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 Marcus Blaise from Jamaica, Queens.
My favorite show at The New Victory was…
Mother Africa! What made it enjoyable, in my opinion, was not only the performers, but how the music matched every scene of the performance.
The thing I like most about being an usher is…
Seeing how much patrons appreciate your work—especially when most of what you do is behind the scenes.
My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
My favorite memory happened during my first year as an usher, right before a public show. My managers decided to make everyone come up with a creative catch phrase for the New Vic. Unfortunately, I embarrassed myself, but it's still one of my favorite memories! I learned (and laughed) a lot when they put us on the spot like that.
My dream job would be…
To make music! Music has always had a huge impact on my life—what's better than expressing yourself in the art form you love most?
Who inspires you?
My pops, my sister and my mom inspire me every day. Also, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, J.Cole, Allen Iverson, KD, Steph Curry, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill.....I can go on and on. Their will and their heart shine through their music.
What is your favorite subject in school?
English, because I use it every day to learn new words and express myself better in conversations. Plus, I love rhyming!
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
Other than hanging out with my friends or playing on my game system, just sleeping.
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, Queens is my favorite place, I always go there to hangout and play basketball. For me, that park radiates nostalgia and family vibes. I like having an atmosphere where everyone can express themselves.
||Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!
Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos