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 Donovan Molina from the South Bronx.
What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
My favorite show was Fly
focused on the untold story of the Tuskegee Airmen and was aimed at young audiences. It made me feel the same raw emotion as the actors did on stage.
The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I like the fact that I am a part of some kids' first experience of theater and that I get to see them experience many different genres of theater here at the New Victory.
My favorite memory from working as an usher was…
My favorite memory was seeing my family have fun watching an Autism-Friendly performance with my nephew who is autistic. Just seeing how happy he was to be at the show made me feel special and honored to be a part of the usher program.
My dream job would be…
To be a teaching artist in New York. The arts bring out the best and most creative part of me and I want to share my experiences and feelings towards the arts with everyone.
My love of theater started…
When I played a nurse's aid in my high school’s first play One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Who inspires you?
I'm inspired by my high school English teacher Mr. V, who directed all of our school plays. He made me see that theater was about something more than just acting. It’s a true artform where you can express yourself in fun and creative ways.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
Both Math and History are my favorites. Both subjects are easy for me because I’ve always been good at math and I find history to be very interesting.
What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite place is Pelham Bay Park. I like to go there and enjoy nature or relax with my friends.
Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
Sometimes it's tricky trying to make sure patrons don’t record the show.
Describe your dream vacation.
My dream vacation would be to visit my family in Florida and go to Universal Studios.
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