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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 affordable to folks who made minimum wage. Before that he received a BA in English from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While there he cut his theatre teeth as a founding member of the American Shakespeare Center, formerly Shenandoah Shakespeare. Since then, Patrick has directed over 40 plays including:
by Jason Craig and Dave Malloy, Penelope Skinner's
The Village Bike
, Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis,
The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, King Lear, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet
Troilus and Cressida
Baal, Mother Courage
, and the west coast premiere Tom Stoppard's
Coast of Utopia
. Developing new work and supporting the next generation of playwrights has become more significant each season. Shotgun Players has produced nearly 30 commissions and new plays since 1992. Committed to theatre as a form of activism, Patrick led an effort in 2007 to make the Ashby Stage the first 100% solar powered theater in America. In 2016, he became the chair of the Berkeley Cultural Trust and helped organize a campaign to increase Berkeley's arts funding for the first time in 14 years. He is married and has three beautiful daughters.
LIZ HITCHCOCK LISLE
Ms. Lisle has worked in non-profit theater arts and management since arriving in the Bay Area in 2000. For the past thirteen years she has served as Managing Director for The Shotgun Players, establishing a strong commitment to smart artistic growth, and an increased focus on New Play Development within the company. In addition to her work with Shotgun Players, Ms. Lisle has worked as a Dramaturg for Word for Word, SF Playhouse, and the Bay Area Playwright's Foundation, and as the Associate Artistic Director for Mugwumpin theatre company. As a playwright, Liz also has several local credits. She created a play for the Shotgun Theatre Lab called EAT (2003) which played to critical acclaim at La Val’s subterranean. Liz has been commissioned by Just Theater to create MATTERLESS FACT (2006) and WISDOM HOUSE (2008). Her short play MUTABLE PLATEN (2008) premiered in Whole Story, a multimedia event at Intersection for the Arts. Her piece THIS IS ALL I NEED (co-created with Christopher White and Jonathan Spector), ran as part of FoolsFURY’s FURYfactory, at Noh Space in 2010, and on a month long European tour in 2011. It was also remounted in 2014 as part of Mugwumpin's 10 year Anniversary Season.
Joanie McBrien has been a company member since 2001 and has served as Shotgun's Director of Development since 2004. As a company member she has worked as a dramaturg and assistant director for "The Skriker," "Iphigenia in Aulis," "There Will Be No Trojan War," "A Fairy's Tail," "Oedipus Rex," "The Miser." She has co-directed "Troilus & Cressida" and "King Lear" with Patrick Dooley. Directing credits include "The Vampires," "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "The Three Musketeers." Joanie has also worked for California Shakespeare Theater since 1993 as a dramaturg, teaching artist and lecturer. She has a Master's Degree from The University of Warwick in English and European Renaissance Drama. Joanie has taught courses at St. Mary's College, Diablo Valley College, and for the Extended Education Department at Stanford University. She has also worked as a teaching artist in several Bay Area schools. Joanie is proud to call Shotgun Players home.
Box Office & Patron Services Manager
After getting a BA in Economics from McGill University, Amy Langer decided that the world of finance just wasn't for her (much to her parents' chagrin). She spent the next five years working for educational nonprofits: first at a camp for special needs youth in upstate New York, then at 826 Valencia in San Francisco, and finally at Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, where she created and ran a volunteer-based tutoring program for the school's middle school students. Amy is also a founding member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists, an ensemble of writer/performer/directors best known for their weekly, on-going, ever-changing production, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. She is excited to apply her nonprofit experience to Shotgun Players, both because of its continued commitment to innovative performances, and also because it means she now officially spends about 90% of her waking time around theatre. You can check out Amy's work with the Neos at sfneofuturists.com.
Shokai has worked on a variety of Bay Area causes including Jewish philanthropy, environmental conservation, health care, visual arts, and the performing arts. Shokai moved to San Francisco from the North Carolina swamps in 2004 to study conceptual art and performance at the San Francisco Art Institute. They are passionate about design strategy as a means to investigate why we value the causes we care about. In their spare time, they paint, draw, and make handcrafted perfumes.
Hanah has been working with Shotgun Players since 2006, primarily as a stage manager. She believes in the poetry of practical gesture.
Brady has coordinated Sassafras for the past few years and is thrilled to officially join the Shotgun team as the Development Associate. Administratively, she has worked for companies such as Book-It Repertory Theatre, Teatro ZinZanni and was recently an intern with the Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In addition to her administrative work, she is a freelance theatre director and producer. She has worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire, TheatreFirst, The Playwright’s Center of San Francisco, All Terrain Theater, PianoFight and Wily West Productions. Her last project was assisting Tony Taccone on Aubergine at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Up next, she is directing a staged reading for Theatre Rhino and will be assistant directing Susannah Martin on a show next season here at Shotgun. She holds a BFA in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Make a Difference (MAD) Coordinator
Leigh Rondon-Davis is Shotgun’s resident ‘gal about town’. At Shotgun, Leigh is a frequent Production Assistant (Heart Shaped Nebula, The Rover, The Village Bike, CAUGHT, 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.
Daniel is a music director, pianist, and vocal coach specializing in opera and musical theater. Daniel believes revolutionaries need theater, and theater needs to be revolutionary.
Jennifer loves theater. And math. So assisting Shotgun with bookkeeping is a win–win scenario. Hailing originally from Chicago, Jennifer attended USC's prestigious School of Theater, and in 1990 with BFA degree in hand, took off for points north, spending 9 years in Seattle, acting in and producing plays. Jennifer has called the Bay Area home for almost 20 years. When Jennifer is not listening to Hamilton or using Excel, she is most likely driving her teenager to and fro, reading, or playing guitar.
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.