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Thursday November 10, 2011, 8:14pm - by admin

Test Drive features brand new scripted works never before seen on the Magnet stage, from sketch and one-person shows to short films, stand-up and more. These shows are so new they still have that new comedy smell.

Test Drive is open to all.  To submit a scripted show, click here.

To submit new pieces of improvisation, see The Rundown.

Thursday November 10, 2011, 6:05pm - by admin

The Rundown is the Magnet’s weekly showcase of improv ensembles, duos, and more.  Each Saturday at 6pm, you’ll find some of the very best strutting their stuff.  Featuring a mix of feisty up and coming groups and experienced veterans building their next big thing, The Rundown is always new, always fresh, and always exciting.  Each Rundown features three ensembles, and the groups rotate from week to week.  Come see the groups everyone’s buzzing about!

The Rundown
Saturday @ 6pm
Magnet Theater
$5

To submit your improv ensemble, duo, or project for consideration in The Rundown click here.

Tuesday October 18, 2011, 11:09pm - by admin

What is it?

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Inspirado is the only improv competition in the world!

Two teams randomly choose a challenge, then they compete. The audience votes on the winner. Challenges inspire. Inspiration leads to innovation. Innovation saves the world. Inspirado just saved the world. more

Wednesday September 7, 2011, 3:53pm - by Ed Herbstman

Short Circuit PhotoThe Circuit works like this: every Friday night at 10pm, three of the current six Circuit teams (composed of Magnet Students and veteran performers) perform the Harold. 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. After three months, the teams are burned up in a secret sacred ritual and then new Circuit teams rise from the ashes like a comedy phoenix. So, who’s in on the action this time around? more

Wednesday August 24, 2011, 5:55pm - by admin

Willy Appelman, Thin Skin Johnny and The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac after this month’s Deep Traffic show.

Monday August 22, 2011, 4:27pm - by admin

Congratulations to the newest Musical Megawatt Teams!

NEW TEAM AQUA
Jon Bander
Laura Dlug
Joe Hendel
Julie Katz
Ruby Marez
Oscar Montoya
Michael Murnane
Ross Taylor

NEW TEAM AVOCADO
Ryan Dunkin
Andrew Fafoutakis
Dreagn Foltz
Woody Fu
Melissa Gordon
Sarah Puls
Jennifer Sanders
Drew Tarvin

NEW TEAM ROSE
Joel Arandia
Lorraine Cink
Shaun Farrugia
Chano Garcia
Jordan Hirsch
Ariana Murphy
Robin Rothman
Chris Simpson

Come out Tuesday, September 6th & 13th at 8:30 for the premiere of the new teams.


Tuesday July 12, 2011, 8:46pm - by admin

 

MEGAWATT – Wednesdays 8:00PM, 9:00PM, & 10:00PM

MUSICAL MEGAWATT – Tuesdays 8:30PM

What is Megawatt?

Megawatt is a weekly showcase of the Magnet’s signature house teams! Six of the teams perform every Wednesday and two musical teams perform every Tuesday.  All Megawatt performers have graduated from the Magnet Training Center and are lead by a Magnet assigned director.  Megawatt teams perform a variety of forms, styles, and structures – all of which are fueled by hilarious improvisers playing at the top of their intelligence.

Megawatt!

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How can I participate?

To be considered for a Megawatt team, you must complete all six levels of the Magnet Training Program.  Likewise, for Musical Megawatt, you must complete all three musical improv core classes.  After completion, you become eligible for an invitation to audition.  Auditions are held periodically throughout the year. As you complete Level Six, you will find out more information about the audition process and the next audition scheduled.

Thursday April 28, 2011, 2:36pm - by admin

 

The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new cast members of Round 3 of The Circuit!  Team names are starter temporary names.

