Shotgun Players exists to create fearless, provocative, relevant theatre. Founding Artistic Director Patrick Dooley started the company in 1992 with four eager actors and a bucket of paint. Now approaching our nineteenth year, nothing pleases us more than to tackle projects other companies believe would be too expensive, too unwieldy or just plain impossible. For our first thirteen years we performed in 44 different spaces then in 2004 we found a permanent home at The Ashby Stage in South Berkeley. Rather than becoming complacent, we have a passionate hunger for bigger challenges.
Audiences have come to expect astonishing theatre from Shotgun Players.
We are proud that many of our most successful productions have been original works. In the last five years we have been awarded The Will Glickman Award for Best New Play for Dog Act in 2004 and Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage in 2008. In April 2009 we achieved a key goal by moving that production to New York City where the New Yorker Magazine named Beowulf one of the twelve best off-Broadway productions of the year