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Magnet Theater

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WHO WE ARE

Magnet Theater is a performance space and training ground for the best and brightest comedic talent in New York City. Since 2005, we’ve been at the epicenter of the city’s growing improv movement—and today, we’re one of the most recognizable improv schools and theaters in the city. We’ve got critically acclaimed shows and classes in improv, musical improv, sketch, storytelling and more every single night of the week.

WHERE WE CAME FROM

After studying in Chicago under improv guru Del Close, Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman and Shannon Manning joined forces with improv teacher and veteran performer Alex Marino to open the Magnet Theater in March 2005. Today, the theater continues to be operated by Diaz, Herbstman and Marino.

WHAT WE DO

On any given night at Magnet, you’ll see our performers doing what they do best—creating some seriously amazing stuff in order to make you laugh. We’ve had improv powerhouses like Mike Myers join us onstage and conduct workshops. We’ve trained budding comedians from around the world. But most importantly, we’re giving a whole new generation of talent a place to take risks, be heard and blow minds.

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HOW WE DO IT

Magnet’s philosophy is simple but it’s been working pretty well for the last 10 years. Simply put, we can teach anyone to improvise. Our faculty is made up of veteran instructors—both homegrown as well as transplanted from the oldest, most esteemed comedy institutions in the country. And as such, our students get comprehensive training in the styles and philosophies that have been shaping the art form for generations.

OUT IN THE WORLD

Why yes, we can take our show on the road—just ask! Magnet Touring Company performs and teaches workshops at improv festivals around the world (North Carolina! Hawaii! Providence! Canada!). The Magnet Genius Machine creates and leads corporate workshops in improv and storytelling. They’ve worked with companies such as Google, LinkedIn, The Howard Stern Show and Unilever. They can do the same for your company, too.

AND LASTLY, SOME STREET CRED

We wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen our performers and faculty putting their Magnet training to work. Here are but a few choice credits we’re proud of: Broad City, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, The Onion, The Second City Cruise, Boom Chicago, This American Life, The Truth podcast, Story Pirates, Reductress and more.