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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 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 Rachel Pang. 

Rachel Pang My favorite show at The New Victory was…
The Light Princess! The music in the show was catchy and I love that it was a fairy tale. The characters were all interesting and funny, especially the witch.

The show I’m most excited for this season is...
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic because I really like magic tricks. Plus the dog looks really cute!

The thing I like most about being an usher is…    
Meeting people who are very different from me. Diversity helps us gain new perspectives and become more understanding.    

My favorite memory from working as an usher was... 
During Bello Mania, there was a little girl who was running around and her mother trusted me to keep an eye on her. By the time they were leaving, she didn't want to say goodbye to me.

I always knew I wanted to work with children, but deep down I had some doubts. This experience not only made me enjoy my job more, but also helped me be more certain about my future career!

My dream job would be… 
A teacher. I always wanted to be a lawyer, but as I got older I realized that it's not like television. I'd rather work with children and have a positive impact on them.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon because I related to the protagonist. I was always scared about getting mean teachers!

What was your favorite subject in school?
History because I had a great teacher in high school and I think it's important to learn about the past!

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I love hanging out with my friends and going to the library

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
Remaining calm and polite when tensions are running high. 

Who inspires you and why?
My father. He's very open-minded and is always proud of me, even when I don't think I did much. I want to continue making him proud!

 
 
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 Sendie Brunard from Brooklyn.
 
Third-Year Usher Sendie Brunard
Sendie Brunard and New Victory Youth Corps Manager Anthony Pound accept the NAHYP Award from First Lady Michelle Obama
In 2014, on behalf of the entire New Victory Usher Corps, Sendie accepted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside Youth Corps Manager Anthony Pound.

Who inspires you?
My family inspires me because of their drive to do better.

What is your fondest childhood memory?
My fondest childhood memory is when I visited my grandparents on their farm. I got to eat things that they grew there, play by the lake and spend time with my family.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
I always loved the story of Cinderella. I just loved the story of her being able to find happiness despite everything that was against her.

What was your favorite subject in school? 
My favorite subject in school has always been math. I love the rush and sense of accomplishment I get from solving a problem.

How would you describe your personal style?
I don't have anything that I'm bound to. I'm open-minded, and my style is a mixture of everything.

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song is "Talking to the Moon" by Bruno Mars.  

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
There is a pizza place not too far from here. It's good pizza at a really cheap price. 

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to perform! Whether it's acting or singing or dancing, I love the feeling of being on stage. I also enjoy watching others perform, so ironically I like to go to the theater when I'm off work as well. 

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
I love Manhattan, midtown to be specific.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be somewhere warm, being able to not worry about work or anything else, just lying by the pool and only getting up to get food!
 

Each of our Third-Year Ushers gets to spend 40 hours working on a special project—a Third-Year focus—in the department of their choice at The New 42nd Street. Sendie has decided to spend her Third-Year focus working with our Artistic Programming Department.
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