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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 teens ages 16-21 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 the Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory blog. Today we're talking to third-year usher Cousteau Pierre from Carrefour, Haiti.
Cousteau

My favorite show at The New Victory was…
Cuba Vibra was my favorite show because it featured Cuban culture that's rarely found in the State of New York.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I really enjoy welcoming our patrons to the theater.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
I loved standing next to Bello, from Bello Mania. When he climbed on his wooden stilts and performed his most dangerous tricks, I thought, “This guy is insane!"

My dream job would be… 
Working with Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders. It would give me the chance to make a real difference and travel around the world.

My love of theater started...  
It started during my junior year of high school. We had to create our own plays, including the plot and characters. The best ones were performed by professional actors! 

Who inspires you?
My parents keep me motivated and on track when things are difficult.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to listen to music and read articles when I'm not at work.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite spot is Caton Park on Church Avenue in Brooklyn. It's always filled with immigrants from many different countries, including Central America and the Caribbean. Together, we play soccer and forget our troubles for a brief moment.

Describe your dream vacation.
I've always dreamed of visiting iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
I'll always remember riding a horse for the first time!
 
New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
Posted by Beth Henderson

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 ages 16-21 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 the Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory blog. Today we're talking to third-year usher Fatemata Krubally from The Bronx, New York.
 

FatemataMy favorite show at The New Victory was…
I loved Mother Africa: My Home because it showed a different side of African culture and dance that was quite intriguing and inspiring.
 
The show I’m most excited for this season is…
William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)! I really love Shakespeare and after watching the funny trailer, I immediately wanted to see it.
 
My favorite memory from working as an usher was... 
I really loved when we went to see Hamilton. It was the beginning of the season and we were all getting to know each other. It definitely brought us closer together because for the rest of the season we kept acting out our favorite songs.
 
My dream job would be…
I want to become an actress or a stage manager so I can be a part of bringing a show to life—whether it’s in the rehearsal room, onstage or behind the scenes. 
 
My love of theater started... 
It started when I saw my first show in elementary school, called the Black Nutcracker. I don’t really remember what the show was about, but I can remember a smaller version of myself sitting on the edge of my seat, just waiting to see what happened next.
 
What was your favorite story as a kid?
My favorite story was The Very Hungry Caterpillar because it was a picture book with different foods. The best part was the ending when the caterpillar transformed into a butterfly.
 
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to watch Netflix and eat snacks.
 
What's your favorite New York City hangout or neighborhood?
Right now, I like Brooklyn Bridge Park because I always feel at peace when I'm surrounded by water.

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

Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
Posted by Beth Henderson
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