‘BALLS!’ raises $5,250, inspires more to cap record-setting year for Denver Actors Fund

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At the Denver Actors Fund, we’re feeling pretty close to a mile high.

Earlier this year, we were told the Denver Actors Fund had been selected to be the sole charitable beneficiary at the 6th annual performances of “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. The numbers are in, and those performances directly raised $5,250. That represents 20 percent of all funds raised by the Denver Actors Fund in the 18 months of our existence heading into those performances. Of that, $1,000 was put up as a matching grant by outgoing Denver Actors Fund board member Paul Dunne, who has recently relocated to Houston.

Needless to say, December was the best month on record for the Denver Actors Fund, which exists to support artists in response to situation medical needs, either with cash donations or volunteer assistance. While the Denver Actors Fund is considered too small to be officially included in Colorado Gives Day, we also received about $1,489 in donations inspired by that statewide effort.

In addition, two local theatre companies chose “BALLS!” performances to let us in on a little secret: The boards of the Buntport and Front Range Theatre Companies (formerly Castle Rock Players) had voted separately and independently to donate $500 gifts to the Denver Actors Fund.

The “BALLS!” total includes contributions from a variety of sources. Lannie Garrett, owner of the host venue (Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret), waived rent for the night. Performers Emily K. Harrison, GerRee Hinshaw, Mare Trevathan, Jim Ruberto and rotating guest stars performed for free, as they do each year for different deserving charities. (The complete list of thanks is noted on our Facebook page.) “BALLS!-related” donations were received by Pesha Rudnick, Cynthia DeLarber, Laura Norman and Barbara Afanador (mother of DAF beneficiary Chad Afanador). There were handmade sock-puppet and notecard sales (thank you, Margie Lamb), along with other sources of donations. It all added up.

To make our holiday season complete, we received word late last week from Sheila Sears that both Colorado Creative Industries and the Denver Office of Film, Television and Media have decided to give the Denver Actors Fund grants of $1,250 – each.

And now, for the bottom line … Thanks to the community’s efforts on our behalf, the Denver Actors Fund has now raised, to date, $35,510 to help artists of all stripes in the local theatre community.

A year ago, that total was around $9,000. That means 2014, our first full year in existence, was a $25,000 year for the Denver Actors Fund. That’s 294 percent growth.

We are beyond humbled. Daunted. And charged-up for 2015.

Events like the one the BALLS! team put on for us are vital for the continuing growth of the organization, because the money is needed in our community. Each quarter another performing-arts organization puts on a fundraiser on our behalf. Please plan to join us for our next event on Feb. 17, when Boulder’s Dinner Theatre presents a benefit performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” with all proceeds after cost benefiting the Denver Actors Fund. All actors are waiving their performance fees for that night. Call 303-449-6000 for ticket information.

Read  Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

 

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ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

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 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 www.DenverActorsFund.Org

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here

 

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

COME TO OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Feb. 17, 2015: BDT Stage (formerly Boulder’s Dinner Theatre) presents a benefit performance of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Call 303-449-6000.

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

Denver Actors Fund

 

BUY A POSTER!
poster1.4_Cross 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. They cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

 

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

 

Testimonial: GerRee Hinshaw on the Denver Actors Fund

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A testimonial from GerRee Hinshaw, pictured above performing in the 2013 presentation of “BALLS!, A Holiday Spectacular.” This year’s “BALLS!” benefits the Denver Actors Fund:
“One Sunday morning last April, my husband, Lee, called me from his parents’ Washington farm with the unimaginable news that his dad had just died in an accident. My son, Manny, and I were on a plane within hours and we stayed with our family in Washington for a week. As the week drew to a close, I began bracing myself for the sudden re-entry to the work week and how tough it would all be on Lee. It occurred to me that nearly everything in the fridge at home in Denver would be spoiled and that we would be arriving to DIA late at night. I was quickly resigning myself to feeding Manny PB&J “parental failure” sandwiches that first day or so back. Then I got an email that the Denver Actors Fund intended to support us with meals upon our return to Colorado. We were stunned. Overwhelmed with gratitude. It was completely unexpected, this show of love from my theatre community, some of whom didn’t know me from Adam, let alone know Lee and his family. Grief is a messy process. It is distracting and confusing. It is painful and revealing. And because of The Denver Actors Fund, we did not go through it alone. And Manny didn’t eat a single failure sandwich. That week.”

COME TO BALLS! ON DEC. 8 AND 15

10300052_858059890874668_5645312277954252133_n“BALLS!, A Holiday Spectacular,” a fundraiser for the Denver Actors Fund, will be held on Dec. 8 and 15 at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret on the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street.

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate relief when members of the Denver theater community find themselves in situational medical need. In its first 18 months, it has raised more than $26,000, delivered more than 50 meals and provided more than 15 bags of groceries.

“BALLS!” is an annual holiday variety show with musical  guest stars, audience sock puppet singalongs, spontaneous haikus and a white elephant. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 8 and 15. Hosted by GerRee Hinshaw, Emily K. Harrison, Jim Ruberto and Mare Trevathan, along with guest stars including musicians John Common, Jess DeNicola, Janet Feder and Jen Korte; storyteller Adam Goldstein; drag queen Zoe O; and comedians Mara Wiles and Eric Mather..  Click here for tickets and more details.

For tickets: http://lannies.com/?p=12918. For info on the Denver Actors Fund: http://www.denveractorsfund.org.

 

 

 

Young ‘Oz’ actor speaks up for Denver Actors Fund

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On Saturday morning, young Theatre of Academy Arts actor Hannah Katz spoke to audiences at the Town Hall Arts Center in support of the Denver Actors Fund.

“We are lucky to have so many gifted, talented, caring, dedicated actors in the professional theatre community who set great examples for us both onstage and off,” Katz, a 12-year-old who attends Campus Middle School, said moments before she played Dorothy in two performances of the Academy of Theatre Arts’ production of “Oz.”

The ATA, founded by Alann Estes and Paul Dwyer, is now owned and operated by Mary Daily, with Robert Michael Sanders and Piper Arpan as directors.

The idea to use the “Oz” performances as an opportunity to raise awareness of the Denver Actors Fund was entirely Katz’s, Sanders said.

“Hannah asked if she could do a speech for the Denver Actors Fund, and she put out a ruby red slipper to collect money,” Sanders said. “… And I think it’s cute as heck that this is all her idea.”

Hannah’s efforts raised more than $100 for the Denver Actors Fund, and she intends to make the same speech before the final performance of “Oz” this coming Wednesday  morning. (The show, music directed by Mary Dailey, starts  at 10 a.m. Tickets $6: 303-794-2787 ext. 5)

Below is a transcript of Hannah’s speech:

Thanks everyone for coming to our show today. We would like to take a moment to talk with you about something very important.

Denver is a great place to learn the art of musical theatre. Part of what makes it so great is that we are lucky to have so many gifted, talented, caring, dedicated actors in the professional theatre community who are willing to share their time and talent with the performers of tomorrow like all of us.

They spend much of their free time teaching and nurturing kids like us and being great role models. They set great examples for us both onstage and off.

One great way they are doing this is through an organization that was founded a little over a year ago called The Denver Actors Fund. It is a non-profit organization that helps members of the Denver theatre community who find themselves in situations of medical need. The fund offers both financial and volunteer assistance.

To help support the DAF, the “Tap Shoe Initiative” was formed. As part of this project, theatre companies design a “themed” shoe, or boot, and collect donations for the Fund. You might have seen our ruby-red slipper boot when you came in the theatre. We at ATA would like to thank the Denver theatre community by helping to raise funds for the DAF.

Please help us fill our boot and support fellow Denver actors in need!

Thank you, Hannah, for setting a great example for the next generation of Denver’s theatre performers!

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ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

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 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 www.DenverActorsFund.Org

DENVER ACTORS FUND IN ACTION:

Read Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here

 

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

COME TO OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Dec 8 and 15: “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” will perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Click here for details and tickets.

 

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

Denver Actors Fund

 

Video: See highlights from “Misacast 2014,” a September fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Sheila Ivy Traister

Traister99Sheila Ivy Traister, left, in “99 Histories” for Theatre Esprit Asia last year at the Vintage Theatre.

 

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.

