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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 in 1995 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 Ashley Carchi from Spanish Harlem.
 

Ashley CarchiWhat has been your favorite show at the New Vic so far?
Mother Africa: My Home because it was full of energy. I loved the tricks they performed and the music they played in the show.
 
The thing I like most about being an usher is…
Getting to watch the patrons see a show for the first time. 
 
My dream job would be…
To be a pediatric nurse. I love kids!
 
Who inspires you?
My older sister because she's my best friend.
 
What is your favorite subject in school?
Math because I'm great with numbers and formulas.
 
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like hanging out with friends and discovering New York City.
 
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Randall's Island because it has such a beautiful view.
 
What makes this place special to you?
It's a theater for everyone!
 
Describe your dream vacation.
I dream of being able to travel with my my mom and dad to their home country. They haven't had the chance to visit in a long time.
 
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Going to carnivals with my family.

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

Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
Posted by Beth Henderson
October 5, 2018

Meet the New Ushers

Map of NYC with Welcome flag and greetings in nine languages
When performances of Machine de Cirque kicked off a brand new season last weekend at The New Victory, the curtain also rose on a new group of first-year Ushers. Part of the New 42nd Street Youth Corps, the New Victory Usher Corps provides paid employment, job training, academic support, mentorship and an introduction to the performing arts for 50 young New Yorkers each year.

Meet this new group of First Years, who hail from across New York City!

Pick your neighborhood: The Bronx | Brooklyn | Manhattan | Queens
 

THE BRONX

Amy C.
Amy C.

School: Long Island City High School

Route to Work: 6 to the N

Favorite Food: Beef tacos

Ananda D.
Ananda D.

School: Bronx High School for Medical Science

Route to Work: D to the A

Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo

Cliff W.
Cliff W.

School: Careers in Sports High School

Route to Work: Bx5 to the 2

Favorite Food: Well-done steak

Dorian T.
Dorian T.

School: Hostos Community College

Route to Work: 4 train

Favorite Food: A chopped cheese

Maurice E.
Maurice E.

School: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Route to Work: 6 train

Favorite Food: Sesame chicken with pork fried rice

Qura D.
Qura D.

School: Smith YABC

Route to Work: 4 to the 2

Favorite Food: Mac and cheese

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.

School: Bronx Community College

Route to Work: 4 train

Favorite Food: BBQ fried chicken

Veronica P.
Veronica P.

School: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Route to Work: 4 to the 2

Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo

Yunis O.
Yunis O.

School: Pathways to Graduation

Route to Work: 2 train

Favorite Food: Double cheeseburgers

 

BROOKLYN

Angel O.
Angel O.

School: Fort Hamilton High School

Route to Work: N or R trains

Favorite Food: Pepperoni pizza

Annalisa D.
Annalisa D.

School: LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts

Route to Work: B train

Favorite Food: Chicken tenders

Dennorie G.
Dennorie G.

School: Urban Assembly Maker Academy

Route to Work: 4 train

Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers

Ishaga J.
Ishaga J.

School: High School for Youth and Community Development

Route to Work: L to the Q

Favorite Food: Anything with BBQ sauce

Kasim C.
Kasim C.

School: Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice

Route to Work: 2 train

Favorite Food: Mangoes

Melissa R.
Melissa R.

School: University Neighborhood High School

Route to Work: D or N trains

Favorite Food: Tacos al pastor

Xan B.
Xan B.

School: Saint Francis College

Route to Work: 2 or 3 trains

Favorite Food: Shake Shack french fries

 

MANHATTAN

Ashlie M.
Ashlie M.

School: Harlem Village Academies High School

Route to Work: 2 or 3 trains

Favorite Food: Shrimp

Bella D.
Bella D.

School: Saint Vincent Ferrer High School

Route to Work: Q train

Favorite Food: Chicken empanadas

Jessica C.
Jessica C.

School: High School of Economics and Finance

Route to Work: A/C or N/Q trains

Favorite Food: Everything!

Kyana J.
Kyana J.

School: Repertory Company High School for Theater Arts

Route to Work: 2 or 6 trains

Favorite Food: Baked potatoes with sour cream and cheese

 

QUEENS

Jeniya S.
Jeniya S.

School: Queens Metropolitan High School

Route to Work: J to the A

Favorite Food: Lasagna

Josh P.
Josh P.

School: Forest Hills High School

Route to Work: M train

Favorite Food: Plain pizza

Nowsin T.
Nowshin T.

School: Hillside Arts and Letters Academy

Route to Work: F to the E

Favorite Food: Ice cream!


If you're headed to the theater this weekend or anytime this year, look for these 23 young New Yorkers scanning tickets, helping you to your seats, selling concessions, leading activities in the Jack and Lew Rudin Lobby and keeping everyone in the the theater safe. 

For profiles of Ushers during their final year in the Youth Corps, return to this blog throughout the year for Third-Year Usher Spotlights. The program was also recently profiled on the Reduced Shakespeare Company podcast (duration: 20 minutes).

The New 42nd Street Youth Corps programs are made possible, in part, by grants from The Pinkerton Foundation, The Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Theater Subdistrict Council. To support this educational and job training initiative, make a gift to the New 42nd Street Annual Fund.
Posted by Jamie O'Brien
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