Christopher Buehlmaier and Jessica Bustamante, 2017 Summer Interns


IVRT: Tell me how you first got involved with IVRT . . .
CB:  I first heard about the IVRT through the LA County Arts Commission website. I needed to do an internship as a part of my school curriculum at Cal Poly Pomona. I stumbled across the IVRT and liked their mission and thought that it would be a valuable and rewarding experience for me.

JB: I first got involved with IVRT when I was searching for summer internships on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission website. All the information I acquired about this theatre program was based on the things I read on the Commission website or the IVRT website. Once I applied for the internship and interviewed for them, I was able to gather more information about it and eventually started working for them!

IVRT: Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working with IVRT?
CB: So far in my internship I’ve met some very nice and hard working people. The first person i’m going to list is Mrs. Donna Marie Minano. She is very kind and accommodating. She keeps us busy but is always sure to check up on us and see if we have any questions or to just see how we are doing. She is very fun to work with. The second person on the list is Laurel Coddington. She is also an intern with the IVRT. Laurel is very easy to work with and very friendly. She is incredibly hard working and intelligent. Working with her helps make the experience very enjoyable and we make a good team for tackling any of the tasks we are assigned. The other people on the list are the people I’ve briefly met who run Camp IVRT. They are very kind people and work well with others and children. So far my experiences with the people that I have met at IVRT have been excellent. 

JB: Donna Marie Minano was one of the first people I met during this internship, since she is my supervisor. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met in my life! She has made this experience so exciting and educational for me and I really appreciate this opportunity she’s given me. Plus, she’s really funny! Another person I met during this internship would be my fellow intern, Laurel Coddington. She’s super sweet, smart, and funny as well! Even though we’ve only known each other for a week, I feel like we’ve been friends forever. It’s been fun getting to know her and I can’t wait for future adventures we have together.

IVRT: What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting involved with IVRT?
CB: I would highly recommend that they get involved. The IVRT is a very enjoyable place to work at with friendly staff and volunteers and provides great opportunities to gain valuable skills.

JB: I would tell them to just do it! Even if you are not really an actor or a singer/musician, you will enjoy it! The staff is so sweet, the kids are fun to be around, and the things you learn can help you later in life. If you’re the type of person who loves theatre and music together, you will love this program!

IVRT: What might others be surprised to know about you?
CB: Fun facts about me:  
  • I am in a rock band that just finished recording their first album.
  • I can speak German.
  • I play guitar and cello.
  • Huge fan of Ice Hockey and the Anaheim Ducks.
JB: I guess the only thing people would be really surprised when they get to know me is that I have a big following on Tumblr (118,000 to be exact). I never thought it was a big deal, but whenever I mention it, it seems to really surprise people and they consider me a “famous” person (but I’m not! Lol).

IVRT: How would your friends describe you?
CB: My friends would probably describe me as quirky, funny, understanding and reliable.

JB: They would probably describe me as weird. I am very eccentric sometimes and I do make odd jokes, but it’s all in good fun and they enjoy having me around (At least I hope so). 



IVRT: What’s it like to be an IVRT Intern?
CB: Being an intern with the IVRT is a very fun and valuable experience. First off, the staff and other interns are extremely friendly and easy to work with. This makes the experience very enjoyable. Being an Intern for the IVRT is also very busy but rewarding. Whether it is running errands, compiling lists, or researching donors the work I do is very intuitive to me learning important skills for my future. To sum everything,  being an intern for the IVRT is fun, busy, and rewarding.

JB: Being an IVRT intern has been quite an adventure so far. I have learned so much during the week and I know I will be learning more in the next 9 weeks of this internship. It’s given me a lot of insight into how a nonprofit is run and it’s interesting to see what kind of work it entails. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s been a really great learning experience for me so far.


IVRT: What do you do when you aren’t working at IVRT this summer?
CB: When I am not working at the IVRT I am usually working at my other Job at Mike's Guitar World in Glendora, hanging out, with my friends, jamming with my band or sleeping.

JB: I am either taking a nap after my shift, or I go to Disneyland with my friends! I also like to lounge around with my boyfriend and watch movies with him, especially since it’s been so hot lately and we don’t want to do too much.