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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 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
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!

Gabe FortunaToday we're talking to third-year usher Gabriel Fortuna, from the Bronx!

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My family is my inspiration. When my mind is heading towards the negative, they feed me with love, knowledge and courage.

What was your favorite book or movie as a kid?
My favorite book as a kid was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

What is/was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was Math.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is not unique but it is mixed and classic.


What do you like to do when you're not at work?
When I'm not at work I like to hang out with friends, or just watch a lot of TV.

What's your favorite NYC hangout?
My favorite NYC hangout is Riverbank Park. My favorite place to eat near the theater is Chipotle.

What's the most challenging part of being an usher?
The most challenging thing about being an usher is working with the people that don't want to work with you..

What's your secret skill or hidden talent?
My secret skill is that I can express anything such as stories, moments, thoughts fluently. Hidden talent is that I can dance.

What's your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is to go on a cruise to Bahamas. And then visit the Niagara Falls.

If you could go to lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
If I could go to lunch with someone it would be Johnny Depp. This guy is my idol and I feel like he would be a good person to talk to.

What are you most proud of?
I am proud of making it to my third year at the New Victory, and I'm proud that I got back into school.
Posted by Hillary Reeves
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