Before Darden...

  • I worked as an entrepreneur by day and an opera singer by night. I enjoyed performing in operas, musical theater productions, recitals, and other live events.


    One of my favorite roles, for which I won critical acclaim, was that of Lady Caroline Dester in Enchanted April with Utah Lyric Opera and the Covey Center for the Arts. Watch the trailer below.



  • I was featured on several television networks for this role, including Fox 13 and Provo Channel 17.



    Other recent stage appearances include:

    Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Utah Repertory Theater Company


    Mother (Gertrude) in Hansel and Gretel, Draper Historic Theater


    Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, UNIPAC


    Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario, UNIPAC & BYU


    Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre, Spotlight Productions & The Rose Wagner Theater


    Here's what the critics had to say:


    "An outstanding actor . . . West incorporate[s] innumerable nuances . . . with character-ridden objective." "“Katie Sullivan Porter, Utah Theater Bloggers Association


    "A strong vocalist . . . among the best I have ever heard." "“Tyler Hinton, Broadway World


    "West sparkles with a hard light." "“Kara Henry, Front Row Reviewers Utah


    "Mimi West [is] a stand-out both in terms of vocals and comedy." "“Callie Oppedisano, Utah Theater Bloggers Association


    "A perfectly beautiful woman who always sounds angelic and lovely, even if she's seething inside . . . West [does] an admirable job." "“Heather Jones, Backstage Utah


    Here's what other performers had to say:

    "Mimi is a first-class musician and an outstanding teacher. I have had a blast working with her!" --John Tracy, Owner, Tampa Bay Music Academy


    "Mimi is an extremely talented performer. She takes her work very seriously and is very studious in her approach to rehearsals and preparing for productions. I have always appreciated Mimi's willingness to help other actors, rehearse outside of scheduled rehearsals and how she goes above and beyond to insure that each production she is a part of is as successful as possible. Mimi works well with other actors and has an ever positive and supportive attitude that promotes unity and a true since of ensemble among the cast. She can always be counted on to follow through with any commitments that she makes and is a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Mimi's work and hope to collaborate with her again in future projects." Johnny Hebda, Artistic Director, Utah Repertory Theater Company


    "Her dynamo personality and overall wow factor [make] Mimi West small but fierce." "“ Brighton Sloan, Artistic Director, Spotlight Productions


    "Very talented singer." --Darrell Babidge, World-Renown Opera Singer, Professor & Private Teacher; Brigham Young University News


    "Mimi is so classy, goal-oriented, gorgeous, kind, smart and funny! She is the best!" "“ Susan Christensen, ELL Paraprofessional at USD 501 Topeka Public School


    "Mimi West is a wonderful performer, with a beautiful soprano voice, and an amazing presence of charm and fun in her stage work. Her performances just sparkle! I have had the privilege of singing with her in the past, and can honestly recommend her not only for her gifted voice, but also for her professionalism. She is a delight to work with, and I look forward to doing so again.." "“Stacylyn Bennett, Principal Soprano, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera


    "I was immediately impressed with her approach towards learning and teaching others. She was enthralling to watch; her passion for finding true understanding extended beyond the studies of her major courses. She brought enthusiasm and dedication to all of her academic pursuits and gave thoughtful time in preparation for each class, in the work she did, and especially in sharing that work with others. Mimi lived and breathed the knowledge she gained, and so naturally became a teacher to her roommates and her peers." "“ Celeste Cummings, 5th grade teacher at Louden Junior High School


    "Mimi lights up every atmosphere she enters and be virtue of this, she encourages and lifts people to achieve greater results and end products . . . She can see her objective clearly and works doggedly to reach it. She truly will stop at nothing to achieve her goals and this trait of hers is absolutely inspiring . . . She is sure to shine." "“ Logan Bradford, Assistant Account Executive at Connect Marketing