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Ophelias Jump Productions A California Public Benefit Corporation

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Presenting live play productions, promoting love of and knowledge about live theatre and theatre education, & supporting emerging artists.

Programs: We produced and presented 4 live theatre plays featuring actors and other artists from the local and regional community.

we produced the ojp midsummer shakespeare festival in claremont with sponsorship by pomona college-- the festival uses local and regional actors, student interns, musicians and involves local vendors, non-profit organizations, and performers.

we created and ran a summer shakespeare camp for children ages 9-12. Students learned about shakespearean and elizabethan theatrical conventions and devised their own "shakespearian" play which they performed as a green show at the midsummer shakespeare festival.

we ran a theatre internship program for high school and college students which provided students the opportunity to work with mentor artists and others in the field of theatre. Students participated in the areas of acting, design, tech, music, management and marketing/public relations.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

OJ gives inland empire residents a chance to see cutting edge productions that we would otherwise have to drive several hours to west LA to see. They are the ONLY local theater company willing to take the risk with more challenging material (a welcome respite from endless repeats of Hello Dolly.) They are welcoming to their disabled patrons, too, and have always made our developmentally disabled, adult son feel part of the theater loving community. We feel lucky to have them in our city!
Cindy, Mark and Alex Segal, Upland

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OJP is a wonderful place. The staff of the small venue are warm and welcoming. They have a snack bar with a nice selection, and they pop their popcorn on the spot. You're allowed to eat and drink during shows. Most important, OJP is known for going beyond "safe" productions. Their performances never fail to engage, challenge, and transport audiences. Every time I have attended, the actors and material have kept my attention riveted to the stage. Oh, and they have a liquor license.

Taryn P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I still can't believe a theater of this quality is available on the fringe of LA county. These productions are carefully composed, cast, and directed at a level that far exceeds almost every other small theater I've ever attended - and I am an avid theater-goer. Ophelia's Jump is an invaluable asset to the community and the arts!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great leadership coupled with active public service, socially responsible, a daring selection of shows, and ability to find and feature great talent.

1 Elizabeth Fuquay J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great theater that treats you like family! Beatrice, Caitlin and Randy go out of their way to make you make feel at home. They are gifted in presenting edgy works, as well as the classics. The theater where everyone knows your name...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ophelia's Jump Productions is an oasis in an otherwise theatrical desert. Having live, local and very well done productions is a constant delight. Beatrice and Randy are excellent hosts, and each season they choose works that appeal to a wide range of ages and tastes. Their outdoor Summer Shakespeare Festival is not to be missed and their contributions to the local community are immeasurable. Long live OJP!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve seen more than a dozen shows in multiple venues and I have never been disappointed. The level of talent on stage and behind the scenes is top notch. The show selection is thought provoking, sometimes edgy, and always enthralling - a mix of award-winning contemporary fare and modern interpretation of the classics. Moreover, the audiences become like family and vice versa. This company makes me feel like I belong.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Inland Empire isn't really that far from LA, but when you factor in traffic it can still take 1.5-2 hours to get there on a weekday. That's what I love about OJP. They being progressive theater and improv close to home and do an excellent job

JM_Lyons

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Councilperson for the community that Ophilia’s Jump Production (OJP) calls “home,” it has been my pleasure to assist in its transformation from a visionary dream into a successful production company. The contribution it makes to the City of Claremont and the surrounding cities far exceeds the size of its company, or the number of entertaining theatre offerings OJP fits into its “little black box.” Its commitment to challenge its audience’s understanding of inclusion through its productions and casting, OJP has created a community of patrons, which in turn has become a welcomed addition to the patchwork quilt that is the Claremont Community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few years ago, my husband and I had stopped going to the theater because all the interesting shows were an hour’s drive away, then along came Ophelia’s Jump, right down the road from us. After an O.J. performance, we sometimes leave in tears—laughter or tragedy induced—but we always leave deep in conversation about the experience we have just shared.
We have a developmentally delayed, adult son, who occasionally attends the productions as well. He often doesn’t completely understand the material, but he loves the feeling of being inside the television, part of the performance, because the venue is so intimate. The folks at O.J. always make him feel welcome.
Come and experience real theater in the Inland Empire!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This local theatre company is producing challenging high quality work such as I have seen at the Taper or the Geffen. It's amazing what they have done even with limited resources and no permanent home. I have enjoyed their work over the past 4 years and they are very hard working and passionate about producing thought provoking work.