_DSC0621Financial-aid recipient: Actor, director and playwright Sheila Ivy Traister has been performing in Denver since 2000. Her first year in Denver,  Westword designated her as the year’s Best Actress for her work in Shadow Theatre Company’s multiracial production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and Theatre Group’s “The Blue Room.” Most recently, she has performed in “99 Histories” for Theatre Esprit Asia at the Vintage Theatre, and performed in the world premiere of “Slow Dance with a Hot Pick-Up” at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre. She starred with Dale Li in Paragon Theatre’s acclaimed “The Sound of a Voice” in 2010. “Traister is heartbreaking as she reveals the combined effect of a cycle of loss, grief and isolation,” wrote Adam Goldstein in the Aurora Sentinel. Sheila has also performed for the Denver Center Theatre Company, Aurora Fox, Town Hall Arts Center, And Toto Too, Playback Theatre and Changing Scene. Sheila has appeared in more than 15 films, and her TV credits include “In Plain Sight” and the miniseries “Asteroid.” Sheila studied mechanical engineering at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and served on the Pistol Team.

 Her story: Sheila took a serious fall in November 2012 and has since accrued more than $73,000 in debts related to her medical expenses. She still awaits three additional surgeries: A full knee replacement, the repair of a torn hip ligament and the repair of a separated shoulder. Sheila also was diagnosed with a severe concussion in the fall, which affects her vision and cognitive functioning. Her recovery has exhausted both her personal savings and retirement. Her expenses average about $1,800 a month, but, at present, her income only amounts to about $600 a month.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund board of directors approved an initial gift of $1,800, or the equivalent of about one month of Sheila’s overall expenses. That made for the second-largest gift in the short history of the Denver Actors Fund. Combined with subsequent support including targeted donations from the community, The Denver Actors Fund now has made $2,800 available to Sheila.

A message from Sheila Ivy Traister: “I’m so incredibly grateful to this community of artists and patrons; those of you who have given of yourselves, your time and resources to be there for those of us in dire need. I was really at a loss for how I would get through this next month. Beyond helping me to meet the financial demands created by the circuDAFmstances surrounding my medical needs, you’ve helped me to remember that grace is at work in my life, and that no matter what happens I can trust that I am always taken care of.  I’m humbled and most appreciative to everyone who has made the Denver Actors Fund possible. I would like to thank my dear friend Cajardo Lindsey for reaching out on my behalf.  With my whole heart, thank you all for this most timely and blessed gift!”

To help us help Team Traister more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help further defray Sheila Ivy Traister’s significant ongoing financial obligations, mail checks in her name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link, and in your note, direct your gift to Sheila. 

Read more Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

 

ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

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 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 www.DenverActorsFund.Org

APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here

 

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

COME TO OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Dec 8 and 15: “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” will perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Click here for details and tickets.

 

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

Denver Actors Fund

 

BUY A POSTER!
poster1.4_Cross 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. They cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

 

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

 

Video: See highlights from “Misacast 2014,” a September fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Laura Adducci

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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.

Financial-aid recipient: Laura Adducci is the Program Director at Mirror Image Arts, a nonprofit outreach performance company whose mission is to take a sustainable approach to bullying prevention, and to empower young voices through applied theatre. Laura, a native of Lafayette who graduated from Metro State, directed  “Bullying & Friendship” and the current “Your Voice Matters,” which has been touring schools for the past year. She is also an actor at Go Voices, a voice talent agency. She and her husband, Lou, the registrar for Denver Center Education, are the parents of 3-year-old Lucien.

DAF Her story: After several trips to the doctor, an E.R. visit, an ultrasound and blood tests, it was determined that Laura needed to have her gallbladder removed. Insurance covered the majority of the costs associated with the surgery, but the couple was still left with more than $3,000 in out-of-pocket expenses. That wiped out the family savings, creating financial stress for the family on top of the surgery, which took place Oct. 20. Laura has more healing to do and is not allowed to pick up her  kiddo for another week.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund board of directors has approved a gift if $610. That’s the equivalent of what these two working parents pay for a month of preschool tuition. We later added  $200 to the total.

A message from Laura Adducci: “The moment I discovered I needed surgery, two thoughts ran through my mind in quick succession. One: Surely there’s some hippy-dippy way of getting out of this, and two: We’re a nonprofit family. How in the world are we going to afford it? Unfortunately, there was no way to get out of having the surgery, but very fortunately, The Denver Actor’s Fund exists. I am so proud to be a part of this community of talented, thoughtful and generous souls. To everyone who ever has and ever will contribute to this fund, please accept my great thanks. You have provided much needed relief to my little family, and for that I am incredibly grateful.”

To help us help Team Adducci more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Laura Adducci and her family, mail checks in her name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link, and in your note, direct your gift to Laura.

Read more Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

 

ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

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 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 www.DenverActorsFund.Org

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here

 

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

COME TO OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Dec 8 and 15: “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” will perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Click here for details and tickets.

 

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

Denver Actors Fund

 

BUY A POSTER!
poster1.4_Cross 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. They cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

 

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

 

Video: See highlights from “Misacast 2014,” a September fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Shelly Bordas

Actor, teacher and mother’s long and defiant battle galvanized the Colorado theatre community

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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.

Financial-aid recipient: Shelly Bordas was a Denver actor and teacher who appeared in dozens of plays all around Colorado, including memorable turns in Theatre Group’s “Cell Block Sirens of 1953,” “Bat Boy, the Musical” and “Debbie Does Dallas.” She also performed at the Arvada Center, the Avenue Theater, Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge and many others. Shelly wrote, taught and directed youth theater for more than 16 years. She founded her own school, Acting Up, giving teenagers professional acting instruction. Many of her students have gone on to work in New York. She taught kids at the Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton for 10 years. She also was an instructor for Denver Public Schools, Gunnison High School, Stage Eleven and the Cherry Creek School District. She was named the 2013 CultureWest Theatre Person of the Year for the courage and inspiration she demonstrated in her attempt to come back from her cancer battle to appear in Town Hall’s “9 to 5: The Musical.”

Her medical story: Shelly was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in November 2009, while she was pregnant with her son, Nathan. After five years of chemo, radiation and dozens of surgeries, Shelly entered the home hospice stage of her disease. She and her family decided that she would undergo no more radiation or chemotherapy. Shelly’s needs at that point became both financial and practical. Doctors wanted Shelly to have a 24-hour in-home companion. Her were running about $5,000 a month, including ElderLink Home Care service, which cost about $200 a day. For two months, “Team Shelley” – led by Chris Whyde, Steve Burge, Steve Tangedal, Barbara Bordas (Shelly’s mom) and other friends, family and an army of Denver Actors Fund volunteers – took on 12-hour shifts, each of which saved money the family did not have to pay for the ElderLink service. Still, Shelly and her family were rapidly running out of money to pay for her continued in-home care.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund board of directors initially approved the largest gift in its history to that point – $2,000 – to extend Shelly’s ElderLink service a little longer, in addition to rallying Action Team volunteers to help Team Shelly in a variety other ways, including organizing play dates or sleepovers with her 5-year-old son, Nathan. There’s no way to know exactly how much our services saved the family but in the end, The DAF provided $4,165 in financial support to Shelly and her family through her ordeal.

How you helped: Shelly felt more safe when there was someone with her at night. So we expanded the circle of friends and family who took on 12-hour shifts  (daytime or overnight) sitting with Shelly. Every every shift Team Shelly takes on saved the family about $100. Both friends and strangers joined in, either as Individuals or in tandems. This was not medical care. It was offering companionship and help with the wheelchair, water, light errands, etc. Our accompanists were essentially a security blanket.

A message from Barbara Bordas: “I can’t put into words what this help means to me. It gives me a sense of relief and calmess knowing Shelly has friends who are willing to help her during this time.”

Update: Shelly Bordas died on January 4, 2015, just a few days after she was moved into a hospice care. To read her remarkable life story, click here.

To help us honor Shelly: If you would like to direct a donation in Shelly’s memory, mail checks to Denver Actors Fund, P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80211. Or use this donation link.

