Resident and Managing Theatre Company of
29 N. San Pedro Sreet, San Jose, CA
Best Theatre Companies
by Metro Silicon Valley readers
as revealed in the Metro’s
“Best of…” issue, March 27, 2019.
Tabard provides live entertainment experiences that are enlightening, appropriate and affordable for audiences of all ages, championing unique works in an inclusive environment, with educational programs and altruistic outreach to the underserved.
The Tabard Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation that was founded in 2001 by Cathy Spielberger Cassetta to be a “different” kind of theatre company from the more than 450 theatre companies in the Bay Area. For its first seven seasons, Tabard nomadically performed in a variety of venues, not having a consistent venue of its own. In 2008, Tabard contracted with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency to become the managing and resident theatre company of then-named Theatre on San Pedro Square, our current location. Its charter provided for us to produce theatrical plays and musicals as well as to be a destination for guest performing arts groups. This venue was formally renamed “Tabard Theatre” in 2018 and retains this charter today, having blossomed into a multi-faceted theatre arts organization hosting concerts and comedy shows, and a wide variety of corporate, private and public guest events. Tabard Theatre also continues to be the official Swing Stage of the San Jose Jazz SummerFest. All told, these various programs provide the community with over 150 performances per year. The venue is also home to summer theatre camps for children ages 6 to 16. In its mission to bring outreach to the underserved, Tabard’s Youth Performing Arts Programs bring theatre education to a number of schools in the San Jose area.
‘tab’ard: \’tab- erd also -ärd\ n:
- An ancient London inn featured in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, from which pilgrims began their journey to Canterbury Cathedral and at which the innkeeper offered a free meal to the best storyteller
- A tunic worn by a knight over his armor and emblazoned with his sovereign’s arms
- The name appropriated by numerous contemporary collegiate literary fraternities
- A dynamic and imaginative theatre company in Silicon Valley, CA
Nick Nichols, Executive Director
Cathy Spielberger Cassetta
Founder and Artistic Director