David Lear is a founding member of the Loading Zone, a collective of actors and playwrights.
While living in New York City, he worked as technical director at Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre. After moving to Sonoma County in 1990, he graduated from Sonoma State University and began designing and directing for Actors Theatre. He became the artistic director at the 6th Street Playhouse in 2005, and then the technical director for the next seven years. In 2008, he organized a fundraiser performance about the life of Vincent Van Gogh that started Jim Jarret as the artist; the event netted the 6th Street Playhouse $32,000 over the course of one weekend. Currently, Mr. Lear works with Cinnabar Theatre in Petaluma as scenic designer, and with Main Stage West in Sebastopol as both scenic designer and stage director.