Thanks for your curiosity. Here's more about me than you probably ever need to know:
I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where I began acting at age 10. While in Winston-Salem I attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where I received a full Legislative Scholarship to study classical guitar.
After graduating from NCSA I took a short break from performing to attend The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. I'm still not sure why. While at UNC I also spent a summer term studying Shakespeare at St. Edmund Hall at The University of Oxford through the UNC Honors program, and a fall semester attending The Second City's Comedy Studies program in Chicago.
After UNC I returned to Chicago, where I completed the conservatory at The Second City and the training program at iO Chicago. During this time I had the opportunity to train with some of the most recognized names in improv, including TJ Jagodowski (TJ and Dave), John Lutz (30 Rock), Tim Baltz (Veep, Drunk History), and Cook County Social Club.
Outside the realm of improv, living in Chicago gave me ample opportunities to branch out and see plays at some of my favorite theaters. I decided that if I wanted to be a well-rounded artist, I needed to broaden my horizons with the incorporation of intensive study in dramatic theatre. This led me to New York, where I studied acting at the Actors Studio Drama School and trained with legendary teachers such as Jacqueline Knapp (student of Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler), Elizabeth Kemp (private coach to Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman), and Susan Aston (private coach to James Gandolfini), all of whom are Lifetime Members of the Actors Studio.
The summer after earning my MFA I made my professional debut at the Peterborough Players, where I was honored with a New Hampshire Theatre Award Nomination and the WISE Foundation's Emerging Artist of the Year Award for my performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. I returned to New York and began working at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center that fall, where I have since appeared more than 250 times. Notable productions include Samson et Dalila (directed by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak), and revivals of Carmen (directed by Olivier Award-winner Sir Richard Eyre), Il Trittico (directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O'Brien), and Les Contes d'Hoffmann (directed by Tony Award-winner and Lincoln Center Resident Director Bartlett Sher).
In 2019 I had the privilege of joining the cast of the Met's historic production of Porgy and Bess, which broke box office records and inspired the Met to extend a show for the first time in its history. I was also featured as a non-singing soloist on the cast recording, for which I received a 2021 Grammy Award Certificate in the Best Opera Recording category.
In Spring of 2022 The Metropolitan Opera invited me to join the company full-time as a Staff Performer. In this role I serve various functions that can range from acting and movement to fight choreography, stunts, and ensemble work.
Proud member of AGMA, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors Equity Association.
"There is still plenty to laugh about, including [Mittelstadt's] sexual magnetism and pectoral muscles..."