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 Nelson Maloney from the Dominican Republic.
What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
It was The Old Man and The Old Moon
because it had the right combination of adventure and warmth. It reminded me of my childhood and how I wanted to travel to far off places and go on adventures.
What show are you most excited for this season?
I'm really excited for Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic
. I like how magicians are able to create wonder in a world where everything is usually explained.
The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I’m able to meet lots of different people. This has helped build my character and my confidence in myself.
My dream job would be…
I want to become a filmmaker! Movies, TV shows and media in general can bring different people together and influence their lives for the better. I want to create content that matters to people and that will be passed onto future generations of filmmakers.
What was your favorite story as a kid?
I loved the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Growing up, I saw Rudolph as a guy who overcame his insecurities to make a place for himself in his community. As a shy kid, this inspired me to constantly try to better myself. Plus, whenever I saw the movie on TV I knew Christmas was just around the corner.
What's your favorite subject in school?
Introduction to TV Studio Production. It made me realize that my dream job could actually become a reality. Because I cared so much about it, it was both fun and really stressful at the same time.
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My barbershop is filled with funny and interesting people from where I’m from, the Dominican Republic. It feels like home.
Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
Sometimes the kids act like they’re “too cool” to interact with adults or listen to the ushers. I like to make sure everyone has a great time and it’s hard when kids don’t interact with you!
Describe your dream vacation.
Waking up in a beach house in the Caribbean with a view of the ocean. I wouldn’t have any plans or responsibilities so I'd be able to totally enjoy myself.
What does #LoveOfTheater mean to you?
Working with my friends at the New Vic!
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