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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 2016-17 SeasonLast season, we dove 20,000 leagues under the sea, danced through the streets of Bangladesh, celebrated the holidays with acrobats from Africa and partied with a worrisome elephant, a very excited piggie and a host of other colorful characters. Companies from 11 different countries inspired New Yorkers from every borough to share a smile, gasp and giggle.

Through our education programs, students from 179 New York City schools explored each show's themes and art forms in exactly 3,000 pre- and post-show workshops with our talented Teaching Artists. 

All in all, 110,000 New Yorkers nurtured a #LoveofTheater with The New Victory, and here’s what they had to say:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea might be the most creative show we have seen in the past 5 years. It was totally original and felt like the future of theatrical drama and storytelling. –Keith T.

I loved the performance of Chotto Desh—what an extraordinary performer and production.  The New Victory is a wonderful performance space, because it feels so intimate. The moment I walked into the theater, the staff members were welcoming. –Betty R.

In a brief close-up routine ... there's real elegance and even wit in the precision of his gestures … But Mr. Bishop's enthusiasm is for larger illusions. He can teleport his assistant, he can vaporize a dog, he can walk through a wall ... 'That's not real!' gasped the 6-year-old pal I'd brought with me. – New York Times review of Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic

Life may hold no guarantees, but unless the roof falls in at The New Victory Theater, you're pretty much assured a swell time at Mother Africa: My Home … My gadget-addicted 13-year-old was rapt, alternately laughing and gasping at the stunts. Only when she left the theater did she pull out her cellphone—to rave about the show to her friends.  – New York Times review of Mother Africa

Oh Boy was a great production. The actor was amazing, engaging and captivating. The wonderful script was able to convey deep feelings and family dynamics through a one man show. – Miri S.

Thank you for bringing Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play to New York! It was an amazing experience for my daughter because she learned how to read through the Elephant and Piggie books. We enjoyed making the Piggie headband, dancing with the New Vic ushers and taking pictures with the actors. –Natasa M.

Liam was transfixed. He sat forward in his seat, exclaimed in joy and surprise and even forgot to ask incessant questions throughout the show … The show continued to amaze and astound, looking less like a juggling display than frenetic athletes setting off fireworks. –NYC Dads Group review of Water on Mars

I have the greatest confidence that all who see The Aging Magician at The New Victory Theater will be shocked by how beautiful this show is. – BroadwayWorld review of The Aging Magician

It was our first time at The New Victory Theater and it will not be our last … [We] try to expose him as much as possible to the culture that the city has to offer, taking him to see live performances is something I want to do more of. This will be the perfect place to start! –Donuts, Dresses & Dirt review of Something

 

Right now, we're working hard to get ready for the 2017-18 Season. As we look back fondly on the incredible year we spent together, what was your favorite memory? Share it with us by commenting below or connecting with us on Facebook
Posted by Beth Henderson
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