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 Richard Lascelles from Kingston, Jamaica.
What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
My favorite show was The Old Man and the Old Moon
. It was the first show that I ever saw at The New Victory so it will always be special to me.
The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I really enjoy talking to the patrons because they always have wonderful stories about their experiences at The New Victory.
My dream job would be…
It is my dream to be a counselor because I enjoyed being a peer leader for the freshman class at my high school. Being a strong leader and setting a good example for other kids made me realize that I want to help kids.
My love of theater started…
When I saw The Old Man and the Old Moon
right here at the New Vic.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
Math is my favorite subject because I’ve always loved numbers.
What’s your favorite song right now?
"She's Gone" by Bob Marley. I love to listen to music when I'm not at work.
What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite place in NYC is The New Victory Theater. This place is special to me because of the usher program which has helped me to become less shy and smile more. At the New Vic, my co-workers are not just co-workers, they’re my family and I'll never forget them.
Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
The most challenging thing for me is overcoming my shyness in order to better help patrons. I am continuing to conquer this challenge to this day.
Describe your dream vacation
I want to go back to Kingston, Jamaica, spend time with my family there, and go to the greatest summer music festival–Sumfest.
||Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!