Eric Mather is an Arvada native and one of Denver’s most gifted comic actors, having recently played Inspector Hans Kemp in Town Hall Arts Center’s Young Frankenstein and hosted The Drunken Bachelor Show at The Clocktower Cabaret. The Denver Actors Fund provided Mather and his actor wife, Jenny Weiss Mather, with $2,575 in 2015 to help defray their expenses after their son, Miles, was born prematurely at 1 pound, 9 ounces.
Jacquie Jo Billings is a Denver native who just completed the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre’s summer season in Trinidad, where she starred in Evita and was featured in the regional premiere of the contemporary musical Fly By Night. The Denver Actors Fund provided Jacquie Jo and her actor husband, Cody Schuyler, with $4,725 after they were randomly attacked.
Faith Angelise Goins-Simmons is an Aurora native who recently appeared in the Aurora Fox’s productions of Porgy and Bess and Passing Strange, and she will return there next month in the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center’s Green Day musical American Idiot. The Denver Actors Fund provided the Simmons family with $4,375 after the sudden death of their 13-month-old son, Syer.
Robert Michael Sanders is a Broomfield native who is the producer of Miscast 2018, the major annual fundraiser for The Denver Actors Fund that returns on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Robert recently directed Monty Python’s Spamalot at Breckenridge Backstage Theatre and next leads Candlelight Dinner Theatre’s Scrooge in Johnstown. The Denver Actors Fund provided Robert Michael with $1,000 after an emergency-room visit.
Melissa Swift-Sawyer is a Longmont native who starred for more than four years in the Denver Center’s long-running hit Always … Patsy Cline at the Galleria Theatre and is currently performing her tribute show Today, Tomorrow and Forever: A Celebration of Patsy Cline at the Longmont Theatre Company through Aug. 25. The Denver Actors Fund provided the Sawyer family with $5,167 when husband Patrick needed emergency heart surgery.
Faith Ford is a Loveland native who played Tracy Turnblad in the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center’s recent production of Hairspray, and she will return there next month in the Green Day musical American Idiot. The Denver Actors Fund provided Faith with $5,120 to defray her medical expenses after she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Traci J. Kern is an Iowa transplant and prominent area vocal coach who just performed in concert at The Clocktower Cabaret. Her many vocal students have included Melissa Benoist, who starred this summer in Beautiful, the Carole King Musical on Broadway. The Denver Actors Fund provided Traci with $3,243 over two separate incidents involving a biopsy and a knife wound.
Trenton J. Schindele is a Broomfield native who recently performed in the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s Going to a Place Where You Already Are, and played The Wolf in Phamaly Theatre Company’s Into the Woods. The Denver Actors Fund spent $4,078 to buy Trenton a new wheelchair and leg braces to help with his cerebral palsy.
Hannah Katz, who attends Cherry Creek High School, and Evan Gibley, of Mountain Vista High School, are part of a group of teenagers who have helped the Denver Actors Fund raise more than $25,000 through their participation in various fundraising events. This summer they appeared together in a production of Chicago where Hannah played Roxie Hart. Hannah will be launching the Denver Actors Fund’s new Teen Council this fall.