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Sunday September 28, 2014, 12:09pm - by Magnet Theater

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Here it is.  Nick Kanellis – actor, improviser, teacher, story pirate and motion capture professional.  Louis interviews one if the kindest and funniest improvisers ever to get killed by Peter McNerney onstage every week for years. They talk about his critically loved show Trike (w/ Peter McNerney), the perils of self-judgment, the joys of being a great sidekick and learning not to cry because it makes others uncomfortable.  They go deep into the fallacy that we are ever in control of our own thoughts and feelings, and the healthy repression of primal fear. These two guys are smart, kind, and clearly good friends who enjoy each other.  We hope you enjoy as well.

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Enjoy Episode #17 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Friday September 19, 2014, 2:04pm - by Megan Gray

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Job Opening: School Director

Magnet Theater is now accepting applications for the School Director of Magnet Training Center. We are looking for an organized professional with an understanding of how an improv theater operates.

 

The School Director is responsible for both the day-to-day operations of the business as well as long term projections and goals. We are looking for candidates with 1-3 years experience in an administrative environment and the ability to multitask.  Candidates must have be strong writers and proficient in MAC OS.  Candidates must also must have strong communication skills.  This is a full-time position, 11am-7pm Monday-Friday, salary commensurate with experience.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to SchoolDirector@magnettheater.com with the subject heading “School Director-Your Name”.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 26th. We will only contact those who we plan to interview, please do not email or call about the position.
Wednesday September 17, 2014, 8:36am - by Megan Gray

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We are now accepting applications for the Circuit Fall 2014 season! Circuit teams are made up of Magnet Theater students, graduates of our training program and veteran performers. We believe that in order to get better at improv, you need to do it.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 23rd at noon. Teams will be announced Friday, September 25th. Shows will begin Friday, October 10th. Teams will perform Friday nights at 10:30 for seven weeks (not including October 31st or November 28th). If you have any questions email Circuit [at] Magnettheater [dot] com.

This is a general Circuit round. To apply you must have completed Magnet Level 3.

To sign up, just CLICK THIS LINK.
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 9:49pm - by Magnet Theater

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TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi have a completely deserved reputation as a supernaturally skilled duo.  They also deserve their reputations as gentlemen, thoughtful artists, kind improvisers and generous souls.  And you could not have two bigger fans than Louis Kornfeld and Alex Marino, the co-hosts of this episode.  TJ and Dave expound on their work, both improv and sketch, plans for their new theater in Chicago, and their thoughts behind directing, acting, teaching and being one half of something special. They also don’t talk about the book they are writing which will be out next year.  Enjoy.

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Wednesday September 10, 2014, 8:52am - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater visited “The Howard Stern Show” and this is what Howard had to say about it. Listen!

 

Tuesday September 9, 2014, 8:04pm - by Magnet Theater

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Elana Fishbein was in the first ever show at Magnet.  And she was really good.  10 years later she’s an improviser, actor, writer, and teacher.  She has Master’s Degree in Educational Theater from NYU, leads our Youth Program, and co-created two professional development workshop series for teachers: “Beyond Winging It: Improv in the Classroom” and “Play.” She can be seen with Story Pirates on stage and heard with The Truth Podcast your headphones.  All in all, you’ve got a super funny improviser with interesting things to say about it.  Listen to this great episode where Louis Kornfeld goes deep into the idea of forcing yourself to be vulnerable, improv accountability, shared ownership, and Canada.  Enjoy!

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Tuesday September 9, 2014, 3:19pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new Conservatory Circuit fall 2014 season, debuting this Friday, September 12th at 10pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center.

Team Lucy:
Aaron Gold
Evelyn Peppas
Pratima Mani
James Kuo
Veronica Venture
Rebecca Acevedo
Gregg Zehentner
Mark X Guinn

Team Ricky:
Ted Andricos
Ben Kharakh
Rachel Zeolla
Timothy Dufrisne
Kristina Grosspietsch
Meagan Callahan
Paul Ton
Corey Ladovsky

Team The Mertzes:
Nicole Lee
Kyle Levenick
Keilana Decker
Rebecca Mercer
David Rush
Tamara Young
Dana Moore
Michael Auerbach

Friday September 5, 2014, 9:41am - by Megan Gray

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Magnet Theater is now accepting applications for the 2014 fall season of Musical Megawatt. Please fill out THIS FORM no later than TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th to apply for an audition slot.

Anyone who has completed Magnet Musical Improv Level 3 is eligible to apply, though please note that a completed form does not guarantee an audition slot. Due to the high volume of eligible improvisers and a limited number of slots, priority will be given to students and performers who have finished the class or performed on a Musical Megawatt team within the last year.

Confirmations will be sent out by THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Thursday September 4, 2014, 9:22am - by Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller

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Ever thought about taking the show on the road? So have these guys! Monday, September 8th at 8:30pm, three Toronto performers, James Hartnett, Tim Gilbert, and Marty Topps, are taking the Magnet stage to bring you their best work as a part of their New York and Philadelphia tour. I (Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller!) got the awesome opportunity to not only see Marty Topps (Isaac Winter!) perform in Montreal, but got to conduct an e-mail interview with him for the Magnet’s blog.

Marty Topps is an award winning musical comedian from Toronto who burst onto the scene with his debut album, “A Loving Tribute to TapouT.” The album was ranked the #2 Comedy Music album of 2013 by BiteTV. Marty followed this up with a musical short film, “Beep Beep” which won First Place in the Laugh Sabbath Film Fest at NXNE 2014. Marty’s live performances have led to accolades like Best Newcomer at the 2014 Montreal Sketchfest and Audience Award (Best Musical Sketch) at the 2013 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

 

Where are you from originally?…and what’s that place like?!

I’m originally from Stratford, Ontario. Stratford is a nice town. It was pretty wild growing up in the shadow of the undisputed King of Pop, Justin Beaver but I also found it really inspiring because it made me #believe I could grow up to be a song-and-dance-man just like him.

What’s your training background?

I have no formal training. I went to University for Film but I dropped out cuz that was the cool thing to do at the time. And then I taught myself to play keytar cuz that was also the cool thing to do at the time… And it still is, right? Right?!

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Tuesday September 2, 2014, 11:54pm - by Magnet Theater

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It’s our pleasure to share this intense and hilarious archive conversation with Dave Razowsky and Ed Herbstman recorded live at Magnet Theater. Alex Marino asks the right questions and doesn’t get any of the answers he wanted.  Neither does the audience when it’s opened up to questions at the end.  A fun listen to be sure. Ed particularly seems to be enjoying himself, perhaps because Razowsky was his first improv teacher back in 1990 when he was in high school.

Catch master teacher Dave Razowsky next time he’s in NYC teaching at Magnet, and be sure to see Razowsky, Herbstman and Hamilton, which is really really good.  Rachel Hamilton is the woman in the photo.  She’s really really good.

 

 

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Enjoy Episode #14 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.