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Thursday September 15, 2016, 1:54pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the Fall 2016 season of Megawatt, debuting next Wednesday, September 21st, at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10:15pm. We hope to see you there.

Names in bold are new to Megawatt. Names with an asterisk* are returning to Megawatt. Names in italics are joining a preexisting team.

New Team SUN
Tim Canty
Will Cooper
Kyle Gordon
Virginia Hamilton
Molly Kiernan
Suerynn Lee*
Julia Meinwald
Keith Rubin

New Team MOON
Kim Brown
Howard Finkelstein
Katie Mordhorst
Adam Pasulka
Johnathan Ross
Abby Russell
Tom Sanchez
Paul Ton


Tuesday April 5, 2016, 9:09am - by Magnet Theater

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SUNDAY (4/10, 9pm) – Magnet Theater is thrilled to announce a special edition of its weekly show, ‘Kornfeld and Andrews,’ featuring IRA GLASS (This American Life). This Sunday, Glass will sit in with the distinguished improv duo to help kick off a week-long celebration of the Magnet’s 11th Anniversary. This special show will take place at the Magnet Theater Mainstage – 254 W 29th St, New York, NY.

American radio personality Ira Glass is the creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning public radio show ‘This American Life’ as well as the editorial advisor of the chart-smashing podcast ‘Serial.’ With numerous other projects to his name, this is not Glass’ first foray into comedy — he previously worked alongside comedian Mike Birbiglia on his 2012 film ‘Sleepwalk With Me,’ which Glass co-wrote and produced.

Stand-out improv duo ‘Kornfeld and Andrews’ has been a critics pick in the New York Times and one of the most consistently hilarious shows in NYC. Rick Andrews and Louis Kornfeld have performed and taught improv all over the continent at The Chicago Improv Festival, Vancouver International Improv Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and dozens more. Louis and Rick have performed in a litany of highly respected and heralded shows at the Magnet, including Kiss Punch Poem (“a rare find… uproarious and heartfelt.” –Time Out) and The Weave (“Weekly Best Of” –Splitsider). Rick is head of Magnet’s Education department, while Louis directs multiple shows at the Theater.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday (4/6) at 12pm EST.

Link to show page: http://www.magnettheater.com/shows/47065-Kornfeld-&-Andrews

Monday April 4, 2016, 11:01am - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is thrilled to announce the new teams and additions to its Tuesday night Musical Megawatt lineup. New teams will debut tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5th. Shows start at 7pm!

New Team Creedence
Ryan Dunkin
Shacottha Fields
Will Jacobs
Olivia Petzy
Roman Pietrs
Laura Yoder Witt
Gregg Zehentner

New Team Clearwater
Alissa Alter
Sean Bartlett
James Bruffee
Jacob Horn
Mike Kuplic
Lane Kwederis
Kiki Mikkelsen

New Team Revival
Von Decarlo Brown
Jennette Cronk
John de Guzman
Joe Hendel
Tim Levine
Jennifer Peng
Jillian Vitko


Monday March 14, 2016, 2:58pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the Spring 2016 season of Megawatt, debuting this Wednesday, March 16th at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10:15pm. We hope to see you there.

New Team TROY
Katy Berry
Christina Dabney
Jonathan DeMuth
Tim Dufrisne
Will Jacobs
Eleanor Lewis
Fred Urfer
Derrence Washington

James Bruffee
Will Cooper
Howard Finkelstein
Lev Gartman
Kyle Gordon
Julia Meinwald
Katie Mordhorst
Abby Russell

Collin Batten
Carolyn Burns
Ben Koch
James Kuo
Erin Nebel
Ingrid Ostby
Rich Rosario
Gregg Zehentner

Evan Barden
Nikita Burdein
Alan Fessenden
Kristina Grosspietsch
Charlie Nicholson
Lizzie Redner
Amie Roe
Don Romaniello


Monday February 1, 2016, 12:25pm - by Megan Gray

Show Offs

Working on a show? Want to put it up?

The Magnet Theater is proud to present a new show coming in April — Show-Offs! Starting Sunday, April 10th, 6pm.

Show-Offs features brand new scripted works never before seen on the Magnet stage, from sketch, one-person shows, and more. All shows must be 20 – 25 minutes in length. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 8th, noon. If selected, you will be notified by Friday, March 25th.

Show-Offs is open to all. To submit a scripted show, click here.


Sunday January 24, 2016, 10:11am - by Magnet Theater

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All morning operations at the Training Center are canceled for today, Sunday, Jan. 24th.

THERE WILL BE NO 12P CLASSES. We’ll keep you posted about the rest of the day.

**Updated 2:30pm**

The Magnet Training Center will be open from 3pm9pm this evening.
Afternoon classes and class shows will take a place as scheduled.
Saturday January 23, 2016, 1:31pm - by Magnet Theater

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SNOW UPDATE: The Magnet Theater and Training Center will be closed as of 3pm on Saturday, Jan. 24th. There will be no afternoon classes or class shows and our evening shows at the theater have been canceled.

Stay safe, everyone!

Friday January 8, 2016, 9:47am - by Megan Gray


We’re so very excited to announce the new Circuit Winter 2016 season, debuting Friday, January 15th at 10pm at the Magnet Training Center. Congratulations to everyone!

Bianca Roses
Amanda Rothman
Teis Jorgensen
Andy Lachman
Brielle Silvestri
Elise Williams
Alex Novac
Ben Kharakh
Coach: Tim Canty

Matthew Giglio
Christopher Bonet
Mari Stein
Karine Mendonca
Nikolai Solonski
Jenny Stokka
Rachelle White
Don Romaniello
Coach: Amanda Xeller

Anisha Ramnani
Adina Forsstrom
Eric Stone
Michael Greene
Charles St. Charles
Yimin Peng
Everett Cox
Ivy Hong
Coach: Pat May

Spencer T. Campbell
Aditya Otiv
Danielle Von Lehman
Virginia Hamilton
Lesley Hennen
John DeAmara
Perri Gross
Coach: Eleanor Lewis

Posh (Musical Team)
William Cybriwsky
Noel Hunter
Will Jacobs
Maggie Lalley
Adam Payne
Claudia Toth
Coach: Catherine Wing

Tuesday December 22, 2015, 9:00am - by Magnet Theater


The Magnet Training Center is thrilled to announce the 2016 Winter Edition of THE CIRCUIT!

The Circuit is a chance for Magnet students who have completed Level 3 or higher to play on Harold teams of their very own for a limited run of shows. This round will feature a musical team! If you have completed Musical Level 3 and would like to put your name in the hat, please reach out to Michael Lutton at mjlutton@gmail.com.

To apply for the non-musical teams for this Winter 2016 run of The Circuit, please fill out the form and you will be entered into the lottery . The deadline to apply will be noon, January 2, 2016. Teams will be announced January 5. First rehearsals will be the weekend of the 9th.

Link to form!

Circuit shows will begin Friday, January 15 and run for 10 weeks, through March 25. Shows will be 10PM in the Magnet Studio Theater at the Training Center.

If you have any questions, please email Circuit@MagnetTheater.com.

***Please read the following:***
– To apply, you must have completed up to Level 3 at the Magnet.
– Do not call or email registrar beforehand regarding application status.
– Circuit performers may miss no more than two shows or practices.
– Performers are expected to rehearse with their assigned team and coach on a weekly basis at assigned times.
– Performers are responsible for the cost of coach and space rentals.

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