Friday, December 19, 2014

Why I Give, Part 3

Why do you give? We asked our donors for their answers and we'll be sharing their replies all week long. Hear what they had to say, along with some recent responses we received from school kids after a performance of Cirque Ziva-- you'll see the impact that $35, through our Give A Kid A Seat campaign, can have. We hope you'll consider adding us to your list this holiday season!

Click to read Part 1 and Part 2.

Thanks to the New Victory, Sadie is already a huge fan of Opera and Shakespeare. The exposure she has received to innovative Plays, Musicals, Circus, and Dance, has given her an extraordinary grasp of what it is possible to see and to do on a stage, and as the offerings are as culturally diverse as they are universal, her world view has been richly expanded. In addition to being avid audience members, we are supporters of the theater. I am honored to help the New Vic continue to share its offerings with school children, many of whom otherwise might never have set foot in a theater. -- Elizabeth, New Vic Donor


The intimacy and immediacy of a live performance cannot be captured on tape or on film or even on the printed page. Every kid should have the chance to experience that magic. Every performer deserves a shot at the big time in New York City. There is just nothing like live theater. I can’t get enough. It’s not entertainment—it’s life. You have to BE there. That is why I support the New Vic.-- Michael, New Vic Donor


Going to the New Victory was my son's first experience with the theater. We loved the variety of shows and the welcoming atmosphere of the theater of staff. Although my son and I attend Broadway, dance and opera, we value our membership with the New Victory above the others. Dealing with the wonderful staff is part of why we keep coming back. -- Deborah, New Vic Donor


To support the New Vic's Give A Kid A Seat campaign, visit NewVictory.org/Support and donate $35, or share our video with your network online using #GiveKidsArts! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Why I Give, Part 2

Why do you give? We asked our donors for their answers and we'll be sharing their replies all week long. Hear what they had to say, along with some recent responses we received from school kids after a performance of Cirque Ziva-- you'll see the impact that $35, through our Give A Kid A Seat campaign, can have. We hope you'll consider adding us to your list this holiday season!

Click to read Part 1 and Part 3.


Our daughter turned nine this past September, but we've been attending shows since we was two. I can still remember our first show, The Green Sheep in 2008. Since then, we’ve seen over 30 productions spanning our daughter’s lifetime. She grew up with the New Victory Theater. We gave as we were given: memories with our daughter to last a lifetime. We hope our contribution will do the same for many other children. - Girlie, New Vic Donor


When I recall my own childhood in a Midwestern small town, my memories of theater are the rare tickets to a college or regional production, community musicals and puppet theater offered at the local library. I knew when I decided to raise a child in the New York City area, I must share with her the special opportunities the city features, including theater. The New Vic allows me to do that on my budget. I’m a teacher who hasn’t seen a salary increase in nine years. I work with deaf high school students. I have been lucky enough to offer them a residency program with the New Victory Theater since it was initially offered to schools to participate. I have watched my students transition from shy participants to confident actors, a coming of age on stage. I don't give, but a good friend of mine does. He does because he knows that it's a way he can make a difference and bring joy to others. He gives because he loves me and my daughter. -- Liz, Teacher and Parent of New Vic kids


To support the New Vic's Give A Kid A Seat campaign, visit NewVictory.org/Support and donate $35, or share our video with your network online using #GiveKidsArts! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Why I Give, Part 1

The holiday season puts me in a conundrum, every year. Not only do I scramble to find (and budget for!) thoughtful gifts for my family members of friends, but I also worry about whether or not the tips I leave for my dog walker and building super are enough to show my appreciation. On top of that, this time of year is when all of the charitable organizations I follow send me emails asking for me to give. And I want to give to them all!

My niece and nephew on their first day of school!
But for a gal with student loans that need paying, I need to make choices and come up with my plan for giving. So, how did I narrow down my choices this year? Why did I give to the groups that I did? I gave because I was personally invested in specific missions or causes. I donated to my niece and nephew's school to help support the building of their new playground. I donated to an organization that helps kids in a remote town in the Philippines, a place that I visited, buy boats so that they can get to a nearby island for school. I donated to a local food bank that will feed hungry NYC children this holiday season. And, honestly, I donated to The New Victory Theater. 

Every day, working here, I see lives change. At our Education performances, school buses pull up and let out hundreds of different kids-- we see all personalities, from shy, boisterous, funny, excited, apprehensive to outspoken. By the end of the show, every kid has a question they want to ask (you should see the hands shoot up at our talkbacks), every kid has something to say to a classmate and every kid leaves ready to express him or herself (you should have seen hundreds of kids attempting to break dance in our lobby after seeing 360 Allstars). Coming from a big family where it was sometimes hard to be heard through the noise of six other siblings vying for attention, I know the impact the arts can have. Music helped me find a voice as a shy, young kid. And I know the same interests are sparked for kids at our theater every day. 

So, why do you give? We asked our donors for their answers and we'll be sharing their replies all week long. Hear what they had to say, along with some recent responses we received from school kids after a performance of Cirque Ziva-- you'll see the impact that $35, through our Give A Kid A Seat campaign, can have. We hope you'll consider adding us to your list this holiday season!

Click to read Part 2 and Part 3