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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 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 Cynthia Arce from the Bronx. 
 

Cynthia ArceWhat has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
Cirque Ziva. This show was very unique and unlike anything I'd ever seen. It was definitely memorable. My favorite scene was when a lady balanced chandeliers on her hands and feet and spun around.

What show are you most excited for this season?
Mother Africa because I've heard some of the ushers who have seen it before talk about it. It sounds exciting.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
Learning from one another. I appreciate everyone's opinion and point of view. I learn so many new things from fellow ushers that expand my knowledge of theater.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
Playing team-building games at Front of House meetings before the show. Through this job I have learned that working in a team environment is comforting and that everyone is there to help you. It changed me, because now I know that I am never alone, and that I don't have to be afraid to ask questions at work. We're all in this together. 

My dream job would be...
I dream of becoming a lawyer because I'm interested in how the judicial system works. Criminal justice has always been my passion. It's fascinating to learn why a person has committed a crime.

My love of theater started…
At The New Victory Theater!

Who inspires you?
My grandmother. She is the strongest woman I know and has a huge heart. She is my number one supporter and motivator. She always pushes me to reach my highest potential. 

What was your favorite story as a kid?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I enjoyed how this book was so realistic that it looked like the caterpillar was really eating through the pages. My favorite part of the book was when he ate so much that he got a belly ache. It reminded me of myself and how much I enjoyed junk food.

What's your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is English because in writing there is no right or wrong answer; you can make it your own and no one can take that away from you. When I write, I am free to let all of my thoughts fly out without worrying. It's such a good feeling.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
Sleep!

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
The Pier. It's a beautiful open place by the water where you can sit and admire the view or lay down and relax under the sun. 

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
It's challenging to defuse difficult situations that may arise on the job.

Describe your dream vacation
A hot, sunny, tropical place somewhere in Latin America, where I can lay on the beach under a palm tree and enjoy a cool breeze as the sun sets.
 

 
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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 Brendon Muniz from Queens, New York.
 
Brendon Muniz
What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
Pinocchio. It was amazing. Nothing has ever grabbed my heart or captured my mind like that show did. It included rock music, a talented cast, great humor, an important message for kids and outstanding visuals. An altogether flawless piece of theatre. My favorite part was the beginning when Geppetto sang a sad song, "There's a hole in my soul, there's a hole in my heart!" If I could ever watch Windmill Theatre Company's version of Pinocchio again, I would.

What show are you most excited for this season?
I really want to see Mother Africa. I heard from other ushers that this show is thrilling and I'm excited to see it!

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
It allows you to dive in and learn more about the people who make art. Before being an usher I didn't see the importance of the arts, but after working here for almost 3 years I can truly say this job has definitely allowed me to grow in many ways.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
At the Caps for Sale Autism-Friendly Show, there was a little girl who seemed very sad. So when I saw her with a Blue's Clues book, I told her how much I loved Blue's Clues when I was younger. The moment she heard that, there was a smile on her face. We had a great conversation about the show, and she showed me her book collection. She even came back during intermission to continue the conversation.

My dream job would be…
I would like to be a special education teacher because I want to help motivate kids to succeed even if they have a disability. Nothing should stop them from achieving their dreams.

My love of theater started…
When I was 4 and saw a production of Blue's Clues at Radio City Music Hall.

Who inspires you?
My mother. She has always believed in me. When I was in first grade I told her that I wanted to be a teacher and even then she was sure that I’d be great at it. I will always thank her for that.

What's your favorite subject in school?
Critical Analysis. It’s amazing to be able to see different types of literature in a new light and discover ways that they can relate to our own lives.

What's your favorite song right now?
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I love to head to Midtown Comics and read everything that's Batman.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
While many people say Time Square is only for tourists, I disagree. It's a place where everyone from around the world including native New Yorkers can explore and work. Just standing in the middle of the city, you can see the world. Times Square is truly one of a kind. It does something magical that not many places do: It brings people of all ages together. There's nothing more special than that.

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
The most challenging thing about being an usher is making sure that you appeal to all types of patrons and make their experience interesting and safe. That's what I love about the job and why I'm excited to face that challenge everyday.

Describe your dream vacation.
My dream vacation would be a trip to Germany. I would like to experience its environment and take note of its similarities and differences to the United States.
 

 
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