We had the good fortune of connecting with Lexi Collins and Renee Wylder and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lexi and Renee, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Renee and I have been auditioning and working as actors here in LA for about 8 years now and have shared a lot of the same experiences. We share a strong passion for musical theater, magical fairytales, and working with children. In fact, we’ve been playing princesses professionally for almost a decade but we especially took a liking to portraying the “Frozen Sisters,” Elsa and Anna, together. Mostly because we’ve been playing each other’s “sisters” in real life since we met in 2014.

We wanted to take all of these passions and bring them together, so we came up with an idea! Musical theater classes for kids taught by princesses! We are really excited to bring these classes to the community. We hope to teach these kids that being your unique self is the most important thing you can be and to go confidently in the direction of their dreams.

Along with our other business partner, we hope to build a community that leads to other artistic endeavors for all ages and kinds of artists. We will be showcasing these artists with special one night events, original musicals, and theatrical productions. Bringing people together through music and art is our main goal.

What should our readers know about your business?
The Wisteria Theater just kicked off in June! We just started our first round of musical theater classes for kids.

We are most excited about the growth and opportunities our company will give to other artists. Right now we are focusing on our children’s programs, ages 9 years and below, as well as our original princess musical for kids. However, we are excited to produce mainstage shows as well.

The hardest part of our business has been finding the right space/theater for us. As you can imagine, LA is filled with beautiful playhouses, but hardly any of them are vacant. We are looking for a space that is a blank canvas so we can really carry out our vision and it make it our own. However, we know that the right space will come around when the timing is right and is meant to be.

We are a female-owned company with a lot of experience in many different types of industries, and we feel like our princess musical theater classes with our specific messaging sets us apart from the mainstream. However, we also feel that when we do find our space we can really begin to stand out in our community because of our overall theme.

We came up with the name of our company because a wisteria plant is a climbing vine. It may start off frail, but as it climbs and twists, the branches elongate and they blossom into their own self-supporting bloom. Wisteria, to us, represents strength, progress, partnership, endurance, promise, and friendship. Together, we will be “climbing the vine” to our success and aspirations. Our space will be full of plants and greenery to make a wonderland (aka “Wisterialand”) where people can come and get lost in the magic and have a more interactive experience. Not only will this be a place to see fun, live entertainment, it will be an enjoyable environment to be in. Theater should be an entire experience from when you walk in the door to the very end, and we can’t wait to carry out our vision.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
You certainly can never run out of things to do in this incredible city, and we love to support other types of artists. When we are able to escape the hustle, exploring local museums like The Broad or seeing a show at The Ahmanson is always an incredible use of time. We also share a love for visiting local wineries in Malibu or spending a weekend in Temecula. Of course, you cannot miss going to Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood to see some of our best local Queens, and a special hidden gem in the city is Musical Monday’s at The Abbey.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Being actors in Los Angeles has definitely brought us our fair share of ups and downs, especially during the pandemic when we didn’t know when live entertainment would be the same again. We have felt so fortunate to have a community of friends that enjoy making art like we do, and we found their support so critical during the height of the stay-at-home order.

We have also learned so much by our involvement in the theater/princess/teaching community for this amount of time, and we are thankful for all the lessons these experiences have taught us.

We also could not feel more supported by our families who have always encouraged us to keep going even when it gets tough. We especially want to thank Les Eiserman who so generously believes in our vision for this company and has been by our side as we continue to grow.

Website: wisteriatheater.com

Instagram: @wisteriatheater, @rwylder, @lexi_nicole

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wisteriatheater

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-wisteria-theater-los-angeles-2

Youtube: The Wisteria Theater Co.

Image Credits
Brayden Hade

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