Laurel Coddington, 
Fund Development Intern

IVRT received 16 applications for one summer internship position. We interviewed 6 candidates and Laurel was selected. Laurel's internship in Fund Development is funded by a grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Arts Commission.

IVRT: Tell me how you first got involved with IVRT . . .
LC: I live in Upland, but I never actually heard about IVRT until I received an email from my school’s (Biola University) music office staff about the LA County Arts Commission’s summer internships! The LA County Arts Commission funds various arts organizations in LA County to be able to hire one full time intern for ten weeks. After doing some research on their website, I found that IVRT was only 15 minutes from my house! After submitting an application and being interviewed by Mrs. Minano and other IVRT board members, I was offered the internship. 

IVRT: What do you think makes IVRT unique?
LC: In my week and a half here, I have been amazed by IVRT’s mission to provide outreach to their surrounding community. Between Camp IVRT, full-staged shows at the Candlelight Pavilion, Eddie’s Reader’s Theater, and other projects that are in the works, IVRT is dedicated to making live theater accessible for everyone. I think that is something that makes IVRT unique. 

IVRT: If you could change one thing about IVRT, what would it be?
LC: I wish IVRT was closer to Biola University so I could participate in their shows! 

IVRT: What do you wish other people knew about IVRT?
LC: I wish other people knew how committed the Minanos are to serving their community. Mrs. Minano has often called her job the “best job in the world,” and she truly believes that. She is always coming up with new ideas to bring theater to the community and doesn’t hesitate to begin new projects.  

IVRT: Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to work with IVRT?
LC: Well, this isn’t as much a person as it is an organization, but when I was younger, I went to Ovation School for the Performing Art’s after-school program. We did singing, acting, and dance rotations (much like Camp IVRT!) for three hours twice a week. It was there that I discovered my voice, confidence, and love for the arts. Every decision I’ve made to pursue music since then has been based on both my family’s musical background and what I learned from the teachers at Ovation. When I found information about IVRT’s internship position, I was excited by the (potential) opportunity to work at and serve an organization that was also committed to providing the community with quality theater. 

IVRT: What might others be surprised to know about you?
LC: While I’m a Vocal Performance major, I’m almost majoring Communications Sciences & Disorders (which is basically speech pathology). When I complete all my schooling, I want to work with singers who have damaged their voices (much like Adele or Julie Andrews) and provide rehabilitation so that they can return to do what they love best - singing! 

Also… I was on an episode of Modern Family once! In the episode “Party Crashers,” I appear with some of my friends (we were a part of a singing group called “Desiah” at the time) as Cameron’s students and sing to him at a party. I got a chance to meet Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ty Burrell! It was probably one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. :) 

IVRT: What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting involved with IVRT?
LC: Do it! IVRT is such a supportive and safe place to grow and learn more about theater. Whether your child attends Camp IVRT or you go to see a show (Steel Magnolias begins in October!), you will learn new things and be challenged in new ways. 

IVRT: What’s it like to be an IVRT Intern?
LC: It’s fun! My official title is “Fund Development Intern,” so I spend most of my time compiling information about donors and creating new ways to reach out to the community for financial support; however, I also get to do a lot more than that! Because IVRT is a small organization, I help out with a little of everything. From creating CDs to buying makeup and snacks, I stay pretty busy. 

IVRT: What do you do when you aren’t working at IVRT this summer?
LC: If I’m not at work, I’m probably napping, hanging out with my family and friends, or working on rep for the fall! (I’m a Vocal Performance major, so I’m constantly working on and/or discovering new music.) 

IVRT: Anything else you want to add?
LC: The arts are so, so important. Whether through visual arts, poetry, song, dance, or theater, the arts give us the opportunity to interpret, express, and communicate ideas with the world. Live theater, in particular, is even more unique because audiences get to watch art be created on stage in front of them. When it’s live, theater is different every night. Someone might say a line differently than they did before, a movement might be interpreted in a different way… That’s the beauty of theater. Each performance, you lay down what you have on stage to embrace a character, dance, and story in order to communicate an idea to an audience--I think it’s beautiful.