Welcome to Napa Valley College Department of Theater Arts.  From an AA Degree in Theater (Performance and Technical Theater) and Musical Theater to individual acting and production classes, Theater Arts at Napa Valley College provides excellent instruction taught by industry professionals.  

Theater Arts Faculty and Visiting Artists

Danielle Cain (Instructor - Theater/Film)
Matt Cowell (Instructor - Technical Theater / Sound Technology)
Jennifer King (Artistic Director / Instructor / Theater Department Coordinator)
Reed Martin (Instructor - Film/Theater; Production Director)
Ian McIver (Instructor - Film)
Richard Rossi (Instructor - Theater; Production Director)
Jennifer Ruygt (Interim Technical Director)
Barbara Spear (Instructor - Film)
Adam Wadenius (Instructor - Film)
Kathryn Zdan (Instructor - Theater)

Degree Programs

Performance (Acting) Associate Arts Degree
Technical Theater Associate Arts Degree
Musical Theater Associate Arts Degree


Introduction to Theater, Fundamentals of Acting, Culture & Gender in Theater, Technique of Acting, Technical Theater in Performance, Theater for Young Audiences Production, Stage Movement, Intermediate Acting, Survey & Appreciation of Film, Culture & Gender in Film, Comedy in Film, Horror Film, Film Noir.

Performing Arts Academy

Summer theater day camps for youth and teens.   Dates TBA.

Shakespeare Napa Valley

Annual outdoor productions of Shakespeare's plays featuring students as well as local experienced and professional actors.

Student Matinees

Substantially discounted Theater for Young Audiences periodically available for School field trips.  Call the Box Office at 707-256-7500 for details.

AUDITIONS - Fall 2015


Pericles, by William Shakespeare - Shakespeare Napa Valley

Director: Jennifer King

MONDAY, July 27th 2015 at 5pm 

Studio Theater, Room 133

Performing Arts Center - Building 100

Come early to complete audition paperwork

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a one-minute Shakespeare monologue or read from the script and will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Rehearsals begin in late January 2016 for performances in April on campus.  For questions, contact Jennifer King at jking@napavalley.edu


Some Enchanted Evening-The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Director: Richard Rossi

Music Director: Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes

Choreographer: Pam Rogers

MONDAY,  August 17 at 7pm and

WEDNESDAY, August 19 at 7pm

Main Theater

Performing Arts Center—Building 100

Come early to complete audition paperwork


All Auditioners are asked to prepare 16 measures of a song from a musical.  (No songs from the show you are auditioning for, please.)  Please bring sheet music in your key.  Wear clothes you can move in and be prepared to learn a short dance.



Improv Zombies from Hell

Director: Reed Martin

SUNDAY, August 16th from 1-5pm and

TUESDAY, August 18th from 6-9pm

Studio Theater, Room 133

Performing Arts Center - Building 100

Come early to complete audition paperwork


Everyone is welcome to audition. Experience not required. We are looking for actors, improvisors, comedians and anyone else who's interested. Seeking a cast of approximately 15 performers to develop the show in rehearsal. Performance dates are November 12-22 at Napa Valley  College.


Please wear clothing suitable for movement to the auditions. No monologue necessary.  Audition will consist of theater/improv exercises and games. Performers only need to attend one of the two audition times.


For more information about our programs please e-mail Coordinator of Theater Arts,
Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes at ewilkes@napavalley.edu.