2021 Ohlone College Playwrights Festival: May 14-15, 2021, 7pm

The Student Repertory Theatre Company presents the 7th Annual Ohlone College Playwrights Festival, premieres of 10-minute plays and musicals. The festival will be broadcast for free, via a weblink, which you can view through your phone or computer. It will be closed captioned. Click here to be notified when the event link will be available.

Full-time Faculty

Name Contact

Matthew O'Donnell

  • Director of Entertainment Design and Technology
    Room SC-220, Smith Center, second floor, Fremont campus
    • Award winning lighting designer Matt O'Donnell has joined the faculty at Ohlone College's Department of Theatre and Dance. Formerly based in L.A., Matt has worked extensively in all aspects of live production - from theatre to international concert touring to corporate and celebrity events. He looks forward to enhancing Ohlone's Entertainment Design Technology program as a training ground for professional technicians and designers.
Michael Navarra Smith
Michael Navarra Smith
  • Director of Theatre
    Room SC-221, Smith Center, second floor, Fremont campus
    • Michael works as a professional actor, director, and producer in theatre and film. He earned an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association. For more information, please visit: www.michaelnavarra.com.
Janel Tomblin-Brown
Janel Tomblin-Brown
  • Director of Dance
    Room SC-218, Smith Center, second floor, or SC-174 (Dance Studio), Fremont campus


Adjunct Faculty

Name Bio

Celia Altan
Picture of Celia Altan

  • Dance
    • Lia’s love of dance spans 3 decades of teaching and learning in the US, Asia and the Pacific Islands. She has choreographed musical theater, TV and numerous short works. In addition to ballet, she has taught classical Luigi jazz dance technique and modern ballet. Her ballet classes are based mostly on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, in which she first began her training, but also incorporate American and Italian (Ceccheti) methods. When not dancing ballet, she enjoys the spirituality of Afro-Haitian dance and Dunham technique as well as the thrill of Congolese dance. She holds a BS from Ateneo de Manila University, an MA from De La Salle University and a postgraduate certificate from the University of San Francisco.
Dor Cosby Atkinson
  • Theatre
    • Dor Cosby Atkinson is a professional theatre director, movement coach, and teaching artist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dor has collaborated with theater companies in New York, Seattle, San Fransisco, Santa Cruz, and San Jose. She has taught acting and movement classes and directed 25+ productions in Virginia, Washington, New York and California. She was the Founder and Artistic Director of Edge Theatre Ensemble in Seattle from 2001-2008, producing and directing plays and new works. She is currently the Artistic Director of Turning Bone Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA. She has her BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in Theatre Arts, with a focus in Directing & Public Dialogue, from Virginia Tech. Dor’s special expertise is in physical theatre (including Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and Viewpoints), ensemble theatre, socially-conscious theatre, and theatre staged in non-traditional settings. She teaches as an adjunct faculty member on college campuses in the SF Bay Area. Website: https://dorcosbyatkinson.wordpress.com/

Rolf SaxonPicture of Rolf Saxon

  • Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After graduation he stayed in the UK and spent the next couple of decades working in film, television and theatre including the West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre Complicite, over 25 films and starring in 3 Television series. Among others he has worked with Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Brian DePalma, Daryl Hannah, Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Stephen Spielberg and Gene Wilder. He also teaches at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London), the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and the San Francisco Acting Academy and has also taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Drama Lab (both in London), Mills College and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. For more info: www.rolfsaxon.com

Cassie BegleyFemale dance with her left hand extended above her head while her right hand is touching the floor.

  • Dance
    • Cassie is the Founder and Artistic Director of Bliss Dance Company.  She is also the Contemporary Dance instructor at Ohlone College and Jazz Dance instructor at Canada College. She holds a B.A. in Dance from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Saint Mary's College of California.  Cassie's movement and teaching philosophies have been influenced by Dr. Susan Sandri, Wendy Diamond, Derik Mitchell, Richard Pierlon, Reginald Savage, and Marcia Cantillana and Dana Lawton.  Cassie's performing credits include works from Wam!net.com, Speaking of Dance, Club La Bomba with Sofia Vergara, Petroushka with the New Jersey Symphony, Footnotes, Suite Dreams, Starving Artists, Woman IN love, Music Man, Romeo and Juliet, Ohlone College Spring Dance Productions/Winter Dance Showcases, and many pieces for Bliss Dance Company.   Cassie currently also enjoys teaching master classes and dance workshops around the San Francisco Bay Area, including her newest dance workshops that have an emphasis on sensuality and sexual empowerment; Chair Affair; and Rope Play.  For more information on Cassie visit: www.cassiebegley.com

Tamara CooperTamara Cooper

  • Costume Technology
    • Tamara Cooper has been designing and constructing costumes since she was in high school. Her designs have been seen in theatres in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Northern California. She has an MA from NYU and an MFA from the University of Houston.
Jeff Kramer
  • Improvisation
    • Jeff Kramer is the Founder and Artistic Director of ComedySportz, the Silicon Valley's longest-running show. He has personally appeared in over 4000 shows, including an overseas tour doing improv for the troops in Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey. As an actor, he has worked at theatres across the country, including the New Jersey, Idaho, and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals. Jeff is also a voiceover actor and has created hundreds of voices for video games over the years, including the voice of Superman and the cult classic Seaman.
Keith Pinto
  • Dance
    • Keith Pinto is an actor/singer/choreographer/musician/educator and native to the Bay Area. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA). In addition to Ohlone College he is on the faculty at San Jose State University where he is the Hip Hop Dance instructor. Professionally Keith has worked in numerous productions and toured Europe and North America with Fame the Musical. Other credits: Snoopy 42nd Street Moon, 1776 American Conservatory Theater, Singin' In The Rain Diablo Theater Company. Pinto is a co-founder of the award winning SF based hip hop crew Felonious. Felonious creates original music and theater including Beatbox: A Raparetta, Angry Black White Boy and Stateless: A Hip Hop Vaudeville. Felonious has recorded numerous albums and has performed in the Bay Area, LA, Chicago, and Germany. As well as shows with Black Eyed Peas, De La Soul, LL Cool J, The Roots, and Erykah Badu. www.feloniouslive.com.
Shannon Adams
  • Dance
Sergio Suarez
  • Dance
    • Sergio Suarez is one of the most recognizable, and respected Urban Street Dancers in the Bay Area. His artistry and passion for Street Dance has taken him around the world, to compete and perform at some of the industries biggest venues, and events. In 2008, Mr. Suarez created "All The Way Live Foundation," a non-profit organization that helps, inspire, and educate youth living in disadvantaged communities; both locally, and globally through Urban Street Dance. His efforts and impact has not only transformed local/global Urban Street Dance communities, but has helped in educating and furthering the growth and traditions of all the dance styles that encompass Urban Street Dance; otherwise known as Hip Hop Dance.
Stephen C. Wathen Scenic Painting / Stagecraft Technology


Administration and Staff

Name Title
Chris Warden Dean, Kinesiology, Athletics and Arts
Maria Rocha
Division Administrative Assistant
Fred Alim
  • Staff Technician / Designer
    Room SC-102, Smith Center, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Fred Alim, local native and Ohlone theatre major, has worked with the department for over 20 years as the stage technician. He has designed, built or produced over 100 productions.