Shotgun Players is one of the few mid-sized theaters that still maintains a core company of artists. The company meets the first Sunday of every month and goes away for a 3-day annual retreat to debate, analyze, and celebrate our craft and process. Company members are not just exceptional artists, they are also thoughtful, community-minded people who get the big picture. They are the heart and creative conscience of this organization.
Andy received his B.A. in theatre from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.F.A. in acting from the American Conservatory Theater. He has taught acting, voice, and speech at 826 Valencia, Oakland School for the Arts, Cal Shakes, Burton High School, A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory as well as their Studio program. As Shotgun company member since 2000, acting credits include The Death of Meyerhold
and Truffaldino Says No
. He served as creative director for Killing My Lobster where credits include The Whole Megillah
and KML Plays with Beckett
Scenic Design, Costume Design, Scenic Artist
In addition to her designs at Shotgun (Faust Part 1
, The Farm
, The Threepenny Opera
), Nina’s work has been seen at the Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Mime Troupe, TheatreFIRST, The Berkeley Playhouse, The Jewish Theatre, Musical Theatre Works, Town Hall Theatre, Solano College, Willows Theatre Company, St Mary’s College, and San Francisco State University. She was the recipient of the 2009 Landisman Fellowship and has been nominated for two Shelley Awards and two Bay Area Critics Circle Awards. She is constantly amazed that she has such a cool job and gets to hang out with so many cool people.
El was last seen in Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music
at the Curran and St. Anne’s Warehouse in New York, as well as in Shotgun’s 2016 Repertory Season (Hamlet
, Village Bike
, and Caught
). Her cello playing has been heard with The Bengsons and the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, among others. She is also a proud company member of Mugwumpin and detour dance and was named one of KQED’s 2017 Women to Watch.
Caleb Cabrera is an actor, nanny, and pedicabbie living in San Francisco. Past Shotgun credits: The Events
, Grand Concourse
. Other credits: The Eva Trilogy
(Magic Theatre), My Mañana Comes
(Marin Theatre Company), Into the Beautiful North
, Totem & Taboo
(Central Works), Maze
(Theatre Battery), This Is All I Need
(Mugwumpin), Year of the Rooster
(Impact), and The Tempest
(Do It Live! Productions). He graduated from San Francisco State University. He currently lives with Matt Stines. He likes to rock climb and juggle.
Kevin studied painting and mathematics at Cornell University. He’s worked as an actor, dancer, performer, and costume/prop designer since 1998. Shotgun performances: The Black Rider
, Grand Concourse
, Village Bike
, New Electric Ballroom
, Coast of Utopia
, God’s Plot
, Forest War
, and Death of Meyerhold
. Other appearances: Salomania
and The Engine
(Central Works); She Rode Horses…
(Crowded Fire). Dance: Chris Black Dance
; Hagen & Simone
(collaboration with Monique Jenkinson). He appears in the feature films Test
and Pushing Dead
. Kevin is a graphic artist and designed Breaking It Down: Shotgun at 20
Christine designs costumes for theatre, dance, opera, and performance art. She is the resident costume designer with Opera Parallèle. Shotgun credits include The Black Rider
, Our Town
, Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness
, and Travesties
. Her work has also been seen at M.T.C., Cal Shakes, Aurora Theatre, and Z Space. She also creates abstract, design-driven, live art and is a co-founder of the feminist performance collective Repulsive Women. She has an M.F.A. in costume design from UC San Diego and teaches costume design with U.S.F. and Academy of Art University.
Founding Artistic Director, Actor, Director
Patrick started Shotgun Players in 1992 in the basement of a pizza parlor with a few friends and a desire to make great theatre that was also affordable. Before that he received a B.A. in English from James Madison University, in Virginia. While there, he cut his theatre teeth as a founding member of the American Shakespeare Center. Since then, Patrick has directed over 40 plays and overseen the production of nearly 100 others. In 2007, he led an effort to make the Ashby Stage the first 100% solar-powered theater in America. He is married and has three beautiful daughters.
Actor, Director, Writer
Mark is a director, playwright, performer, and maker. His work has been seen in the Bay Area at Art Street Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Encore Theatre Company, EXIT Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Potrzebie Dance Project, San Francisco International Arts Festival, The Shotgun Players, and Z Space. Nationally at The Catamounts (Denver), Hunger & Thirst (NYC), and The Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.). Internationally at Arts International Festival IV (Japan), Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Bread & Roses Theatre (UK), Deutsches Theater Berlin and English Theatre Berlin (Germany). markjackson-theatermaker.com
Nikita is a stage manager and, occasionally, a production manager if you ask her nicely. She started her crusade to organize art at UC Berkeley, where she graduated with a degree in theatre and performance studies in 2014. Nikita began working with Shotgun in 2015 and has managed Eurydice
, and The Black Rider
to name a few. When not working at Shotgun, she works with other theatre and dance companies in the Bay Area. In her spare time, she also coaches gymnastics at Golden Bear Gymnastics.
Heather is a stage manager, playwright, and award-winning mixtape-maker born and raised in San Francisco. She began her Shotgun adventures with Eurydice
in 2015 and has been opening doors, flipping windows, and pushing buttons ever since. She is also managing and development director of Troupe Theatre in San Francisco. She loves post-punk, beets, and sideshow ephemera.
Devon is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on vivid visual and special effects components. She has fueled over 100 Bay Area productions with the physical artifacts that make them work. Devon is a resident artist with Crowded Fire Theater and a TBA-award–winning props designer. She is the props shop coordinator at San Francisco State University. Check out her blog to see what she makes. giveherprops.wordpress.com
Liz Hitchcock Lisle
Liz has worked an arts administrator and creator in the Bay Area theatre since 2000. For the past seventeen years she has served as managing director for Shotgun Players, running the administration and operations of the theater with a weather eye to smart organizational and artistic growth. Her personal interest lies in putting up plays that articulate broad perspective and alternative narrative structure. A graduate of Barnard College, Liz arrived in the Bay Area hungry for a theater life. She worked as a dramaturg, stage manager, production manager, and served for a time as the associate artistic director of Mugwumpin.
Actor, Fight Director
Dave has over 200 professional fight direction credits. He has choreographed violence for 18 Shotgun productions. His acting contribution to Shotgun includes roles in God’s Plot
, Salt Plays Part 1: In The Wound
, The Three Musketeers
, King Lear
, Cyrano de Bergerac
, Dog Act
, The Death of Meyerhold
, Mother Courage
, The Vampires
, Troilus and Cressida
. He is the resident fight director at SF Opera and California Shakespeare Theatre. He is a senior instructor/fight director with Dueling Arts International and a founding member of Dueling Arts San Francisco.
An award-winning director, teacher, and theatre-maker, Susannah’s relationship with Shotgun began in 2004 when she conceived and directed an original multidisciplinary theatre piece on faith in America called The Faith Project
as part of Shotgun’s Lab. Her work has been seen at A.C.T., Boxcar Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Crowded Fire, Golden Thread Productions, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Mugwumpin, the Playwright's Foundation, Porchlight Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, and TheatreFIRST. Susannah is also the theatre director & arts program coordinator at San Francisco University High School and a proud company member of Mugwumpin. She is honored to call Shotgun her artistic home. susannahmartin.net
Development Director, Dramaturg
Joanie has been an artistic company member since 2001 and has served as Shotgun’s director of development/dramaturg since 2004. Over the years, she has worked to significantly to increase contributed income, directed several productions including Grand Concourse
, The Three Musketeers
, and Cyrano de Bergerac
, and delved deeply into many plays, such as The Coast of Utopia trilogy
, as a dramaturg. “Life’s bounty is in its flow. Later is too late.”
Casting Director, Actor
A graduate of the National Theatre Drama School, Trish has been an actor since the 1980s. Her first Shotgun show was in 1998, and she became involved with casting not long after. Previously, she studied psychology at the University of Melbourne, was a top-rating radio announcer in Australia, spent several years working in Europe, and worked as an executive recruiter in the Bay Area. She still coaches professionals on communication skills, teaches acting at ACT and offers her own workshops on developing powerful communication skills, using a mix of techniques and theatre games to create opportunities for self-discovery.
Ray is a San Francisco Bay Area lighting designer, educator, and creator who has been bringing his boundless curiosity, chimerical aesthetic, and sisyphean perseverance to lighting design and education since 2005. Ray graduated with an M.F.A. in theatre arts with an emphasis in lighting design from San Francisco State University in the Fall of 2017. He also is an active company member with Mugwumpin and Shotgun Players. rayoppenheimer.com
Richard is an award-winning actor who has been breaking it down with Shotgun Players since 1994. He has appeared in a large number of Shotgun shows and has also performed with other local theater companies on both sides of the bay. A couple all-time favorite Shotgun productions are the trilogies: Stoppard’s Coast of Utopia
and Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquests
. Awards: Bay Guardian
(Outstanding – Principal Role), TalkinBroadway.com (top Bay Area actors), Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (Nominee – Principal Role). Richard is a San Francisco native and a Cal graduate. richardreinholdt.com
Cathleen is an award-winning actor who has performed at many Bay Area theaters, including SF Playhouse, African American Shakespeare Company, TheatreWorks, M.T.C., and A.C.T.—to name a few. Cathleen is a member of Theatre Bay Area, a PlayGround company member, and an associate artist with Alter Theater. She is an alumna of the Juilliard School, a certified ASL interpreter and has an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. A project close to her heart is working with incarcerated men in San Quentin in their violence prevention program called No More Tears/Healing Circle.
