Learning to Act and to Read People

Teissia_Treynet Teissia Treynet’s profession also demands customized treatment of each client. However, as with Dobrina, seeing the link between Teissia’s work and her Idyllwild education requires imagination—until her excited explanation spills out.

Teissia is another 2002 Academy graduate, but in Theatre, with an emphasis on Acting. The passion for the stage that she had brought from her New Mexico home drove her to Chicago’s DePaul University and a Theatre degree, then back to Southern California. While filming a part in a movie, Teissia met the Development Director of a nonprofit, who hired her to plan fundraisers.

The question of a link to an Idyllwild Arts education comes up again. What did the woman see in Teissia to convince her that a young, aspiring actor could do the job? Teissia, who left the nonprofit world several years ago and now plans high-end weddings from her own company’s Manhattan and Los Angeles offices, happily elaborates.

“Learning acting as a discipline teaches you to read people.”

If the intense study of people that enables actors to get inside a character can help an event planner understand her clients’ desires, specializing in Theatre also prepared Teissia for her new career in other ways. Even those Idyllwild Theatre majors focused on acting must study theatre’s technical, production, and business aspects.

“I learned about opening a theatre and putting together a business plan for it, and set design gave me the design bug that helps me give a client the aesthetic she wants for her wedding: romantic, edgy, super-modern. . . You know, putting on a wedding can be as exciting as the opening night of a play!”