Denver Actors Fund releases 2014 Action Plan, call for volunteers



By John Moore

DAFThe Denver Actors Fund reached a significant milestone in December, when it began issuing aid checks to members of the local theatre community. To date, the Denver Actors Fund has now helped three people (an actor, a director and a props specialist) with immediate, situational medical needs. The three gifts have totaled $894.06. The Denver Actors Fund, which was founded in June 2013, currently has about $6,200 in accrued assets.

We are proud to move into Phase 2 of our development, which is the implementation of our Volunteer Action Teams. It always has been the goal of the Denver Actors Fund not only to provide financial assistance, but other kinds of support as well. We are talking basic, good-neighborly tasks.

This link will take you to the Denver Actors Fund’s complete 2014 Action Plan. It spells out who we are, how we work and what we have accomplished to date. But most important, it spells out exactly how our Volunteer Action Teams will work.

And that’s where you come in. Each of these teams will be assigned with a specific task:

—CONSTRUCTION NEEDS (ramps, railings, etc.)
—TRANSPORTATION (to and from medical appointments, etc.)
—PERSONAL COMPANY (sometimes all someone wants is someone to sit with them at home or in the hospital)

TAP-SHOE INITIATIVE (mentoring small theatre companies on how to join in on this vital spare-change program)
MARKETING AND PUBLICITY (getting the good word out)

We are asking you today to sign up for those Volunteer Action Teams that most interest you. You will be assigned to a team leader and directly contacted with specifics about how your team will operate.

In short, if you sign up, you will be “on call.” When or if  a member of the local theatre community applies to the Denver Actors Fund for “action” assistance that your committee is assigned to provide, you may be contacted by your team leader for help. If you are available, you will be asked to fulfill your volunteer task. Just that simple.

It is not expected that members of these action teams will be called upon very often; and certainly not at first. The larger each Action Team is, the less frequently you will be called upon. So let’s fill these lists up with names. To do so, simply email and provide your  name, email, cell phone and committee interest. If you are willing to lead one of the Action Teams, please indicate that as well.  That’s all there is to it.

Again, click here to access the complete Denver Actors Fund’s 2014 Action Plan.

If you have questions? Email me at

Or, come down to Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret tonight. Abby Apple Boes of Abster Productions is throwing a cabaret fundraising party to benefit the Denver Actors Fund. It’s just $10 to get in, and you will be treated to live music ranging from folk to Broadway by more than a dozen talented members of the local theatre community. The evening will be hosted by  Steven J. Burge and Erin Rollman and the lineup includes John Ashton, Stephen Day, Daniel Langhoff, Robert Michael Sanders, Arlene Rapal, Brian Smith, Piper Arpan McTaggart, Kurt Brighton, Boni McIntyre, Benjamin Cowhick, Adam Goldstein, Abby Apple Boes, Ken Paul, Shane Delavan, Shahara Ray, Chanel Karmikhani and Better Than Biscuits.

You can get your tickets online at, or just “come to the Cabaret” at 16th and Arapahoe streets downtown. Doors at 7; show at 7:30 p.m.


Click here to access the full report: DAFACTIONPLAN2014


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