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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 Greg Arrastia from Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Third-Year Usher Greg ArrastiaWho inspires you?
My old football coach inspires me because, growing up, it was hard for him. He was messing up in school—in life—and got kicked out the house when he was seventeen. He was homeless for two years until he got his mind straight, finished high school and went to college. He's always pushing me and is always on me because he doesn't want me to waste my life. He's like another father to me.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
My favorite movie when I was little was Tarzan. I just love it!

What was your favorite subject in school? 
My favorite subject in school was math. I was just great at it, always ahead of everybody. I've loved it since middle school.

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song right now is "Back Up" by DeJ Loaf. 

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
My favorite place to go and eat near the New Vic is Popeyes. 

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
My favorite things to do when I'm not at work are playing basketball and working out.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite place to hang out is probably in a park.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
The most challenging thing about being an usher is probably adapting to all the new and different ushers and customers from all over the world.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is to go to Hawaii.
 

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. Greg has decided to spend his Third-Year focus putting his customer service skills to use in the New Victory Operations Department alongside Laura Hamilton, our Company Manager.
Posted by Zack Ramadan

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 Julean DeJesus from Brooklyn.

Third-Year Usher Julean DeJesusWhat was your favorite story as a kid?
Growing up, my favorite show was Digimon, which led me to Pokémon when I got older. I always loved fantasy and any break from reality.

Who inspires you?
Pikachu. Honestly! Statistically speaking, Pikachu is one of the weakest Pokémon, but it strives to overcome every obstacle and never gives up. I hope to be even a fraction as determined and motivated to succeed as Pikachu is!

How would you describe your personal style?
My style is best described as an Otaku Fairy: whimsical, repetitive, obsessive and 100% comprised of fan merchandise.

What's your favorite song right now?
My favorite song is "One of the Boys" by Katy Perry. It has been for as long as I can remember. It speaks to my desire to avoid being labeled.

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
I like to walk down to Canal Street to buy fruit, but there are a few fruit stands on 30th Street that I enjoy as well. Being on a raw food diet limits my options. I used to have unhealthy obsession with Crumbs cupcakes!

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I like to make things. Anything—cooking, sewing, crafting, gardening—if it produces something new, I enjoy doing it. It's especially fun to cook for others. I love having a friend over to cook for and watch movies.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite place in the entire city is the Manhattan Bridge. I'll walk to Chinatown and buy a pound of cherries. Nothing beats a stroll across the bridge on a warm day while eating cherries.

What's the most challenging thing about being an usher?
Confidence. It's very hard to reassure myself that I am just doing my job when I need to enforce rules or give instructions to patrons. I don't want to seem pushy.

What would be your dream vacation?
I am not a big fan of travel. I don't need to go far, nor to a specific place. I just dream of venturing into nature, hiding out deep in the forest. But for now the concrete jungle should suffice.
 

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. Since we interviewed Julean in October, he has decided to spend his Third-Year focus working in our Education Department with the Public Engagement team, helping to brainstorm and build pre-show activities. If you see him before a show, let him know what you think!
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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