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Make a Difference (MAD)
How do you first 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 M.A.D. tickets, almost 10% of our audience.
"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."
Getting paid instills a sense of pride and deepens connection to your work.
We give many young people their first paycheck in theatre by offering valuable work experience in design, production management, and administration.
"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."
Shotgun Players is paying it forward to entrepreneurial young artists.
In addition to offering an opportunity to see what it's like running a 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 the way that Shotgun does. This program gives opportunities to students like myself to see and learn how to build community with theatre."
The more you give - the more opportunities we have to pay it forward!
All donations to Shotgun Players are fully tax deductible. Our nonprofit tax id number is 94-3265879.
Shotgun Players' Make a Difference program is generously supported by a grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation.
Meet Our M.A.D. Fellows
From left to right: Justine Law (Scenic, Blasted); Louisa Mascuch (Costumes, brownsville song); Allison Sugabo (Administration); Production: Emma Levine; Leigh Rondon-Davis (M.A.D. Coordinator); Quinci Waller (Artistic)