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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.

Let’s Make a Difference!

Dear Friend,

This time of year is always exciting at Shotgun. We’re officially back from the holidays, our company is energized, we’ve got a new show in full swing, and, for the second year in a row, we’re bringing in a new batch of young theatre-makers for our Make A Difference (M.A.D) program fellowships.

Last year, we welcomed five amazing young women into the Ashby Stage for paid fellowships in artistic direction, production management, costume, and set design. They’ve gone on to professional design gigs with other prominent Bay Area theaters and continued their educations at schools like Barnard and NYU, and some will be back at Shotgun throughout this season as production staff!

We’ve hosted more fledgling companies at our studios for developing and producing their own work, and we were thrilled to open our doors to a group of students from Oakland School for the Arts who wrote and composed their own musical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s All in a Summer Day.

M.A.D. ticket orders continued to pour in, allowing over 1,200 folks who are 25 or younger to see our shows for one of the best prices in the Bay. With our recently founded M.A.D. pizza night, we shared pizzas and beer, and really began building this community of young artists and audiences.

Leigh Rondon-Davis, M.A.D. Program Coordinator / C.S.R.S. Coordinator

Leigh Rondon-Davis, M.A.D. Program Coordinator / C.S.R.S. Coordinator

We’re stoked to keep the party going with this season’s M.A.D. nights and $25 tickets to Sassafras, Shotgun’s annual fundraiser.

At this writing, Shotgun is thrilled to announce Perry Fenton as our new artistic direction fellow, and we’re interviewing for six more design fellows (two more fellowships than last year). We’re also in the process of formalizing our M.A.D. startup application, allowing us to invite more groups to participate and build their projects from the proposal stage. We’re looking forward to inviting more young theatre-goers and makers into our house and to all the ways we’re able to grow, from our staff to audiences, when we are able to come together and learn from each other.

This M.A.D. month of May, we’re asking you to reflect on the amazing growth of the program over the last few years, and then invest in its future because it’s generous folks like you who make it all possible. Whether you’ve been with Shotgun from the early days in La Val’s and John Hinkle Park, or you’ve just bought your first ticket, we can all be a part of something truly inspiring with a donation of any amount towards Shotgun’s Make A Difference program. The way I see it, we all win!



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 2018 M.A.D. Fellows!