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September 28, 2016

Third-Year Usher Spotlight: Rachel Pang

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 Rachel Pang. 

Rachel Pang My favorite show at The New Victory was…
The Light Princess! The music in the show was catchy and I love that it was a fairy tale. The characters were all interesting and funny, especially the witch.

The show I’m most excited for this season is...
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic because I really like magic tricks. Plus the dog looks really cute!

The thing I like most about being an usher is…    
Meeting people who are very different from me. Diversity helps us gain new perspectives and become more understanding.    

My favorite memory from working as an usher was... 
During Bello Mania, there was a little girl who was running around and her mother trusted me to keep an eye on her. By the time they were leaving, she didn't want to say goodbye to me.

I always knew I wanted to work with children, but deep down I had some doubts. This experience not only made me enjoy my job more, but also helped me be more certain about my future career!

My dream job would be… 
A teacher. I always wanted to be a lawyer, but as I got older I realized that it's not like television. I'd rather work with children and have a positive impact on them.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon because I related to the protagonist. I was always scared about getting mean teachers!

What was your favorite subject in school?
History because I had a great teacher in high school and I think it's important to learn about the past!

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I love hanging out with my friends and going to the library

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
Remaining calm and polite when tensions are running high. 

Who inspires you and why?
My father. He's very open-minded and is always proud of me, even when I don't think I did much. I want to continue making him proud!

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