New Victory Blog

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 teens in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program here!

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 Stephanie Cuevas from Brooklyn, New York.
Stephanie Cuevas
What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
Cuba Vibra! I absolutely loved how the music changed unexpectedly from scene to scene. My favorite scene was when the ensemble came out and started dancing. They took their sandals off and started beating them on the floor to the rhythm. 

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I like being able to meet and help different kinds of people every day.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was…
After a show, I was doing the Try This activity with a little girl in the lobby. She had so much fun that she didn’t want to leave!

My dream job would be…
I want to become an English Teacher because English has always been my favorite subject. I would love to teach others about it and I love working with kids!

My love of theater started…
My freshman year of high school, I took a theater class. I've loved it ever since!

Who inspires you?
My mother inspires me because she taught me right from wrong. She's been my number one supporter since day one.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
I liked Green Eggs and Ham because, just like the main character in the book, I had trouble trying different things when I was a kid. However, once I tried them, they were never as bad as I thought that they'd be!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I like to listen to music or watch Law and Order.

What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Williamsburg is my favorite place because a lot of my friends live there and I love all of the stores! 

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
It can be challenging to be an usher because sometimes you have to multi-task and it can get a little crazy.

Describe your dream vacation
I want to travel around the world.

New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

Posted by Beth Henderson

Play with colors, explore the outdoors and make a puppet in this Family Activity for Grug and the Rainbow! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at

All About Grug

In Grug and the Rainbow, we meet Grug. Grug began his life as the top of a burrawang tree. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, he's fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. In this activity, you'll get a chance to design your own version of Grug and take him on an adventure!

Materials: Grug template, drawing utensils, other craft materials (paper, tape, scissors, etc.), popsicle stick

Step One: Using the template below, color and decorate your own version of Grug. Attach him to your popsicle stick so you can move him around.
Grug Template
Step Two: When you create your own Grug, think about the following things: 
  • Color: If you could make Grug a different color, what would you choose? Don’t forget to keep his signature stripes!
  • Clothing: What kind of clothing might Grug need to get ready for summer in New York? Use construction paper to make Grug sunglasses or a hat.
  • Texture: Think about how you might use other materials, like yarn or tissue paper. Try to give Grug a new hairdo! 
Step Three: As you finish up creating your Grug, talk to a family member about: 
  • What is unique about your Grug?
  • What do you think his favorite activities might be?
  • Where do you think he lives?
  • How do you think he moves?
BONUS: Now that you have created your very own Grug, take him on a trip! Show him around your home, take him on an adventure or bring him to places that are special to you. Don’t forget to take pictures. 

Color Walk Poem

In Grug and The Rainbow, we learn all about different colors and where to find them. What colors do you see around your neighborhood? Grab a family member and head outside to create a color-ific mad-lib poem together! 

Materials: Downloadable template, writing utensil

Step One: Print out the poem template below and take it outdoors. Read the prompts aloud and work with your family member to fill them in. When you finish, read the poem together.

Color Walk Poem

Bonus: Fill it out while you’re on the way to see Grug and the Rainbow. See what colors you can spot and fill in on your way from the subway, bus or car! 

Create a Friend for Grug

Windmill Theater Company uses puppetry to tell Grug's story. In this activity, explore the artform of puppetry with your family. 

Materials: An object from your home, masking tape, marker 

Step One: Find an object in your house that you can hold and move around. Choose something that is safe and fun to play with for the activity. It can be a shoe, a cup or a tissue box—you get to choose!

Step Two: Take a small piece of masking tape (about 2 inches long), and stick it on the object where you think its eyes might be.

Step Three: Using the marker, draw eyes on the tape. Your object has now become a creature like Grug!

A Friend for Grug Example

Step Four: Now it's time to bring your puppet to life! 
  • Give your new friend a name.
  • Introduce them to everyone in your house.
  • Think about how your friend moves from place to place. Do they slither, hop or fly?
  • Use your imagination to move your version of Grug and his new friend around the space.

Family Activities
We invite you to deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites, Arts Express and Talk-Backs!
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Posted by Beth Henderson
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