Video: My Memoriam Film for the 2013 Henry Awards

By John Moore
July 23, 2013

My video tribute to Ray Angel, Diane Beckoff, Harry Cruzan, Shana Dowdeswell, Diane Gadomski, Robert Garner, Angela Johnson, David Kristin, Will Marshall, Brook Millard, Adam Perkes and Linda Rae Wheeler. This served as the “memoriam” section of the 2013 Henry Awards celebration held July 22 at the Arvada Center.

Thank you to everyone who helped me make this tribute: Jeremy Palmer, Beki Pineda, Randy Weeks, Neal Johnson, Jalyn Courtenay Webb, Bill Wheeler, Lauren Millard, Taylor Millard, Deb Flomberg and Brenda Perkes, mother of Adam Michael Perkes.

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Denver Center Theatre Company mourns death of Shana Dowdeswell

Shana Dowdeswell in  the Denver Center Theatre Company's "Two Things You Don't Talk About at Dinner." Photo by Jennifer M Koskinen.

Shana Dowdeswell appearing in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner” in January 2012. Photo by Terry Shapiro.

By John Moore
Dec. 17, 2012

The Denver Center Theatre Company is mourning the death of Shana Dowdeswell, who appeared in “Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner” in January at the Space Theatre.

Dowdeswell died of acute alcohol poisoning Dec. 12 after a night of binge drinking in New York City.

“It has taken me a few hours to even put any of this into words,” director Wendy C. Goldberg wrote on her Facebook page. “I think the simplest thing to say is, ‘Rest in Peace.’  We lost you way too soon.”

Added castmate Catherine E. Coulson: “This is an enormous loss for Shana’s family and for all those – including all of us – who love her. … May her memory be a blessing as we mourn the loss of a wonderfully gifted and generous young woman we were privileged to know.”

Dowdeswell played Rachelle in “Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner.” She plays a waitress in the upcoming film, “The Big Wedding,” and last year appeared on an episode of ABC’s “Body of Proof.” Her off-Broadway credits included the plays “Distracted,” alongside “Two Things” castmate Mimi Lieber; and “Substitution,” by Anton Dudley.

“Two Things” and “Distracted” were both written by Lisa Loomer.

Dowdeswell registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.39 at the time she was found.