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Monday October 29, 2012, 10:04am - by WillyAppelman

Due to Hurricane Sandy, The Magnet Training Center will be CLOSED on Monday October 29th, 2012.  All scheduled classes for Monday, October 29th are CANCELLED.  There will also be no shows at the theater tonight.  Please stay safe and obey storm warnings!  We’ll see you after all this crazy Sandy business settles.

Sunday October 28, 2012, 10:30am - by WillyAppelman

Due to MTA shutdowns, ALL shows are cancelled at The Magnet Theater Sunday, October 28th.  Classes starting at or after 3pm are cancelled as well.  Stay tuned to The Magnet blog, Facebook page and twitter for other possible cancellations early in the week.

Wednesday October 10, 2012, 11:34am - by WillyAppelman

We are now accepting applications for The Circuit!  How does The Circuit work?  Glad you asked, every Friday night at 10pm, three Circuit teams perform the Harold at the Magnet Studio Theater. Teams exist for three months – enough time to perform a good amount of shows before the next round of Circuit teams replace the current ones.  Circuit Teams are made up of Magnet Theater students who’ve completed up to Level 3, 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 October 31st.  Teams will be announced November 5th, 2012. The next round of Circuit shows will begin November 9th, 2012. Teams will alternate weeks through the end of January 2013. If you have any questions, please email Circuit@MagnetTheater.com.

For the application, go no further than right here: Circuit Team Application 

Monday October 8, 2012, 1:26pm - by WillyAppelman

The Director Series, a 4-week series of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form, is presenting it’s GREATEST HITS!  This month, your favorite shows are coming back!  The Monoscene (10/11), The Movie (10/18) and Evente (10/25) will make appearances with completely different casts during the month of October!

“The Greatest Hits” starts this week with The Monoscene directed by Alan Fessenden!  The Monoscene is an improvised form that takes place entirely in one location with no edits of any kind. Like an improvised one act play we get to see the different stories and relationships that inhabit a single location.

Featuring: Megan Gray, Sean Taylor, Quinton Lodder, Maddy Mako, Emily Shapiro, Angela Demanti, Jason Scott Quinn and Matt J. Weir.

More Information Here! 

 

Monday October 1, 2012, 10:25am - by WillyAppelman

Ladies and Gentleman, it’s HERE!  The Magnet Theater presents The Fourth Annual New York Musical Improv Festival from October 4-7!  Over 100 performers from as far as Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago and as close as Broadway, will converge on the Magnet Theater stage to create fully improvised musical performances – ranging from traditional musical theatre fare to adrenaline-pumping rap battles.  All performances take place at The Magnet Theater, the center for musical improv study and performance in the U.S.

Featured performers will include…

Baby Wants Candy (NYC), Jill Bernard’s Drum Machine (HUGE Theatre, Minneapolis, Minn.), Tara Copeland (Los Angeles), Jeff Hiller (Los Angeles), Diamond Lion (UCBeast, NYC), Shakespeare: The Musical (UN-Scripted Theatre Company, San Francisco, CA),  Mansical (Chicago), Trudy Carmichael’s Musical Mixer (Las Vegas/NYC), Choral Rage (Magnet Theater, NYC), and MORE!
On Sunday, October 7, 2012, the Festival will present a special performance to benefit Gilda’s Club of New York City to raise funds and awareness for people living with cancer.  The benefit will feature many of the top musical improv artists in the country.  Learn more about this star studded event here!
Tickets for most shows are $10+ and include performances by two different musical improv acts per show. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 800-838-3006. See schedule on www.nymif.com for details.  We’ll see you at the shows!
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 1:52pm - by WillyAppelman

Company 29’s newest sketch show takes a good hard look at all things that ROCK.  Not just music ladies and gentleman, we’re talking love, freedom, and some good old fashioned Hall & Oates!  Featuring the Magnet’s best sketch writers and performers, this promises to be one of Company 29’s funniest shows yet.  Rock and Roll is a character driven sketch show entirely based around a beautiful traditional “American” art form – Rock & Roll.

Company 29 is the Magnet Theater’s sketch company in residence, dedicated to producing new and original sketch comedy featuring the Magnet’s best sketch writers and performers.  Featuring:  Mike Barry, Kevin Cobbs, Nick Kannellis, Ruby Marez, Justin Peters, Lauren Olson, Rachel Rauch, Jamaal Sedayao, Jason Scott Quinn, and Rob Williams.  Written By: Kevin Cobbs, Mike Barry, Tim Eberle, Sarah Pappalardo and Jed Teres.  Directed By: Nick Benaquista and Assistant Directed By:  Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller.

RESERVATIONS:

Friday, September 21st at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30 P.M.

Sunday, September 23rd at 8:00 P.M.

Sponsored by SixPoint Brewery.

