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

M.A.D. Tickets!

M.A.D. Tickets

How did all of us first fall in love with theatre? By seeing a play! 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. Last year we sold nearly 1,500 single tickets—almost 10% of our whole audience.

Also, keep an eye out for our M.A.D. nights where we give out free pizza and beer (21+!) to any M.A.D. ticket holders in the house!

M.A.D. Fellows!

M.A.D. Fellows

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. Fellowships last 3-9 months and include a stipend.


M.A.D. Start-Ups!

M.A.D. Start-Ups

Shotgun is eager to support fledgling companies because we appreciate how important they are to a healthy arts ecosystem. Whether it’s work-trade for rehearsal/performance space or advice on how to write a press release or build a budget—we want you to know we’re there for you.

Our M.A.D. Coordinator will be happy to assist you with information about guidance or work-trade opportunities.

How is all of this paid for? We’re so glad you asked!

For a long time, Shotgun underwrote these efforts from our own budget. We soon realized we could have an even greater impact if we reached out for help from folks in our community. Thanks to some generous supporters in just a few short years we’ve gone from:
  • Zero dedicated staff to a part-time coordinator
  • Helping two Start-up companies to FIVE
  • Mentoring three fellows to SEVEN
  • Roughly 200 M.A.D. tickets annually to nearly 2,000

Let’s keep the momentum going! The more you give the more we can pay it forward to the next generation.

All donations to Shotgun Players are tax deductible. Our nonprofit tax ID number is 94-3265879.

Make a Difference is generously supported by a grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation.

Meet our M.A.D. Fellows!