Sunny Mitchell on the Johnny Cash Bridge

Sunny Mitchell is a director, choreographer, instructor, vocalist, guitarist, 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 Faculty at Folsom Lake College, and CSUS, Assistant Choreographer for Broadway at Music Circus, and a number of titles in education with Broadway Sacramento and Sacramento Ballet. Other affiliations include Theatre Ventures International, under the guidance of Dennis Nahat, Stephens College in Missouri, Musical Theatre Intensive Sacramento, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, and various dance studios, 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. Sunny is a vocalist, guitarist, and manager for The Wildwood Roses, the only ever Carter Sisters tribute band. The Wildwood Roses had the honor of singing with third generation Carter family members, Carlene Carter and Lorrie Carter Bennett, last summer in Hendersonville, TN.  Ms. Mitchell received grant funding from Sac Metro Arts and has created residencies for such esteemed artists as WS Holland, Lorrie Carter Bennett, Ronnie Williams, and Vicki Langdon (showcasing her Carter and Cash memorabilia for a 50th anniversary celebration of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Album). Sunny’s most recent endeavors include producing, directing and performing in large music concerts celebrating country roots music. In 2016, American Legend: A Tribute to Johnny Cash’s Life in Song, pulled together over 20 artists from across the state of California in a benefit for Folsom's own Johnny Cash Art Trail, and earned her the City of Folsom's 2016 Arts Achievement Award. Ms. Mitchell’s proposal on “Country Music in the Classroom,” based on her 2017 Cultural Equity grant through Sac Metro Arts, was selected to be presented at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival at Arkansas State University. Ms. Mitchell, along with The Wildwood Roses and other community members,  founded the Wildwood Performing Arts Foundation, with a focus on using the performing arts as a vehicle for education, with direct emphasis on the unique tapestry of our American heritage.