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 Claire Early, who was born and raised in Manhattan.
Who inspires you?
My family inspires me! They are constantly showing me who I am and supporting me through every project I dive into.
What was your favorite story as a kid?
I really liked The Powerpuff Girls—everything I owned had them on it. They let me know it was okay for girls to be tough, smart and girly. Those are all things I wanted to be, and like to think I am now.
What's your favorite subject in school?
Art, because I'm an artist. It's in my blood!
How would you describe your personal style?
Honestly, my style changes with the seasons and my mood. I live like my life is an art piece.
What's your favorite song right now?
"Hold Me Down" by Halsey
What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
I usually like to get Hale and Hearty. They have yummy soups!
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I try to occupy my time with drawing and other personal projects.
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
I'm in Central Park all year-round.
What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
What would be your dream vacation?
A week away in a beach house with a bunch of my closest friends and a lot of junk food and board games.
What's your dream job?
My dream job would be to be a comic illustrator and writer. Comics and graphic novels have always been a consistent comfort in my life, and I would like to create that for others.
Each of our Third-Year Ushers gets to spend 40 hours working on a special project—a Third-Year focus— in the department of their choice at The New 42nd Street. Since we interviewed Claire in October, she has decided to spend her Third-Year focus by applying her love of illustrating to some of our online materials! Keep an eye out for her name and signature style.