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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 Sendie Brunard from Brooklyn.
 
Third-Year Usher Sendie Brunard
Sendie Brunard and New Victory Youth Corps Manager Anthony Pound accept the NAHYP Award from First Lady Michelle Obama
In 2014, on behalf of the entire New Victory Usher Corps, Sendie accepted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside Youth Corps Manager Anthony Pound.

Who inspires you?
My family inspires me because of their drive to do better.

What is your fondest childhood memory?
My fondest childhood memory is when I visited my grandparents on their farm. I got to eat things that they grew there, play by the lake and spend time with my family.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
I always loved the story of Cinderella. I just loved the story of her being able to find happiness despite everything that was against her.

What was your favorite subject in school? 
My favorite subject in school has always been math. I love the rush and sense of accomplishment I get from solving a problem.

How would you describe your personal style?
I don't have anything that I'm bound to. I'm open-minded, and my style is a mixture of everything.

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song is "Talking to the Moon" by Bruno Mars.  

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
There is a pizza place not too far from here. It's good pizza at a really cheap price. 

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to perform! Whether it's acting or singing or dancing, I love the feeling of being on stage. I also enjoy watching others perform, so ironically I like to go to the theater when I'm off work as well. 

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
I love Manhattan, midtown to be specific.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be somewhere warm, being able to not worry about work or anything else, just lying by the pool and only getting up to get food!
 

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. Sendie has decided to spend her Third-Year focus working with our Artistic Programming Department.

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 Daniel Alaimo, who comes from the Bronx.

Who inspires you?
My family and friends. They are the ones that have pushed me to better myself, to become fearless and to never doubt myself.

What's your fondest childhood memory?
Waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Pokémon with my sisters.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
The Amazing Spider-Man comic books were my favorites. They were fun, awesome stories that have also helped me with growing up; they've taught me to be responsible and to help others whenever I can.

What are your favorite subjects in school?
I would say it's a tie between science and history. Science has helped me learn how the universe works, and history has taught me how humans have evolved throughout our existence. 

How would you describe your personal style?
If I'm being honest with myself, my personal style would probably be considered “lazy.” I kind of just wake up, look in my drawers and think, “Meh, good enough.”

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
My favorite place to eat is usually someplace quick and cheap. Also, Dunkin' Donuts. I really like (and often really need) their coffee.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I sometimes take classes and perform at The PIT (The People's Improv Theater). I also play video games and work on my YouTube channel. 

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
I'll go anywhere that seems fun and interesting—there's no one specific place that I like to hang out.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
The most challenging thing would probably be trying to make sure that everyone has a good time.

What's your dream vacation? 
I would love to go on a cross-country road trip.
 

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. Dan is spending his Third-Year focus writing and producing a tongue-in-cheek Usher Corps training video with Zack Ramadan, our Digital Marketing Associate and resident video guy.
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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