CASTING NOTICE – DEVISED THEATRE PLAY (Original play by Ohlone students)

  • Ohlone College’s award-winning Theatre and Dance department is holding auditions for an original, devised play by Ohlone theatre students.

AUDITIONS (multiple roles):

  • Tuesday, July 14th (5-8pm)  

**Email to set up a 5 minute appointment.

Drop-ins are also welcome.

ZOOM (online)

  • Link to Auditions:


  • 90-second monologue of your choice


  • 60-90 second devised monologue. Please see information below under “Devised Monologue’.


  • Rehearsals start September 8th.
  • Rehearsals will mostly be held Monday-Thursday 6:30-10:30pm until we get closer to tech. Then we’ll rehearse on Fridays and Saturdays as well.

*This production is following State and local health guidelines. Currently, we are planning to rehearse and perform on campus following social distancing and safety protocols. If the guidelines change, we will then rehearse and perform online. We ask that actors who audition and are cast in this show stay onboard with the production whether it is on campus or online.


  • November 13-21
  • Thursday-Saturday performances at 8pm and a matinee on Tuesday, November 17th at 10am.
  • Strike is on November 22nd.


  • If you choose to perform a devised monologue for your auditions, please consider the following:

-Interview someone in your community. Edit the interview so that you have 60-90 seconds of material. Memorize this material verbatim as a monologue. Perform this monologue as if you were the person you interviewed.

  • Possible topics for your interview/monologue:

Ask the person you are interviewing, “Tell me a story about” (choose one):

  • Your biggest adventure with travel (local, international, within your city, camping, etc).
  • A close relationship that ended.
  • A time that you were falsely accused.
  • The biggest challenge you have overcome in your life.
  • An experience with a police officer.
  • A surprise that you learned about yourself or others during the COVID outbreak.
  • The happiest moment of your life.

*PLEASE NOTE: These are not the questions that we will use for the interviews in our production. These are only being used for this audition.

We will be following Johnny Saldaña’s Ethnotheatre approach to devising original theatrical work. With this approach, we choose a topic (our topic will be current and central to our community and to our world today) and a series of relevant questions. The actors cast in the production will then interview and record people within the Fremont, Tri-City area community. The actors will edit the interviews to create monologues and scenes. These monologues and scenes will then be threaded by the Facilitator/Director into a full-length play that addresses social, political, and cultural perspectives. The director, actors, designers, and crew will then perform this play for an audience.

Ohlone College does not discriminate based on perceived or actual race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disabilities, gender, or other protected characteristics. All performers will be given full consideration.

All roles are open.

PLEASE NOTE: All actors and dancers cast must enroll in TD-124 at Ohlone College, which is a 4 unit class.

Please email if you have any questions regarding these auditions or the devised theatre approach.


About the Director

Michael Navarra directed The Phantom of the Opera, Dog Sees GodProofJesus Christ SuperstarDraculaThe Illusion, the regional premiere by Ella Hickson's Wendy & Peter Pan, the world premiere of Jeffrey Lo's Spending the End of the World on OkCupid, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for Ohlone College. These productions have all been honored with awards and accolades by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. For more information, please visit:

Phantom of the Opera
By Andrew Lloyd Webber

Under the inspired direction of Michael Navarra, an exceptionally talented cast and crew delivered a top quality production of thrilling visuals and stunning power... a brilliant production not to be missed.”
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

Caring and passionate, frightening and desperate - every phase of this Phantom's struggle leaves your heart aching, thanks to director Navarra’s magical eye and showmanship... THIS IS A MUST SEE.
—Vince Mediaa, VMEDIA

*TBA Awards Recommended Production




Wendy & Peter Pan
Regional Premiere by Ella Hickson

“Directed by Michael Navarra, Wendy & Peter Pan, flies by. There is a great energy to the production and the cast is stellar, all of them instantly likeable... It's a theatrical gem that shouldn't be missed... the result is truly magical.”
—David R. Newman, Tri-City Voice

“The Ohlone Theatre & Dance Department always looks to the heights, and the regional premiere of Wendy & Peter Pan is sure to keep them soaring.”
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

Wendy & Peter

Wendy & Peter

Wendy & Peter

The Illusion

“The Ohlone College Theatre & Dance Department's The Illusion is a wonderful production not to be missed… Michael Navarra artfully weaves his own magic over a play where the audience is constantly left wondering what is real and what is, well, illusion… In the hands of Navarra and his exceptionally strong cast and crew, Ohlone College Theatre & Dance manages to transport us seamlessly between an energetic, colorful Baroque France and a dark, dank cave full of sound and fury.”
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Spending the End of the World on OkCupid
World Premiere by Jeffrey Lo

"Spending the End of the World on OkCupid, seamlessly directed by Michael Navarra and produced and performed by the talented cast and crew of Ohlone College Theatre and Dance department is a quick paced, thought provoking, visually hypnotic piece of entertainment."
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

actors holding cell phones with the flash set to on.Woman in spotlight on stage with blue surrounding her and others on stage.

Several actors on stage sitting or standing in small groups or individually.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

"The themes of power and control, courage and individuality, and the fight for dignity in the face of the ever pressing 'system' and evils of humanity are enduring subjects that Navarra and his cast bring powerfully to life. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest shows what great theatre is all about and is an experience that shouldn't be missed."
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

Two men with arms raised with hospital works behind them.Man on his knees pleading.

Five men looking up, four with arms raised.


"The audience feels as though they are sitting on stage with the actors, oftentimes with characters popping up among them or coming right up to them in their seats. Dracula purists are likely to be pleased with this adaptation; on-stage action is intense and engaging.”
—Jessica Noël Chapin, Tri-City Voice

Dracula moves to bite a woman.
A woman looks worried. Dracula scrapes his chest.

A woman dressed in a long white gown behind a window in the dark.

Jesus Christ Superstar

"Damn Impressive… Scrupulous staging…glitzy but lucid, not falling into the camp arena, as other productions tend to." 
—Anna Pulley, East Bay Express

"Raw and intense." 
—Jessica Noel Flohr, Tri-City Voice

"Michael Navarra and his creative team deserve extra credit for producing one of the most technically savvy and fully realized productions I have ever seen.” 
—Derek Martin, Adjudicator, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Two men in masks hold a third bloody man.People in masks grab Jesus from behind.

Jesus is carried on the arms of many people.


"Proof is a strong and sure-footed production…engaging from beginning to end."
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

Man and woman talking in front of house.Equations in white on upper wal; in blue on floor.

Front of a house at night shadowed by trees.

Dog Sees God

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Finalist.

Under spotlight in black darkness, man looks up.Standing man covers mouth of seated second man.

Male and female actors stand on stage floor painted with rectangular pastel colored blocks.