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Wednesday September 30, 2015, 10:56am - by Megan Gray


The Magnet Theater is thrilled to announce the new teams and additions to its Tuesday night Musical Megawatt lineup. New teams will debut this coming Tuesday, October 6th. Shows start at 7pm!

New Team Captain
Amy Charowsky
Ben Fullon
Damon Ketron
Jesse Kruger
Alisa Ledyard
Kiki Mikkelsen
Zach Myers

New Team Tennille
Chris Bell
Jeremy Chao
Jessica Coyle
Natasha Gleichmann
Brendan Goggins
Randy McKay
Maryann Menzies


Tuesday September 15, 2015, 12:38pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the fall 2015 season of Megawatt, debuting this Wednesday, September 16th at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. We hope to see you there.

New Team Sigma
Tim Canty
Devin O’Neill
Angelica Winkler
Sarah Ransohoff
Justin Torres
Jeff Brenman
Justin Zaun
Rosie Talcott

New Team Theta
Justin Anderson
Adam Twitchell
Kyle Gordon
Anna Neu
Eleanor Lewis
Peter Appleby
Rebecca Acevedo
Keilana Decker

New Team Delta
Diego Martinez
Chris Dwane
Elena Skopetos
Andrew Cornelius
Anthony Sneed
Alex Kornfeld
Ashley Glicken
Elizabeth Migliaccio


Tuesday September 1, 2015, 5:53pm - by Magnet Theater


We’re so excited to announce that auditions for the next season of Musical Megawatt will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 6:30-10:30pm at the Magnet Training Center. Callbacks will be held Sunday, September 27th.

To schedule an audition time, please fill out this form. We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone’s schedules, but please understand that we can’t guarantee anyone a particular audition time.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, September 16th. Emails with audition slots will be sent on Friday, September 18th.

Anyone who has completed Musical Improv Level 3 at Magnet Theater is eligible to audition.

To find out more information and to get an audition slot, please follow THIS LINK!

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!

Tuesday August 18, 2015, 7:39pm - by Magnet Theater


This month’s APT. 33 House Party is a fully interactive comedy/balls-to-the wall party hybrid that starts at 6pm on Sunday, August 30th and goes until 8:30pm—and it’s so chill you can stop by and check it out at any point during that time frame. You’ll get all caught up on Season 1 and ready for the Season 2 premiere in September (Sept. 14th).

Stay the whole time for the complete experience, or just drop in to say “hi” to your favorite proverbial man-children and their pals for as long as you can—this is the best non-Kid ‘N Play-related house party of, like, all time and it comes straight from the demented yet sweet minds of Alan Fessenden (Hello Laser, Pumpkin) and Louie Pearlman (Cast Party, Story Pirates).

What’s it all about? Well…

When Magnet Theater politely tries to celebrate the culmination of season 1 of Alan and Louie’s show APT. 33, the fancy and urbane get-together quickly goes off the rails as it’s invaded by other, more evil elements of Magnet Theater’s rich comedy scene. The result is rock and roll, anarchy, and an excuse for great people to all hang out and dance to good music.

Will Alan and Louie be able to gain control of the party that is being thrown in their honor? Or will the entire Magnet Theater and comedy community be thrown into chaos forever? Oh no!

Fans of Sleep No More, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Fox TV’s Empire sure would experience FOMO if they didn’t come to the show. No FOMO!

So what’s the whole deal again? The show’s on Sunday, Aug. 30th from 6-8:30pm. You can come at any point—so be sure to stop by whenever! Reserve tix here!

P.S. The show features members of other awesome Magnet shows/ensembles like: Jana and Lauren Presents, Kornfeld and Andrews and Psycho.

Full Cast:
Rick Andrews
Jon Bander
Hannah Chase
Kevin Cobbs
Christina Dabney
Alan Fessenden
Shacottha Fields
Kristina Grosspietsch
Louis Kornfeld
Jo Kroger
Lane Kwederis
Joe Miles
Lauren Olson
Louie Pearlman
Tim Platt
Jason Scott Quinn
Jana Schmieding

Saturday August 8, 2015, 11:29am - by Magnet Theater


We’re now accepting applications for the 2015 fall season of Megawatt. Please fill out THIS FORM no later than SEPTEMBER 2ND to apply for an audition slot.

Anyone who has completed Magnet Level 6 is eligible to apply, though please note that a completed form does not guarantee an audition slot. Due to the high volume of eligible improvisers and a limited number of slots, priority will be given to students and performers who have finished the class or performed on a Megawatt team within the last year.

