Sassafras is coming!

Shotgun Players Annual Fundraiser

Announcing the Relaunch and Expansion of our Make a Difference Program

This year Sassafras will once again support the next generation of artists and audiences!

Shotgun Players will offer paid fellowships to young artists for the first time since 2019! Also, we have expanded our $7 M.A.D. Ticket program for young audiences 25 and under. Today these tickets can be reserved for each and every performance! Your support makes it possible. Thanks to you we are still here despite the challenges of the pandemic. Now let's ensure theater thrives for the next generation!

Donate today or join us for our live event:

Saturday, June 11th
4pm - 6pm
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

We will have entertainment, a silent auction, and more!

To RSVP for Sassafras, or for more information, email Joanie McBrien at

From our Associate Artistic Director, Leigh Rondon-Davis:

Leigh Rondon-Davis

The M.A.D. Program is at the core of the Shotgun Players organization. It creates opportunities for us to connect with students, young audiences and emerging theater-makers. The pandemic hindered our ability to connect with these groups for productions and performances, so with our return to in-person programming, we have an opportunity to re-engage with early-career theater artists.

Shotgun will pair M.A.D. Fellows with established mentors who are lead artists in our upcoming mainstage productions. The Fellows receive advice, practical experience, networking opportunities and fair compensation while building skills that will aid them as they continue in their professional careers. Past M.A.D. Fellows have gone on to design or assist at the organizational and production level, and one recently joined our Artistic Company!

By including young people in our organization and on our productions, we also get a breadth of perspectives and innovative ideas that help keep Shotgun Players moving forward and on the cutting edge.

Leigh Rondon-Davis
Associate Artistic Director

Leigh Rondon-Davis