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Bridging the Gap Grants for theatre artists 35+
Shotgun Players Bridging the Gap fund is a program for theater artists aged 35 years and older who have worked on a minimum of two Shotgun Players main-stage productions. Our goal is to help address the challenging financial needs of working artists who wish to enhance their careers and improve their craft by investing time and resources for training, creative development, and personal experimentation. It's never too late to take it to the next level!
All theatre artists understand the difficulty of their chosen career, but those pressures grow exponentially as these artists take on the additional expenses that come with age. We want to make it possible for maturing theatre makers to have targeted resources for continued enrichment and growth.

We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Bridging the Gap grants:

Fontana Butterfield

Ms. Butterfield will attend a one month intensive training course with Shakespeare & Company in New York City.
Christine Crook
Ms. Crook will have a three month residency with The Institut für Alles Mögliche in Berlin, Germany where she will create “design-driven” theatrical experiments.
Mark Jackson
Mr. Jackson will spend one month in New York City meeting with theater artists/directors so that he can expand his career beyond the Bay Area.
Cathleen Riddley

 Ms. Riddley will join Yoga Mountain Studios in Fairfax for one year.
 Maggie Whitaker
 Ms. Whitaker will join the United Scenic Artists of America union to advance her career as a costume designer.
 Beth Wilmurt
                                                                                        Ms. Wilmurt will have a technology upgrade to support her work as an artist.
                                                                                        Elena Wright
                                                                                        Ms. Wright will study with vocal coach Patsy Rodenburg in New York City.

                                                                                  A total of $25,000 was distributed to support these projects. Congratulations to all of the artists!

                                                                                 Bridging the Gap is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

                                                                              All funds are re-granted from this generous gift.

                                                                                        Letters of Inquiry for the next Bridging the Gap grant will be due June 15, 2017.


Grant awards range from $1,500 to $7,500. 



Grants will be offered once a year with an application deadline of June 15. Grantees will be notified by Labor Day.


Application Procedure 

Shotgun Players is a green theater and therefore all application materials should be submitted via online channels.
Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

Step One

Complete the  Application Cover Sheet

Step Two

Please send the following documents as PDFs to  grants@shotgunplayers.org  and use your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME as the subject title.


      A detailed budget of project or goal.

2.  LETTER OF INTENT: Please provide a one-page description of the project or goal for which you are requesting support and the results you expect from the grant. The Letter of Intent must describe how the proposed project addresses one of the following areas:

Enrichment through education, travel, or artistic endeavor. Examples may include taking a professional development course; travel expenses to attend a theatre festival/program; support for undertaking a project that will provide artistic growth but little financial (if any!) growth.

Innovation through workshop, exploration, or experimentation. Examples may include a workshop for a draft of a script; gathering artists together to explore ideas for a performance piece; or re-working/refining a project.

Bridge a particular life need gap so the artist can focus on their craft. Examples may include childcare support, rent, or other life needs while an artist works on a production.


Submit up to (3) three pages that list or describes your arts activities and accomplishments. List or describe the works created, performance dates and venues, education and training, grants, awards. The performance history on your resume should clearly reflect your eligibility, specifically Shotgun Players productions. 


Please submit video work samples via youtube, vimeo, flicker, or website.
Video samples should be NO LONGER than 5 minutes total (2 samples with a total running time of 5 minutes is acceptable.)


Support material that includes at least one and no more than 3 of the following:

Letter of recommendation from a professional in the field
Review of previous project/production
Photos from either the work in progress or previous project/production



Click here to read a letter from
Artistic Director Patrick Dooley

Review Process


Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Shotgun staff, board, and local theatre professionals.
Grants must be spent within two years. There will be an individual check-in process mid-way through the grant that may include a request of receipts, a preview of project or a status report. A final report will be required at the completion of the timeframe.



A final report is due two years after date of receiving funds outlining how the funds were spent and a general overview of the progress for the theater artist.