Confirmations will be sent out by SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th. Good luck to everyone!

Tuesday July 28, 2015, 1:50pm - by Magnet Theater



Hello friends and family at the Magnet Theater.

August makes the end of summer Megawatt, and with the change of season the time has come for me to step down as Megawatt director. Come September, I’ll be turning the show over to the endlessly amazing Nick Kanellis.

Nick Kanellis, you guys!

To accommodate the transition, we’ve decided to push the next audition back to mid-September. Dates will officially be announced on this blog within the week.

I’ve had the privilege of getting to be a part of this show for the last four years, and have watched it grow in leaps and bounds. Hell, I’ve watched the whole theater grow in leaps and bounds. The work on the Magnet stage has never been funnier, smarter, or more exciting to watch. And there’s no doubt that it will only be getting more exciting as we move forward. The bar just gets higher and higher. Well done, everyone.

It’s truly been an honor to have been a part of all this.

Megawatt is brilliant. Magnet is brilliant. Long live improv!

-Louis Kornfeld

Tuesday July 21, 2015, 6:30am - by Magnet Theater


We’re pleased to announce the newest ensembles for the Summer 2015 round of The Circuit! Shows will be every Friday at 10:30pm, beginning Friday, July 24th at the Magnet Training Center (22 W 32nd St., 10th Floor). Congrats everyone!

Team: Jerry
Ashley Glicken
Nicholas Piccola
Osvaldo Andreaus
Will Cheng
Melissa Sales
Melissa Welch
Melissa Ragsdale
Peter Edmondson
Coach: Jesse Acini

Team: Elaine
Dennis Feitosa
Noel Hunter
Christopher De La Cruz
Siva shankar pemmasani
Peter Getz
Trixze Smith
Danya Katok
Heather Ross
Coach: Matthew Sellitti

Team: George
Erin Nebel
Johnathan Ross
Kevin Mc Inerney
Chris Lombardi
Adam Gorsline
Nicole Edine
Kayleigh Reichman
Heather Harrison
Charlie Nicholson

Team: Kramer
Amy Charowsky
Andrew Cornelius
Annmarie Cullen
Adam Keller
Jesse Kruger
Alisa Ledyard
Coach: Alex Tracy

This is going to be another great round—come out and enjoy these FREE shows!

Tuesday June 30, 2015, 11:01am - by Magnet Theater


We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 Circuit! 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 11:59pm on Wednesday, July 8th. Teams will be announced July 10th. Rehearsals start the weekend of July 11th. Shows will begin Friday July 24th. Teams will perform Friday nights at 10:30pm for eight weeks (with one week off for Labor Day weekend).

This round, there will also be a Musical Circuit team! If you have completed Musical Level 3 and are not currently on a Musical Megawatt team, you can contact Michael Lutton at mjlutton@gmail.com for more information.

To sign up, click this link to fill out the form:

If you have any questions, email Circuit@Magnettheater.com.

Friday April 17, 2015, 12:38pm - by Magnet Theater


We’re so very excited to announce the new Conservatory Circuit spring 2015 season, debuting Friday, April 24th at 10:30pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center. Congratulations to everyone!

Team Radish

James Roberts
Shashot Gaire
Liz Haag
Angela Dohrmann
Ivy Hong
Anna Neu
Brian Gurien
Micheil Yohannes
Coach: Lauren Olson

Team Turnip

Patrick Keyes
Emily Ide
Kate de Longpre’
Will Cooper
Rich Rosario
James Clavelli
Elise Goldin
Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti
Coach: Justin Anderson

Team Rutabega

Lev Gartman
Cliff Campbell
Andrea Palumbos
Fred Urfer
Amy Morrison
Paul Zurawski
Sarah Ransohoff
Kate Chamuris
Coach: Evan Forde Barden

Monday April 13, 2015, 2:20pm - by Magnet Theater


We’re so excited to announce the brand-new season of Conservatory Circuit is now open for applications! What’s Conservatory Circuit, you say? Why, it’s just like the regular Circuit, except it’s open only to students who have been accepted into Magnet’s Conservatory program (Level 5 and above). It’s a really great way to work consistently with a team and coach as well as get more reps under your belt. We highly recommend it!

Application deadline: Thursday, April 16th at noon
Team announcements: Friday, April 17th
Shows: Fridays at 10:30pm; April 24th, May 1st, May 8th and May 15th

What are you waiting for? Check out the details and apply now!