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.
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!
John is the executive director of Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy, a youth ski team and high school for competitive skiers. John's previous work experience includes positions with several education technology companies, including Scientific Learning and Be Amazing Learning, which he co-founded. In addition to his work with Shotgun, John's extensive volunteer experience includes positions on the boards of Aim High and Escuela Bilingüe Internacional. John has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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.