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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Dance, Music, Theater

Mission: JDP Theatre Co. puts on quality musicals and dramas throughout the year with actors ages 13-25, as well as youth musicals and dramas with actors ages 6-12. In addition to performance opportunities for community actors, JDP Theatre Co. strives to be inclusive and accessible, offering a wide variety of high-quality classes for ages five to adult at some of the most competitive prices in RI.

Target demographics: children, young adults, and the community as a whole

Direct beneficiaries per year: 345 actors, clients, and families, and to two local non-profits through partnership on our shows.

Geographic areas served: Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Programs: the strongest, most affordable variety of theatre-related classes and activities throughout the year, as well as inclusive performance opportunities to actors of all ability levels, and four high-quality performances per year for the community

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization! My daughter loved being part of this theater program, especially during these difficult times!

Bridget L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter attended the Super hero summer camp this year. Since it’s such a strange time with COVID-19, I was apprehensive about sending her. However, the care and attention that Steph and her staff gave to all of the precautions made me feel at ease. They have gone above and beyond what I had expected. From daily temperature checks, to masks for all, to separate tables, to lots of hand washing, and craft supplies to mask breaks, they really take care of their campers and staff. My daughter LOVED all the games they played and tongue twisters they learned. She has made new friends and found a craft that she truly enjoys. I cannot recommend enough, the JDP Theatre program and it’s staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Saw my first vitual performance here this past Saturday night. Very talented actors and singers. They put on a great production. A wonderful virtual theatre experience.

Cynthia Lachapelle S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JDP Theatre Co. is a tremendous asset to our RI community. JDP offers our youth access to theater and arts through engaging classes and the opportunity to perform in some amazing theatrical performances - Legally Blond? C'mon now!! To support our youth during this unique period of social distancing, they even offer FREE virtual conditioning classes. Notably, they continue to give back to others and are supporters of other nonprofits, such as the Audubon Society of RI.

Board Member

Rating: 5

JDP Theatre Co offers many benefits and opportunities for all in our community; including: high quality programs from a dedicated team of experienced educators; classes that are inclusive and affordable; performances and entertainment that are open to the general public and much more!

Board Member

Rating: 5

JDP Theatre Co. is operated by three dynamic educators whose mission is to give children the opportunity to participate in professional, high quality community theater. They are extremely dedicated to ensuring that all children can participate. Their diverse programming is aimed to meet the varied interests of children of all ages and abilities. I’m proud to be a part of this organization and encourage the community to come see what they’re all about!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JDP is a company that I truly am so proud to be a part of. Watching and helping this company grow is amazing and truly makes my heart warm. I've never dreamed of being a part of creating and choreographing shows, but Jillian gave me the chance and I do not know what I would be doing now. I am truly blessed to have these people in my life. JDP is my family and will forever mean the most to me! We're a wolf pack and we all love and depend on one another which is something that I will hold on to forever! Love JDP !!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The JDP team is always so encouraging and kind towards their cast and crew! It’s been a pleasure working with them, and I can’t wait to again!

1 Matt G.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JDP Theatre Co. does a tremendous job of putting together high quality shows and giving every attendee a great bang for your buck! Their production level is top notch. I would definitely recommend them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JDP is a phenomenal theatre company! It’s run by passionate, hardworking, and talented directors. They, along with equally hardworking and talented actors continue to put on amazing performances, show after show. Please come out to their next show and support JDP!

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Donor

Rating: 5

JDP theatre company is a phenomenal nonprofit organization. The shows JDP has put on have been filled with very talented casts and have been highly entertaining. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, ambitious, and hard working. I would highly recommend seeing a show or trying out for a role!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JDP has one of the most professional, kind, and generous creative teams I have ever worked with. They pride themselves on working together and as a team and that behavior and dedication reflects in their performers and performances. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone looking to get involved in theater

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 18-year old has done shows with dozens of other community theatre companies in RI, but JDP has been the best by far! They are proof that an organization (and still a fairly new one, at that) can provide extremely high-quality theatre experiences in an environment that is ethical, fair, positive, and supportive at the same time.

Amy K.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at JDP Theatre Co have helped my daughter overcome her anxiety about being onstage after having had a terrible experience elsewhere. It is so wonderful to see her excited and proud smile from the stage! And it's also great that their programming super affordable too. Thank you JDP for helping a single mom help her daughter be her best self!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just finished up my first show with this amazing company and I had so much fun! Everyone involved was so kind, hardworking, and supportive and really helped me grow as a performer. I have made so many great friends and memories through this experience with JDP and I will definitely be back to do more with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I recently attended JDP Theatre Company's production of
Hairspray. Once again the company put on a fabulous show. The set was very effective and the costumes were spot on. Most of all I was impressed by the quality of the talent that the directors are able to coach up in the cast. Character development was strong and consistently portrayed, even when the cast were simply providing background roles.
I have the privilege of watching the production from behind the scenes. The directors foster an atmosphere of professionalism and respect, without losing the fun.
I highly recommend this company to any young people who are interested in theater.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JDP has given me so much in the past few years. i have had the honor of working with their amazing team to put on some spectacular shows. they never fail to encourage me to push myself harder in singing, acting, and dancing. i’ve met some of my best friends through this company and i’m forever thankful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JDP Theatre Co. partnered with our organization to put on a benefit showing of The Laramie Project. It was very kind of them to select us, and we were more than happy to help this upcoming nonprofit! Communication before, during, and after the event were timely, straightforward, and helpful. Everyone we interacted with was warm, welcoming, and eager to assist. We love all the programs JDP has available for youth who are interested in theatre, it is a great opportunity for young people to expand their skills and meet like minded folks. We look forward watching JDP progress!!

