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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 Claire Early, who was born and raised in Manhattan.

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

What's your fondest childhood memory?
Playing Annie in my 5th grade play. It was the first time I was really involved in something that big, and it might be the last time I'm the lead in anything theater-related.

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. 
 
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 Jasmin Ayala, from Brooklyn.

Who or what inspires you?
My family is my inspiration.

What was your favorite book or movie as a kid?
As a kid, I loved to read any comic books.

What is your favorite subject in school?
English has always been my favorite subject in school.

How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as hectic, yet chill.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. My favorite hangout is Prospect Park in Brooklyn, but when I’m near the New Vic I like to eat at a sushi place on 45th street and 8th Ave.

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song right now is Magic!'s “Rude."

What's your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be to travel all over Europe. 

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my family. 
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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