West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Theatre Department

WVC Theatre


J.P. Allen
William Clay
Elizabeth Dale
Amy Zsadanyi-Yale
Dr. Carol Fischer
Bruce Des Les Dernier
Laura Lowry

Lee Ann Payne

Susan Pfeffer

Degrees & Certificates

A.A Degree

Film Studies
Stage Technology
Theatre Studies
Video/Film Production


Video/Film Production

Degree Requirements
and Course Descriptions

Department Chair:
William Clay
Division: Fine Arts
Division Chair:
Chris Cryer

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The Theater program at West Valley College is geared to both performers and technicians.

There are opportunities for students of all experience and skills to become involved in performance through our classes or in our two main stage and two studio productions per year.

About The Theater Department:

Actors develop the special skills needed for a variety of performance experiences. Whether students are interested in scene study techniques, performance styles, improvisation, or they just want to gather courage to speak before a group of people , the acting classes and productions will bring them to their goals. Students can participate in small and large performance venues, as well as in classroom activities. There is a place for you on our stage!

Technicians discover the challenges of creating sets, costumes, lights, and sound in their classes or for specific productions. Using the best equipment on the market today, they are guided by experienced Theater Designers and Technicians in a completely hands-on-environment. Whatever your age or experience, the Costume and Technical Theater program has a place for you!

See the video describing the Theater Department below.


Auditions for our Spring Shows are: Feb 1-4th!

Auditions will be held in the main theater starting at 7pm each night. Please be on time and dress to move.

Urinetown Auditions: Monday, Tuesday AND Wed. Callbacks will be on Thursday. You will be taught a dance and several bars of a song. We will give you a short monologue.

The Odyssey Auditions: Monday and Tuesday. Wed Callbacks. Bring a prepared monologue or we will give you one to read.

Tech crew will be needed for both shows. Please email Carol Fischer any questions about auditions or to request to work backstage on one of these exciting shows.

Carol's email: carol.fischer@westvalley.edu



WV Theatre Department 2015-2016 Season:


FALL 2015

Studio Theater:                             A View from the Bridge    By Arthur Miller             An American Classic

Co-Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale & Laura Lowry

Runs: Oct 23-Nov 1, 2015

In this modern American Classic, Arthur Miller raises questions about the bonds of family in 1950s Brooklyn, NY. Eddie Carbone is a simple, hard-working man who has inherited the duty of raising his niece, Catherine, after his sister-in-law's death. Life is smooth and predictable until his wife's two cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, move in with the family. When Catherine and one of the cousins, Rodolpho, begin a relationship and want to marry, Eddie suspects Rodolpho is using Catherine to obtain American citizenship. As Eddie attempts to protect his niece, he sets into motion a series of events, and what Eddie doesn't know about his true motivations and about life will lead to devastating consequences.


Main Stage:                                  She Kills Monsters   by Qui Nguyen                       Action, Adventure, Dramedy

Co-Directed by Bruce De Les Dernier & W. Clay

Runs: Nov 20-Nov 29th, 2015

She Kills Monsters is a modern action/adventure/love story. It tells the story of Agnes Evans after the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. Although premiering in 2011, the play paints a colorful portrait of the pop culture of the 1990’s. However, the Fantasy side of the story is complete with homicidal fairies, dragons, ogres and lots of stage combat. 


SPRING 2016                   

Studio Theater:                                     

The Odyssey   By Homer*  *Adapted by Bruce W. De Les Dernier                             Classical with Modern Twist

 Directed by Bruce De Les Dernier

Dates: March 18-27, 2016

A fast-paced hard-hitting journey through the known and unknown world of the ancient Greeks.  The Odyssey follows the hero Odysseus on his journey from the battle fields of Troy to his home in Ithaca. The trip is plagued by sorceresses, six-headed monsters, one-eyed cyclops and several ship wrecks. Stops along the way include Olympus, home of the gods and The Underworld, home of the dead. This is a story about one man's desire to return home to his wife and son against all odds...even against the will of the gods.


Main Stage:                              Urinetown by Mark Holman & Greg Kotis                 A Musical Comedy/Satire

Directed by Carol Fischer

Vocal Director: Jacque Scharlach

Choreographer: Carol Abohatab

Runs: April 22-May 1, 2016

Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown is an earnest tale of love, greed, and revolution. The show is set in a town plagued by a 20-year drought, where water has become so scarce that private toilets have become unthinkable. At the mercy of a single dominating corporation who maintains a monopoly on the town’s public amenities, the destitute citizens must pay towering taxes and fines to carry out their most private and basic of needs. Out of the mass of the pitiable, a hero rises to lead his fellow citizens against the tyrannical regime. Drawing from West Side Story, Chicago, and Les Misérables among others, the show irreverently pays witty homage to the great American musical theatre tradition.


Fall Auditions:                   Week of September 1st, 2015

Spring Auditions:              Week of Feb 1st, 2016


For more info call: (408) 741-2058  


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