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Thursday April 28, 2016, 8:17am - by evan barden

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Announcing the Magnet Diversity Scholarship Program

The Magnet Theater is excited to announce the Magnet Diversity Scholarship Program for 2016. The aim of the scholarship program is to provide access to improv classes to excited and motivated students for whom money is a barrier, and to add new and diverse voices to the Magnet’s vibrant and open community.

Applications are now open for the Magnet Diversity Scholarships–those selected will receive full program scholarships through Magnet’s Improv program. The scholarships will cover Levels One through Level Four, and contingent upon acceptance, Level 5 and Team Performance.

In this first round of the program for 2016, the Magnet will be awarding up to $30,000 worth of scholarships to those selected through the application process.

We are excited to be able to offer full program scholarships, which we feel will provide the best experience to those selected. Due to the limited number of full scholarships available and the expected number of applicants, it is likely that applications will be competitive.

The Magnet Diversity Scholarship Program is aimed at increasing our diversity of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and age. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to apply, and the scholarships are open to both those who have never studied at Magnet, and to those who have partially completed the program.

Applications are now open and can be filled out here. The application includes general information, and some short essay questions. Applications are due May 18th by midnight, and we hope to notify selected students by Wednesday, June 1st.

There will be a delightful Q & A / informal brunch on Sunday, May 15th from 11am to 2pm, open to all.

For any questions, please email diversityscholars@magnettheater.com or Rick@magnettheater.com

Click here to apply.

Thursday April 14, 2016, 11:42pm - by Magnet Theater

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Congrats to all of our new Spring 2016 Conservatory Circuit teams! Come see one of their shows, Fridays at 10pm, April 22nd through May 27th. Huzzah!

Screech
Patrick Haggerty
Will Cheng
Shalini Tripathi
Sarah Poirier
Virginia Dickens
Timothy Fenn
Dana Moore
Adam Taylor
Coach: Ashley Glicken

Lisa
Kate de Longpre’
Aditya Otiv
Adam Pasulka
Matthew Manganiello
Natasha Gleichmann
Peter Appleby
Kirsten Henning
Andrew Joelson
Coach: Michael McLarnon

Slater
Adina Forsstrom
Joe Lemonik
Eric Stone
Rebecca tran
Yimin Peng
Annemarie Cullen
Tomer soran
Ed Cara
Coach: Tim Canty

Jessie
Nicole Edine
Stephanie Oghweh
Melanie Rubin
Sarah Schlesinger
Tim Layman
Justin McElwee
Daniel Lisle
Dave Adams
Coach: Matt Sellitti

Monday March 21, 2016, 10:00am - by Magnet Theater

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We’re looking for eager improvisers (prerequisite: completion of Level 1) to participate in warm-ups and exercises run by the students in Armando’s coaching class. All the details are below—but keep in mind that space is limited. Hope to see you there!

When to be available: Sunday, April 3rd — May 8th from 3:00-6:00pm

How to sign up: Simply send an email to schooldirector@magnettheater.com with the subject line: “COACHING CLASS VOLUNTEER.” Please include your full name and phone number.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (212) 244-2400.

Monday February 22, 2016, 3:41pm - by Megan Gray

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In efforts to create a safe and supportive environment where creativity can flourish, the Magnet Theater is holding its first “Magnet Conversations” series for women, trans and cis and gender non-conforming, in our community. Please join us! There will be light refreshments.

Leading the social event will be Magnet’s School Director Amy Morrison and Artistic Director Megan Gray. We hope that you will join us on Monday, February 29th, 7pm at the Magnet Training Center.

There is no need to reserve a space.

 

Thursday February 11, 2016, 5:21pm - by Magnet Theater

Dog Friends

Refer a friend to a Level One and get $50 off your next class!

Starting February 11th, refer a friend who signs up for a February or March Level One Improv class and you’ll save $50 off your next class!

*To earn the credit, once your friend has signed up for their Feb or March Level One, have them email schooldirector@magnettheater.com or call Amy at 212-244-2400, and you’ll have a credit on file.

*To get the credit, those being referred must sign up for one of the remaining Level Ones in February or March.

*The credit can be used anytime for any improv, musical improv, or sketch writing class!

Q: Ah! I just referred a friend who sign up for a class last week/month/year! Can I still get the discount?
A: Thank you for spreading the word! Unfortunately the discount is only good for anyone who signs up between 2/11/16 and 3/31/16. Maybe you have another friend who’s interested!

Q: I’m signed up for a class that begins in Feb/March that I’ve already paid for. If I refer a friend to take Level One, can I use the discount on that class?
A: Yes! As long as the class hasn’t yet started and they tell Amy before your class begins.

