Carmen Maria Mitchell is a Latina performing artist who's pronouns are she/her/hers.
Carmen grew up as a competitive figure skater and ballet dancer. She now works as a professional singer and actor in both New York and California. Her body of artistic work includes many leading roles in musicals, short films, commercials, motion capture and professional ice skating shows.
Carmen recently appeared as a principal performer on a National Tour of Disney on Ice, where she originate the role of the “Live Host” and was also hired to do voice over work for Feld Entertainment.
Some of her favorite roles include: Louise in Gypsy, Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera, Maria in West Side Story, Fantine in Les Misérables, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Viola in Illyria, Aida in the musical Aida, and Brooke Windham in Legally Blonde The Musical.
During her competitive ice skating career, Carmen became a US Figure Skating double gold medalist and was the Artistic National winner. She was also the overall winner of many showcase competitions throughout the Bay Area where she received multiple artistic awards including "Most Artistic Freeskate" as a single and similar pair team.
Carmen danced as a soloist with the San Francisco Academy of Ballet and Santa Rosa Dance Theater where she performed principal roles as a guest artists for several full-length ballets.
Carmen attended the Art Quest performing program at Santa Roda High School, then went on to study Performing Arts and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco and Santa Rosa Junior College. Carmen has also attended many workshops, masterclasses, and acting intensive programs at the City Academy in London, American Conservatory Theater (ACT) Studio, Berkeley Repertory Theater and Shakespeare & Company.
In addition to her professional career as a performing artist, Carmen is also the founder & director of several performance / media organizations:
Carmen is the founder of the (non-profit) Redwood Theatre Company & Redwood Ice Theatre, bringing professional productions and ice shows to the wine country of Sonoma County, CA. Carmen is also the co-founder of the FTA Production company, working alongside bold brands and artists to create cutting-edge media content.
Carmen has a passion for social justice work. Her companies include special needs full-inclusion opportunities for artists with developmental disabilities and other outreach art programs for underserved youth. Carmen works as the co-founder / director of the SOL Club Community Arts program: "providing art and healing to marginalized youth of color as a form of violence prevention", as well as the director of the FTA Social Justice Art Series: "creating social awareness and community connections through art".
A Bit About Carmen's History
SOL Art Program
Ice Theatre Company
Social Justice Art Series
Professional Ice Shows
Training & Education
Competitive Figure Skating
Co-Director of the SOL (Socially Organized Latinx) Art Program. Providing art and healing to underserved youth in marginalized communities .
Producer & Co-Director of the Patrol Lowrider Documentary in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa and the Soco Mexican Lowrider Council. Promoting peace, healing, and respect between law enforcement and the Latinx community.
Carmen co-founded the Redwood Ice Theatre Company as a new branch of RTC. This ice theatre features professional figure skaters and world competitors in both live and virtual productions.
Director of the FTA Social Justice Art Series: creating social awareness and community connections through art.
Carmen co-founded the production company FTA Productions (For The Art). Working alongside bold brands & artists to create cutting edge media content.
Carmen debuted the role of the Live Host on the National tour of Disney on Ice: "Dare to Dream" with Feld Entertainment.
Some of Carmen's favorite roles include: Louise in Gypsy, Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera, Maria in West Side Story, Fantine in Les Misérables, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Viola in Illyria, Aida in the musical Aida, and Brooke Windham in Legally Blonde The Musical.
Carmen had the privilege of working as an instructor for Alchemia performing arts program for adults with developmental disabilities. Carmen now produces full-inclusion productions featuring performing artists with all different types of abilities.
Carmen founded the non-profit Redwood Theatre Company. Featuring original projects and social justice pieces. Bringing Art to the community with professional productions, youth performance camps, outreach opportunities & full-inclusion programs.
Carmen skated in several professional ice shows including: Disney On Ice, Great America Theme Park Ice Show & Snoopy Home Ice Christmas Shows.
Carmen studied Performing Arts and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco and Santa Rosa Junior College. Carmen has also attended many workshops, masterclasses, and acting intensive programs including: Meisner Technique and Film Acting at the City Academy in London, Advanced Acting at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) Studio, Advanced Stage and Film Acting at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and an Advanced Shakespeare Workshop with the Shakespeare and Company (lead by Dennis Krausnick).
Fun Fact: Carmen worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor throughout high school & college.
During her competitive ice skating career, Carmen became a US Figure Skating double gold medalist and was the Artistic National champion. She also won several artistic awards including "Most Artistic Freeskate" at Showcase competitions in the Bay Area.
Carmen began her training at Ballet California with Keith & BJ Martin. She then studied with Tamara Statkoun & Gina Ness at Santa Rosa Dance Theatre where she performed as a guest soloist. Carmen then went on to train and dance at the San Francisco Academy of Ballet with Richard Gibson.