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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:


Thursday March 31, 2011, 12:28pm - by admin

 

 

The Circuit: Round 3! Apply for Student Harold Teams!

 

The next round of The Circuit begins in May! The Circuit features Harold teams made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran performers. 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 3 month run of shows on Friday nights at the Studio Theater.

 

 

Apply now by emailing circuit@magnettheater.com.

 

Deadline to apply is April 15th.

 

Current and former Circuit performers speak up!  Let the world know how awesome it is.

 

 

Wednesday January 5, 2011, 9:57am - by admin

The Circuit features improv ensembles made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran Magnet performers.  Every Friday at 10PM, three Circuit teams take the stage at our Studio Theater (259 West 30th Street) and perform the classic longform structure, The Harold!

This rounds teams will be performing starting next Friday into April.  They are…

Team Wolf
Coach: Jamie Rivera (Junior Varsity)
Shaun Farrugia
Jaime Marsanico
Bill Greenlee
Erin Sullivan
Leo Mendoza
JR Harrington
Jolene Turner
George Fernandez

Team Tiger
Coach: Matt Shafeek (Phooka)
Mike Ferreira
Jeff Jackel
Austin Smith
Drew Tarvin
Ron Palais
Roman Rimer
Alexis Lambright
Cris Fisher

Team Dragon
Coach: Rick Andrews (Brick)
Greg Wilker
Philipp Goedicke
Ben Jones
Michael Lutton
Jennifer Sanders
Rachel Rauch
Nina Klemow
Brian Lisi

Team Scorpion
Coach: Nick Kanellis (Trike)
Binu Paulose
Woody Fu
Christine Magee
Carrie Tavris
Nathan Rice
Sari Caine
Tamara Young
David Say

Team Bear
Coach: Elana Fishbein (Featherweight)
Ross Taylor
Chris Wade
Caroline Navish
Meghann Plunkett
Bianca Casusol
Jeff Koleba
Kristy Wesolowski
Vince Milosevich

Team Shark
Coach: Charlie Whitcroft (The Boss)
Tony Mui
Rob Drury
Geoffrey Stevens
Leah Spigelman
Roy Zornow
Jason Tyne
Tina Whelski
Oli Vega

Congrats!

Monday November 29, 2010, 11:34am - by admin

We Might Just Kiss: A Female Improv Event

Tonight, some of the funniest women in New York City combine their forces for an improv comedy event at the Magnet Theater.  Megan Gray will be the host and 13 lady improvisers might just kiss… if you’re lucky.  At the very least you will fall out of your chair laughing.  Tonight at 10PM, make your reservations now.

Monday November 1, 2010, 3:28pm - by admin

The Magnet is excited to announce our newest Megawatt teams, all of which to debut this Wednesday at 7, 8:30 and 10PM.  Congrats to all the new comers and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the theater, we look forward to watching you!  This has been arguably one of our most competitive audition rounds ever.  Everyone listed has been through the rigors of our training program and they are ready to make you fall on the ground laughing.  All performers who are new to being on a house team at the Magnet are in BOLD.

New Team Brick (debuts 11/3 @ 10PM)

  • Rick Andrews
  • Tim Eberle (previously on Lead McEnroe)
  • Julia Hynes
  • Fiona Mallek
  • Joe Miles
  • Amie Roe
  • Jamaal Sedayao (previously on Strider)
  • Jed Teres (previously on Commando)

New Team Teal (debuts 11/3 @ 8:30PM)

  • Kimberly Ferguson
  • Lulu French
  • Federico Garduño
  • Michael Kroll
  • Scott Markman (previously on Strider)
  • Desiree Nash
  • Lauren Smith (previously on Strider)
  • Matt J Weir (previously on Strider)

New Team Tangerine (debuts 11/3 @ 7PM)

  • Dan Benjamin
  • Maryanne Farrell
  • David Gonyo
  • James Heslop
  • Joel Jones (previously on King Canute)
  • Don Romaniello (previously on Strider)
  • Michael Short (previously on King Canute)
  • Andrew Yurman-Glaser