My name is Sydney Thiessen. I like solving problems, reorganization, and technical theatre.
From the time I was a little kid, until I was a junior in high school, I wanted to be an engineer or an architect. I watched This Old House as a preschooler, and carried around my little plastic tools wherever I went. That's when I became interested in pursuing technical theatre.
Currently, I work at Reynolds High School as their Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator, and Technical Director. I manage the auditorium and arts building. We have multiple plays a year, concerts at all levels of our district, festivals, assemblies, events, classes, and rentals in our space. I also design lights and sets for our plays, and work with dozens of students to build, paint, hang, focus, rig, and mic the productions.
I have two bachelors of arts, one in Theatre Design/Technology, and one in Cinema Media Communications, from George Fox University. Once, a college advisor explained to me, that after taking an introductory course, I would have an idea of what I wanted to do. By the end of the class though, I liked everything, and throughout college, I continued to be interested in multiple aspects of theatre and film. When taught about the merits of becoming a generalist, I knew that was what I wanted to do.