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 ages 16-22 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 Carlos Suazo from New York, New York.
My favorite show at The New Victory was…
I really loved the performances, story and the production of Fly
. It felt like I flew back in time. My favorite scene was when they were flying the planes for their first time because, even though the actors only had two chairs and a couple of projections, it made me feel like they were really in the sky.
The show I'm most excited for this season is…
I'm excited for The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence
. That artist's work has always captivated me.
The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I like working with families, and seeing their reactions to the shows.
My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
When I worked on the show Cuba Vibra
, I heard patrons say so many positive things and not once did I see an unsatisfied patron.
My dream job would be…
Any job where I can create something artistic. I just really like making things.
My love of theater started...
Coincidentally, it started when my elementary school took us on a field trip to see Fly.
Who inspires you?
I've always wanted to create awesome, artistic things like Bob Ross and Steven Spielberg.
What was your favorite story as a kid?
My favorite story as a kid was the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
. I loved the illustrations and the concept of the story. I'm a big fan of far-fetched ideas!
What is your favorite subject in school?
As you could probably guess, my favorite subject is art! It gave me something that no other subject ever did—the freedom to express my ideas on paper.
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Something is always going down at Union Square. It's near my school and there are a lot of shops and stores I like to check out.
Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
Multitasking is my Achilles' heel.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
It's the time I got my appendix removed when I was 7. I know that sounds weird, but let me explain. I was bored out of my mind in the hospital, so I decided to watch TV to pass the time. That's when I discovered the movie Jurassic Park
. It sparked my interest in biological science and movie making. Also, when I had enough strength to walk around, I went to the game room, and saw a kid playing Mario Kart. When it was my turn, I was instantly hooked. I left the hospital a completely different kid with new interests in biological science, movie making and video games.
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