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SUNNY MITCHELL

Sunny Mitchell is a director, choreographer, vocalist, instructor, and entertainment developer. Her career has included many principal and solo roles during her tenure with The Sacramento Ballet and California Musical Theatre. Sunny holds a BFA, specialization in choreography, from UC Irvine and an MA in Education from CSUS. Other titles include Adjunct Dance Professor (Folsom Lake College and CSUS), Assistant Choreographer for Sacramento Music Circus, Choreographer for CMT Junior Company and other Academy instruction, a number of titles in education with the Sacramento Ballet, and marketing and publicity associate for Falcon's Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College. Other affiliations include Theatre Ventures International, under the guidance of Dennis Nahat, Stephens College in Missouri, Musical Theatre Intensive Sacramento, SMAC, Leighton Dance Project, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, and various fundraisers and fashion shows. Sunny is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and the founding director of Sunny Mitchell Theatre Projects (SMTP), a platform for developing theatrical works that are alive, creative, and imaginative. In 2016, her large music concert, entitled American Legend, pulled together nearly 25 artists from across the state of California in a benefit for Folsom's own Johnny Cash Art Trail, and garnered her the City of Folsom's 2016 Arts Achievement Award. A recent endeavor, Poets & Pioneers: The Birth of American Country Music, partially funded by Sacramento Metro Arts Commission, brought third generation country music royalty, Lorrie Carter Bennett, to Sacramento county to provide free educational concerts for 400 underserved students in the Sacramento City Unified School District, and public concerts with Ms. Bennett, special guest Ronnie Williams from Virginia, and over a dozen local artists were performed in both Folsom and Sacramento. Ms. Mitchell is the manager and vocalist/backing guitarist for, The Wildwood Roses, a band honoring The Carter Sisters and country roots music. Ms. Mitchell produced American Legend: A Tribute to Johnny Cash's Life in Song in the summer of 2018 with Johnny Cash's only ever drummer, W.S. Holland, hosting him in Folsom 50 years after the iconic album, At Folsom Prison.

JEANNE MARIE JACOBSON

A Los Angeles native, Ms. Jacobson’s early professional credits include work with Universal Pictures, Melody Films, the ABC and CBS networks as well as the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.  A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and a former Soloist with The Sacramento Ballet, Jeanne  has been featured in productions by Sacramento Music Circus, Falcon’s Eye Theatre, and Young Dempsey Productions, as a member of their Los Angeles-based band The Walking Phoenixes. Jeanne has been an active Lead Artist of SMTP, appearing onstage in featured roles in American Legend: A Tribute to Johnny Cash’s Life in Song and Poets & Pioneers: The Birth of American Country Music, as well as providing artistic and administrative work for the organization, behind the scenes.  Jeanne has produced graphic design pieces and copy for SMTP since its inception as E:motion Dance Ensemble, as well as providing freelance designs for arts organizations and artists in the Greater Sacramento and San Francisco/Bay Areas. Most recently, she was appointed Guest Artistic Director for Placer Theatre Ballet from 2017-2019  and served as Choreographer for Sutter Street Theatre's 2018 production of Straight Camp: An Original Musical. She is currently on the teaching faculty for several prominent dance studios in the area and is a founding member of the Carter Sister Tribute Band, The Wildwood Roses.

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