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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 Donovan Molina from the South Bronx. 
 

DonovanWhat has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
My favorite show was Fly. Fly focused on the untold story of the Tuskegee Airmen and was aimed at young audiences. It made me feel the same raw emotion as the actors did on stage.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I like the fact that I am a part of some kids' first experience of theater and that I get to see them experience many different genres of theater here at the New Victory.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was…
My favorite memory was seeing my family have fun watching an Autism-Friendly performance with my nephew who is autistic. Just seeing how happy he was to be at the show made me feel special and honored to be a part of the usher program.

My dream job would be…
To be a teaching artist in New York. The arts bring out the best and most creative part of me and I want to share my experiences and feelings towards the arts with everyone.

My love of theater started…
When I played a nurse's aid in my high school’s first play One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Who inspires you?
I'm inspired by my high school English teacher Mr. V, who directed all of our school plays. He made me see that theater was about something more than just acting. It’s a true artform where you can express yourself in fun and creative ways.

What’s your favorite subject in school?
Both Math and History are my favorites. Both subjects are easy for me because I’ve always been good at math and I find history to be very interesting.

What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite place is Pelham Bay Park. I like to go there and enjoy nature or relax with my friends.

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
Sometimes it's tricky trying to make sure patrons don’t record the show.

Describe your dream vacation.
My dream vacation would be to visit my family in Florida and go to Universal Studios.

 
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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 Cynthia Arce from the Bronx. 
 

Cynthia ArceWhat has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
Cirque Ziva. This show was very unique and unlike anything I'd ever seen. It was definitely memorable. My favorite scene was when a lady balanced chandeliers on her hands and feet and spun around.

What show are you most excited for this season?
Mother Africa because I've heard some of the ushers who have seen it before talk about it. It sounds exciting.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
Learning from one another. I appreciate everyone's opinion and point of view. I learn so many new things from fellow ushers that expand my knowledge of theater.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
Playing team-building games at Front of House meetings before the show. Through this job I have learned that working in a team environment is comforting and that everyone is there to help you. It changed me, because now I know that I am never alone, and that I don't have to be afraid to ask questions at work. We're all in this together. 

My dream job would be...
I dream of becoming a lawyer because I'm interested in how the judicial system works. Criminal justice has always been my passion. It's fascinating to learn why a person has committed a crime.

My love of theater started…
At The New Victory Theater!

Who inspires you?
My grandmother. She is the strongest woman I know and has a huge heart. She is my number one supporter and motivator. She always pushes me to reach my highest potential. 

What was your favorite story as a kid?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I enjoyed how this book was so realistic that it looked like the caterpillar was really eating through the pages. My favorite part of the book was when he ate so much that he got a belly ache. It reminded me of myself and how much I enjoyed junk food.

What's your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is English because in writing there is no right or wrong answer; you can make it your own and no one can take that away from you. When I write, I am free to let all of my thoughts fly out without worrying. It's such a good feeling.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
Sleep!

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
The Pier. It's a beautiful open place by the water where you can sit and admire the view or lay down and relax under the sun. 

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
It's challenging to defuse difficult situations that may arise on the job.

Describe your dream vacation
A hot, sunny, tropical place somewhere in Latin America, where I can lay on the beach under a palm tree and enjoy a cool breeze as the sun sets.
 

 
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Posted by Beth Henderson
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