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Tuesday September 3, 2013, 2:47pm - by WillyAppelman

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The Magnet Q & A Series is HERE!

This podcast is devoted to delving into different improv techniques, and finding out what makes comedy hearts tick. We’ve had the honor of interviewing improv teachers and performers from all over the country. This episode, Louis Kornfeld interviews improv master Craig Cackowski about Chicago improv, investing in characters and gifting scene partners. This Q & A was recorded live at The Magnet Theater in NYC in Spring of 2013.

LISTEN HERE!

This podcast is hosted and produced by Nolan Constantino and Adam Hawkins. Podcast music by Giancarlo Sutton.

Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:42pm - by WillyAppelman

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Thank you to everyone who applied and auditioned for Megawatt. We’re honored to announce our fall line up:

New Team PAISLEY
Sam Rogal
Nick Jaramillo
Ali Fisher
Kelly Donahue
Branson Reese
Amanda Xeller
Evan Barden
Brendan Jordan

There will also be additions to The Wrath, Featherweight, Brick, The Music Industry and Chet Watkins

The Wrath
Andrew Yurman Glaser
Michael Kroll
Ross Taylor
Scott Lawrie
Rob Penty
Emily Shapiro
Mike Dwyer
Steven Slate
Alexis Lambright

Featherweight
Justin Moran
Elana Fishbein
Blake Merriman
Noel Dineen
Matt Shafeek
Lauren Ashley Smith
Frank Bonomo
Will Quinn

Brick
Rick Andrews
Julia Hynes
Tim Eberle
Joe Miles
Amie Roe
Jed Terres
Jamaal Sedayao
Caitlin Steitzer

The Music Industry
Kevin Cobbs
Sebastian Conelli
Nick Mykins
Dennis Pacheco
Charles Rogers
Phoebe Tyers
Matt Weir
Hannah Chase

Chet Watkins
Chris Camp
Karsten Cross
Russ Armstrong
Lauren Olson
John Roukis
Justin Peters
Andrew Vuilleumier

Along with returning groups Horses, All American and Call Tokyo.

Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:27pm - by WillyAppelman

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The Magnet Theater is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the next round of MAGNET SKETCH TEAMS, which will run from September 29th through December.

Each sketch team will write and perform a show approximately every 3 weeks. Shows will take place Sunday nights at 7:30 pm. Completion of (or current enrollment in) Sketch Writing Level 2 is required to apply. Exceptions may be made for anyone currently performing on a Megawatt or Team Performance team.

HOW TO APPLY TO BE ON A MAGNET SKETCH TEAM:
Send an email with the subject line, “MAGNET SKETCH TEAM APPLICATION” and your name to sketchdirector@magnettheater.com. Include your improv/sketch experience and at least 2 writing samples as attachments (please limit total to 10 pages). The deadline to apply is SEPTEMBER 13TH.

Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:06pm - by WillyAppelman

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Congrats to Magnet Performers Laura Grey (Friday Night Show), Matt Weir (Weir Matt Weir) & James Coker (Canons) on being selected for The 9th Annual NYTVF Pilot Competition. Their pilots, Engaged, Cool Cars & Science and Classless will be up against 44 indie pilots from around the world. Check out the trailers below, we kinda can’t stop watching them.

Wednesday August 21, 2013, 1:43pm - by WillyAppelman

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Reductress, founded by Magnet Theater’s Beth Newell & Sarah Pappalardo, was recently named in The Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes Magazine. Reductress is the only fake women’s news magazine and features many Magnet Theater writers and performers. They have been featured on The Huffington Post, Bust, Bitch Magazine and The Daily Dot. If you have yet to check Reductress out, you should do it…now.

Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:34pm - by WillyAppelman

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We’re very excited to announce the next round of The Circuit, which will begin Friday, October 4th, 2013!

Applications for Circuit teams will open the first week of September and applicants will be chosen by lottery. If chosen, you will be placed on a team of 8 improvisers and assigned a coach. You will rehearse with your coach and team once a week, with rotating performances on Friday nights at 10PM at the Magnet Studio Theater.

If you have completed Level 3 of Magnet’s Training Program and are not part of a Magnet house improv team, you are eligible to apply.

The Circuit is a great way to gain experience in being in an improv ensemble. We highly encourage you to apply.

