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November 28, 2016

Third-Year Usher Spotlight: Cynthia Arce

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 the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!

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 Cynthia Arce from the Bronx. 

Cynthia ArceWhat has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
Cirque Ziva. This show was very unique and unlike anything I'd ever seen. It was definitely memorable. My favorite scene was when a lady balanced chandeliers on her hands and feet and spun around.

What show are you most excited for this season?
Mother Africa because I've heard some of the ushers who have seen it before talk about it. It sounds exciting.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
Learning from one another. I appreciate everyone's opinion and point of view. I learn so many new things from fellow ushers that expand my knowledge of theater.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
Playing team-building games at Front of House meetings before the show. Through this job I have learned that working in a team environment is comforting and that everyone is there to help you. It changed me, because now I know that I am never alone, and that I don't have to be afraid to ask questions at work. We're all in this together. 

My dream job would be...
I dream of becoming a lawyer because I'm interested in how the judicial system works. Criminal justice has always been my passion. It's fascinating to learn why a person has committed a crime.

My love of theater started…
At The New Victory Theater!

Who inspires you?
My grandmother. She is the strongest woman I know and has a huge heart. She is my number one supporter and motivator. She always pushes me to reach my highest potential. 

What was your favorite story as a kid?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I enjoyed how this book was so realistic that it looked like the caterpillar was really eating through the pages. My favorite part of the book was when he ate so much that he got a belly ache. It reminded me of myself and how much I enjoyed junk food.

What's your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is English because in writing there is no right or wrong answer; you can make it your own and no one can take that away from you. When I write, I am free to let all of my thoughts fly out without worrying. It's such a good feeling.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
The Pier. It's a beautiful open place by the water where you can sit and admire the view or lay down and relax under the sun. 

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
It's challenging to defuse difficult situations that may arise on the job.

Describe your dream vacation
A hot, sunny, tropical place somewhere in Latin America, where I can lay on the beach under a palm tree and enjoy a cool breeze as the sun sets.

New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

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