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Thursday November 10, 2011, 9:20pm - by admin

The Magnet Training Center is a pretty special space. We moved in while it was still the home of Mike Nichols acting school, The New Actors Workshop, which he founded with Paul Sills (the son of Viola Spolin) and George Morrison.

And we got to spend about six months occupying the same space.

The improv roots run deep in these rooms.  For over 20 years, New Actors taught acting, improvisation, voice and movement as an integrated system.  Original games from Improvisation for the Theater were interwoven with acting systems developed by Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and others.  Nichols, Morrison and Sills saw improvisation as a necessary component in actor training and essential to the development of their craft. more

Thursday November 10, 2011, 8:14pm - by admin

Test Drive features brand new scripted works never before seen on the Magnet stage, from sketch and one-person shows to short films, stand-up and more. These shows are so new they still have that new comedy smell.

Test Drive is open to all.  To submit a scripted show, click here.

To submit new pieces of improvisation, see The Rundown.

Thursday November 10, 2011, 8:09pm - by admin

FREE OPPORTUNITY TO GET ON STAGE AND PLAY!

The Magnet Mixers are shows occuring throughout the week where anyone from superstar to first time improviser can sign up and play on The Magnet stage.  Magnet students past and present join improvisers from all the world over and non-improvisers who just want to play, forming rare and wonderful one-night-only combinations.  The Magnet Mixers are often hosted by resident house teams, and always feature a fun and supportive environment for anyone to get on their feet and make people laugh through improvisation.

Magnet Mixers occur four times a week.  The regular mixers are:

Wednesdays at 11:30pm (sign ups at 11:00pm)
Thursdays at 7:00pm (sign ups at 6:30pm)
Saturdays at 12:00am (Midnight) (sign ups at 11:30pm)

There is also the weekly musical mixer, featuring accompaniment, where students, performers, and strangers come together to improvise musical scenes.  The Musical Mixer is:

Tuesdays at 10:15pm (sign ups at 9:45)

Come and play, you might get to do a scene with the olde-timey card player lady in the picture.

Thursday November 10, 2011, 6:05pm - by admin

The Rundown is the Magnet’s weekly showcase of improv ensembles, duos, and more.  Each Saturday at 6pm, you’ll find some of the very best strutting their stuff.  Featuring a mix of feisty up and coming groups and experienced veterans building their next big thing, The Rundown is always new, always fresh, and always exciting.  Each Rundown features three ensembles, and the groups rotate from week to week.  Come see the groups everyone’s buzzing about!

The Rundown
Saturday @ 6pm
Magnet Theater
$5

To submit your improv ensemble, duo, or project for consideration in The Rundown click here.

Friday October 28, 2011, 10:00pm - by admin

 

Upon registering, students are required to read and accept the following class policies:

Registration is not complete and you are not placed in the class until payment is received in full.

Magnet reserves the right to accept or deny an individual’s registration for a class. Magnet may cancel or reschedule a class, if necessary. In the event of a cancelled class, a full refund will be given.
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Tuesday October 18, 2011, 11:09pm - by admin

What is it?

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Inspirado is the only improv competition in the world!

Two teams randomly choose a challenge, then they compete. The audience votes on the winner. Challenges inspire. Inspiration leads to innovation. Innovation saves the world. Inspirado just saved the world. more

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