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 ages 16-22 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 Melissa Dutan from Corona, New York.
My favorite show at The New Victory was…
Museum of Memories
. It was so intimate that you felt immersed in the actors' emotions. It was such an intense subject matter and how they portrayed it was really amazing.
The show I'm most excited for this season is…
The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence
because I studied Lawrence's paintings in my high school race studies class. I'm interested to see how they interpret his work with dance.
My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
I can't pick just one, but all of the moments I cherish involve working with kids. Those little ones make me more open as an usher and as a person.
Who inspires you?
Chris Cerulli's long history in the music industry is inspiring. He shows that no matter how long it takes to achieve success, you can attain your goals with drive and passion.
What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Williamsburg, Dumbo and Astoria are all amazing places. Those neighborhoods are very open with a lot of scenery and beautiful sites to look at.
Describe your dream vacation.
I've wanted to go to Hawaii since I was 4-years-old.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory took place at the New Vic! My sister worked here as an usher when she was around my age. I was just 8-years-old at the time, but I remember visiting her at work, sitting in the balcony and watching all of the shows. It's surreal that I get to work here now.
||Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!