Read more Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

 

ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

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 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 www.DenverActorsFund.Org

APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here

 

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80211

 

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

Denver Actors Fund

 

BUY A POSTER!
poster1.4_Cross 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. They cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

 

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

 

Video: See highlights from “Misacast 2014,” a September fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Marq Del Monte

 

IMG_1662Marq Del Monte, second from right, appeared in John Moore’s play, “Maureen Dowd’s Dark, Delicious Descent into Denver Hell, An Edible Cautionary Tale,” as part of The Mile High 24 Play Festival on June 2 at the Spark Theatre. From left: Lindsey I. Benge, Deb Flomberg, Karen Kargel, Del Monte and Desiree Phillips.

 

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.

Financial-aid recipient: Marq Del Monte is an actor and playwright who in June appeared in John Moore’s play, “Maureen Dowd’s Dark, Delicious Descent into Denver Hell, An Edible Cautionary Tale,” as part of The Mile High 24 Play Festival. On Aug. 30, The Wit Theatre Company hosted a reading of Del Monte’s one-act play, “The Almighty, Low.” In the play, an exasperated God washes his hands of his children on Earth until Satan himself shows up to convince his adversary to “put the gloves back on and duke it out.”

 His family story: Del Monte’s wife, Debbie, was laid off from her job on Aug. 22, leaving her uninsured. On Sept. 10, she was diagnosed with a brain cancer that had traveled from an undetected breast cancer. She next receiving chemo and radiation for Metastatic Carcinoma while awaiting surgery. After the diagnosis, Debbie was added to Marq’s health insurance with Kaiser Permanente from his job with Freeway Ford. Still, the Del Montes need all the help they can get to pay rent and other bills.

How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund approved a $499 grant to help the Del Montes cover their rent for October, followed by an additional $200. The family later received meals and other assistance from the DAF’s Action Team volunteers.

A message from Marq Del Monte: “We are facing a pretty serious financial situation, and the Denver Actors Fund was generous enough to give us a grant. We are extremely grateful!”

To help us help the Del Montes more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Marq Del Monte and his family, mail checks in his name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212.

Update: In May 2019, The Denver Actors Fund paid Marq $382 to buy new eyeglasses, bringing the total of our support for his family to $1,081.

Read more Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

 

ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

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 financial relief, a team og 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 www.DenverActorsFund.Org

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here

 

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

COME TO OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Sept. 29: Miscast 2014, Directed by Robert Michael Sanders at the Aurora Fox. Click here for details and tickets.

Dec 8 and 15: “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” will perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Click here for details and tickets.

 

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

Denver Actors Fund

 

BUY A POSTER!
poster1.4_Cross 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. They cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

 

 

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

 

Video: See highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

The online ‘Miscast 2014 Auction’: Bid now!

 

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As the countdown to “Miscast 2014” enters its final week, the Denver Actors Fund is tickled to introduce the 2014 Miscast Auction: Services provided by artists as they are “cast” in real life.

Many of our most accomplished actors and artists have off-stage careers that call upon a wide variety of real-world skills. Some have kindly agreed to donate their time and talents to help raise funds for the Denver Actors Fund. Check out what they have to offer here, and then bid online by using our public Google doc here.

The bidding will continue online until 3p.m. Sept. 29. It will then continue and culminate at “Miscast 2014” on Sept. 29 at the Aurora Fox Theatre.

“Miscast 2014″ is an opportunity for members of the local theatre community to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legitimate stage. This popular tradition dates back a decade to its origination by the late Next Stage Theatre Company.

For more information on Miscast 2014, click here

Tickets for “Miscast” are just $10 and are available now by clicking here, or call 303-739-1970.

MISCAST 2014

 

HERE ARE THE SERVICES UP FOR AUCTION.

TO BID, ADD YOUR OFFER TO THIS PUBLIC GOOGLE DOC

 

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DSA students make remarkable, record donation to Denver Actors Fund

IMG_3561From left: Amelia Corrada (Penny), Madison Kitchen (Tracy), Jeremy Willis (Seaweed), Claire Willcutt, John Moore and Jimmy Bruenger (Link Larkin).

Twelve days before Denver School of the Arts was to open its fall all-school musical “Hairspray,” cast members Jimmy Bruenger and his little sister, Damiana, learned their father, James, had died of a sudden heart attack.

Jimmy, a junior who plays Link Larkin, and Damiana, who plays Youth Council member Madge, decided the best way to honor their father was to go on with the show.

IMG_3556“He was one of the kindest and loving men, and I am so blessed to have had him as my dad,” said Jimmy. “He was honestly beyond supportive, and always told me to follow my heart.”

Not only did the Bruengers go on when the show opened on Sept. 12, Jimmy spearheaded the cast’s philanthropic effort. Director Shawn Hann encourages her casts to designate a nonprofit organization for every production. The students chose Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In the first weekend of “Hairspray” alone, they had collected more than $2,000 for the nation’s leading entertainment-based fundraising organization to fight HIV and AIDS.

The next week, Denver actor Tom Borrillo was hired to teach two master classes at DSA as a guest artist. While there, he explained to the students that the reason he had limited mobility was because of recent emergency shoulder surgery. And he told them about the Denver Actors Fund, which had awarded him $1,000 to help off-set his nearly $15,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses.

At that point, the cast decided to use all remaining performances of “Hairspray” to help raise money for the Denver Actors Fund. Following Saturday’s closing performance, Jimmy and his 90 castmates surprised Denver Actors Fund founder John Moore with a check for $2,411.28. The  donation is the largest in the short history of the Denver Actors Fund. The gift also brings to more than $20,000 the total raised by the organization to date.

The Denver Actors Fund, founded by Moore and actor Christopher K. Boeckx in June 2013, offers financial and practical neighborly assistance including meals, transportation and child care to members of the local theatre community who find themselves in need resulting from sudden or ongoing medical situations. To date, the fund has helped actors, directors, artistic directors, stage managers and even props specialists facing a wide variety of crises.

“It is humbling when the youngest, healthiest members of our theatre community — students who are clearly in the prime of their lives — take the time and care to raise money for fellow members of the theatre community who are in far different stages of their lives,” said Moore. “Fellow artists facing illness, loss or end of life.”

The Bruenger siblings, prove, however, that tragedy and unexpected need know no age boundaries.

Jimmy Bruenger said he and his sister got the strength to keep going with “Hairspray” in part because of a massive show of support from friends and family, known and unknown.

But Jimmy was particularly blown away to receive encouragement from none other than “Hairspray” composer Marc Shaiman:

To Jimmy Bruenger:

Hello, Jimmy. I’ve heard from my pal Gregg Sherman that the Denver School Of Arts is putting on a fantastic production of “HAIRSPRAY.” I also heard you just lost your Dad. Jimmy, I’m sorry you’ve suffered this loss, and at such a young age. I was in my late 40s when my father died in 2007. I found, as I’m sure you are finding, that everything I did I would say to myself “This is the first time I am _______ without my father still alive.” Whether it was walking down the street back in NY, or seeing a show, I kept keeping this list in my head. I was lucky that, when I got back to NY, I was able to go to The Neil Simon Theatre and feel the warmth of the HAIRSPRAY family (as the show was still running). Before the show, at the pre-show circle, I told them it would be the first time I was seeing the show since my Dad had died. That night I watched from the pit. During the curtain call, when Tracy says “Let’s dance!” the actress said “for Bill Shaiman.” Man, I lost it…sat there sobbing from both grief and for the feeling of love I was so lucky to be bathing in there with my HAIRSPRAY family. Jimmy, I hope you are having a similar situation there, being helped along by your newest family as you come to terms with the change in your own. I know I am, right now, re-experiencing it all just from writing you about it. Just let it all out and take it all in, both the pain and the joy. It’s all there, as his spirit always will be too, right there within you. I hope you don’t mind me writing you this letter out of the blue. And thank you for using your talent, heart and soul to lift the audience with our little show. All My Best, Marc

“Marc is so kind,” Bruenger said after receiving the note. “He honestly helped remind me why I love what I do.”

IMG_3547In response to the surprise donation from DSA, Moore has invited the cast of  “Hairspray” to perform a number of its choice at “Miscast 2014,” a benefit for the Denver Actors Fund that will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at the Aurora Fox Theatre.

Denver School of the Arts is a comprehensive secondary arts magnet school covering grades 6-12 the the Denver Public Schools district. In addition to a rigorous academic program, students engage in intensive studies in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Stagecraft and Design, Theatre, Video Cinema Arts, and Visual Arts. DSA is committed to fostering a lifelong love of the arts in a culturally diverse, academically challenging environment.

