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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 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 16-22 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 our Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory blog. Today we're talking to third-year usher Carlos Suazo from New York, New York.
Carlos Suazo
My favorite show at The New Victory was…
I really loved the performances, story and the production of Fly. It felt like I flew back in time. My favorite scene was when they were flying the planes for their first time because, even though the actors only had two chairs and a couple of projections, it made me feel like they were really in the sky. 

The show I'm most excited for this season is…
I'm excited for The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence. That artist's work has always captivated me.

The thing I like most about being an usher is… 
I like working with families, and seeing their reactions to the shows. 

My favorite memory from working as an usher was... 
When I worked on the show Cuba Vibra, I heard patrons say so many positive things and not once did I see an unsatisfied patron.

My dream job would be…
Any job where I can create something artistic. I just really like making things. 

My love of theater started...
Coincidentally, it started when my elementary school took us on a field trip to see Fly.

Who inspires you? 
I've always wanted to create awesome, artistic things like Bob Ross and Steven Spielberg. 

What was your favorite story as a kid? 
My favorite story as a kid was the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I loved the illustrations and the concept of the story. I'm a big fan of far-fetched ideas!

What is your favorite subject in school? 
As you could probably guess, my favorite subject is art! It gave me something that no other subject ever did—the freedom to express my ideas on paper. 

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood? 
Something is always going down at Union Square. It's near my school and there are a lot of shops and stores I like to check out. 

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher. 
Multitasking is my Achilles' heel.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
It's the time I got my appendix removed when I was 7. I know that sounds weird, but let me explain. I was bored out of my mind in the hospital, so I decided to watch TV to pass the time. That's when I discovered the movie Jurassic Park. It sparked my interest in biological science and movie making. Also, when I had enough strength to walk around, I went to the game room, and saw a kid playing Mario Kart. When it was my turn, I was instantly hooked. I left the hospital a completely different kid with new interests in biological science, movie making and video games.
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Posted by Beth Henderson

In The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence's masterwork, a painting series looking back on the Great Migration—the journey of over six million African Americans from the rural Southern United States to the urban North. We sat down with the talented cast and asked them what it feels like to perform this inspiring fusion of stepping, live music and American art in 2017.

Today, I'm seeing race being thrust into the forefront of American dialogue more than ever before in my lifetime. We're witnessing firsthand—or through the media—incidents of violence, activism and political discourse that confront our beliefs about racial inequality and social justice. The Migration adds historical context to the conversation, while celebrating the fortitude and courage of our predecessors. I think of it as a model for contemporary society on how to overcome challenging circumstances. — Jakari Sherman, Director

It's an honor to be a part of telling a very important story in our history—a story of culture, oppression, faith, resilience and forward movement. — Brittny Smith

The Migration

It's extremely rewarding and exciting to perform The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence. We're telling a part of American history, and to share this story across generations, races and cultures is a unique opportunity. We may be introducing the art form of stepping to a new audience, and also Jacob Lawrence's iconic work! The blend of visual and performing arts brought together through this work is brilliant. — Mfon Akpan

Performing The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence is both a cathartic and reflective experience. Usually, I perform as myself, but The Migration challenges me to become someone else, like an enslaved person laboring in the field in "Go West," or a young man who's left his family behind to find work in "Off the Train." Conveying the journey of these characters, while seeing the rest of the talented cast telling this story can be very emotional. It makes me reflect even more on how beautiful and resilient the African American community is. I love that. — Jordan Spry

When I perform The Migration, I'm reliving my ancestors' journey to America, while giving a bold and compelling history lesson to the audience. It's surreal at times. — Joe Murchison

The Migration

It's truly a one of a kind experience to perform The Migration in 2017. To be able to tell such a powerful story, considering some of the racial current events going on in America today, is indescribable. — Taquez Whitted

Being a part of The Migration feels like a movement, literally and spiritually. There are many untold stories and uncelebrated heroes from black history and I'm honored to celebrate our past. Performing in this production is truly an incredible way to pay homage to those who came before us. — Kara Jenelle

The current climate of the United States calls for an uplifting, educational and unifying theater experience. That's exactly what you get from The Migration. This story changed our country, and so many people can relate to it. — Christopher Roderick Brient

The Migration

Performing in The Migration in 2017 is an extremely humbling experience, because it allows me to reflect on the past and pay homage to my ancestors, who endured tremendous obstacles. I am thankful for them paving the way for me. — Anesia Sandifer

Being a part of this show inspires an overwhelming feeling of happiness. Studying Jacob Lawrence's work in college and now being able to use my gift of dance to bring his work to life is amazing. — Ronique Murray

One of my favorite things about The Migration is that, not only does it entertain, it enriches the audience with historical facts about the life, art and culture of African Americans. You think you're just coming to see a cool dance show on a Saturday night, but really, you're going to be walking out of the theater equipped with the knowledge to keep an important legacy alive. 2017 is such a fast-paced, politically charged year and it's extremely important that through it all, we continue to engage with our history and remember the resilience and faith our ancestors held in similarly turbulent times. — Charise Pinkston

The Migration In The Migration, "two art forms meld, and then painted images seem to come to life," according to The Washington Post. Tickets are available today!

Photos: William Perrigen
Posted by Beth Henderson
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