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

Shotgun Players’ Make a Difference (M.A.D.) program supports the next generation of artists and audience members. Read on to learn more about this ambitious program.

M.A.D. Tickets!

M.A.D. Tickets

How do you fall in love with theatre? By seeing a play! Because high ticket prices can be a barrier to young folks, Shotgun offers $7 M.A.D. tickets to anyone 25 and younger. Use discount code MADTIX to reserve M.A.D. Tickets to any performance, anytime! Reserve online, or contact our box office.

Keep an eye out for M.A.D. Nights the first Thursday of every run 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

M.A.D. fellowships give many young people their first paycheck in theatre while they collaborate with professionals from our artistic, administrative, and production teams. All M.A.D. Fellowships pay Berkeley minimum wage, and many fellows have gone on to professional design gigs, continued their education, or returned as staff! To learn more about our current M.A.D. Learn about our 2022 fellowship opportunities.

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, Shotgun is here for young artists.

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


If you find yourself in a position to help support our M.A.D. Program initiatives, please consider a donation. These initiatives ensure that we will continue to make theatre accessible to young folks. 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.


Meet our 2022 M.A.D. Fellows!

We’re accepting applications through May 22, 2022.