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UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Sept. 29: Miscast 2014, Directed by Robert Michael Sanders at the Aurora Fox. Click here for details and tickets.

Dec 8 and 15: “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” will perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Click here for details and tickets.

 

IMG_3539Jimmy Bruenger announces the “Hairspray” cast’s surprise donation to The Denver Actors Fund.

 

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“Hairspray” Director Shawn Hann, left, with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Teaching Artists Allison Watrous and Jessica Austgen.

 

IMG_3557Denver Actors Fund founder John Moore with Jimmy Bruenger and Damiana Bruenger.

Announcing: Performer lineup for “Miscast 2014”!

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Steven Burge was the uncontested “Best Dressed” performer at Miscast 2009. What surprises are in store for this year? Photo by John Moore.

 

By John Moore

Robert Michael Sanders today announced the performance roster for “Miscast 2014,” a fundraiser hosted by the Aurora Fox Theatre on Sept. 29 as a benefit for the Denver Actors Fund.

“Miscast” is an opportunity for members of the local theatre community to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legitimate stage. This popular tradition dates back a decade to its origination by the late Next Stage Theatre Company.

Performers were encouraged to apply for one of the 12 available performance slots, either as individuals or in groups. A panel of local luminaries considered the submissions, taking  into account the cleverness and creativity of the pitch.

We don’t want to spoil any surprises, so today we are announcing a partial list of confirmed performers. We’ll keep the songs or scenes they are actually performing a secret. The following list is subject to change. And there are a couple of additional surprises in the works that you’ll just have to see to believe.

MISCAST 2014

Co-hosts: Mark Pergola and Damon Guerrasio

Director: Robert Michael Sanders

Miscast poster ideaMusical Director: Trent Hines

Producer: Charles Packard

CONFIRMED PERFORMERS:

Chris Boeckx

Patrick Brownson

Lauren Dennis

Nigel Huckle

Debbie Minter

Josh Nelson

Owen Niland

Jeremy Palmer

Lyndsay Giraldi Palmer

Alisa Schmidt

Melinda Cary Smart

Daniel Traylor

Jalyn Courtenay Webb

Additional members of Phamaly Theatre Company

A group from Kaiser Permanente

Additional secret surprises.

Tickets for “Miscast” are just $10 and are available now by clicking here, or call 303-739-1970.

The Denver Actors Fund provides situational relief to members of the local performing community who find themselves in sudden, situational need.

ALSO: Please check back here tomorrow for a major, fun announcement regarding MISCAST 2014.

MISCAST 2014

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Russell Costen

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Russell Costen as Big Daddy in The Edge Theatre’s 2013 production of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Photo by Rachel D Graham / RDGPhotography.

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.

Russ MUG 400Financial-aid recipient: Russell Costen, a 69-year-old veteran of stage, screen and the U.S. Army, appeared in many local productions after moving to Denver in 1999, including “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (as Big Daddy) and “Tell Martha Not to Moan” for the Athena Project, the Arvada Center’s “Dividing the Estate” and the LOCAL Theatre Company’s new-play festival. Russell grew up in Boston and appeared in the classic Milos Forman film “Hair.” (He can be seen in the number “White Boys.”) While serving in the U.S. Army, he played Walter Lee Younger in a military production of “A Raisin in the Sun” in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that was attended by Leonard Bernstein. In 1985, Russell was praised by the most feared theatre critic in America for his work in the Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of August Wilson’s “Fences” in New Haven, Conn.: “Russell Costen is particularly formidable as the beatific Gabriel,” wrote Frank Rich of The New York Times. Russell has performed everything from Camus to Pinter, but his greatest pride was likely playing the lead in “Othello,” singing with the Denver-based Spirituals Project and starring in the one-man play “Paul Robeson.” He also was part of the cast of the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Jitney” and “The Little Foxes.” Russell supported his dream to perform through the years by working as a concierge, security officer, sales agent, human-resources director and a teacher of English as a second language. Russell was also a prolific playwright whose first play was called “Prisoner,” in which one character advises another to “take care of the memories. Take care of the dreams.”

His medical story: Russell was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2014 and  underwent surgery to remove part of his lung. He spent six weeks recovering at the Denver V.A. hospital.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors unanimously approved a $1,334 grant to pay for two months of Russell’s rent and other miscellaneous expenses. In addition – with Russell’s permission – a group of Denver Actors Fund Action Team members led by Angela Astle endeavored over more than a month to give Russell’s low-income apartment a makeover to give him a more healthy and holistic environment to come home to and recover in. “Team Russell” included Abby Angell, Angela Astle, Carol Bloom, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, Sam Gilstrap, Betsy Grisard, Megan Fevurly, Clint Heyn, Devon James, Cajardo Rameer Lindsey, Susan Lyles, Lara Maerz, Adrienne Martin-Fullwood, Shannon McAndrews, Billie McBride, Melissa McCarl, Sharon McClaury, Debbie Weinstein Minter, John Moore, Beki Pineda, Onna Poeter, Amelia Retureta, Eric Ross, Sean Scrutchins, Maggy Stacy, Cate Wiley and Kathi Gibbs Wood. When Russell was released from the hospital, these people and more from DAF Action Teams continued our support for Russell in his recovery.

A message from Russell: “Isn’t it extraordinary when people can offer you such extraordinary generosity, love and affection, which you never even knew existed or asked for? Such kindness! Such kindness! Thank you.”

Update: Russell died on October 3, 2018, from a recurrence of lung cancer. Read more about his extraordinary life here. The Denver Actors Fund paid $900 toward Russell’s funeral expenses, bringing the total financial value of our support for Russell to $2,234.

Read more Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

 

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ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

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 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

APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here

 

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80211

 

COME TO OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Sept. 29: Miscast 2014, Directed by Robert Michael Sanders at the Aurora Fox. Click here for details and tickets.

Dec 8 and 15: “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” will perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Click here for details and tickets.

 

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Video: See highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Tom Borrillo

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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.

BorrilloFinancial-aid recipient: Veteran Denver actor Tom Borrillo, a graduate of Mullen High School, has performed as the hot-tempered patriarch Chet in the 1950s family vignette Over the Tavern everywhere from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival  to the Arvada Center to the Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins. He won the 2007 Henry Award for his performance in the Paragon Theatre Company’s Frankie and Johnny. His local stage credits include Misery (Paragon), Rounding Third (Arvada Center), Ulysses Chapter 15 (Germinal Stage-Denver), Lost in Yonkers (Mizel Center) and Sleuth (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). His Off-Broadway credits include Circle in the Square, and three seasons as a stunt fighter with the Metropolitan Opera. He has appeared on The Cosby Show, Spin City and Daria, as well as in six films. Tom is from the busy local theatre family that includes cousin Paul Borrillo and his wife, Erica Sarzin-Borrillo.

His story: Tom broke his shoulder in DAFJune during a fall on a visit to Amsterdam. His emergency surgery there was botched, and his arm broke free. He had to fly home using special medical transport for an emergency second surgery. His Kaiser insurance does not cover the botched overseas operation or the flight home. Those specific expenses alone total about $8,000. His second, corrective surgery in the U.S., partially covered by insurance, has brought his remaining out-of-pocket expenses to nearly $15,000. When not performing, Tom is a bartender, but he won’t be able to return to work for several more months while he undergoes physical therapy.

How we will help: he Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors unanimously approved a $1,200 grant to help relieve Tom’s immediate financial burden. He later received $390 in targeted gifts from the community, bringing our overall support to $1,590.

A message from Tom:I want to put out an enormous thank you to the Denver Actors Fund and everyone who makes it possible. The last 2 1/2 months, I have been through the ringer. It has been very touching to know there is a community of like-minded people out there who cared enough to create this foundation. Thank you to everyone involved. ‘Recovery Can Be An Overwhelming And Lonely, Boring Time.’ (I even started watching Dance Moms for a while.) Thanks one more time. You all have really helped keep my chin up; my chicken-arm still needs a pulley.”

To help us help Tom more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to Tom Borrillo, mail checks in his name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212.

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Tom Borrillo starred in the Bas Bleu Theatre of Fort Collins’ recent production of “Over the Tavern.” Photo by John Moore.