Q: Can I combine both the referral discount with another cool discount like the Double Major?
A: Sadly no, frown emoticon. But you can keep the credit on file for as long as you’d like!

Have more questions? Email schooldirector@magnettheater.com or call 212-244-2400.

Tuesday December 22, 2015, 10:30am - by Magnet Theater

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A MESSAGE FROM THE MAGNET TRAINING CENTER

Looking for a place to practice during the holidays? The Magnet Training Center will be having limited operating hours between December 23rd and January 2nd!

The December Sale (Any room $10/hr before 7pm) WILL STILL apply!

Hours are as follows:

HOLIDAY OPERATING HOURS*

Wednesday December 23rd 11a-10pm

CLOSED = December 24th, December 25th, December 26th, December 27th

Monday December 28th 12pm-4pm
Tuesday December 29th 12pm-10pm
Wednesday December 30th 12pm-10pm

CLOSED = December 31st, January 1st,

Saturday Jan. 2nd 11:30am-6:30pm

Normal operating hours will resume on January 3rd.

*Regular rates apply.

To book, Check out the website where you can find information about the rooms and rates as well! http://www.magnettheater.com/rentals/

Tuesday December 1, 2015, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater

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For the entire month of December, all daytime weekday rentals at the Magnet Training Center are only $10 an hour! That’s right – between the hours of 11AM and 7PM, Monday through Friday, every single one of our lovely rehearsal spaces is available for the low price of $10/hr. Rehearse at Magnet Training Center and save your hard-earned cash for that bus ticket home! Or a flight to Miami. Player’s choice. 😉

Monday November 2, 2015, 11:00am - by Magnet Theater

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Now this is exciting — Magnet founder and improv mastermind, Armando Diaz, is set to begin teaching four classes in the month of November! If you’ve never had the chance to study with Armando, look no further.

Brand new to Magnet? Take Level 1 For Experienced Improvisers! Looking to sharpen your skills? Instant Brilliance is gonna be perfect for you! Finally fulfilling that “We should do two-prov” comment you made at the bar months ago?? Whoa baby – Dynamic Duos is here for ya!! Don’t even want to do improv??? Then take that Sketch Writing Level One!!! There’s truly something for everyone, all taught by the one (and only) Armando Diaz. Sign up now now now!

Instant Brilliance starting November 14th

Level 1 For Experienced Improvisors starting November 15th

Sketch Writing Level One starting November 16th

Dynamic Duos starting November 21st

 

Tuesday July 21, 2015, 8:34am - by Magnet Theater

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Are you an improv coach or looking to become one? An arts teacher? A teacher in general? Someone who works with groups? In charge of picking icebreakers for the company retreat? Have you ever led a game with a group of people that was just a dud and you couldn’t figure out why? Do you want to get better at leading games and activities?

Have we got the workshop for you!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 30th from 1:30-3:30pm at the Magnet Training Center for Pick the Perfect Warm-Up: The Social Group Work Theory Behind Improv.

This interactive workshop will explain social group work theory and how it can be used in different contexts, and teach you how to choose and use improv games purposefully for the groups you’re working with. Learn the social science behind why a game might bomb in one group but do well in another, what “failed” games can really teach you, and how to best pick activities that allow groups to grow.

This is a FREE workshop designed and led by experienced social workers, teaching artists, and the teenagers of the “Life Lines” Performing Arts Troupe and is open to ANYONE interested in this topic, no previous experience required!

To RSVP please e-mail Caitlin Steitzer, MSW at caitlinsteitzer.cfl@gmail.com

Who are the presenters? The “Life Lines” Performing Arts Troupe is a program from the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Brooklyn. Teens selected to participate in this program spend the summer training to lead games and activities with 160+ middle school campers at our specialized arts camp. In the past, the Troupe has developed and led improv workshops all across New York City, with participants as young as 5 and as old as 95. They have spread the love of improv and games to over 2,000 people since being founded in 2012.

Monday June 22, 2015, 10:35pm - by Magnet Theater

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We’re looking for eager improvisers (prerequisite: completion of Level 1) to participate in warm-ups and exercises run by the students in Armando’s coaching class. All the details are below—but keep in mind that space is limited. Hope to see you there!

When to be available: Tuesdays, July 7th-Aug. 4th from 7-10pm

How to sign up: Simply send an email to schooldirector@magnettheater.com with the subject line: “COACHING CLASS VOLUNTEER.” Please include your full name and phone number.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (212) 244-2400.