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March 13, 2018

Third-Year Usher Spotlight: Cousteau Pierre

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 ages 16-21 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 the Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory blog. Today we're talking to third-year usher Cousteau Pierre from Carrefour, Haiti.

My favorite show at The New Victory was…
Cuba Vibra was my favorite show because it featured Cuban culture that's rarely found in the State of New York.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I really enjoy welcoming our patrons to the theater.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
I loved standing next to Bello, from Bello Mania. When he climbed on his wooden stilts and performed his most dangerous tricks, I thought, “This guy is insane!"

My dream job would be… 
Working with Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders. It would give me the chance to make a real difference and travel around the world.

My love of theater started...  
It started during my junior year of high school. We had to create our own plays, including the plot and characters. The best ones were performed by professional actors! 

Who inspires you?
My parents keep me motivated and on track when things are difficult.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to listen to music and read articles when I'm not at work.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite spot is Caton Park on Church Avenue in Brooklyn. It's always filled with immigrants from many different countries, including Central America and the Caribbean. Together, we play soccer and forget our troubles for a brief moment.

Describe your dream vacation.
I've always dreamed of visiting iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
I'll always remember riding a horse for the first time!
New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
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