Ophelia’s Jump is a non-profit regional theatre company based in Claremont and performing in Claremont and Upland. Ophelia’s Jump Productions was founded in 2013 by women and queer Latinx artists and educators who believe that the purpose of theatre is to create unending conversations, spark imagination, incite conscience, and elicit a visceral response. OJP aims to invigorate the creativity and intellect of our community by working with local and regional artists to tell compelling stories and educate new generations of theatre lovers. OJP believes in centering the stories of diverse voices and the work of diverse artists. OJP believes that presenting under-represented points of view promotes empathy between people of differing backgrounds, engenders critical thinking, and encourages creative problem-solving. We focus on intersectionality.
Ophelia’s Jump’s THEATRE FOR GOOD program seeks to partner with local non-profits to help them raise funds. (This picture: Claremont Council member, Jed Leano presenting check for renovations to shelter for Latino families awaiting asylum hearings at San Ysidro border. “Room For All” project funded through staged reading of “Building the Wall” produced by Ophelia’s Jump through its Theatre for Good program.
OJP hosts adoption event for Priceless Pets at Midsummer Shakespeare Festival
OJP in Our Community
Theatre for Good
Through the Theatre for Good Program, OJP partners with community organizations to help raise funds for a variety of important causes.
2022 Ophelia’s Jump received a LA Department of Arts and Culture grant to help fund a series of staged readings and performances to raise funds for 3 partner charities. The first will benefit CASA SB which provides advocacy and resources for youth in the foster system. The staged reading of the play “Switch” by Lisa Karizian will be held on October 20 at 7pm.
2019 Ophelia’s Jump helped raise funds for the “Room For All” project which improved conditions at a shelter for immigrants awaiting asylum hearings at the San Ysidro border.
In 2017, Ophelia’s Jump donated over $2700 in tickets and merchandise to 12 different educational and community organizations in Claremont, Upland, and the surrounding communities. Recipients included but are not limited to Claremont High School, Sycamore Middle School, Diamond Bar High School, Uncommon Good, Inland Valley Repertory Theatre, Upland Community Foundation, Claremont Kiwanis, Upland Women’s Club, Claremont Chamber of Commerce, Casa Colina, and Foothill Aids Project, Relay for Life and Claremont Community Foundation.
Each summer Ophelia’s Jump provides free tickets to the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival to underprivileged families and students.
Ophelia’s Jump provides educational presentations and information about producing Shakespeare’s works, running a non-profit theatre and related topics for local clubs, educational institutions and community organizations.
Ophelia’s Jump mentors students from the Integrated Business Program at the University of La Verne.
Ophelia’s Jump hosts workshops and meetings in its studio for community organizations.
Ophelia’s Jump partners with other non-profit organizations and educational organizations to distribute materials, provide advertising and engage in fundraising for causes connected to the production season and/or to OJP’s artistic and educational mission.
In 2014, Ophelia’s Jump founded the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival which has become a summer tradition and brings visitors from Southern California and several states to Claremont each July.
Ophelia’s Jump provides theatre education classes and workshops to community youth and adults.
Each summer Ophelia’s Jump provides free booth space for community non-profits who want to participate in the Shakespeare Festival pre-show picnic and events.
During the summers of 2016 and 2017, Ophelia’s Jump hosted Priceless Pets at the Shakespeare Festival and showcased their work at a festival adoption event.