About Sutter Street Theatre
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 patron of the arts, Eleanor McClatchy).
Performances in our Off Broadway Series are 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Sunday afternoon matinees at 4:00pm. Performances in our Family Series are Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00pm and other days and times scheduled for school groups and parties. You can visit our online calendar by clicking here.
Our “Saturdays at 4” series showcases a special performance each week, 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 which are presented throughout the year.
Meet our Artistic Staff
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 buy bactrim 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.’
TPTA Director of Operations, 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 Recipient of the Wilkerson Fellowship for Arts Education.
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, resident director, and teacher at the acclaimed Sutter Street Theatre in Historic Folsom. His productions have received over 100 Elly nominations for excellence in theatre in every category from design to acting to best production and he has received several Elly awards. As an actor, Mr. Schmeltz appeared at Sutter Street Theatre, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre, The Woodland Opera House, and The Actor’s Theatre of Sacramento among others. 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, founder and artistic director of The Actor’s Workshop Theatre of Sacramento.”
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.
Laura has an M.A. in Education from College of Notre Dame and vocal training at Boston Conservatory and Cornell College. She has extensive acting and vocal experience and taught youth in varied disciplines including acting to students ages 6-16 and at-risk fifth-grade students. She is also an accomplished director and a professional actress with a dynamic teaching style.
Jenny Connors completed the Actor Training Program at Solano Community College where she studied with professional actors. She then studied world theatre and playwriting at UC Santa Barbara where she received a B.A. with Highest Honors in Theatre Arts. While at UC Santa Barbara, Jenny studied under renowned playwright Naomi Iizuka. Jenny has been nominated for Arty and Elly awards in both acting and playwriting.