 

TEAM JESUS

 

    • David Zax

 

    • Lauren Koch

 

    • Andrew Cornelius

 

    • Kristin Cantwell

 

    • Russ Armstrong

 

    • Raja Rajanathan

 

    • Matt Wilson

 

    • Raina Moore

 

TEAM ELVIS

 

    • Damon Ketron

 

    • Danielle Tolley

 

    • Andrew Fafoutakis

 

    • Ellen Korner

 

    • Ilya Grilikhes

 

    • Reilly Owens

 

    • Nathan Peterman

 

    • Meghan Brown

 

TEAM KIRK

 

    • Lisa Goldstein

 

    • Gretchen Poole

 

    • Jason Kopylec

 

    • Nancy Sun

 

    • Eli Itzkowitz

 

    • Mike Schoenbach

 

    • Jay Hoskins

 

    • Brian Frange

 

TEAM BUDDHA

 

    • Ryan Patrick O’Neil

 

    • David Castro

 

    • Evan Barden

 

    • Dario Osowski

 

    • Jenny Doom

 

    • Sam Segan

 

    • Barry Lank

 

    • Will Quinn

 

TEAM LINCOLN

 

    • Richard Dery

 

    • TJ Del Reno

 

    • Ben Furnas

 

    • Josh Friedman

 

    • Samantha Henig

 

    • Theo Shivers

 

    • Kathryn Geraghty

 

    • Willy Appelman

 

TEAM BRANDO

 

    • Sandra Struthers

 

    • David Kieve

 

    • Beth Gold

 

    • Chris Grove

 

    • Dale Davidson

 

    • Greg Dubin

 

    • Cecilia Minshall

 

    • Kevin Napier

 

The Circuit features Harold teams made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran performers.  Teams will rehearse weekly with an assigned coach and have a three month run of shows that starts on Friday May 6th, 10PM with TEAM JESUS, TEAM BUDDHA and TEAM ELVIS at the Magnet Training Center.

Thursday April 21, 2011, 5:48pm - by admin

There are two teams on this particular night, Team Lincoln and Team Buddha.  And the house is packed.  It’s standing room only at the Magnet Training Center Studio, and the crowd is laughing.

The Circuit

The Circuit was the brainchild of Mark Grenier, the Magnet’s Senior Level One instructor.  I told Magnet that I wanted to write a blog post about The Circuit, and it was really overdue, so when I saw Mark in the elevator I cornered him awkwardly and peppered him with questions. “It’s about stage time.  Nothing beats stage time.” Mark tried to leave but I pressed all the buttons.  Trapped, he told me that the team structure at Magnet worked well but there were skilled players ready to be on stage that had yet to win a slot on a Megawatt team.  “They weren’t being served because just waiting for the next round of team auditions is not the best way to prepare for team auditions. So we built The Circuit.”  I was satisfied by this answer and let him go. But it was fun making him feel uncomfortable, and I wanted more.

“…just waiting for the next round of team auditions is not the best way to prepare for team auditions. So we built The Circuit.”

So The Circuit works like this: every Friday night at 10pm, three of the current six Circuit teams perform the Harold. 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.

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The Circuit features Harold teams made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran performers.

After three months, the teams are burned up in a secret sacred ritual and then new Circuit teams rise from the ashes like a comedy phoenix.  This is also known as selecting teams through a lottery.  Later when I followed Mark to his apartment, got naked, climbed his fire escape, and stood outside his window, I asked about this crazy lottery idea.  He said performers apply, and then names are picked out of a hat.  “It’s fast, it’s simple, and it’s equally fair to everyone across the board.” Then he called the police and I ran.  I totally got away.

Want to be on a Circuit team? Anyone who has completed Magnet Level 3 or higher (and is not currently on a Megawatt team or in Team Performance Workshop) can apply. Performers will be chosen randomly by lottery. Teams will rehearse weekly with a coach and have a three month run of shows on Friday nights at the Studio Theater.

To apply, just email circuit@magnettheater.com. Your email will be thrown into a computer hat, and then names will be selected by a robot which looks like this: