Connie Mockenhaupt, co-founder with her husband Mike Jimena and artistic director of Sutter Street Theatre, was honored by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Elly Awards Ceremony.
Mockenhaupt holds multiple degrees in music, dance and drama. She has directed, performed in, choreographed or musically directed more than 400 different productions from New York to California. She put herself through college by playing bassoon professionally.
Mockenhaupt has spent much of her professional life in education, teaching and creating new and innovative programs such as VAPAC (Visual & Performing Arts Center) at Sacramento High School — one of the first Magnet schools for the Arts in California; the Performing & Fine Arts Academy Charter School Program where she was the first coordinator (the school was chosen the best arts school in the United States and its students went on to perform at Lincoln Center). She was named National Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year in 1992.
Her theater background in Sacramento spans all the way from Centerplayers to STC, CSUS, Garbeaus, Stagedoor Comedy Playhouse, Theatre El Dorado, EDMT, Roseville Theatre, Bob & Ro Productions and Davis Musical Theatre Company. Her current love, other than her family, is Sutter Street Theatre.
Sutter Street Theatre has had a very good year under the artistic direction of Mockenhaupt. The theater received an Arts Achievement Award from the Folsom Arts & Cultural Commission, a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. In addition Sutter Street Theatre was voted the Best Live Theatre by Folsom Telegraph and El Dorado Hills Telegraph readers and Best Regional Theatre by the readers of Style Magazine. Through the Elly Awards Program by the Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance, Sutter Street Theatre received 44 nominations (the highest of any theatre in the Greater Sacramento Area) and eight Elly Awards for excellence in theater including the award for Best Production in Young People’s Theatre for “Still Life With Iris.”