Workshops & Classes

Call (916) 353 – 1001 to register.

Connie Mockenhaupt, Artistic DirectorConnie Mockenhaupt

TPTA Artistic Director, CEO, Box Office Manager, Director, Choreographer

Connie Mockenhaupt holds degrees in Music, Dance and Drama, and has appeared in numerous musical productions from New York to California. She has directed, choreographed and/or musically directed over 350 shows, including those for Sacramento Theatre Company, California State University, El Dorado Musical Theatre, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, Theatre El Dorado, and The Sutter Street Theatre. Mockenhaupt has devoted much of her life to education– teaching dance, drama and music–and was awarded the National Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year. She was the original coordinator for the Natomas Performing & Fine Arts Academy Charter School in Sacramento, CA; and is also a professional musician, having played Bassoon for the Sacramento Symphony, Music Circus, and various other orchestras. Connie Mockenhaupt is also the winner of numerous Elly Awards for excellence in theatre, including a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’


Saturdays 11am – 12pm

Instructors: Kale & Cory Coppin

Cory and Kale Coppin have been teaching music together for the last four years and have recently started working at Sutter Street Theatre as Musical Directors. Their Saturday morning group vocal class will feature vocalizes (special vocal warm-ups that target certain aspects of the voice), group singing much like a choir, and the opportunity to work individually as soloists.

Weekly Classes $60/month

Private lessons and piano lessons available upon request.

Improvisation and Scene Study

Instructor: Allen Schmeltz

Mondays or Fridays 4pm – 6pm

Ages 10 – 17

Instructor: Allen Schmeltz

Conducted in cooperation with Sutter Street Theatre Academy in Historic Folsom. In the workshops, students learn the skills of acting and improvisation. Having fun while learning is a theme of the workshops.

Weekly Classes $80/month
(A 10% discount is given to two or more students from the same family, or to any student who is taking both private lessons and workshops from Allen Schmeltz.)

For more information on private lessons, visit

For available workshop information or if you have any questions, please call Allen Schmeltz at (916) 802-2249 or email

You may also call the theatre at (916) 353-1001.

Oil Painting with Mike Jimena

Instructor: Mike Jimena

Studio Times: Tuesdays 2pm – 7pm
(Additional times available by appoinment)

All ages and all skill levels

Oil Painting with Mike Jimena is taught in a self-paced studio setting. The class is ongoing and may be started at any time.

Based on Mike Jimena’s award-winning technique, each student progresses, learns, and develops at his or her own pace.  Student work is included in periodic Art Shows and Receptions.

Fee: $100 for three 2-hour classes, including all supplies

Oil Painting Workshop for Home Schoolers

Instructor: Mike Jimena

This workshop is scheduled for home schoolers and comes with a higher concentration of one-on-one instruction to develop the skills and technique of the student.

Fee: $100 for three 2-hour classes, including all supplies.
(Note: We can accept vouchers on a pre-negotiated fee with schools. Call for details.)

Instructor: Dian Hoel


Jazz – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Tap – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Instructor: Dian Hoel

Weekly classes 60$/month

Private lessons available upon request.

Musical Theatre for Youth

Alison Lewis Gilbreath at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom, CA

Instructor: Alison Lewis Gilbreath

Ages 5 – 9: 5pm – 6pm
Ages 9 and up: 6pm – 7pm

Instructor: Alison Lewis Gilbreath

Classes will cover all aspects of Musical Theatre performance, including acting (especially in the context of Musical Theatre), dance, vocals, and theater etiquette and preparation.

Weekly Classes: 60$/month

Private lessons available upon request.

Acting Techniques: Stage vs. Film

Instructor: Ally Dietz

Thursdays 5:30pm – 7pm

All ages

Instructor: Ally Dietz

This class will explore the different acting techniques among stage, film, and television acting. Scenes will be selected from any medium, with an emphasis on how to adapt your techniques for each.

Weekly Classes $60/month

For private lessons, email Ally at or call at (916) 753 – 4790. You can also call the theatre at (916) 353 – 1001.