Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) at Shotgun Players

The EDIB committee is comprised of Shotgun Players staff, company, and board members: Jayme Catalano, Patrick Dooley, Tony Drummond, Susannah Martin, Cathleen Riddley, Katja Rivera, and Leigh Rondon-Davis.

Shotgun Players’ Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) Committee is composed of staff, company, and board members. During monthly meetings, the EDIB Com advises the organization by proposing, evaluating, and upholding processes, policies, and initiatives that further equity, inclusion, and accessibility across our organization. The EDIB Committee works closely with the entire organization, and outside EDIB consulting firms, to further our commitment to anti-racism and the rejection of white supremacy.

Read Shotgun's Values statement.

Artist Survey

On September 3, 2020, Shotgun Players launched its first Inclusivity Survey via Poprouser, a BIPOC-owned and operated DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) HR firm with no ties to the Bay Area theatre community. We wanted to ensure that we could truly support commitments to anonymity and confidentiality during the duration of the survey by bringing in an impartial partner to manage the process.

The Survey concluded on September 22, and after compiling the data, we are now equipped to work on where the company needs to improve.

Read the Shotgun Acknowledgement, Apology + Pledge Here

Read the Artistic Director Apology + Pledge Here

How does Shotgun Players make bold, relevant, affordable theatre?

We’re committed to:

  • Fostering a spirit of ambition, innovation, risk-taking, and reflection
  • Creating ever more inclusive and accessible experiences
  • Cultivating ever stronger relationships with our whole community

How are we doing? Please send thoughts to edicom@shotgunplayers.org

Our EDIB Goals

Read the EDIB committee's 2020 accomplishments and their goals for 2021.


To create a theatre experience that is inclusive of patrons and artists of all abilities. Specific accessibility initiatives this year include assisted listening devices, audio description, sensory set tours, and WCAG AAA web accessibility.

Nonviolent Communication

To provide a safe environment for communication — and address assumptions that cause harm — in our meetings, community talks, and post-show conversations.

Diversity in Both Stories and Storytellers

To showcase the work of marginalized communities and to prioritize intersectional identities and stories in our productions.

Our EDIB Initiatives

Discounted Tickets & Memberships

We make the theatre we produce accessible to anyone, regardless of their economic status. We offer a full week of pay-what-you-can performances at the beginning of each production. We also offer discounted tickets for artists and people 25 and under. And we have discounted memberships available for people 38 and under.

The Make a Difference (M.A.D.) Program

We give many young people their first paycheck in theatre by offering valuable work experience collaborating with and receiving mentorship from professionals from our artistic, administrative, and production teams. We support fledgling companies because we appreciate how important they are to a healthy arts ecosystem. And because high ticket prices can be a barrier to young folks, Shotgun offers $7 MAD tickets (less than a movie!) to anyone 25 and younger. Visit our M.A.D. page for more information about the program.

Accessible Facilities & Policies

The Ashby Stage is equipped with a wheelchair-accessible entrance, and there are wheelchair-accessible seats available for every Shotgun Players performance. These seats are reserved for guests with hearing, sight, mobility, or other access needs and their companions. A primary focus of the EDIB committee is to improve Shotgun Players’ offerings to patrons with disabilities. Visit our accessibility page for more information about the accessibility of our facilities.

Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

Every restroom at the Ashby Stage and in our rehearsal studios is all-gender. Why did we do this? We want to make our facilities accessible to people of all gender identities.