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Jo is a partner at the litigation boutique Keker & Van Nest 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--both in New York City--where she focused on the art and business of bringing plays to life. 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 Horsch is an education technology professional with 15 years of experience working in K-12. He co-founded Be Amazing Learning, a firm that provided remote tutoring in foundational cognitive skills to students across the country. Prior to that, he was the Director of Customer Operations for Scientific Learning, an Oakland-based creator of educational software that accelerates learning by improving the brain’s processing efficiency, and consulted to technology companies on operations and logistics. He has a BA in English from UC Berkeley, and is an avid sailor, having competed in the 1996 Olympic Sailing Team Trials. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two sons.
Carolyn is a Berkeley native, 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 The 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.
Lynn is a retired executive from the organic food industry with a checkered career ranging from teaching high school, working for food co-ops and organic food distributors, and owning a winery. Retirement has brought many joys - traveling the world, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and as a naturalist for California State Parks. She discovered Shotgun Players way back when and has been a devoted fan ever since. "To have journeyed with Shotgun Players from productions in the basement of LaVals Pizza Parlor, Bay Area parks and even a parking lot to its current high level of artistic achievement and commitment to theater that makes a difference, has been a journey worth taking and fun all the way. How can you not love Shotgun Players?"
Claire has had careers in archaeology, nursing, and the software industry. In her real life, she devotes herself to family, friends, reading, art, and of course, Shotgun.
Chard inherited his love of theater from his parents: they met on a blind date to see a play, and the rest is history. He and his wife long ago realized that they'd much rather see plays than movies, so now they spend a lot of their free time chasing great theatre. As a technology start-up guy, Chard loves to see small groups of dedicated professionals outshining their larger, more established rivals. And that is what attracted 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 is honored to support Shotgun Players because it uniquely promotes extraordinarily creative works and presents them through the disciplined lens of educated technique and hard work. This combination of creativity and discipline is the toughest to achieve. After a career in the sciences (math, physics, biophysics, molecular biology) followed by technology transfer, patent law and business, Pepi is enjoying retirement and the chance to participate on the Shotgun Players’ Board. She believes that theater at its best shows us how people very different from ourselves, people from cultures we don’t understand, are motivated and human. Theater can help make the world more peaceful and a better place. In addition to science and theater, Pepi loves travel, tennis, cycling, climbing, food, and reading. She looks forward to meeting many more members and supporters of Shotgun Players during her term on the Board.
Maggie became a theater fan in college, where she quickly learned that student ushers attend for free. Marrying a fan of theater (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 theater-fans-in-training, and one incorrigible dog.MICHAEL SCHNITZER
Born in Los Angeles, July, 1951. BA from UC Berkeley in Landscape Architecture 1974. MA from UC Berkeley 1981. Vice President at Morgan Stanley (initially Dean Witter) since 1985. Member of the downtown board of the Berkeley-Albany YMCA since 1987, serving on both the finance and investment committees. Berkeley resident (mostly) since 1972.
Ragesh was born in Winnipeg Canada. He didn’t find a lot to do in Winnipeg but fortunately there was at least one decent theatre company, so he has fond memories of seeing Bent, The Dybbuk, and other shows there from a young age. After escaping to the Bay Area while in high school, he went on to major in Rhetoric at Berkeley and get a law degree at Boalt Hall. Ragesh then spent a couple years in DC, enjoying Michael Kahn’s work at the 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). After returning to the Bay Area, he was introduced to the Shotgun Players in the mid-2000s (Beowulf; Vera Wilde), and quickly was hooked (The Coast of Utopia). He and his partner Daralyn Durie have been delighted to be able to introduce their daughter Iona to the joys of Shotgun and the rest of the Bay Area theatre scene from a very young age. In his non-theatre-going time, Ragesh works as a partner at the law firm of Durie Tangri LLP and serves on the boards of the Food Craft Institute, the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice and Diversity Center, and other non-profits.
While he has had no formal experience in the performing arts (since high school), Jed takes his responsibilities as an enthusiast audience member very seriously. Shortly after moving to the Bay Area in 1994, Jed started following the Shotgun Players during its nomadic days at La Val’s and elsewhere. He joined the Board in 2007 and served as its Treasurer for five years (2008-13). For his day job, he is director of the State Health Department’s Environmental Health Laboratory in Richmond. He earned a doctorate from Caltech, and formerly taught at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey before moving back to California. His program expertise includes green building issues, and he is supportive of the Shotgun Players' sustainability goals. Of note, his mother left him over a thousand Broadway and Off-Broadway Playbills, plays going back to the 1940s, along with a lifelong devotion to live theater.