The magic ingredient to the New Vic’s success is its approach to young people. Whether they are audience members, interns or employees, they are not pandered to. The work onstage challenges them to explore what they think they know in all of the performing arts disciplines and opens new worlds for them to experience.
The young adults who participate in the Youth Corps Program (apprentices and ushers) are viewed as essential members of the organization. Apprentices are contributing members of the departments they work in and collaborate on many group projects that have a direct effect on the audience experience at the theater.
The ushers are, quite simply, the face of the organization. Whether they are showing families to their seats during public performances, corralling buses on 42nd Street during school time performances or working with kids at a pre-performance family workshop, the ushers provide the unique fuel that powers the organization.
For so many children in NYC, the New Vic was their introduction to the performing arts -- becoming a stepping stone to greater appreciation of, and participation in, the arts. Kudos!
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Put a Youth Corps Program in every major city in the country
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