CATHY SPIELBERGER CASSETTA
SILICON VALLEY, CA. -- On September 10th, Cathy Spielberger Cassetta,founder of The Tabard Theatre Company in San José, was honored by the City of San José, with a commendation in recognition of her 20 years of bringing quality arts programming to the local community, partnering to support other local non profits, and for increasing access to theatre arts education for the area youth in San José.
During a telephone interview with Cultural World Bilingual several days after the recognition, we asked Cathy,
C.W.B. With all your years and experience in theatre, how do you describe theatre?
C.W.B. What inspired you to create TABARD?
"In creating TABARD, I wanted to give back to the community by designating a local non-profit for each production that would receive a portion of our concession proceeds. TABARD was founded in the community, with the community, and for the community. TABARD was never intended to be my playground, my sand box. I created it for other people. I wanted to break down barriers between ARTISTS and AUDIENCE — that is why our theatre space is interactive. I also wanted to break down barriers between people groups. I wanted our shows to be able to connect people with each other."
For those unfamiliar with The TABARD Theatre, located on the second floor of a building on 29 N San Pedro Street in downtown S.J we can describe it as a large room with individual arm chairs, facing an open stage, with no curtains and low in height, so that the audience who sits around stage right, and facing stage front, like the audience does in the theatre -in- the- round, actually feels a part of the action.
C.W.B. So, to end our interview, Cathy, How do you feel to have been working for the community for twenty years and finally being recognized by the City of San José, for your work?