Read more Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

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 financial relief, a team og 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 www.DenverActorsFund.Org

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here

 

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

COME TO OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Sept. 29: Miscast 2014, Directed by Robert Michael Sanders  at the Aurora Fox. Click here for details and tickets.

Dec 8 and 15: “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” will perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Click here for details and tickets. 

 

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

Denver Actors Fund

 

BUY A POSTER!
poster1.4_Cross 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. They cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

 

 

 

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as  T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

 

Video: See highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

AmazonSmile: An easy way to support The Denver Actors Fund

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As a now fully recognized non-profit organization, The Denver Actors Fund now qualifies for inclusion in the AmazonSmile program. This is a simple and automatic way for you to support one of your favorite charitable organizations every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchase price to The Denver Actors Fund.

To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com,  from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

The Denver Actors Fund responds to members of the local performing community who find themselves in sudden situational medical need. In addition to financial grants, more than 60 teams of volunteers provide support ranging from meal delivery to transportation to child care. Click here for additional information about the DAF.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile, are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

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(The Denver Actors Fund would like to thank supporter Tammy Franklin for telling us about AmazonSmile!)

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Performers: Cast yourselves in ‘Miscast 2014’ for Denver Actors Fund

By John Moore

Here's what Mark Pergola looks like today. But what will the host of "Miscast 2014" look like on Sept. 29?

Here’s what Mark Pergola looks like today. But what will the host of “Miscast 2014” look like on Sept. 29?

“Miscast 2014″ is an opportunity for some of the local theatre community’s top performers to sing songs and act out scenes they would never … ever! … get cast to perform on any legitimate stage. This popular tradition is being brought back by the Aurora Fox for one night only on Sept. 29 as a benefit for the Denver Actors Fund.

It may be all wrong … but it feels so right.

As of today, performers are invited to apply for the 12 available slots. An invited panel of local luminaries will choose the dozen most creative, intriguing or outrageous proposals. Groups are encouraged. The deadline to apply is Sept. 11. The final line-up will be announced on Sept. 15.

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Click here to be taken to the link to apply.

Tickets for “Miscast” are $10 and are available now by clicking here, or call 303-739-1970.

Please note before applying: “Miscast” is a fundraiser, and because of expected demand, we are requesting a small performance fee, as a way of increasing the total funds raised for the Denver Actors Fund. Those performers who are selected will be asked to pay an additional $10 for the opportunity to perform, for a total of $20 each. All of which is tax-deductible.

“Miscast” is based on Gene Kato’s original concept for Next Stage, and carried on by Paragon Theatre Company.

“Miscast 2014” will be hosted by the inimitable Mark Pergola, with a special co-host. The director is Robert Michael Sanders. For additional information, call him at 720-435-4349, or email RobertMichael1232@gmail.com

The Denver Actors Fund provides situational relief to members of the local performing community who find themselves in sudden, situational need.

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erinrErin Rollman at Paragon Theatre’s “Miscast 2010” at the Aurora Fox Theatre, which is bringing the tradition back on Sept. 29 as a benefit for the Denver Actors Fund. Photo by John Moore.

 

Denver Sonnets Project, No. 31: Sean Scrutchins and Devon James

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

We are rolling one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

For a very special Sonnet 31, married actors Sean Scrutchins and Devon James, on the eve of the birth of their first child, take a moment to honor their many departed family members who will be immortalized in their son, Liam. “Thou art the grave where buried love doth live …” Scrutchins is a Henry Award (Curious’ “Nine Circles”) and True West Award winner (Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”); while James is a True West Award winner herself (Curious’ “Time Stands Still”). Both are also teaching Artists with the Denver Center Theatre Academy. IMG_4947USE

The Denver Sonnets Project is an ongoing public art project, open to a variety of actors and filmmakers. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

Video by John Moore.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to John Moore at culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”

Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”

Sonnet 6, Joe Von Bokern: “Make worms thine heir!”

Sonnet 10, Augustus Truhn: “Thou art so possessed with murd’rous hate …”

Sonnet 17: Anne Sandoe: “If I could write the beauty of your eyes …”

Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”

Sonnet 31:  Sean Scrutchins and Devon James: “Thou art the grave where buried love doth live …”

Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”

Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”

Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”

Sonnet 73: Jim Hunt: “Love that well which thou must leave ere long …”

Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”

Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”

Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”

Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’

Sonnet 131: Josh Nelson, “In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds …”

Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Sonnet 144: Cailin Doran, “Two loves I have, of comfort and despair …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

Denver Sonnets Project, No. 10, Augustus Truhn

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

We are rolling one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

AUGIE TRUHN 100For Sonnet 10 — our 17th short film to date — Boulder actor Augustus Truhn turns another of Shakespeare’s many (many!) entreaties for procreation into something quite different. Here, without changing a word, Truhn presents the sonnet instead as one tortured man exhorting himself to allow love into his life before it is too late. For a man unwilling to care about himself cannot have love in his heart for anyone else. Truhn played Petruchio in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 “The Taming of the Shrew” and appeared last summer in the Germinal Stage Denver’s “Offending the Audience.” His wife, actor Karen LaMoureaux, will next appear in Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s “Ambition Facing West,” opening Oct. 9.

The Denver Sonnets Project is an ongoing public art project, open to a variety of actors and filmmakers. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

Video by John Moore.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to John Moore at culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”

Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”

Sonnet 6, Joe Von Bokern: “Make worms thine heir!”

Sonnet 10, Augustus Truhn: “Thou art so possessed with murd’rous hate …”

Sonnet 17: Anne Sandoe: “If I could write the beauty of your eyes …”

Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”

Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”

Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”

Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”

Sonnet 73: Jim Hunt: “Love that well which thou must leave ere long …”

Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”

Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”

Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”

Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’

Sonnet 131: Josh Nelson, “In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds …”

Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Sonnet 144: Cailin Doran, “Two loves I have, of comfort and despair …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

The Denver Sonnets Project, No. 17: Anne Sandoe

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

ANNEPICWe are rolling one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

For our 15th Sonnet, No. 17, veteran Boulder actor Anne Sandoe turns Shakespeare’s wooing into a mother’s love letter to her daughter. The mother believes her daughter’s beauty will make a liar of her words over time, for no one will believe any human face was so divine. That is unless for a grandchild: Evidence that her beauty lives on both in the author’s words, and in the child. Sandoe is currently playing Lillian Troy in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “I Hate Hamlet” through Aug. 9.

Video by John Moore. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”

Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”

Sonnet 17: Anne Sandoe: “If I could write the beauty of your eyes …”

Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”

Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”

Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”

Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”

Sonnet 73: Jim Hunt: “Love that well which thou must leave ere long …”

Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”

Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”

Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”

Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’

Sonnet 131: Josh Nelson, “In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds …”

Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Sonnet 144: Cailin Doran, “Two loves I have, of comfort and despair …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

The Denver Sonnets Project, No. 144: Cailin Doran

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

CAILINWe are rolling one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

Four our 14th sonnet, No. 144, smoldering actor Cailin Doran (Arvada Center’s ‘The Great Gatsby’) considers the temptations of good and evil as two potential suitors in a bar who may have greater aspirations than her mere affections. These two flirts, she believes, are an angel inside a devil inside her own hell. But she’ll never know until her bad angel expels the good one out of hell.

Video by John Moore. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”

Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”

Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”

Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”

Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”

Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”

Sonnet 73: Jim Hunt: “Love that well which thou must leave ere long …”

Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”

Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”

Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”

Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’

Sonnet 131: Josh Nelson, “In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds …”

Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Sonnet 144: Cailin Doran, “Two loves I have, of comfort and despair …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

A Message from Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield …

stone-garfield-youtube-460When movie stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were being hounded by paparazzi at lunch, they put their celeb status to clever and good-hearted use: By hiding their faces with note cards calling attention to worthy non-profit organizations.

And, well … we took it from there.

The Denver Actors Fund provides financial and support assistance to members of the local theatre community in sudden medical need.

Here’s our web site

Here’s how to donate

And join us late-night on Saturday, June 28, for some kamikaze karaoke at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse.

Thanks, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield for your wit and big hearts! And to Patty Kingsbaker for the idea.

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Thank you: Diana Dresser, Patty Kingsbaker, Melanie Mayner, Brett Aune, Cat Tobiasson, Michael Morgan, Susie Scott, Gloria Shanstrom, John Moore, Missy Moore, Burke Walton, Jake Elvig, Josh Hartwell, Colin Alexander, Piper Arpan, Tracy Shaffer, Thom Wise.

