Video: Shelly Bordas is Colorado's 2013 Theatre Person of the Year

by John Moore | Jan 04, 2014

On Sunday, CultureWest named Shelly Bordas Colorado's 2013 Theatre Person of the Year. Here is the third and latest installment in veteran journalist John Moore's ongoing video documentary series chronicling Bordas' story since the Denver actor and mother was diagnosed - for a second time - with end-stage breast cancer that has now spread to her brain and eyes.

In Part 3, the theater community learns of Bordas' dying wish to take her son on a Disney cruise -- and makes it happen. Performers and interview subjects include Kevin Lowry (Denver Center's "Hamlet"), Allison Watrous (Denver Center Academy), Jesse Greaves-Smith, Adrian Holguin, Mitch Samu, Colin Hearn, Thaddeus Valdez, Susan Lyles, Megan Van De Hey, Sarah Rex, Sarah Roshan, Rob Costigan, Jake Walker, Diana Dresser, Emily MacIntyre and more.

Click here to read John Moore's story on Shelly Bordas' "Theater Person of the Year" award

Here's a full rundown of John Moore's 2013 True West theater awards. Now in their 13th year, the True West (formerly the Ovation Awards) are Colorado's oldest continuously administered awards program. Note: Because John now works for the Denver Centrer, there is no separate category specific to Denver Center Theatre Company productions this year.

More coverage:

To watch Part 1 of "The Shelly Bordas story," click here

To watch Part 2 of "The Shelly Bordas Story, click here  


How to help: To help Shelly defray her ongoing medical expenses, please mail checks in her name to the Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St, Littleton, CO, 80120  

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: The new Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need. To donate to the Denver Actors Fund, please go here (with our humble thanks):


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John Moore
John Moore
Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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