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 Julean DeJesus
What was your favorite story as a kid?
Growing up, my favorite show was Digimon
, which led me to Pokémon
when I got older. I always loved fantasy and any break from reality.
Who inspires you?
Pikachu. Honestly! Statistically speaking, Pikachu is one of the weakest Pokémon, but it strives to overcome every obstacle and never gives up. I hope to be even a fraction as determined and motivated to succeed as Pikachu is!
How would you describe your personal style?
My style is best described as an Otaku Fairy: whimsical, repetitive, obsessive and 100% comprised of fan merchandise.
What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song is "One of the Boys" by Katy Perry. It has been for as long as I can remember. It speaks to my desire to avoid being labeled.
What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
I like to walk down to Canal Street to buy fruit, but there are a few fruit stands on 30th Street that I enjoy as well. Being on a raw food diet limits my options. I used to have unhealthy obsession with Crumbs cupcakes!
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to make things. Anything—cooking, sewing, crafting, gardening—if it produces something new, I enjoy doing it. It's especially fun to cook for others. I love having a friend over to cook for and watch movies.
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite place in the entire city is the Manhattan Bridge. I'll walk to Chinatown and buy a pound of cherries. Nothing beats a stroll across the bridge on a warm day while eating cherries.
What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
Confidence. It's very hard to reassure myself that I am just doing my job when I need to enforce rules or give instructions to patrons. I don't want to seem pushy.
What would be your dream vacation?
I am not a big fan of travel. I don't need to go far, nor to a specific place. I just dream of venturing into nature, hiding out deep in the forest. But for now the concrete jungle should suffice.
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 Julean in October, he has decided to spend his Third-Year focus working in our Education Department with the Public Engagement team, helping to brainstorm and build pre-show activities. If you see him before a show, let him know what you think!