Stepping Out

Pear Theatre’s founder, former artistic director steps down as board president

Diane Tasca, founder and former artistic director of Pear Theatre, is stepping down as president of the board of directors and moving with her husband to New York this month, according to a recent press release from the Mountain View-based theater company.

The board is in the process of selecting a new president; board member Darryl Compton will step into the role of treasurer, while Monica Cappuccini and Carolyn Compton will be dual board secretaries. Tasca will continue to serve as a member of the board remotely.

“When I and my group of theatre friends founded this little theatre-that-could in 2002, I don’t think any of us imagined we would be where we are today – in a brand-new, custom-built space, winning multiple awards, and bringing new voices to the stage,” Tasca said in the release. “I’m so proud of what we started, proud that so many of our original group are still involved; and impressed with the next generation of theatre-makers that are already stepping up to continue on and expand this crucial work at a most challenging time.”

Originating in a 40-seat, converted warehouse space in Mountain View, the company was first named Pear Avenue Theatre after the small dead-end street it was located on. It is now based a few blocks away in a new space specifically designed for Pear, with flexible seating arrangements and rehearsal and set construction space.

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