Stephanie Conti G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just saw The Laramie Project last month and was captivated from start to finish. I would've seen it again and again. Many audience members around me who had never seen or heard of JDP before thought that they were a professional company touring the show nationwide! JDP Theatre Co. never ceases to amaze me!

Claudia G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

JDP Theatre Co. not only produces great, entertaining shows, but also creates an environment where cast and crew members can be comfortable and have fun. Great for audiences and participants alike

Client Served

Rating: 5

The JDP team is extremely professional in all aspects of theatre production and education. They combine years of experience with vibrant energy to put on fantastic classes, riveting dramas and spectacular musicals. My children have thoroughly enjoyed working with this fun and supportive group. And the shows are absolutely AMAZING!

Rachel M.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing theatre company who not only encourages hard work and determination but also cares deeply about their kids. The company also offers many different workshops to progress in theatre and beyond! Highly recommended!

Keri G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow! Just saw the short clip of the latest JDP musical rehearsal for Hairspray and I am so excited for their upcoming show! I saw their performance of Legally Blonde the Musical, and it was outstanding! They had these amazing sets and the scene changes were SO quick and flawless! The little details with the props in each scene really made the show top-notch! Cannot wait to see what they will do with Hairspray!

JDP Theatre - when are tickets going on sale so I can book my seat?!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JDP Theatre Co., though it be but little, is a fierce company with some incredible talent behind it. The company has put on a number of impressive and professional shows, at such a level that one would think they might be seeing a broadway performance. The company is very inclusive, and features an amazing team of hardworking people with each member having a variety of skills under their belts. Having performed with the company, I’ve learned many lessons which have lead to a lot of development and growth, both as a person and as an actor. In truth, without the company, I would not be where I am today in terms of acting ability, general stage managing ability, and social ability. JDP Theatre Co., really does know how to put on a show and make the audience feel involved in their performances.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been to their productions. They are professional, well done, and entertaining. They care not only for those in their company, but for the community at large, as evidenced by a realized effort to be inclusive and raising money for other non-profits at their own shows. Keep up the great work. We can't wait for your next production!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have seen a good number of their productions and they are always extremely entertaining and professionally put together. You can tell a lot of work goes into the production. Great variety of work and can expect something new and refreshing with each piece of work they put out. Performers and behind the scenes crew all very talented.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been so very impressed by this theater company's professionalism and creativity. The shows have been fabulous and the young actors appear to have such a good time. The staff are largely compromised of seasoned educators who really know how to work with teens. I recommend this company to any young person interested in the performing arts and look forward to their future productions .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to attend several plays at JDP Theater Co. The talent of the group is amazing. You can tell that everyone- from the directors, actors/actresses & backstage staff - are devoted to putting on a great show. I’m looking forward to their next endeavor.

Kya L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with and for JDP as the dance captain for the company shows and as the choreographer for the childrens shows is an honor. I wouldve never thought that theatre was for me because I had always been a studio dancer and I've always been really shy. But JDP is now something I cant live without. As an advanced dancer, they found a way to individually challenge me by making me dance captain & childrens show choreographer so that im using different skills I havent used before in communication, leadership, and creativity. They make me feel safe, and I've made some of my best friends there that I'll have for the rest of my life. The rehearsal process is really organized and smooth, the shows are amazing and I'm proud to be in them every season!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with jdp theatre was everything I ever wanted. They made me feel loved and welcomed right away. They taught me how to be confident on stage and I have never been happier with myself.

Board Member

Rating: 5

JDP Theatre is one of the best! They offer a variety of classes that I haven't seen offered at any other performing arts company, and they put on 3 to 4 Top quality shows per year with the most affordable Community theater ticket prices in RI. The whole staff is wonderful, down-to-earth, and they have a way of making you feel like you are in one big family... whether you're involved in a class or a show, or you're an audience member!

1 Ryan M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have spent nearly a year straight with JDP jumping from one production straight into another, and boy does time fly when youre having fun. Being one of the older cast members. JDP has helped me further develop leadership skills to become a role model for younger company members. No matter how long you’ve been performing, There is always something new to learn at JDP whether it be vocal technique or stage etiquette. I have also met some of the most professional people in my theatre career, producing shows that flow seamlessly with a level of professionalism like that of PPAC. I am so thankful for my time @ JDP, I would not be the actor I am today without everyone ive met there. ❤️ After spending so much time together, its more than just a cast, more than a company, its a family.

1 Katie R.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JDP not only puts on the highest quality performances but their staff is incredible! They care about each performer to the fullest and are passionate about bringing their love of the theatre to life in each production! Each show is a must see!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved in all aspects of video production with community theater groups throughout my career and must say JDP is a standout company. The staff is incredibly organized and professional. They truly understand the ins and outs of technical aspects of putting on a production. JDP is a pleasure to partner with!

1 DM D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attend all their shows and events. Most recently, I attended their skate night and very much look forward to their paint & vino fundraiser. Their events are always awesome and packed with fun. This theatre company is well organized and always puts on great shows! If you are looking for some refreshing live theater - then look no further.

Jordyn K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I take asl classes and have been in a show with JDP Theatre Co and I am so grateful to have found them. They are accommodating, friendly, very affordable, and I’ve learned so much. They also put on quality shows, and I am so glad to have found somewhere so close to home to take my classes and be involved in shows!

1 Andrea V.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working as the vocal coach and music director at JDP for a little over a year now and I can say with a full heart that I have found my second family here at JDP.
JDP is a community where everyone feels welcome no matter where you come from or what skill level you have! From professional level productions to classes for any type of theatre experience you are looking for, JDP has got something for you! ❤️ this crew founded by and completely run by STRONG WOMEN is exactly the kind of theatre company we needed in East Providence!!!