We have 174 (and counting!) artists who will welcome you back to the Ashby Stage. Help us reach our goal of $150,000 to support the actors, directors, designers, and so many others who will create Shotgun Players ambitious 30th Anniversary Season!

So far we've raised $150,413! Let's keep the momentum going!

Four Ways to Donate

1. On Our Website


2. By PayPal Donate

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3. Text to Donate

Just text the word SHOTGUN to number 41444

4. By Check or Phone

Mail a check (payable to Shotgun Players) to:

Shotgun Players
1901 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703

To make a donation over the phone, please call Joanie McBrien, Director of Development, 510.841.6500 ext. 301.

Donations to Shotgun Players are fully tax deductible. Our nonprofit tax ID number is 94-3265879

Message from Patrick Dooley, Artistic Director

The opening night of The Claim in October was such an emotional experience. It was downright exhilarating to be back in the same room with our artists and audience. All of us are THRILLED that the doors to our newly remodeled Ashby Stage are open and beckoning you back for our blockbuster 30th anniversary season! As I write this, we’re preparing contracts for nearly 200 actors, directors, designers, choreographers, technicians, painters, and carpenters who have been champing at the bit to flex their craft and creativity.

Our artists are more excited than anyone to welcome you back. We’ve been in deep discussions with them over the last 18 months about how we can honor their dedication and support their return. They are grateful for our loyalty and appreciation.

But we all know they can’t pay their rent with applause. So we have renewed our commitment to raise their salaries, and are budgeting more time for them to rehearse, design, and prepare for their work. Over the last few years it has become all too common in the theater industry to reduce rehearsal and tech time for productions. Not only do artists earn less, their creative process becomes limited as well. The Shotgun Players believe that artists need time to experiment and collaborate. The more hours we can hire them, the more time they can spend creating a fantastic show for all of us to appreciate - AND be able to pay their rent! That’s another thing we can all agree on!

Our fervent hope is that you’ll be willing to partner with us to meet our goal of $150,000 to support our local artists. Let's give them the financial support they need - and deserve. Yes, this is a tall order, but we also know that many hands make light work. Every gift - no matter the size - will be gratefully appreciated.

Patrick Dooley

Patrick Dooley

Founding Artistic Director

Donor Benefits

Accomplices $50

We proudly list your name on our website.

Conspirators $75

We proudly list your name on our website and in our digital and printed programs for our mainstage season in 2022.

Instigators $150

All of the above plus...a tour of our newly renovated and expanded Ashby Stage!

Provocateurs $300

All of the above plus...Pay-It-Forward! We will donate a pair of tickets to the charity of your choice.

Mavericks $500

A Shotgun Summer Book Club! We will organize an informal book club at the Ashby Stage to read and discuss the section of War & Peace that inspired Dave Malloy's epic Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

The Fearless $1,250

All of the above plus...an electronic copy of each script for our 30th season and an exclusive invitation to our annual Season Announcement Brunch.

Dynamos $2,500

All of the above plus...Lunch with Patrick Dooley and Associate Artistic Director Leigh Rondon-Davis!

Inspired to give more?

THANKS so much! Contact Joanie McBrien for more information about donations to Shotgun Players: joanie@shotgunplayers.org

Did you know: The 2020 CARES Act provided several changes for donors and has been extended through the end of 2021!

For those who do not itemize deductions: you can claim an additional $300 for donations to nonprofits like Shotgun Players! Donate and lower your taxes!

For those who do itemize deductions: The CARES ACT suspends the 60% adjusted gross income limit so that ALL donations are fully 100% tax deductible. The more you give, the more you save on taxes!