Founding Artistic 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.
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.
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.”
Box Office & Patron Services Manager
Amy has worked as an educator, bookseller, camp counselor, and Pirate Store employee. Amy is also a founding member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists, an ensemble of writers/performers/directors best known for their weekly, ongoing, ever-changing production, The Infinite Wrench
. Working for Shotgun Players 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
or read her video game blog (no really) at gentlegamers.com
Marketing & Communications Director
Shokai has worked on a variety of Bay Area causes including Jewish philanthropy, environmental conservation, healthcare, 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 uncovering the many reasons we value causes through design strategy. In their spare time, they paint, draw, and make handcrafted perfumes.
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.
Development & Artistic Associate
Brady has been on staff here at Shotgun since 2014 when she started as the gala coordinator for SASSAFRAS. In addition to her administrative work, she is a freelance director and producer. She has worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire, TheatreFirst, Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Rhino, The Playwright’s Center of San Francisco, All Terrain Theater, Sleepwalkers Theater, PianoFight, and Wily West Productions. At Shotgun, she directed the staged reading Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties
, by Jen Silverman. Brady holds a B.F.A. in original works from Cornish College of the Arts, in Seattle.
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.
Box Office Associate
Daniel is a music director, pianist, and vocal coach specializing in opera and musical theater and would love to talk to you about theatre.
If you have been around Shotgun Players in the last four years, you have likely encountered Jacinta Sutphin doing any number of things for the company. No matter whether she is filling 50-plus prop glasses with various beverages for a production, hitting the high notes in an on-stage choir, or bi-annually wrangling the plumbing in the lobby, Jacinta likes this theatre a lot and loves its people even more. In her latest Shotgun role, Jacinta will be taking on accounting and HR tasks while working toward a masters in expressive arts therapy at John F. Kennedy University
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.