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 Theatre 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 Theatre 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 Theatre Designers and Technicians in a completely hands-on-environment. Whatever your age or experience, the Costume and Technical Theatre program has a place for you!

See the new video describing the Theatre Department below.




Begins June 15th

Auditions: June 15th & 16th at 7pm in main theater at WV

Performances: Thurs-Sun July 23-26th

  • Register for TA 21B-Section #46395
  • If you are interested in design, tech or crew sign up!
  • Everyone who auditions gets a part!
  • Free for current high school students
  • Meeting times are flexible

Questions: Contact Amy Zsadanyi-Yale at amyzsa@sbcglobal.net


WV Theatre Department is delighed to announce our 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

Opens: 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

Opens: Mid November 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. 



Studio Theater:                        The Kentucky Cycle  By Robert Schenkkan                American Historical Cycle

Directed by Bruce Des Les Dernier

Opens: March 18-27, 2016

Winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. This sweeping epic of three families in eastern Kentucky spans 200 years of American history from 1775 to 1975. Schenkkan's stunning cycle examines the blood and violence resulting in the myths of the American past, myths which have created, for better or worse, the country we are today. “This play is written with the kind of impassioned economy that immediately evokes memories of Sophocles and Euripides, short, taut, bloody actions that sparingly recreate the evil, mayhem, and retribution.” TheaterWeek.


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

Directed by Carol Fischer

Musical Director: TBA

Choreographer: Carol Abohatab

Opens: 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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