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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.

All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps program in our New Vic Bills and online on the New Victory Blog. Earlier this season, the New Victory Usher Corps program won the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, so we're thrilled to tell you more about this fantastic group of hardworking young people! Read more about the award here, learn more about the New Victory Usher Corps on our website, or find out how the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!


Today we're talking to third-year usher Joshua Santiago, from the Bronx!

Ciarra LivramentoWho or what inspires you?
To be honest, my struggle inspires me, because without the struggle I wouldn't know what it really means to go out and get "it" on your own. Not because I want to, but because I have to. It makes me more of a man every day.

What was your favorite movie as a kid?
My favorite movie as a kid was Star Wars. Seeing my brother watch it got me interested, and then I just started liking it.

What's your fondest or earliest childhood memory?
My earliest childhood memory is when my father used to take me to his stickball games to watch him play. I was always excited when he took me because it was fun.

What is/was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school has always been English. It's always come easily to me and I've never had an issue with it.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
My favorite thing to do when I'm not at the New Vic is listening to my hip hop/rap.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite NYC neighborhood is Times Square-42nd Street, because of the lights, and because it's a place where you can just walk around and have fun. It's a place that has everything.

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
My favorite place to eat near the theater is Chipotle.

What's your favorite song right now?
Every song I listen to is my favorite song! At this point the only music I listen to is hip hop/rap.

What's your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be going to Miami and South Beach. I see the way it is down there and I feel like I need to take a trip. I love how the beaches look, and everything about it just makes me want to go there.

What are you most proud of?
One thing I am most proud of is how I have improved as a person since working at the New Vic. I have improved with my attitude and also with my professionalism.
Posted by Zack Ramadan

All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps program in our New Vic Bills and online on the New Victory Blog. Earlier this season, the New Victory Usher Corps program won the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, so we're thrilled to tell you more about this fantastic group of hardworking young people! Read more about the award here, learn more about the New Victory Usher Corps on our website, or find out how the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!


Today we're talking to third-year usher Ciarra Livramento, from East Harlem!

Ciarra LivramentoWho or what inspires you?
My determination to be successful in life inspires me.

What was your favorite movie as a kid and what's your fondest childhood memory?
My favorite movie as a kid was The Lion King because I loved the songs and I got to know the animals’ way of life. My fondest memory as a kid was going to sleep-away camp.

What is/was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was English because I feel the best way to express my thoughts is through writing.

How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as simple but chic.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
When I'm not at work, I like to spend time with my family and friends. My favorite place to hang out in NYC is the Lower East Side because they have great thrift shops and many interesting people and places to explore.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
The most challenging thing about being an usher is making sure everyone is getting an amazing theater experience.

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
My favorite place to eat near the theater is Cafe O.

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song right now is "Stay Ready" by Jhene Aiko.

What's your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is to go to the Cape Verde Islands and get in touch with my heritage.

If you could go to lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
If I could go to lunch with any person living or dead it would be with my grandfather because I would love to just have one more moment with him.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being a part of a great program that has opened me up to many forms of art. I have learned more about the history and techniques of circus, dance, music, acrobatics and puppetry.
Posted by Hillary Reeves
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