Stay tuned for more information and announcements regarding applications in the next few weeks. Thank you and we are looking forward to an exciting new season of The Circuit!

If you have any questions, please email us at circuit [at] magnettheater [dot] com.

Thursday August 8, 2013, 11:00am - by Charlie Whitcroft

The Blackout

“The Blackout” is the newest installment of The Director Series, a 5-week series of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form. This month Louis Kornfeld is directing The Blackout, featuring Phoebe Tyers, Alexis Lambright, Ely Aina Rapoza, Rebecca Robles, Charlie Whitcroft, Rob Penty, Eli Itzkowitz, and Desiree Nash.

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Photo by Woody Fu

This past Thursday saw the premier of “The Blackout”, a unique and refreshing improv show relying solely on scenework. The cast, proficient in subtlety and poise, performed the series of scenes in two and three person combinations that came together naturally and comfortably to fill the hour with standalone vignettes and thematic revisitations under the direction and technical expertise of Director Louis Kornfeld.

Photo by Woody Fu

Photo by Woody Fu

Photo by Woody Fu

The audience watched childhood friends discussing the ups and downs of having two mothers, a needy secretary fail to grasp the humor of a screen-saver, a married couple deal with three years of built up frustration and resentment, teens peeping on their “girlfriend” undressing in her bedroom, and a man out himself to passengers on his plane during a recreational flight, among many other episodes. Never a dull moment, while all of the energy of this show flowed steadily and with intention.

There are four more opportunities to catch “The Blackout” – August 8th, 15, 22 and 29th at 9:00pm at The Magnet Theater!

This was a re-blogged review from Charlie Whitcroft.

Monday August 5, 2013, 2:57pm - by WillyAppelman

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Magnet Theater will be holding auditions for the fall season of Megawatt. Auditions will be held Friday, August 23rd with callbacks on Sunday, August 25th. To be eligible, performers need to have completed Magnet Level 6 Team Performance Workshop. Please note that due to the limited number of slots auditions are not guaranteed.

To apply, please follow THIS LINK and fill out the availability form no later than August 15h. Confirmations will be sent out on August 16th.

Friday July 26, 2013, 1:27pm - by WillyAppelman

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In July, The Director’s Series presented Medusa, directed by Nick Kanellis (Trike). I talked with Nick about the form, the future of improv and his views on physical improv.

What is the form behind Medusa?
The main idea behind the form of Medusa is that all of the improvisers are onstage the entire time, so even if you aren’t a speaking character in a scene, you are responsible for playing a part of the environment. Other than that it’s similar to a montage or loose harold, with 3-4 first beat scenes and a group game followed by expansions on those scenes and a run. Because everyone has to be on stage the whole time, it lends itself to some really cool transformations and characters inspired by physicality.

Is comedy from physicality/movement essential in improv?
I don’t think it’s ESSENTIAL in improv, as some forms (like the bat or an improvised radio piece) don’t have any physicality/movement at all, but I do LOVE physical comedy and think it’s a fantastic way to make a piece resonate more!

What is the future of the Medusa form/physical improv? How could it possibly change/evolve?
A lot of inspiration can come from physicality and it’s always fun to see new ways that improvisers figure out how to SHOW the stories they are telling. A lot of my favorite moments from Medusa shows have been watching the improvisers discover unique ways to utilize stage picture and one another’s bodies to show things that normally aren’t shown in improv. I look forward to exploring more ways that a group of people can work together to make anything they can imagine appear on an empty stage!

Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:24pm - by Charlie Whitcroft

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If you’ve never seen Junior Varsity, Hello Laser, or The Boss perform at the Magnet Theater, I’m guessing you’ve had some longstanding obligation on Thursday nights for the last several years.

They’re the Magnet Theater’s longest standing, longest standing teams – veterans who’ve been performing high quality improv together for almost seven years. That’s a length of time most people can’t even wrap their heads around in this ever-more present-focused world of ours.

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Now they’re loading themselves up into chambers randomly (not really randomly… there’s a set schedule) for a weekly round of Russian Roulette known as The Revolver. Each week you’ll see two of these teams perform, each in their own unique and seasoned styles.

Come out and see them, every Thursday Night at 8pm.

Then talk to them afterwards. Being around so long, they have stories to tell.