Thursday September 6, 2012, 3:56pm - by WillyAppelman

This Thursday Sept. 6th at 10pm marks the debut of The Magnet Theater’s 8th Director’s Series!  This month, Neil McNamara directs Deep Dish, a long form improv show interspersed with character monologues, a staple of Chicago-style improvisation.  In Chicago, McNamara has worked with Second City, The Annoyance, iO and Boom Chicago. Fresh to New York, McNamara is bringing a Chicago staple to the east coast, DEEP DISH!

Featuring Peter McNerney, Beth Newell, Nick Kanellis, Julia Hynes and Neil McNamara.

Every Thursday at 10pm in September!  More Info HERE.

Friday August 31, 2012, 6:28pm - by rickandrews
Congrats are in order to the newest Megawatt teams!  Megawatt is Magnet’s house team system–You can catch these brand spankin’ new teams, along with your favorite vets every Wednesday at 7, 8, 9, and 10pm.  These fancy new teams here will debut this comingWednesday, September 5th.  Be there or be square.  You can make reservations for the 7pm debut here (and we recommend that you do, it will super definitely sell out), after that it’s once you’re in, you’re in.
 
The Teams!
 
New Team Plaid
Philip Wolff
Russ Armstrong
Kevin Kiernan
Bianca Casusol
Alexis Lambright
Will Quinn
Andrew Vuillemier
Branson Reese
 
New Team Egg White
Kevin Cobbs
Desiree Nash
Ian Caruth
Jason Scott Quinn
Woody Fu
Tony Mui
Joe Lepore
Teddy Shivers
 
New Team Indigo
Matt Shafeek
Matt J. Weir
Brian Frange
Dennis Zavolock
Pat May
Jaclynn Larington
Shaun Farrugia
Eli Itzkowitz
 
New Team Rose Petal
Steve Slate
Hannah Chase
Sebastian Conelli
Nathan Peterman
Adam Twitchell
Mike Dwyer
Evan Barden
Vince Milosevich
 
There are also brand new additions to Horses, The Wrath and Featherweight
 
Horses
Frank Bonomo
Kelly Buttermore
Kim Ferguson
Federico Gardunio
George Fernandez
David Etkin
Al King
Michael Lutton
 
The Wrath
Andrew Yurman Glaser
Michael Kroll
Ross Taylor
Charlotte Rabbe
Scott Lawrie
Rob Penty
David Gonyo
Emily Shapiro
 
Featherweight
Justin Moran
Elana Fishbein
Blake Merriman
Noel Dineen
Willy Appelman
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:31am - by WillyAppelman

Congratulations to the new Magnet Sketch Teams!  Magnet Sketch Teams are the sketch comedy equivalent of Megawatt, our house improv teams. Sketch Teams are groups of writers and performers who will work with directors to create a run of sketch shows.   Thank you to all those who applied, we’re excited to introduce these incredible teams! The first show is Sunday September 16th at 9:30!  See you there!

 

TEAM LEONARDO

Ruby Marez

Lisa Herring

Alex Marino

Phoebe Tyers

Todd Shaeffer

Adam Twitchell

Ingrid Ostby

Bob Kern

Steph Garcia

 

TEAM RAPHAEL

Willy Appelman

Kim Ferguson

Vince Milosevich

Stephanie Streisand

Alan Fessenden

Sarah Pappalardo

Joe Miles

Sean Taylor

Andrew Vuilleumier

 

TEAM DONATELLO

Emily Shapiro

Jim Turner

Branson Reese

Nivea Serrao

David Rynn

Nick Feitel

Kaitlin Fontana

Geri Cole

Jon Moisan

 

TEAM MICHELANGELO

Jane Stolar

Gretchen Poole

Jana Schmieding

Ben Kharakh

Matt Antonucci

Danielle Tolley

Lauren Olsen

Joe Lepore

Matt Wassung

 

Wednesday August 8, 2012, 3:41pm - by WillyAppelman

Saturday, July 28th marked the Magnet Theater’s second Ladies Night. From 7pm – 11:30pm the stage was set for only those with X chromosomes. Hosted by Magnet’s Artistic Director Megan Gray and Registrar Kim Ferguson, the shows featured over 50 female performers from all over the city, improvising, reciting poetry and putting on a sketch show.

The 7 & 8pm blocks featured female improvisers from Magnet, The PIT and UCB, in mixed combinations you have probably never seen before (except in your dreams). The Magnet was packed to capacity, as 9pm brought a special :Kiss*Punch*Poem: Ladies Night edition — all female poets and all female improvisers.

Finally, 10:30pm marked the Lady Sketch Show. Directed by Beth Newell, the show featured over 20 actresses, performing sketches written by 8 female writers. Over the past 6 weeks, all of the ladies of the Lady Sketch Lab have been working tirelessly, writing, rewriting, and blocking until it reached ultimate perfection. If you missed this life-changing sketch show, return to the Magnet Saturday, August 25th at 7:30pm to see a special encore performance.  It was a great evening, with great shows, see you next Ladies Night!