Sutter Street Theatre

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$12,691 raised by 108 donors

85% complete

$15,000 Goal

Connie Mockenhaupt and Mike Jimena founded the theatre as Stage 9 Theatre in 2006 with an opening performance of "Tell Me On A Sunday" on November 3, 2006. In 2007, Allen Schmeltz became an Artistic Associate and helped establish the Family Series and the Stage 9 Educational component. Highlights of the year included numerous Elly nominations and awards including one for Best Overall Production. In 2008, under the 501(c)(3), we established The Theatre Production & Technical Academy.

Connie, Mike, and Allen continued on into new roles to manage the day to day business and artistic operations: Connie (CEO/Artistic Director), Mike (Managing Director), and Allen (Artistic Associate). In 2010, with Sutter Street and Historic Folsom in the middle of its restoration, we renamed the theatre, Sutter Street Theatre. In its fifteen-year history, Sutter Street Theatre has produced over 450 productions. These have ranged from full musicals such as "Into the Woods", "Cabaret", "The Producers", "Young Frankenstein", "Guys and Dolls", "Spamalot", "Anything Goes", "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", "In the Heights" and "Little Shop of Horrors"; classic comedies, dramas, and mysteries such as "The Odd Couple", "Harvey", "Bus Stop", "The Miracle Worker", "And Then There Were None", "Wait Until Dark", "Our Town", "Arsenic and Old Lace", "The Unexpected Guest", and "You Can't Take It With You". We have also written and produced several original scripts, including "Holiday In the Hills" and "Folsom's Gold".

The Family Series has presented shows such as "Alice in Wonderland", "Secret Garden", "Annie Jr.", "Treasure Island", "Quiltmaker's Gift", "The Hobbit", "Jack and the Beanstalk", and "Anne of Green Gables". In 2017, the theatre debuted a school touring company called Breaking Borders. The company premiered with "The Bully", a life-lessons based musical, and "Alice in Wonderland" for younger school audiences. Breaking Borders was in the process of creating a new show when the COVID-19 shut-downs started. As a result, that production will be sent out in a digital format.

Although the pandemic has forced the postponement and cancelation of productions, Sutter Street Theatre has used innovative means to continue providing entertainment and education. The annual production of "Holiday in the Hills" was presented outside on Sutter Street for free and the theater space was transformed into Winter Wonderland for photo opportunities. Youth workshops were conducted outdoors or online. Classes have been scaled back to comply with social distancing regulations. Thanks to generous donations from the public and grants Sutter Street Theatre has been able to keep its doors open.

Sutter Street Theatre continues to receive local, regional, and national recognition with awards such as a Cultural Arts Award from the City of Folsom, over 400 Elly nominations for Excellence in Theatre, and 80 awards including Best Overall Production. Artistic Director Connie Mockenhaupt, Artistic Associate Allen Schmeltz, and Costumer Eileen Beaver have received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance. We have received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Mission of TPTA is to provide opportunities for children and adults 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 art exhibits.


Volunteers for additional technical expertise, fundraising assistance, ushering, and assisting with costumes.

Non-actor personnel with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to bring to the Board.

Upgrades to lighting, sound systems, recording equipment, monitor systems in order to keep up artistically.

Play productions, including licensing and rights; summer camps, youth outreach programs, senior outreach programs; funds to uphold artistic integrity in work; general business operations.

Facility equipment such as updated phone system, installation of an updated electrical system and additional electrical outlets to accommodate space heaters in the winter and small cooling units in the summer.

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Organization name

Sutter Street Theatre

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Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Organization Need

Volunteers, Board Members, Technology, Funding: Program, Funding: Other


710 Figueroa St.
Folsom, CA 95630

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Folsom, CA, US



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