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Traci Kern

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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.

TraciFinancial aid recipient No. 7: Longtime actor and 17-year vocal coach Traci J. Kern has appeared in many productions for many local theatre companies, including recently in “Swing!”  for the Town Hall Arts Center and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” for Ben Dicke Productions at the Aurora Fox. Next she will star as the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for Cabrini Productions, playing July 18 through Aug. 3 at the St. Frances Cabrini Church, 6673 W. Chatfield Ave. in Littleton. She serves many beginners through professional local theatre vocalists through her private Traci Kern Voice Studio. She earned her masters degree in vocal performance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Last year she held her own concert at the Vintage Theatre. Click here for photos.

Her story: In April, doctors discovered a mass on Traci’s right breast. An immediate surgical biopsy was ordered. The  great news is that the mass was benign. However, the cost of three mammograms, an ultrasound and the surgery came to more than $20,000. Traci is insured but she was left still responsible for about $5,500 of the costs.

How we will help … and you can, too: The Denver Actors Fund has issued Traci a $450 check to help defray her considerable remaining medical bills. Because that will help but not solve Traci’s greater financial situation, anyone wishing to make additional, specific contributions to Traci Kern may make out checks in her name and send them to Denver Actors Fund at 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO, 80212

A message from Traci: There’s a great peace of mind that comes with this gift, not just because of the financial relief but in knowing taht people you have spent time with on stage, and are invested in as human beings, are helping you. And as far as the bills are concerned, the majority are due upon receipt. Only one has offered a payment plan. So to me, $450 right now means that I can exhale for a minute. It doesn;t mean everything is OK, but it means everything is becoming OK. I am very grateful for that, and to everyone who has ever contributed to the Denver Actors Fund.

HELP THE DENVER ACTORS FUND REPLENISH:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

To donate by mail: Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

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Buy a poster! 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. The cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

Visit our online merch store: T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Video: Highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

The Denver Sonnets Project, No. 131: Josh Nelson

By John Moore

CultureWest.Org is endeavoring to make short films out of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each featuring actors with Colorado connections. The artistic intent is primarily to further CultureWest’s mission to spotlight the local theatre community and their current or upcoming productions. It’s also an attempt to promote Shakespeare education in a fun way. This is an entirely volunteer project with a proud budget of … zero dollars.

IMG_20022We will roll one Sonnet video a week for … zoinks! … 154 weeks. Here’s a link to the YouTube playlist that hosts the entire series.

Four our 12th sonnet, No. 131, Josh Nelson addresses a woman not of evident beauty but with a considerable, compensatory emotional allure. Only here, she’s a dog named Meatball (and – in true Shakespearean fashion – actually a boy!). Nelson just appeared in the Aurora Fox’s ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ at Stapleton, the Denver Center Theatre Academy’s “An Evening of Sondheim” Master Class Project and next will reprise his role in ‘Guys on Ice’ at the Fox.

Video by John Moore. Another new short sonnet film is posted here every Monday. Thank you to Meatball’s owner, Talia Liccardello. Read more about the Denver Sonnets Project here: Please support the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

The Denver Sonnets Project is a volunteer collaboration, with limited eligibility requirements for participation. For information on how to register, email your interest to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Completed episodes to date (in numeric order):

Sonnet 1: Cast of “Cult Following”: “From fairest creatures we desire increase …”
Sonnet 2: Josh Robinson, “See thy blood warm …”
Sonnet 23: Gabra Zackman, “As an unperfect actor on a stage …”
Sonnet 36: Rachel Fowler, “I may not evermore acknowledge thee …”
Sonnet 44: John Carroll Lynch, “Thought kills me that I am not thought …”
Sonnet 47: Adrian Egolf, “Thyself away are present still with me …”
Sonnet 74: Lowry Elementary School: “Thou hast but lost the dregs of life …”
Sonnet 90: Adam Stone: “If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last …”
Sonnet 94: James O’Hagan-Murphy: Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds …”
Sonnet 124: Cast of Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Tempest’
Sonnet 131: Josh Nelson, “In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds …”
Sonnet 136: Lyndsay and Jeremy Palmer, “Make but my name thy love …”

Look here for a new sonnet every Monday. For more information on The Denver Sonnets Project, and how to sign up, please email culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

Please consider supporting the Denver Actors Fund at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

 

 

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Meghan Ralph

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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.

meghanFinancial aid recipient No. 6: Meghan Ralph has been heavily involved in the Denver theatre community since 2004, working as actor, stage manager, assistant director, run crew, box office, photographer and anything in-between. She is one of the founders of Equinox Theatre Company and has worked with The E Project (now The Edge), Spotlight, Firehouse, Vintage, Mirror Image, Byers Evans House Theatre and others. Last year, she played the lead role of Theresa in Firehouse Theatre’’s “Boy Gets Girl.”

Her story: Meghan had emergency surgery and a hospital stay in March to remove her gallbladder. She wound up needing surgery twice in two days, which took heavy toll on her body and her finances. Though Meghan has health insurance through her work, she was left responsible for more than $5,000 in outstanding bills from six different medical agencies. Trying to keep up has affected her ability to purchase everyday things like gas and groceries.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund has issued Meghan a $500 check to help defray her considerable remaining medical bills. In addition, the Denver Actors Fund’s Meal Prep Team headed by Kristen Samu has arranged to deliver several homemade gluten- and dairy-free meals to Meghan’s home.

A message from Meghan: ‘This day started off rough, but I am feeling a lot of the pressure lift. I feel like it will be a journey, but my feet are on the ground and better able to walk it. I am amazed — and so grateful for this support and help. When you’re down and out and you start feeling like you have nothing, and don’t know where to turn, and then you are quickly shown that you have backing and support and people ready to rally around you (“Avengers” Assemble Style!!!!) it changes the way you see the world and the people in it. I am truly grateful for this.”

To help us help Meghan more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to Meghan Ralph, mail checks in her name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212.

Meghan2_nMeghan Ralph in Firehouse Theatre Company’s “Boy Gets Girl” in 2013. Photo by Brian Brooks.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

To donate by mail: Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

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Buy a poster! 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. The cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

Visit our online merch store: T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Video: Highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

 

Save the dates: Late-night Denver Actors Fund parties

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Seth Caikowski and Joel Adam Chavez singing “Can’t Fight This Feeling” at the Denver Actors Fund’s inaugural party last June 1 at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Theatre Karaoke Nights return this summer.  Photo by Kevin Lowry. 

By John Moore
With summer fast approaching, the Denver Actors Fund is happy to announce the return of its signature late-night parties filled with song, camaraderie … and a few libations. Save the dates: May 10, June 28 and Oct. 11.

BCWe’ll start on May 10 with a late-night Saturday  at the Black Crown Piano Lounge hosted by the Piano Man himself,  Dan Dobbins. Grab a drink and a mic. Pick a song, throw $5 in the jar and sing your heart out. Simple as that. Join us anytime after 9 p.m. through closing time at 1446 S. Broadway. Admission is free.

The Denver Actors Fund was launched last June 1 with a fun evening of karaoke silliness at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. The gimmick was this: You pay $10 to sing whatever song you want. Or you pay $10 to have anyone on our lengthy list of volunteer local musical theatre stars sing whatever song you want them to, in whatever combination you want to throw at them. I recommend, for example, having Daniel Langhoff and Tim Howard sing “Islands in the Stream.” Let your imagination run wild. $5 suggested donation at the door.

We have been invited back by Stephen Wilder and the the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse for two more such evenings, on June 28 and Oct. 11. It’s located near Coors Field on 22nd Avenue between Larimer and Lawrence streets. We’ll start at 10 p.m. and go through closing both nights.

The Denver Actors Fund has two primary goals for 2014. The first is proliferating the new services offered by its action teams (transportation, meals, errands, construction, child care and more). The second is diversifying its revenue sources. So these late-night gatherings are not meant to be seen as all-out benefit evenings (though they do raise some money for the Fund). Just as important is creating opportunities to  gather members of the local theatre community  for fun times.

