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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 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 Jaixa Lopez from Harlem, New York.  
 

What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
My favorite show was Museum of Memories because it opened up a dialogue about an important issue for our younger audiences in a concise and beautiful way. It touched me deeply.

What show are you most excited for this season?
I'm looking forward to both Julius Caesar and X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation because I'm curious to see how the two shows will relate to one another.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
Introducing children to the arts is number one for me, but it's also exciting to meet and talk with all of the amazing artists in the process.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
I can't think of one specific memory. I just love all of the memories of being with my fellow ushers. Some of my favorite moments are our potlucks, or anytime between shifts when everyone is having a good time in the usher area. The New Victory is one of those places where it doesn't matter how awful I might feel before coming in, once I'm there it all melts away. That is because of the amazing people who work here and their incredible kindness. 

My dream job would be...
I would love to be a makeup artist. For me, it's the most versatile and artistic way to express yourself. I like how happy people get when I do their makeup. 

My love of theater started…
My love of theater started because of my aunt who went to Repertory High School. I saw her in shows like The Odd Couple, Pippin and Cabaret. I remember being in awe of her and thinking that performing looked like fun.

Who inspires you?
I'm inspired not so much by specific people but by what I see people do. Seeing someone's work ethic in action usually inspires me much more than the person themself can. 

What was your favorite story as a kid?
Is Your Mama a Llama? was my favorite. I don't remember having a concrete reason for loving it so much, I just remember always asking my mom to read it to me before bed. It probably had something to do with all of the animals!

What’s your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is science. I love the way that it can give you an answer for almost anything.

What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Woodside, Queens because it’s where my mom lives.

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
The most challenging thing about being an usher is learning to anticipate problems and deal with them proactively. 

Describe your dream vacation
My dream vacation is an all expenses paid trip to travel the world!

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

 
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 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 John Deloach from East New York, Brooklyn. 
 

John DeloatchWhat has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
Cuba Vibra! It helped me connect with Cuban and Latino culture by giving me the opportunity to learn rhumba and mambo. I finally gained some rhythm!

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
The community that the managers and ushers have cultivated over the past few years. It's a very supportive space where I can grow both as an individual and an employee.

My dream job would be...
I want to manage my own urban farm for the queer, black and Latino community called "A Sanctuary for Wild Colors," which would also double as an art exhibition site. I believe in order to become more independent as a people both culturally and economically we need a space where we can recreate our image in a positive light while providing resources. "A Sanctuary for Wild Colors" would serve as a space for healing, learning and connection.

My love of theater started…
When I saw a video of Into the Woods in the first grade.

Who inspires you?
The Dalai Lama and Tupac Shakur. The Dalai Lama inspires me to be compassionate to everyone and to remember that all people are connected. Tupac showed me the importance of speaking my truth and honoring my roots.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
My favorite story was Poppy: A Tale from Dimwood Forest. The hero of the story's a valiant mouse who helped out his friends. When I was a kid, all of my favorite stories had animals in them. 

What’s your favorite subject in school?
My favorites are Urban Farming, Poetry and Art. I like these subjects because they allow for freedom of expression and healing from the toxicity of life in modern society.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I like having night picnics with my friends, hiking and being in green spaces.

What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Brooklyn Bridge Pier, Gantry Plaza, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanical Garden are my top picks. These places are special to me because I love being out in green open spaces. They give me a place to decompress and have fun with my friends.

Describe your dream vacation
Going on a retreat with my friends.

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

 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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