Acting for a Cure
supporting the fight to find cures
Rachel Helson

Rachel Helson
Founder, Acting for a Cure




Our Story

Acting for a Cure is a non-profit production company founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 2004 to produce the theatrical musical Richard O’ Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” to benefit Susan G. Komen and other illnesses in need of a cure. For more than 20 years, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Working through a network of U.S. and international Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure, Komen for the Cure fights to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world.

In August 2004, then fifteen-year-old Louisville native Rachel Helson formed Acting for a Cure. After returning home from a summer theatre intensive at NYC's Circle in the Square, Rachel learned that doctors had diagnosed a fourth aunt of hers with breast cancer. She decided that she needed to do something to help fight the disease.  Because of her acting experience and involvement in theatre, she conceived Acting for a Cure to serve a dual purpose: to raise money for the Komen Foundation and to raise awareness of breast cancer prevalence.

She raised donations from corporate sponsors to back the show, secured a venue and the production rights, and assembled a talented cast and crew of professional actors and musicians. Performed at the Kentucky Center for the Arts’s Bomhard Theatre to sold-out houses of 555 seats, the two successful productions of Rocky in 2004 and 2005 raised over $50,000 and were openly embraced and tremendously supported by the Louisville community.

In 2007, Acting for a Cure and Rachel brought "Rocky" to the American Airlines Theatre stage on Broadway. Rachel became the youngest producer in Broadway history and the performance raised over $30,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Many corporate partners from Louisville as well as new national sponsors provided their support in New York City assuring a third successful fundraising event.

Rachel joined the Komen for the Cure Board of Directors of the Young Professionsals of New York City Affiliate Komen Board in May 2008. She participated as an associate producer in the Broadway [title of show], and will be an above title producer on the upcoming production of Neil LaBute's "Reasons to be Pretty" which opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2009.

On May 4, 2009 Acting for a Cure, together with the Young Professionals of New York CityAffiliate Komen Board presented The Pink Campaign on BROADWAY. It was a Broadway extravanganza combining music, theatre, and personal stories exploring the ways in which breast cancer touches people's lives.

Now twenty, Rachel Helson graduated in May of 2009 from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Stella Adler studio. Copyright 2004 - 2013