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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 Judy Wu from Queens.

Third-Year Usher Judy WuWho inspires you?
​My parents inspire me because they overcame many obstacles to come to this country to make a better life for my family.

What's your fondest childhood memory?
My fondest childhood memory was experiencing a new world of adventure and excitement at Disney World.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
My favorite book as a kid was Matilda by Roald Dahl because she was a precocious child with magical abilities who found a voice in stories and herself.

What's your favorite subject in school? 
My favorite subject is English because I've always loved reading and the art of storytelling.

Describe your personal style.
My personal style is minimalist and classic.  

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song right now is "Here" by Alessia Cara. 

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
My favorite place to eat around the theater is Schnipper's because they have a variety of comfort foods.

What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
My favorite things to do outside of work are reading and exploring different places in NYC.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite places to hang out in NYC are museums. One museum I particularly like is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan because they have a vast collection of artwork and exhibits.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
The most challenging part of being an usher is providing a unique and personable customer service experience for patrons.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be exploring the culture, food and language of Japan.
 
Posted by Zack Ramadan

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 Greg Arrastia from Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Third-Year Usher Greg ArrastiaWho inspires you?
My old football coach inspires me because, growing up, it was hard for him. He was messing up in school—in life—and got kicked out the house when he was seventeen. He was homeless for two years until he got his mind straight, finished high school and went to college. He's always pushing me and is always on me because he doesn't want me to waste my life. He's like another father to me.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
My favorite movie when I was little was Tarzan. I just love it!

What was your favorite subject in school? 
My favorite subject in school was math. I was just great at it, always ahead of everybody. I've loved it since middle school.

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song right now is "Back Up" by DeJ Loaf. 

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
My favorite place to go and eat near the New Vic is Popeyes. 

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
My favorite things to do when I'm not at work are playing basketball and working out.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite place to hang out is probably in a park.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
The most challenging thing about being an usher is probably adapting to all the new and different ushers and customers from all over the world.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is to go to Hawaii.
 

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. Greg has decided to spend his Third-Year focus putting his customer service skills to use in the New Victory Operations Department alongside Laura Hamilton, our Company Manager.
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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