About Sutter Street Theatre

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide all children and adults in the region with high-quality programs and services to learn about the art of theatre and related fields, to enrich the quality of life in the community through enhanced arts experiences, and to provide entertainment and art awareness through community stage performances and exhibits.

 

Sutter Street Theatre and the Theatre Production & Technical Academy is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit located on Sutter Street in the heart of Folsom’s Historic District.  In addition to galleries and specialty shops, within a block or two of our venue, you can find restaurants, wine bars, pubs, and the famous Snooks Chocolate Factory.

In addition to our theatre, Sutter Street Academy, housed in “The Annex” building directly behind the theatre, provides a wide range of learning opportunities for both casual and committed artists from age five to ninety-five.  Our seasoned and talented team of educators offer ongoing courses in Acting, Improvisation & Scene Study, Vocal Music & Piano, Musical Theatre, Jazz & Tap Dance, and Visual Arts!  Workshop intensives and private lessons are also available for students.

With seasons that present a host of award-winning comedies, musicals, and young people’s theatre, our combined theatre experience includes recognition from the Folsom Telegraph, Sacramento Bee, KFBK, Good Day Sacramento, multiple “Best of” awards from Sacramento Magazine, and even a mention in the Wall Street Journal!  In addition, our theatre has been honored with many Elly nominations and awards at the annual Elly Awards for Excellence in Theatre (named after the patron of the arts, Eleanor McClatchy).

Performances in our Off-Broadway Series are 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Sunday afternoon matinees at 4:00 pm. Performances in our Family Series are Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm. New this year are performances in our Pee Wee Series, usually on Saturdays at 11:00 am. You can visit our online calendar by clicking here.

Many Saturdays showcase special performances with special pricing:

Breaking Borders is our touring company, bringing fun and educational productions to your school or in our theatre.

Sutter Street Theatre also encourages original works that are presented throughout the year.


Meet The Staff

 

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 1,000 shows. Connie 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. She has received numerous Elly Awards for excellence in theatre, including a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’


Mike Jimena

TPTA Managing Director, Director, Co-Director of Mikon Productions

Mike Jimena’s artistic career has balanced between visual and performing arts; his paintings, murals, and set designs have been featured locally (the “Komen Promise Wall”), regionally, and nationally. He is a multiple Elly award winner for Set Designs & Lighting, whose work can be seen at B Street Theatre, Sutter Street Theatre, as well as Fairy Tale Town (designed and built the Granny Goose Stage), The California Arts Council, and the Stage Nine store. Jimena has designed numerous Gold Medal award-winning exhibits for counties throughout California that may be viewed yearly at the California State Fair; his special awards include Best Design, Best Marketing & Best Animation. He is also a founding teacher of Natomas Charter School Performing & Fine Arts Academy, creating both the visual arts and stagecraft program. Jimena is also a Recipient of the Wilkerson Fellowship for Arts Education.


Allen Schmeltz

Artistic Associate, Director, Instructor, Publicity

Allen Schmeltz, is an award-winning director, having directed over 70 plays. He was the founder and artistic director of the award-winning Garbeau’s Acorn & Oak Theatre for young people. Currently, he is an artistic associate, director, and teacher at the acclaimed Sutter Street Theatre in Historic Folsom. His productions have received over 100 Elly nominations and numerous awards for excellence in theatre in every category from design to acting to best production. As an actor, Mr. Schmeltz has appeared at numerous theatres in the Sacramento region. His most rewarding roles were the Stage Manager in “Our Town,” Blind Captain Jack in the critically acclaimed four-star production of “Under Milkwood’ and as Henry in “The Fantasticks.” He has studied with Miriam Gray, Jack Lynn, Charlie Holliday, and Ed Claudio.


Alison Lewis Gilbreath at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom, CA

Alison Gilbreth

Education Outreach Manager, Instructor, Director

Alison trained to be an actress at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, gained a BA in Theatre Practice from Guildford School of Acting, and trained in Paris with the French master clown, pedagogue, and professor of theatre, Philippe Gaulier. She has worked as a professional actress, director, and drama teacher for over 20 years. She has been manager of several young people’s drama programs, created curriculum and brought Theatre to schools. Alison is currently the Education Outreach Manager and head of the Breaking Borders Touring Company at Sutter Street Theatre, where she also directs and performs regularly.


Eileen Beaver

Resident Costumer, Olde Tyme Radio Show Director

As Sutter Street Theatre’s resident costumer, Eileen costumes most of the shows at Sutter Street Theatre in both the Off Broadway and Family Series. She’s been costuming and performing in the greater Sacramento area for 35 years.  She is the recipient of numerous Elly Nominations and Awards for her costuming. She received the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance Lifetime Achievement Aware in 2018.  She is also an accomplished actress and has been seen in many productions throughout the greater Sacramento area. Eileen is also the Director of Sutter Street Theatre’s Olde Tyme Radio Show and is responsible for selecting the monthly dramas and casting and coordinating the talent, often appearing in the show herself.


Jenny Connors

Business Manager, Director of PeeWee Series and Storybook Time

At a young age, Jenny fell in love with theater and decided it would be her life’s focus. She began performing as a young child in local children’s theaters and went on to earned a certificate from Solano Community College’s Actor Training Program where she was classically trained in clown, movement, stage combat, mask, jazz, ballet, tap, speaking voice, singing, acting, Shakespeare, dramaturgy, and stage tech.  Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Barabra with an emphasis in Theater History and Playwriting.  She has performed, written, and directed in the Sacramento region since 2015 and her work has been nominated for multiple Arty and Elly Awards. Since 2001, she has worked off and on as a bookkeeper and office manager as well as taking multiple workshops in business management.  Jenny is happy to be utilizing all of her skills within the theatrical world and loves her role at Sutter Street Theatre (almost as much as the different roles she plays onstage!)


Emily Meyers

Project Administrator, Social Media, Costumer

Emily first came to Sutter Street as a performer, acting in her first theatrical production in the summer of 2017. Since then she has served as a volunteer, Project Manager, Costumer, Summer Camp Coordinator, Photographer and Social Media Manager. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University where she also minored in Marketing and Biblical Studies. She also attended the Disney University training program and worked for the Walt Disney Company. When not performing on stage, you can often find her poking around behind the scenes at Sutter Street.

 


Lindy Mallonee

Instructor, Reader for Storybook Time

Linda “Lindy” Mallonee has a lifetime love of theatrical production. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from San Jose State and Santa Clara University and has accumulated many years of experience working with children. As the Director of Children’s Programs at Santa Clara University, she was in charge of all the annual holiday plays and productions. She has pursued her love of theatre by performing on stages across the Bay Area and Sacramento regions. She specializes in acting, puppetry, children’s entertainment, character voices, storytelling and always… singing! When not leading Sutter Street’s Children’s Intro to Theatre class, you can often spot her volunteering at various Theatre functions or performing on stage in of the Theatre’s many theatrical production.