Marc's fascination with theatre started when he saw his first show (a children’s theatre production of Oklahoma
, courtesy of a fourth grade field trip), and came full circle when he got a backstage tour of his upwards of 1000th show (the Broadway revival of Oklahoma
, courtesy of an actor who performed in a play Marc himself wrote that was produced off-off-Broadway). He is a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He has taught (Stanford, Vanderbilt, The New School), worked for research/nonprofit organizations (RAND), and earned lots and lots of degrees (including a PhD) from Stanford and UCLA.
Tony is a professor in the computational sciences school at Minerva Schools in San Francisco. He worked as a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UCLA. Before Berkeley, he lived in Toulouse in France, Guatemala City, and five other cities in US. He enjoys watching performing arts, in particular live performances. He has been involved with multicultural groups, music, and theatre. He served as the president of the board of directors of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra and is a board member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He enjoys the intimacy, ingenuity, creativity, and amazing productions at Shotgun Players.
James is a set designer, producer, technical director, and technical theater Instructor. In 1996, he moved to San Francisco to be the technical director and production manager for the Magic Theatre. This work led to long collaborative relationships with Bay Area theater companies Campo Santo, Encore Theatre Company, and Z Space in the development of over 40 world premieres written by some of the best American playwrights—including two co-productions of Adam Bock plays with Shotgun Players. His set design work has been seen across the country, most notably at New York City’s Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater and New Orleans’ Southern Rep.
Lyndsey has had a passion for the performing arts since she was a child memorizing the lyrics to West Side Story
in her living room. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she spent nearly a decade in New York City, fitting shows and karaoke sessions into her schedule as a Columbia law student. Lyndsey has since returned to Berkeley and is a partner in the intellectual property group of Sideman Bancroft LLP in San Francisco. She loves sharing Berkeley’s cultural and artistic offerings with her husband and two young children. They may even put on family plays from time to time (which are not quite ready for the Shotgun workshop).
Jo is a partner at the litigation boutique, Keker, Van Nest & Peters, in San Francisco. Before becoming an attorney, Jo was a theatre person. She majored in theatre at Dartmouth College and later worked for Manhattan Theatre Club and the Play Group in NYC. Since leaving her full-time theatre career for her other love, the law, Jo has continued to enjoy as much theatre as possible around the Bay Area and beyond. Jo is thrilled to have found, in Shotgun, a new theatre home. It's wonderful to be part of such a vibrant, creative, smart, and exciting theatre-making team!
Carolyn is a Berkeley native. She raised her three children here and carted them off to the theater as soon as they could sit up properly. The five grandchildren are being raised in a similar manner. She fell in love with Shotgun Players back in the La Val's era, always finding something edgy and surprising in its productions. When not attending theater, Carolyn can often be found at her desk at the Grubb Company.
Chard inherited his love of theatre from his parents. They met on a blind date to see a play—the rest is history. He and his wife long ago realized they prefer plays to movies. So they spend their time chasing great theatre. As a technology startup guy, Chard loves to see small groups of dedicated professionals outshine larger, more established rivals. And that drew him to Shotgun. Born and raised in the East Bay and a proud graduate of UC Berkeley, Chard lives with his family in Oakland when he's not at the Ashby Stage or AT&T Park.
Pepi spent her mid and late adolescence as a theatre rat, hanging out backstage in various Hollywood venues as her mother tried to support the family in theatre promotion jobs. The sciences brought order to Pepi’s life and formed her career, but she never gave up her interest in theatrical performance. Shotgun’s unique mix of creativity and discipline makes it especially attractive to Pepi. She believes that theatre at its best, in addition to the fun it provides, shows us how people very different from ourselves, people from cultures we don’t understand, are motivated and human. In addition to science and theatre, Pepi loves travel, tennis, cycling, reading, and food.
Maggie became a theatre fan in college, where she quickly learned that student ushers attend for free. Marrying a fan of theatre (and most things cultural) sealed her fate. Maggie has been enthusiastically following Shotgun since the 2001 Iphigenia in Aulis
at John Hinkel Park. The manic rage of Medea
in the decrepit UC Theater and the surreal The Play About the Baby
in the basement of La Val’s the following year had her hooked. Maggie is an architect specializing in design for education, arts, and affordable housing. She lives in Oakland with her husband, two teenage theatre-fans-in-training, and one incorrigible dog.
Ragesh was born in Winnipeg, Canada. After escaping to the Bay Area, he majored in rhetoric at Berkeley and got a J.D. at Boalt. Ragesh then spent two years in D.C., enjoying Michael Kahn’s Shakespeare Theatre Company (Measure for Measure
; Troilus and Cressida
) as well as trips to New York (Angels in America
; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk
). Returning to the Bay Area, he was introduced to Shotgun Players in the mid-2000s (Beowulf
; Vera Wilde
), and was hooked (The Coast of Utopia
). Ragesh is a partner at the law firm of Durie Tangri LLP.
Guy Tiphane (pronounced Ghee Tee Fan) retired from Logitech where he developed software and solutions for a wide variety of products, with an emphasis on usability and ergonomics. He went on to study English Literature at NDNU and moved to Berkeley so he could walk to Shotgun Players and other awesomeness of this town. guy.tiphane.org
Tamara is a longtime Shotgun supporter who serendipitously made her way to the basement of La Val's Subterranean Theater long, long ago and has been enthralled ever since. As a doctoral student studying humanities with an emphasis in museum studies, Tamara is most interested in provocative theatre that makes you stop, consider, and dig a bit deeper. Shotgun’s mission of creating bold, challenging, and inspiring theatre does just that. Tamara is thrilled to be serving her second round on the board of directors.
Miki has spent the last 10 years working to develop novel cancer drugs, designing and implementing regulatory strategies for global and startup biotechnology companies. Outside of work, she has a passion for community building. As a board member of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs – San Francisco Chapter, a nonprofit organization that connects Bay Area women passionate about social impact, Miki oversaw the monthly event programming and annual retreat in 2016 and led the board as co-chair in 2017. She is a certified food literacy educator and was a volunteer for Project Open Hand, Curry Senior Center, and Habitat for Humanity. Miki received her undergraduate degree in genetics and cell biology from Washington State University and her PhD in plant molecular biology from UC Berkeley.