The New Victory Theater launched the New Victory Usher Corps
the day the theater opened to provide paid employment, job training, academic support, mentorship and an introduction to the performing arts for over 50 young New Yorkers each year. Since then, the program has provided over 400,000 hours of paid employment to over 500 NYC teens from across the city. Find out how teens in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program here
All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory Blog. Today we're talking to third-year usher Jaixa Lopez from Harlem, New York.
What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
My favorite show was Museum of Memories
because it opened up a dialogue about an important issue for our younger audiences in a concise and beautiful way. It touched me deeply.
What show are you most excited for this season?
I'm looking forward to both Julius Caesar
and X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation
because I'm curious to see how the two shows will relate to one another.
The thing I like most about being an usher is…
Introducing children to the arts is number one for me, but it's also exciting to meet and talk with all of the amazing artists in the process.
My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
I can't think of one specific memory. I just love all of the memories of being with my fellow ushers. Some of my favorite moments are our potlucks, or anytime between shifts when everyone is having a good time in the usher area. The New Victory is one of those places where it doesn't matter how awful I might feel before coming in, once I'm there it all melts away. That is because of the amazing people who work here and their incredible kindness.
My dream job would be...
I would love to be a makeup artist. For me, it's the most versatile and artistic way to express yourself. I like how happy people get when I do their makeup.
My love of theater started…
My love of theater started because of my aunt who went to Repertory High School. I saw her in shows like The Odd Couple
. I remember being in awe of her and thinking that performing looked like fun.
Who inspires you?
I'm inspired not so much by specific people but by what I see people do. Seeing someone's work ethic in action usually inspires me much more than the person themself can.
What was your favorite story as a kid?
Is Your Mama a Llama?
was my favorite. I don't remember having a concrete reason for loving it so much, I just remember always asking my mom to read it to me before bed. It probably had something to do with all of the animals!
What’s your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is science. I love the way that it can give you an answer for almost anything.
What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Woodside, Queens because it’s where my mom lives.
Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
The most challenging thing about being an usher is learning to anticipate problems and deal with them proactively.
Describe your dream vacation
My dream vacation is an all expenses paid trip to travel the world!
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