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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.

Monday October 20, 2014, 9:09am - by Megan Gray

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If you are any of the following …

• The person who always has the most audience members at your class shows.

• Constantly nerding out about improv to anyone who will listen.

• Someone who has a Magnet stamp on their hand nearly every day of the week.

• Itching for a free class.

• Interested in getting some marketing experience.

• A real human and not a wolf.*

… then you definitely sound like Street Team material!

How does it work? Glad you asked.

We want to fill the house with cool people who enjoy fun and laughter—and this is your chance to help us do that. The Street Team will partner up with the promotions department to help get the word out about our shows! If you’re enthusiastic about Magnet—we’d love to hear from you. (Plus, did we mention you can earn a free class? Right. Better get on this.)

Simply email Evan and Chrissie at promo@magnettheater.com and we’ll give you all the details!

*Again: no wolves.

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


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.