For a full list of upcoming Denver Actors Fund events, click here

 

ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

To donate by mail: Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

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Buy a poster! 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. The cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

Visit our online merch store: T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Video: Highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

8-year-old donates $100 to Denver Actors Fund

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We can conservatively say that hundreds of people in the local theatre community and beyond have now contributed to the new Denver Actors Fund through donations, volunteering or other in-kind support. But I think today we can say we have our new youngest supporter of the fund.

Nate Patrick Siebert, an 8-year-old actor who recently appeared as Tom of Warwick in the Arvada Center’s “Camalot” and later in “A Christmas Carol” and Starkey’s “South Pacific in Concert,” dropped off a $100 donation yesterday. Nate and his photographer mother, Laura, won the Aurora Fox’s “Quest for the Holy Grail” contest grand prize, and Nate decided to donate part of his $500 booty to the Denver Actors Fund.

Leading up to the opening of “Spamalot,” the Aurora Fox held a “geocache treasure hunt.” Weekly clues were published on the company’s web site such as, “In order to pass, you must find a shrubbery!” The Sieberts won.

We at the Denver Actors Fund are grateful Nate found that shrubbery!

Thanks to Nate Patrick Siebert and Laura Siebert for being great human beings on this planet.

9727955353_f0a077f510_zHere’s a photo I snapped on opening night of the Arvada Center’s “Camelot.” You can see a shy young Nate Patrick Siebert preparing to present castmate David Bryant Johnson, who played King Arthur, with opening-night flowers.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

To donate by mail: Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

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Buy a poster! 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. The cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

Visit our online merch store: T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Video: Highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Chad Afanador and John Arp

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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.

Financial aid recipient No. 5: Chad Afanador has amassed an impressive resume over his 11 seasons with the Creede Repertory Theatre, highlighted by his 2010 Denver Post Ovation Award nomination for “best year by an actor.” His roles that season included “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Panch); “The Ladies Man” (Bassinet); “The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite” (Stranger) and performing in the company’s “Boomtown” improv-comedy ensemble. Other favorite roles have included Man in Chair in “The Drowsy Chaperone” and playing in the world premiere of Steven Cole Hughes’ “Billy Hell,” for which he was nominated for another Ovation Award. Denver audiences have gotten to know Chad in recent years as Creede Rep has toured its shows to the Arvada Center and Lone Tree Arts Center, including the farcical comedy “Is He Dead?” (Phelim O’Shaughnessy).

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John Arp, left, and his good friend Chad Afanador performing in the comedy “The Ladies Man” at the Arvada Center in 2010. Photo by p. Switzer.

His story: Afanador and his wife, Jessica Baron, live in Boulder. Six months ago, Afanador was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That same week, Jessica gave birth to their daughter, Edith. Chad has since been receiving multiple chemo treatments while the couple has cared for the newborn together. His wife also works full-time, which means they have the blessing of health insurance, but must keep to a busy schedule. When you are battling Stage 4 cancer, going about the business of simple daily chores like making meals can be a burden. Award-winning actor John Arp is a master chef (literally), and a member of the Denver Actors Fund’s new 2014 Meal Prep volunteer Action Team. Chad and John (currently appearing in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Shadowlands”) have performed together for many summers at Creede Rep. Months ago, while our Denver Actors Fund Action Teams were just in the beginning planning stages, John Arp undertook the loving task of preparing meals for the Afanadors on an ongoing basis. Really good ones. Healthy ones that best support Chad’s recovery. But food supplies cost money.

How we will help: We are happy to report that Chad’s chemo is working, but he is scheduled for another three tough months of treatments. In granting John Arp’s request for aid, we at the Denver Actors Fund hope to accomplish two goals: We would like to help defer John’s out-of-pocket costs so that he can continue to prepare regular meals for the Afanadors for the next seven weeks, at which time John will leave to perform in the summer season at Creede. And we want to do whatever we can to help keep Chad’s focus on fighting — and winning — his fight. So the Denver Actors Fund has approved a $300 stipend for the express purpose of helping to pay for food supplies. When Arp leaves for Creede, we hope we can either transition his work over to the Denver Actors Fund’s new Meal Prep and Delivery Action Team, or find other ways our volunteers can help the Afanador family.

A message from Chad: “I was delighted to hear about the grant from the Denver Actors Fund. It was a strange coincidence that I heard a great story about the Fund on Colorado Public Radio yesterday. Just to start, thank you for the grant to pay John. He has been very cagey about taking money from us, and we are eternally grateful. Having John cook for us has been life-saving. I have quite a few days in my cycle with fatigue, and then some follow with just a little less vigor than I would like. That’s chemo, but it is working, so I am grateful to have it. He has really gone out of his way for Jessica and me during this time, and his endurance is what we most admire. We are very lucky that my wife works for CU. I am getting tremendous care at UC hospital, and her insurance is great. So I am one of the fortunate ones. But many of our friends and colleagues have sporadic or no care. Thank you so much for starting the Denver Actors Fund to help those people. My only advice is get all your lumps checked out: It is the only symptom I had when my cancer had already reached stage 4.”

Update: Replenishment is the source of life for the Denver Actors Fund, and you wonderful people have embodied that this week with your response to the story of actor Chad Afanador. We paid $300 out, you kicked $610 back in. Thank you to friends new and old … The Beechum Family; the Peterson Family; TSW, Anne Medlock, Eli Rtahbun; Natalie Maynard; Mare Trevathan & Eryc Eyl; Dyarl Alexander, and two anons … for making what we are trying to do here feel so right.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need.  For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

To donate by mail: Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

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Buy a poster! 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. The cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

Visit our online merch store: T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Video: Highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund:

Denver Actors Fund launches Action Teams, Web Site

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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:

TO APPLY
TO LEARN MORE
SUCCESS STORIES
UPCOMING EVENTS
TO DONATE

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.

Find us!

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On Twitter: @DenverActorsFun

Video: ‘Motherhood’ proceeds benefit Denver Actors Fund

DAFDonations are being taken this weekend at three concert readings of the new musical “Motherhood” to benefit the Denver Actors Fund.

“Motherhood” was written Mitch Samu. His wife, Kristen, is among the five performers. She is also heading the Denver Actors Fund’s new “Meal Preparation” and “Meal Delivery” Action Teams.

The concert readings are being performed by Clarissa Hope Stranske, Jacquie Jo Billings, Kristen Samu, Megan Van De Hey and Sarah Rex.

Admission is free. All donations will go to the Denver Actors Fund, a new source of immediate, situational relief for when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need.

The remaining readings will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Saturday, March 1), and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Columbine United Church, 6375 S. Platte Canyon Road, Littleton.

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“Motherhood” performers Sarah Rex and Megan Van De Hey.


Other upcoming opportunities to support the Denver Actors Fund include:

*All proceeds from both the Thursday and Friday (March 6-7) performances of the Grant-Humphreys Mansion’s “Tomorrow in the Battle” will go to the Denver Actors Fund. The play stars award-winnning actors Bill Hahn, Rachel Fowler and Gabra Zackman. The director is Tara Falk. Admission is free. Reservations are required by emailing tomorrowtickets@gmail.com. There are a few remaining tickets for Thursday, but Friday is sold out. The address is 770 Pennsylvania St.

*Stagecraft, a new company headed by Wes Munsil, will donate $1 for every ticket to its upcoming production of “Copenhagen” that is sold between midnight tonight (Saturday, March 1) and midnight next Friday (March 7). “Copenhagen,” by Michael Frayn and directed by Bernie Cardell, will be staged May 9-June 7 at the John Hand Theater on the Colorado Free University campus. Click here for ticket information.

To donate directly to the Denver Actors Fund, please go here (with our humble thanks):

 

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

Click here to view the Denver Actors Fund’s complete 2014 Action Plan.

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Twanna LaTrice Hill

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.

Aid recipient: Back in 2014, Twanna LaTrice Hill became just the fifth aid recipient in The Denver Actors Fund’s young history. Twanna is Harvard, Princeton and Regis University educated, and she has performed in many productions with the Phamaly Theatre Company, including playing Annie in “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Alma in the Alzheimer’s drama “Taking Leave.” She also has performed with the Denver Center Theatre Academy, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Eden Theatrical Workshop and others. She holds a bachelors degree in Russian (with minors in acting and creative writing) from Princeton; a masters in Soviet studies from Harvard; and an ABD in nonprofit public policy from Regis. From 1988-90, she was a student at the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory. She has worked tirelessly for state legislation that protects the privacy of sexual-assault victims.

