Meet Kirsten Ibarra

By Kirsten Ibarra, Marketing Communications Fall Intern

October 08, 2021

portrait of Kirsten Ibarra

Hello, Phoenix Center for the Arts! I am beyond excited to be the fall intern in the marketing department. My name is Kirsten Ibarra and I am an Arizona native. Although I was born right here in Arizona, I grew up overseas. I have lived in Uruguay, Russia, and Germany.

I was a competitive fencer for many years (yes, swords!) and as a former athlete, health and fitness are very important to me. I am also a big movie buff—I even went to film school! Before I went to Arizona State University for a degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies, I received an AAS in Film Production from Scottsdale Community College. My love affair with movies drew me into cosplaying.

Cosplaying is a creative outlet for me. I have learned many skills, have had great opportunities, and have met amazing people. One of the most thrilling experiences was when I cosplayed as a character from Disney and Pixar’s Onward at Disney’s D23 fan event—my boyfriend and I were handpicked to meet the creators of the film! Cosplay has allowed me to wear multiple hats, such as costume designer, prop maker, photographer, editor, graphic designer, and artist.

I have always loved technology and I have a passion for coding, graphic design, and web development. Currently, I am completing certificates in Graphic Design and Web Development at South Mountain Community College.

When I am not working or studying, you can find me spoiling my three Pomeranians, playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends, crocheting while watching reruns of Survivor, or attending local theater productions. I have season tickets for ASU Gammage, Hale Centre Theatre, and Don Bluth Front Row Theatre (Musicals are my favorite!).