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Wednesday January 21, 2015, 6:15am - 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: Saturdays, January 31st-February 14th from 1:00-3:00pm

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 January 5, 2015, 2:20pm - by Megan Gray


The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new Circuit Winter 2015 season, debuting next Friday, January 16th at 10:30pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center.

The teams are:

Austin Kuras
Cynthia Restrepo
Daniel Lisle
Lorina Ladrillono
Kabir Rao
Maggie Lalley
Eric Tang
Jenny Hochberg
Coach: Matthew Sellitti

Michael McFadden
Annemarie Cullen
Joy Passey
Joanne Maurno
Sean Kehoe
Allie Trimboli
Jeffrey Hsin
Sammy Liu
Coach: Shawn Wickens

Justin Zaun
Nat Trammell
Ryan McVerry
Irene Lacis
Brigid Moynahan
Elias Colombotos
Onyi Nwosu
Sarah Rebar
Coach: Phoebe Tyers

James Roberts
Jess Wyant
James Coniglio
Leslie Gail
Jacob Mahoney
Joe Croson
Sarah Bush
Annie Howard
Coach: Noel Dinneen

This is going to be a great round — come out and enjoy these FREE shows every Friday at 10:30pm!

Monday December 22, 2014, 8:22pm - by Megan Gray


We are now accepting applications for the Circuit Winter 2015 season. Circuit Teams are made up of Magnet Theater students, 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 Monday, December 29th at noon. Teams will be announced December 30th. Rehearsals start the weekend of January 3rd. Shows will begin Friday January 16th. Teams will perform Friday nights at 10:30pm for nine weeks. If you have any questions email Circuit@Magnettheater.com.

To apply, just click HERE.

Thursday December 4, 2014, 6:13pm - by evan barden

For over four years, Brick has entertained Megawatt audiences each week with their hilarious, multifaceted attack and undeniable originality and last night, the Magnet community gave them the send-off they deserved.

With a full hour at their disposal, Brick began their set with a slideshow capturing the chemistry of a team that has spent over four years together and retained six of their eight original members with two delightful additions along the way. (They even had former member Tim Eberle cheering them on from the audience, showing the support that helped define such a team.) After the slideshow, the lights dimmed, Helter Skelter dropped in, rising in volume as the cast banged against the backstage wall, and Brick finally entered to do what they do best — give one hell of an improv show.

The ensuing set from Brick’s Rick Andrews, Julia Hynes, Joe Miles, Branson Reese, Amie Roe, Jamaal Sedayao, Caitlin Steitzer, and Jed Teres was filled with hilarity and indicative of a team that not only knows how to have fun with each other, but are also experts of the form. As the show reached its anticipated climax, the lights came down and the audience burst into a display of appreciation. The praise continued for the rest of the night and we’re sure the conversations about them will continue for years.

From their beginnings as “New Team Brick” to their Oh Shit! INSPIRADO throwdown to their string of “new form” shows, Brick has been a darling of Megawatt and improv at Magnet, and they will surely be missed.

Check out the videos and photos below from last night!

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.

Wednesday October 1, 2014, 3:07pm - by Megan Gray


The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new Circuit fall 2014 season, debuting next Friday, October 10th at 10:30pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center.

Greg Wilker
Kate de Longpre’
Alex Kornfeld
Jessica Taylor
Rachelle White
Yung-Han Chen
Allan Fong
Free (Racheal) Demps-Lewis
Coach: Mike Dwyer
Damon Ketron
Paul Maksymowicz
Eric Slepak
Dilara O’Neil
Amy Morrison
Mark Monroy
Micaela Blei
Victoria Bartley
Coach: Lauren Olson
Jon Zytnick
Sunita Deshpande
Will Cooper
Jan Green
Arthur Sanchez
Brandon Greenspan
Lisa Lyne
Emma McArdle
Coach: Matt Antonucci
Dan Bookbinder
Deepak Jayasimha
Jodie Pfau
Josh Varga
Joe Barbiero
Brigid Moynahan
Annie Howard
Kirsten Henning
Coach: Sam Rogal
Wednesday October 1, 2014, 1:03pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the fall 2014 season of Musical Megawatt, debuting this Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. We hope to see you there.

New Team Sonny
Alisa Ledyard
Miles Lindahl
Carolyn Malfa
Harry Marker
Louie Pearlman
Steve Whyte
Laura Yoder Witt

New Team Cher
Brad Benson
Jon de Guzman
Damon Ketron
Maggie Morris
Megan Reilly
Lauren Stripling
Stefan Wenger


Wednesday September 17, 2014, 8:36am - by Megan Gray

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We are now accepting applications for the Circuit Fall 2014 season! Circuit teams are made up of Magnet Theater students, 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 Tuesday, September 23rd at noon. Teams will be announced Friday, September 25th. Shows will begin Friday, October 10th. Teams will perform Friday nights at 10:30 for seven weeks (not including October 31st or November 28th). If you have any questions email Circuit [at] Magnettheater [dot] com.

This is a general Circuit round. To apply you must have completed Magnet Level 3.

To sign up, just CLICK THIS LINK.
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 8:52am - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater visited “The Howard Stern Show” and this is what Howard had to say about it. Listen!


Tuesday September 9, 2014, 3:19pm - by Megan Gray


The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new Conservatory Circuit fall 2014 season, debuting this Friday, September 12th at 10pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center.

Team Lucy:
Aaron Gold
Evelyn Peppas
Pratima Mani
James Kuo
Veronica Venture
Rebecca Acevedo
Gregg Zehentner
Mark X Guinn

Team Ricky:
Ted Andricos
Ben Kharakh
Rachel Zeolla
Timothy Dufrisne
Kristina Grosspietsch
Meagan Callahan
Paul Ton
Corey Ladovsky

Team The Mertzes:
Nicole Lee
Kyle Levenick
Keilana Decker
Rebecca Mercer
David Rush
Tamara Young
Dana Moore
Michael Auerbach