"We are a young group of rough and tumblin' rapscallions from Cali who decided to hitch up and head out east to the bright and shiny beacon, NYC, to see just what kind of mischief and magic we can stir up in the theatre biz."


Our Mission

Originally comprised of 15 members, the company has grown to an excess of 50 passionate artists after relocating to Astoria, NY to further pursue our professional and creative development. Under our mission statement "Character above concept, story above all else," we are dedicated to providing quality theatre to Astoria and its surrounding neighborhoods.  In 2014, we successfully renovated a seldom-used dance studio at the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens into a 75-seat black box theater, which we utilize to rehearse and perform original works, published works, new play readings and variety events.  We also volunteer to provide theatre classes and performance opportunities for the children at the Boys and Girls Club.

New York Productions

  • Story Winks

  • Lysistrata Jones

  • Your Alice

  • Some Night

  • Hedda Gabler

  • The Seagull

  • The Tempest

  • Almost, Maine

  • Mary's Little Monster

  • Floyd Collins

  • The Fox and Boulder

  • As You Like It

  • Rockabye Hamlet (first New York revival)

  • Fortinbras

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

  • Hamlet

  • The Cast Party

  • God Chairs and the Infinite Burrito

  • reasons to be pretty

Brief History

The Ophelia Theatre Group was founded in 2003 by playwright/producer, Sarah Bennett, in her hometown of Lake Elsinore, California. Composed of a group of young fellow actors she’d met in school along with many other “theater kids” in the area, they began by renting spaces and performing original works as well as classic favorites. It wasn’t long before they were able to expand and begin doing larger budget dramas, Shakespeare, and even take on large scale musicals. Over the years the company became a staple of the community working with the local Woman’s Club, Elks Lodge, and the public school system by providing entertainment for fundraisers, benefits, and educational programs.

By 2010 the Ophelia Theatre Group had produced dozens of full length productions and was looking to tackle a new challenge. Four of the group’s key members had already moved to New York and were taking advantage of the many artistic opportunities the city had to offer. After visiting them there, they decided it was time for the company to make the move as well, and in 2011 ten more of Ophelia’s members uprooted from Southern California and made NYC their new home.

Once established with apartments, jobs, etc., (no small feat in New York,) Ophelia got started right away developing a sketch comedy show they presented in their neighborhood in Astoria, Queens. Since then they’ve already produced several published pieces and original works in Manhattan and Queens, and they’re just getting started. The Ophelia Theatre Group looks forward to a rich and rewarding presence in New York where they can continue to bring their own original personality and artistic ideas to their community of theatre lovers and fellow artists. Thank you so much for visiting us and we hope to see you soon!

All photography provided by John Robert Hoffman


The Team

Find out about our organization, mission, our methods, and the results of our decades of advocacy.

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Past Productions

Check out some of the fantastic shows we've already done in our Ophelia Theater black box!

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