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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 Paul Williams from Brooklyn!

What inspires you?
Success and being able to provide inspires me. 

What was your favorite movie as a kid?
My favorite movie as a kid was The Rugrats Go to Paris. I wanted to have an adventure just like theirs when I was young. 

What's your fondest or earliest childhood memory?
My earliest childhood memory is sitting back on the couch with a bottle of milk watching Power Rangers.

What is/was your favorite subject in school?
Global studies was my favorite subject. I had a funny teacher, so class was never boring, and I always passed!

How would you describe your personal style?
I really don't have a style. If it looks good on me, I'll wear it. 

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
When I'm not at work, I like to chill with my friends or catch up on my shows.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite hangout spot in NYC would be my own neighborhood, Crown Heights. It’s where I feel most comfortable. 

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
The most challenging thing about being an usher is keeping an eye on all of the patrons that eat during the shows.

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

What's your secret skill or hidden talent?
I enjoying boxing as a hobby. I plan to practice MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) later this year. 

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song right now is "Faded Too Long" by Meek Mill.

What's your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be going on a cruise through Central America. Central America is appealing to me because my family is from Panama and I would like to trace my roots. Also, I’d like to see the differences and similarities between all of the Spanish-speaking cultures.

What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of graduating high school.
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 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
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