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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 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.
 
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 Claire Early, who was born and raised in Manhattan.

Who inspires you? Third-Year Usher Claire Early
My family inspires me! They are constantly showing me who I am and supporting me through every project I dive into.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
I really liked The Powerpuff Girls—everything I owned had them on it. They let me know it was okay for girls to be tough, smart and girly. Those are all things I wanted to be, and like to think I am now.

What's your favorite subject in school?
Art, because I'm an artist. It's in my blood!

How would you describe your personal style?
Honestly, my style changes with the seasons and my mood. I live like my life is an art piece.

What's your favorite song right now?
"Hold Me Down" by Halsey

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
I usually like to get Hale and Hearty. They have yummy soups!

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I try to occupy my time with drawing and other personal projects.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
I'm in Central Park all year-round.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
Multitasking!

What would be your dream vacation?
A week away in a beach house with a bunch of my closest friends and a lot of junk food and board games.

What's your dream job?
My dream job would be to be a comic illustrator and writer. Comics and graphic novels have always been a consistent comfort in my life, and I would like to create that for others. 
 

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. Since we interviewed Claire in October, she has decided to spend her Third-Year focus by applying her love of illustrating to some of our online materials! Keep an eye out for her name and signature style.
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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