Main Stage West and its parent corporation, PACT (Performing Artists Coalition for Theater), were founded in April 2011 by a group of veteran and emerging performing and visual artists. It’s long term goals are to widen the impact and improve the quality of professional performing arts in the North Bay, to revitalize the theater space at 104 North Main Street, and provide a vital meeting place for professional performing artists both to build and showcase theatrical and musical performances in an intimate dialogue with the residents of Sebastopol and the North Bay.
Elizabeth Craven (Artistic Director) and Keith Baker (Managing Artistic Director) ran the theater from April 2011 until October of 2013, when Keith stepped aside to pursue a full-time teaching career. In November 2013, Sheri Lee Miller took over as interim Managing Director until the hiring of Rick Eldredge in February 2014. In September 2015, Ilana Niernberger was hired as the current Managing Director.
Since its inception, Main Stage West has produced thirty-eight plays (six World Premieres), fifteen musical concerts, five special events, three summer productions for youth and we played to a total of 20,000 people.
Main Stage West just became the first theater in Sonoma County to sign a Bay Area Theater Contract (MBAT1) with Actors Equity Association.
Main Stage West is a 501c3 Non-Profit Charitable organization under the official name: Performing Artists Coalition for Theater, Inc. DBA Main Stage West
Founding Members of PACT and Executive Board:
President – Chris Costin
Vice President – Sally Baker
Treasurer – Sheri Lee Miller
Board Member – Elizabeth Craven
Board Member – David Lear
Board Member – John Craven
Board Member – Missy Weaver
Board Member – John Dykers
Staff and Volunteers at Main Stage West:
Artistic Director: Elizabeth Craven
Managing Director: Ilana Neirnberger
Production Manager: David Lear
Box Office Manager: Lauren Heney
Public Relations and Marketing: Jann Eyrich
Production Coordinator: Paulette Ryan Staker
Resident Lighting Designer: Missy Weaver
Volunteer Coordinator: Tim Sarter
All governing documents, our conflict of interest policies, and financial disclosures are available at the Main Stage West offices, during business hours, upon request.