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The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.

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 ages 16-22 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 Porscha Rippy from the Bronx, New York.    
Porscha Rippy

My favorite show at The New Victory has been…
Hands down, Fly, from the 2015-2016 season, was my favorite. It was so real and it didn't sugarcoat anything. We even had three Tuskegee Airmen come see the show and do a discussion panel after!

The show I'm most excited for this season is...
I can't wait for Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic. Because it's the holiday show, I'll get to work with a lot of tourists and families. It makes me feel great when I see new faces at the New Vic and hear them talk about coming back.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was... 
I'll always remember when I first decided to learn American Sign Language (ASL) at the show Museum of Memories. The show was so intimate, that I got to see the interpreter up close and watch how her hands just flowed. Picking up ASL has had a huge impact on my job because I'm able to better interact with patrons who are hearing-impaired. By learning ASL, I'm able to make EVERYONE feel welcomed.     

My dream job would be… 
I would LOVE to work with kids who are hearing-impaired. I'm overwhelmed when I see how surprised the kids are when I sign. The parents and teachers notice that the New Vic is a versatile place, where their kids can come to be themselves. That feeling is indescribable.

My love of theater started... 
When I was 16, I joined an acting program called Opening Act, where I not only saw plays, but learned about the hard work that goes into them.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, because it taught me about morals at a young age. Throughout the story, the King tests both of his daughters to see which one is worthy of inheriting his kingdom. It taught me to be kind because you never know who you're talking to when you interact with strangers.    

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
One of the most challenging things is that not everyone will come to the New Vic happy. I've learned that bad moods are just something you have to deal with and all you can do is try to keep it light.

Describe your dream vacation.
I would LOVE to visit Africa so I could discover a little bit more about myself and my roots.    

What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is planting tomatoes and peppers with my grandfather in his garden.    

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

 
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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