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One of the most bittersweet moments of the New Victory Season is when we bid a fond farewell to the graduating third-years of the New Victory Usher Corps. This program is more than professional development. It's a family. Here at The New 42nd Street, we take pride in our graduates' achievements, whether it's greeting New Vic audiences or growing life-skills at educational workshops.
 
The 2016-17 Ushers The 2016-17 Ushers
The New Victory Usher Corp, created to address the urgent need for youth employment in New York City, offers paid employment, job training, academic support and mentorship for 50 young New Yorkers each year. (They also throw excellent, annual holiday parties too!) Every usher has a different experience, and we work with each of them to ensure that they are both nurtured and challenged during their time with us.

Richard Lascelles first came to the Usher Corps as a soft-spoken high schooler, but by his second year he was ready to lead. During Fly, a play about the Tuskeegee Airmen, Richard volunteered to chaperone one of the three Airmen who attended the show and Talk-Back. Even after his graduation ceremony, he looks back on this opportunity fondly, as it helped him come into his own as a professional and leader.

 

A career panel A career panel for the New Victory Usher Corps with Mario Batali, Sade Williams and James Fuentes
Richard says "The Usher Corps opened my eyes to what I want to do in the near future … I thank the Usher Corps for pushing me to my full potential, and reminding me what I am good at."

Brendon Muniz, a third-year graduate of the Usher Corps program who starts at NYU in the fall, agrees, "The Usher Corps allowed me to grow as a person and show me the importance of making new connections and making sure you show your best self to others. Not only did I have a job, but I also had mentors teach me how to interview, how to get another job, and how to do better in school." 

In the past three years, we were lucky to call these graduates both coworkers and friends—Rachel Pang (Brooklyn College), Brendan Muniz (New York University), Cynthia Arce (John Jay College), Aniyah Carr, Donovan Molina (Hostos College), Dylan Christou (St Joseph's College), Richard Lascelles (Monroe College), Jaixa Lopez (Borough of Manhattan Community College), Nelson Malone (Kingsborough Community College), John DeLoatch (LaGuardia Community College) and Stephanie Cuevas (New York City College of Technology). We hope they look back with warm hearts, remembering the professional workshops, birthday parties and job training seminars. They'll always have a home here at The New Victory Theater, and we're thrilled to see what they accomplish in the future.
 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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 Stephanie Cuevas from Brooklyn, New York.
 
Stephanie Cuevas
What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
Cuba Vibra! I absolutely loved how the music changed unexpectedly from scene to scene. My favorite scene was when the ensemble came out and started dancing. They took their sandals off and started beating them on the floor to the rhythm. 

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I like being able to meet and help different kinds of people every day.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was…
After a show, I was doing the Try This activity with a little girl in the lobby. She had so much fun that she didn’t want to leave!

My dream job would be…
I want to become an English Teacher because English has always been my favorite subject. I would love to teach others about it and I love working with kids!

My love of theater started…
My freshman year of high school, I took a theater class. I've loved it ever since!

Who inspires you?
My mother inspires me because she taught me right from wrong. She's been my number one supporter since day one.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
I liked Green Eggs and Ham because, just like the main character in the book, I had trouble trying different things when I was a kid. However, once I tried them, they were never as bad as I thought that they'd be!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I like to listen to music or watch Law and Order.

What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Williamsburg is my favorite place because a lot of my friends live there and I love all of the stores! 

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
It can be challenging to be an usher because sometimes you have to multi-task and it can get a little crazy.

Describe your dream vacation
I want to travel around the world.
 

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

 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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