Katja studied at Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy and the Drama Studio London at Berkeley. She first hit the Shotgun stage again with the production of Silence and the Storyteller
. Other Shotgun productions include Three Sisters
(Anfisa), We Won't Pay
(Antonia), and King Lear
(the Fool). She's also acted with the Magic Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, Center Rep, and Geoffrey Chaucer and Co., as well as directed with Shotgun, Eastenders Rep, Subterranean Shakespeare, Boxcar Theatre, Custom Made Theatre, and SF Playground. She is also a proud member of AEA and SF Playground.
M.A.D. Program Coordinator, C.S.R.S. Coordinator
Leigh is Shotgun’s resident “gal about town.” Leigh is a frequent production assistant (Heart Shaped Nebula
, The Rover
, The Village Bike
, and The Events
), front of house staff, Make a Difference program coordinator, 2017 season Champagne Reading Series co-coordinator, and, most recently, one of Shotgun’s newest (and youngest) company members. When Leigh isn’t running frantically around the Ashby Stage, she works at Magic Theatre in San Francisco and Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland. Leigh attended Wellesley College and was a member of Laney College’s Fusion Theatre Project. She is a performer, visual artist, dramaturg, and playwright.
Matt Stines is a San Francisco-based soundman whose creative work extends to theatre, music, performance art, sketch comedy, and self-storage management. He began at Shotgun Players in 2009 with Mark Jackson's Faust Pt. 1
and has continued to source recycled equipment for the Ashby Stage ever since. Others with the company include The Coast of Utopia
, Bonnie and Clyde
, and Caught
. Additionally to theatre, his work has also been seen and heard with the Prague Quadrennial 2011, Soundwave ((5)), KQED, and SF Sketchfest. He has taught theatre sound at SF State (BA, 2009) and currently teaches the same at St Mary's College. mattstines.wordpress.com
Actor, Director, C.S.R.S. Coordinator
Michelle has been a company member since 2015. She is a Bay Area theatre-maker for over 20 years, specializing in the collaborative process in devising new work. Michelle is also a proud company member of Mugwumpin, a theatre performance collective. She also has strong roots at the EXIT Theatre in SF where two of her murals can be seen. Michelle has been fortunate to also have worked with many other local companies: The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Central Works, Impact Theatre, Ferocious Lotus, Cutting Ball Theatre, Magic Theatre, and Bindlestiff Studios.
Jon works internationally as a director, playwright, designer, educator, and facilitator. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award, fifteen North Bay Arty Awards, a Sacramento Elly Award, two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a Theatre Bay Area Award, Solano College Theatre Alumni Award, and is a grant recipient from Theatre Bay Area, Shotgun Players’ Bridging the Gap, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the artistic facilitator for TheatreFirst, co-artistic director of Groundswell: The International Theatre Intensive, and a proud member of SDC, the union for stage directors and choreographers. jontracyplays.com
Megan is a former gymnast and has a hard time slowing down. Shotgun productions include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
, Grand Concourse
, The Village Bike
, The Mousetrap
, Bonnie & Clyde
, and The Coast of Utopia
. Other Bay Area credits with Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Central Works, Just Theater, The O'Neill Foundation, Boxcar Theatre, Symmetry Theatre, and 11th Hour Ensemble. Movement direction credits include: Our Town
(West Valley College), Eurydice
(Palo Alto Players). Training includes a B.A. in performance from SF State and two programs completed through the Moscow Art Theatre (Cambridge and Moscow). megantrout.com
Beth is a longtime company member having acted in over ten productions from The Death of Meyerhold
to her most recent, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
. She has also directed Nora
and Edward Gants Amazing Feats of Lonliness
. Beth has created many of her own theatrical and cabaret performances over the years and has acted extensively for several Bay Area theatre companies. Her other longtime passion has been directing choir for San Francisco Community Music Center. She currently directs a children's choir and three older adult choirs. bethwilmurt.com
Production Manager, Stage Manager
Hanah started as stage manager for Shotgun Players in 2006 and became the production manager in 2014. Highlights from her time here include performing rubber mouse puppetry for Ubu for President
, wrangling 28 actors and their many wine glasses for The Coast of Utopia
, and creating the production calendar for the 2016 season in repertory.