Her initial story: In 2006, shortly after graduating from Regis, Twanna suffered a pulmonary collapse. After being in an induced coma for two weeks, she was further diagnosed with lupus, a neurological disease that puts her at constant risk of falling over. A series of financial setbacks in 2013 impacted her ability to manage her symptoms. After the start of the next calendar year, she was unable to meet her new annual Medicare deductible, which prevented her from receiving other medical benefits, and kept her from purchasing items that doctors recommended for her ongoing therapy.

How we first helped: In 2014, The Denver Actors Fund issued Twanna a check for $922 to pay for her Medicare deductible; the purchase of a lumbar back brace to ease the pain of a degenerative disc disease; and the purchase of a blood-pressure cuff that she needed to monitor her blood pressure and heart rate because of recurring tachycardia. Twanna later required surgery to repair nerve damage in her left arm.

Her more recent story: In April 2018, Twanna had a major dental crisis when a front tooth fell out, and surrounding teeth were disintegrating around the root. These issues were side effects from medication she took to address her previous medical incident.

Twanna LaTrice Hill performing in a DCPA Education Master Class. Photo by John Moore.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund referred Twanna to Thornton dentist (and former Broadway dancer) Brian Kelly. Through a unique ongoing partnership with The Denver Actors Fund, Kelly and his team at The Dental Center at Thornton Plaza accept a limited number of emergency dental cases as an in-kind donation. Kelly’s goal is to transition every referred patient from gum disease to health. In this case, Dr. Kelly extracted the remaining root material and created a partial dental prosthetic that allowed for the placement of two new teeth. In recent months, Dr Kelly completed Twanna’s follow-up care with crowns and eventually, complete dentures. The total cost of all these dental procedures came to $7,408. Of that, Twanna’s insurance paid just $1,348. The Denver Actors Fund paid a $190 lab fee, and the rest — $5,870 — was Kelly’s in-kind contribution to the DAF. To date, the total dental support for Twanna comes to $6,060, and our total overall medical support for Twanna since 2014 is now $6,982.

A message from Twanna: “I cannot thank Dr. Kelly and the Denver Actors Fund enough for helping me with what was truly a crisis that kept me hidden in my home. I have regained my beautiful smile (which I have always thought of as my best feature!), and I am incredibly grateful. The very existence of the Denver Actors Fund helps to restore my faith in the kindness of others who just want to help – and ask nothing in return. That is worth more to me than any medication or piece of equipment.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $418,000 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.


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund, please CLICK HERE (with our humble thanks)

COLORADO GIVES DAY IS COMING ON DECEMBER 10. TO SCHEDULE YOUR DONATION, CLICK HERE


ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:


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 $418,000 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.


HOW TO APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80211

VOLUNTEER:

Ever thought about taking a more active role in the Denver Actors Fund? Click here for more information

COME TO EVENTS THAT SUPPORT US:

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 9: Firehouse Theater Company will hold a 7:30 p.m. Industry Night performance for its new comedy “Calendar Girls,” with all ticket sales going to the Denver Actors Fund. “Calendar Girls,” based on the 2003 British film by Tim Firth, tells of a British women’s group who become a media sensation when they pose nude for a calendar to raise money for a new couch in a local hospital’s waiting room. “Calendar Girls” features Suzanna Wellens, Christine Kahane, Linda Swanson Brown, Linda Button, Michelle Grimes, Erin T. Bell, Mary Campbell, Kristen Mair, Beki Pineda, Rand Moritzky, David Cervera, Brandon Palmer and Jeremy Umansky. The director is Linda Suttle. All tickets are $15. John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or firehousetheatercompany.com

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Denver Actors Fund releases 2014 Action Plan, call for volunteers

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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:

—ERRAND RUNNERS
—MEAL PREPARATION
—MEAL DELIVERY
—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)

OTHER VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES:
—ANNUAL GALA PLANNING
EVENT FOOD AND BEVERAGE
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)
DONOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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
denveractorsfund@gmail.com 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 DenverActorsFund@gmail.com.

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 http://lannies.com/?p=27296, or just “come to the Cabaret” at 16th and Arapahoe streets downtown. Doors at 7; show at 7:30 p.m.

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Click here to access the full report: DAFACTIONPLAN2014

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Becky Toma

BeckyTomaNote: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the aid recipient wants to have his or her story be told.

Aid recipient No. 3 and No. 41: Becky Toma

Updated Jan. 8, 2017:

Who she is: For years, Becky has been a busy props designer and P.R. freelancer for clients that include schools, local theatre companies and Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Shows she has designed recently have included: “A Christmas Story, The Musical” at Town Hall Arts Center; “Urinetown” for the Wolf Academy at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center; and “Einstein” for the JAAMM Festival at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center. She is currently prepping “Bonnie and Clyde” at Town Hall and “The Jungle Book” for the Denver Children’s Theatre at the Mizel. When she was injured in 2013, Becky was in the process of designing and building props for two more local theatre productions. “Friends and some of my fellow theater professionals jumped in to help me complete the shows,” she said . “I built a number of props from my hospital room. Staff and residents found this very entertaining as props came and went from my room!”

becky-toma-quoteHer medical story: Becky fell and fractured her knee (the tibial plateau) on Nov. 15, 2013. Doctors hoped  her knee would mend over time without surgery, but that meant she would have to get around in a wheelchair for months. Eventually she needed a pricey surgical procedure to break up the build-up of scar tissue, and from there the costs both expected and unexpected piled up. There was a stay at a rehab hospital for several weeks, followed by doctors visits, physical therapy, the rental of a wheelchair ramp at her house, in-home equipment and more. She missed a lot of work, and her insurance  only covered so much. So she set up a payment plan. But after more than three years of faithfully whittling down her debt through monthly payments, Becky still owes Kaiser Permanente $1,701.35 for a fall she took more than three years ago.

How we helped Becky then … and now: On Jan. 7,  2014, the fledgling Denver Actors Fund was thrilled to make Becky just our third financial-aid recipient by issuing her a check in the princely amount of $294.06 to specifically pay for her wheelchair rental. Three years and one day later, we are all the more tickled to send her a check for $1,701.35 to once and for all pay off the amount she still owes to Kaiser Permanente.

A message from Becky: “I am so very grateful to the Denver Actors Fund for coming to my aid in paying off the remaining debt from my knee injury three years ago. What a gift! I have struggled every month for the past three years to pay this “extra” bill, and now that weight will be lifted. To all those who continually support the Denver Actors Fund, believe you me, it’s a blessing times a thousand! Thank you Denver Actors Fund and everyone in our theatre community.”

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Download the brief form by clicking here

 

ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

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 situational medical need. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $76,000 to local artists. 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.

HOW YO CAN HELP US:

To donate to the Denver Actors Fund, please CLICK HERE (with our humble thanks).

To donate by mail, please send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212

 

ATTEND UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND EVENTS:

15676420_633660763485857_5012900835356940649_oSTAGED READING: On the final night of the Obama presidency, come to the staged reading of John Moore’s “Waiting for Obama,” which was recently performed at the New York International Fringe Festival. It’s about one Colorado Springs family that is convinced the President is coming for their guns. And in the world of this play, they just might be right. Thursday, Jan. 19. Social hour at 6 p.m. in The Edge Theatre Company bar, with drinks and snacks. The reading begins at 7. The plays runs 75 minutes. This event is free. Donations will be accepted at the door for the Denver Actors Fund. There are no advance ticket sales. Just join us at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood. Direct any questions to culturewestjohn@gmail.com.

“DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo daf-alamoDrafthouse Cinema in Littleton hosts a monthly film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals and plays that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up on Sunday, Jan. 22, is the film Billy Elliot, featuring pre-screening entertainment by cast members from Vintage Theatre Company’s upcoming stage production of Billy Elliot, the Musical. Join us for live musical performances, trivia, ticket giveaways … and the movie! CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW!

And coming up after that:

Feb. 16, 18 and 22: Special Fathom Events screening of Newsies, featuring Jeremy Jordan CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

6:30 p.m. Monday, March 13: Jesus Christ Superstar, with entertainment from the Arvada Center CHOOSE YOUR SEATS NOW

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

Denver Actors Fund

 

Buy a poster!
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134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com

Visit our online merch store: T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

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