Michael Carroll - MAD Program CoordinatorMichael Carroll, MAD Program Coordinator

What’s up! My name is Michael Carroll, and I'm the program coordinator for the MAKE A DIFFERENCE (MAD) Program! As a recent theater graduate from UC Berkeley, I understand the importance of helping emerging artists achieve their artistic dreams. This program does just that! We eliminate the financial obstacle of seeing theater by offering $10 TICKETS to anyone under 25 years old or younger. This program also helps jumpstart careers by offering paid fellowships with hands-on experience and professional mentorship. The MAD program lays the foundation for the next generation of artists. I hope you take advantage of our initiatives by seeing our fantastic shows or applying for a fellowship. If these efforts resonate with you, consider donating to keep this program alive.


MAD Tickets
Since high ticket prices can be a barrier to young folks, Shotgun offers $10 MAD tickets to anyone 25 and younger. When selecting your seats, click on the red discount code AND enter MADTIX to unlock $10 tickets. Bring your ID to the Will Call booth, and you're all set to enjoy a night of amazing theater!



MAD Fellowships
MAD Fellowships offer many emerging artists their first salary in a professional theater. Their collaboration with industry professionals provides them with experience and connections that further their career. Past Fellows have gone on to fulfilling careers here in Bay and at other theaters across the country.

Are you 25 or under? Do you know someone who is? Don’t miss our MAD Nights!

$10 gets you a beer (21+) or soda, pizza, and a ticket to see a Shotgun Players performance. Use the discount code MADTIX to reserve your spot. These shows sell out so don’t delay!



If you find yourself in a position to help support our MAD Program initiatives, please consider a donation. Shotgun Players began as a group of young folks doing what they loved, and, after all of the opportunities we’ve received throughout our existence, we’re paying it forward! Help us support the next generation and keep the Make A Difference program going strong for many years to come.

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

2024 MAD Fellows

Mayo Arbues - Costume Design MAD Fellow

Mayo Arbues

Costume Design MAD Fellow - Choir Boy

Mayo Arbues is a first-year student at Diablo Valley College pursuing a B.A. in Theater Arts and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. With a specialty in costuming, puppet design, and children’s theatre they’ve previously worked on and offstage on productions for Youth Musical Theater Company (YMTC), Bindlestiff Studio, and San Leandro Players. You can keep up with their upcoming projects on Instagram @mayo.arbues

Amy Benjamin - Scenic Design MAD Fellow


Scenic Design MAD Fellow - Best Available

Amy arrived at Shotgun Players with a background in interior design, fabrication and multidisciplinary art. She holds design degrees from San Jose State University and City College of San Francisco, and was recently given the opportunity to explore the world of scenic design with Oakland's Fusion Theater Project. She is deeply honored to have the chance to branch out professionally through Shotgun Player's MAD Fellowship, and hopes to further enrich her artistic curiosity and technical skills as a result of this incredibly generous program. 

Tessa Corrie - MAD Directing Observer


Tessa Corrie - MAD Directing Observer - Collective Rage

Tessa Corrie (she/her) is a Queer, Latinx, and Neurodivergent Theater Director homegrown from the Bay Area. She specializes in new play development that mainstreams and amplifies underrepresented narratives. She is a company member and casting associate at PlayGround SF. Her credits include work at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Palo Alto Players, The Pear Theatre, Cutting Ball Theatre, The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, Left Coast Theatre Company, More Más Marami Arts, and Poltergeist Theatre Project.

Abigail Cregor - Costume Design MAD Fellow


Costume Design MAD Fellow - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Abigail Cregor is a MAD costume design fellow, part of Shotgun Players’ Make A Difference Program. Passionate about costuming and sustainability, Abigail brings both fashion and green-living in harmony. Did you know there are enough clothes on the planet to dress everyone for the next 100 years? In high school, she led her costume crew. She studies at UC Berkeley, and is ready to learn and grow as a young professional.

Isadora Duskin-Feinberg - Costume Design MAD Fellow


Costume Design MAD Fellow - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Isadora Duskin-Feinberg is a junior attending UC Berkeley as a Theater Major, where she teaches a makeup themed course. Isadora has worked in costume design in association with UC Berkeley, Brandeis University, the Merage JCC of Orange County, and Laguna Beach High School. Isadora danced as a professional Ballerina with the San Francisco Ballet and City Ballet. She wants to thank her family for their unwavering support.

Mikeila Montemayor - MAD Electrics Fellow


MAD Lighting Fellow - Best Available

Mikeila Montemayor is happy to continue her lighting design journey at Shotgun Players as the Lighting Design fellow operating under Spenser Matubang. Working with them has given Mikeila new insights into the world of theatre design.

Ray Ray Young - MAD Lighting Design Fellow


MAD Lighting Design Fellow - Collective Rage

Ray Ray is an ensemble member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists where they write, perform, and direct short plays for the ongoing, ever-changing production of The Infinite Wrench.  They also perform stand-up and enjoy going to musical improv comedy jams. In addition to this amazing opportunity to work with Shotgun Players, they are blessed to be a part of Lit From The Black!, a design and technical production fellowship for Black women and nonbinary folks.