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How do you fall in love with theatre? By seeing a play! We know high ticket prices can be a barrier to young folks, so Shotgun offers $5 MAD tickets to anyone 25 and younger. Last year we sold nearly 1,500 MAD tickets, almost 10% of our audience. Let's go for more!

"Being given the opportunity to attend Shotgun performances reaffirmed my drive for theatre. They have shown me that theatre could be used as a tool to convey ideas that many other mediums cannot." Dominic, Laney College student

We give many young people their first paycheck in theatre by offering valuable work experience in design, production management, and administration. We believe getting paid for your work not only instills a sense of pride, it also deepens your connection and investment in the field.

"At Shotgun, I've done a little bit of practically everything - from painting and sewing, to shadowing directors at rehearsals and giving input, to helping manage casting, literary research and participating in conversations about selecting plays."
Emma, former student at Head Royce School, currently enrolled at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU

Shotgun Players is paying it forward to entrepreneurial young artists who are seeing what it's like to have their own company. We provide mentorships along with work trades for rehearsal and performance space.

"You don't get a lot of theatres who will open their arms and welcome people they way that Shotgun does. This program gives opportunities to students like myself to see and learn how to build community with theatre."  Rolanda, Fusion Theatre.

Each MAD ticket needs a subsidy of $25; annually that adds up to $25,000 for 1,000 tickets. Production assistant stipends range from $500 to $1,000. Mentorship from professional stage ranges from $1,000 to $2,500 per company.

The more you give - the more opportunities we have to pay it forward!

All donations to Shotgun Players are fully tax deductible. Our non-profit tax id number is 94-3265879.

Shotgun Players' Make a Difference program is generously supported by a grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation.