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.


Opening this week!  Urinetown          A Musical Comedy/Satire

Directed by Carol Fischer

Vocal Director: Jacque Scharlach

Choreographer: Carol Abohatab

Runs: April 22-May 1, 2016     Regular Admission: $15, Student/Senior $12  CASH ONLY AT DOOR

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.


Coming soon....

The 1st Annual HS Festival Workshop: Saturday April 30th, 2016       9am-4:30pm

Six local high schools will be in attendance this year. Students will be taking four workshops throughout the day. Workshops include: Acting/Meisner, Zombie Makeup, Stage Combat, Lighting/Design,  Movement for Theater and Musical theater vocal performance. 

Students in attendance:

-Check in begins at 8:30 in the main theater lobby

-Remember to bring your own lunch

-Wear clothes you can move in

We are so excited to host you!                                                                                                   


WV Theater Department 2016-2017 Season Announced:


FALL 2016


Almost There, Nearly                                                Contemporary Experimental

Conceived & Directed by Susan Pfeffer

Dates: Oct 21-30, 2016

Almost There, Nearly is an experimental, multimedia dance-theatre performance that investigates how the struggle for limited resources (food, water, shelter, work) is intertwined with what grows from the ground. Previously presented at Figment-Oakland, the second inception invites student performers to contribute to the script-less creative process by conducting research and devising movement and text in structured improvisations. A contemporary collage of abstract moments, Almost There, Nearly examines the support inherent in community and the natural world (trees!).

Main Stage:

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe                        A Family Classic

Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: Nov 18-27, 2016

Based on the beloved novel, this magical production portrays the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Here they are caught up in a struggle between the mysterious, magical lion Aslan and the White Witch, who wants this astonishing country, its talking animals, and amazing creatures frozen in perpetual winter. C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most-enjoyed stories of our time.




Enchanted April  By Matthew Barber                         A Romantic Comedy

Director: Laura Lowry

Dates: March 17-26, 2017

This 2003 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play is set in the 1920's. Two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they—and we—could never have expected.   

Main Stage:

Guys and Dolls  By Frank Loesser                           A Classic Musical Comedy

Director: Lee Ann Payne

Dates: April 14-23, 2017

All the hot gamblers are in town, and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York"; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who's short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan's $1000 bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you've got quite a musical. Includes the songs: “Fugue for Tinhorns”, "Luck Be a Lady", "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat". This is musical theatre at its best!


Fall Auditions:               Aug. 30 & 31, 2016

Spring Auditions:           Jan 30-Feb 1, 2017


For more info call: (408) 741-2058  


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