Sheila Callaghan, Playwright

Sheila Callaghan

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Sheila Callaghan’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright’s Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include Scab, Crawl Fade to White, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), We Are Not These Hands, Dead City, Lascivious Something, Kate Crackernuts, That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play, Fever/Dream, Everything You Touch, Roadkill Confidential, Elevada, Bed, and Women Laughing Alone With Salad. She is published with and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, the University of Rochester, the College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie-winning playwright’s organization 13P. Sheila is also an alumnus of New Dramatists. In 2010, Callaghan was profiled by Marie Claire as one of “18 Successful Women Who Are Changing the World.” She was also named one of Variety’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch” of 2010. Sheila was a longtime writer/producer on the hit Showtime comedy Shameless and a founder of the feminist activist group The Kilroys. She was nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe for her work on the Hulu comedy series Casual and a 2017 WGA Award for her Shameless episode “I Am A Storm.”

Susannah Martin, Director

Susannah Martin

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An award-winning director, teacher, and theatre-maker, Susannah’s relationship with Shotgun began in 2004 when she conceived and directed an original multidisciplinary theatre piece on faith in America called The Faith Project as part of Shotgun’s Lab. Her work has been seen at A.C.T., Boxcar Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Crowded Fire, Golden Thread Productions, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Mugwumpin, the Playwright’s Foundation, Porchlight Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, and TheatreFIRST. Susannah is also the theatre director and arts program coordinator at San Francisco University High School and a proud company member of Mugwumpin. She is honored to call Shotgun her artistic home.

The Cast

Wes Gabrillo, Khalil
Karen Offereins, June
Soren Santos, Owen
Sango Tajima, Ramona

The Dance Ensemble

Ebony Araman, Jonas Aquino, Andy Collins, Maggie Kelley Connard, Xiaomin Jiang, Jason Torres Hancock, Paul Melish, Mimu Tsujimura, Jessica Uher, Quinci Waller

The Crew

Jonas Aquino & Xiaomin Jiang, Tango Consultants
Cassie Barnes, Lighting Designer
Brady Brophy-Hilton, Assistant Director
Ashley Corso, Costume Design Assistant / Wardrobe Supervisor
Erin Gilley, Video Designer
Natalie Greene, Choreographer
Devon LaBelle, Props Designer
Sarah Rose Leonard, Dramaturg
Susannah Martin, Director
Bri Owens, Stage Manager
Alice Ruiz, Costume Designer
Adeline Smith, Scenic Charge Painter
Caitlin Steinmann, Master Electrician
Matt Stines, Sound Designer
Mikiko Uesugi, Set Designer*
Ashley Corso, Costume Design Assistant

*Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829

The Sponsors

Production Sponsors

Naomi Janowitz & Andrew Lazarus

2019 Season Sponsors

Kitty Bosher
DeYoe Wealth Management
Craig & Kathy Moody
Carol Amyx & Donald Kaufman
Ragesh Tangri & Daralyn Durie
BiBi Tiphane
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