, he says, is “immediate, situational relief” in cases of “great and sudden medical need.” The amounts of money aren’t huge, but they’re enough to cover wheelchair rental, for instance, or other medical supplies — and anyone who has lived in the area six months or more and worked at a theater in some creative capacity is eligible for help. Moore’s idea galvanized the theater community: Several companies have donated a percentage of ticket revenues, other supporters have mounted benefits; and there’s an online merchandise store selling posters, puzzles and T-shirts. Moore is now staffing action teams with volunteers who will run errands, plan meals, organize fundraisers and help with needed construction projects, such as ramps and railings.

And finally …

The Aurora Fox has announced that it is bringing back “Miscast,” a popular annual fundraiser started by the late Next Stage  Theatre Company and later continued by the former Paragon Theatre Company. It will return on Sept. 29. Robert Michael Sanders and John Moore have been asked to direct, with all proceeds going to the Denver Actors Fund. More information on that happening will be announced when it becomes official.

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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