Magnet Theater Blog
Magnet founding father and sometime Mantzoukas brother, ED HERBSTMAN, talks with us about his Chicago days, moving to LA, and what makes improv satisfying. Ed was on his first team at iO Chicago by age 17 and by the time he and his friends moved to LA, they were attracting industry attention. If this sounds like a fantasy world t0 you modern improvisers, Ed and Louis will make it reality. Also, tune in to hear how love landed him in NYC and what it’s like to play with famous people.
This episode begins with one of the toughest choices Ed Herbstman has ever had to make…
In efforts to create a safe and supportive environment where creativity can flourish, the Magnet Theater is holding its first “Magnet Conversations” series for women, trans and cis and gender non-conforming, in our community. Please join us! There will be light refreshments.
Leading the social event will be Magnet’s School Director Amy Morrison and Artistic Director Megan Gray. We hope that you will join us on Monday, February 29th, 7pm at the Magnet Training Center.
There is no need to reserve a space.
Boom Chicago cast member and former Magnet baddie, WOODY FU, visits from Amsterdam to talk about building Second City style sketch shows, living abroad, and his comedy ambitions. It’s his first time stateside since moving to the Netherlands and we are thrilled that he decided to spend some time talking with us about his experiences with Boom Chicago as well as his recent reunion with Metal Boy. If you’re not interested in sketch comedy or improv, stick around for Woody’s winning personality, which he describes as, “Extremely neurotic and Chinese.”
Woody’s been gone for nine months and his first trip back to the Americas has been filled with tropical sunshine, winter snow, and Metal Boys. Confusing, you say? CLICK TO READ MORE…
The Second City Touring Company based in Chicago will be holding its annual General Auditions for understudy positions in The Second City Touring Company as well as ship actors and other foreseeable opportunities this March in Chicago. To qualify for the audition – actor must be a graduate of a conservatory level program in sketch and/or improvisation. Ex: The Second City Training Center, iO, Annoyance, Magnet, PIT, etc.
To apply for an audition spot:
Please email your most current headshot and updated resume to: email@example.com between 8AM CT Monday, February 22 and 6PM CT Wednesday, February 23, 2016*
The subject line must say: GENERAL AUDITIONS 2016
* it is possible that the appointments will be full before 6PM on Feb 23.
An email confirmation will be sent out on or by: Friday, February 26, 2016
The audition dates are: March 7 – 10, 2016
Callbacks will be held on Monday, March 14 (time of day TBD)
From Second City: “We unfortunately cannot easily accommodate requests for a certain time slot. The slots are assigned in order that they are received. The audition is completely improvised and will last about 45 minutes which includes the time you are asked to check in. ex: a 10AM group audition has a call time to check in at 9:45AM (15 minutes prior to the audition).
We thank you for your interest and will be rooting for you on audition day!”
From Magnet: Finally a great excuse to squeeze nine improvisers into a Zipcar and drive to Chicago in March! Break a leg, everyone!
Refer a friend to a Level One and get $50 off your next class!
Starting February 11th, refer a friend who signs up for a February or March Level One Improv class and you’ll save $50 off your next class!
*To earn the credit, once your friend has signed up for their Feb or March Level One, have them email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amy at 212-244-2400, and you’ll have a credit on file.
*To get the credit, those being referred must sign up for one of the remaining Level Ones in February or March.
*The credit can be used anytime for any improv, musical improv, or sketch writing class!
Q: Ah! I just referred a friend who sign up for a class last week/month/year! Can I still get the discount?
A: Thank you for spreading the word! Unfortunately the discount is only good for anyone who signs up between 2/11/16 and 3/31/16. Maybe you have another friend who’s interested!
Q: I’m signed up for a class that begins in Feb/March that I’ve already paid for. If I refer a friend to take Level One, can I use the discount on that class?
A: Yes! As long as the class hasn’t yet started and they tell Amy before your class begins.
Q: Can I combine both the referral discount with another cool discount like the Double Major?
A: Sadly no, frown emoticon. But you can keep the credit on file for as long as you’d like!
Have more questions? Email email@example.com or call 212-244-2400.
Improviser and therapist, AMIE ROE, talks with us about using play to understand ourselves, awe in the world around us, and her upcoming show, Group Therapy. In addition to improvising with the real Ariana Grande, Amie is a psychotherapist in private practice, which is is a wealth of experience she brings to this fascinating conversation that touches on improv, creativity, self-awareness, and humanity. This episode is one that truly any thoughtful human would enjoy, improv experience aside. Robots may like it too, but we can’t guarantee it. See Amie every Wednesday at Megawatt with Ariana Grande and catch her new show Group Therapy on Friday, February 12th at 7pm! CLICK TO READ MORE…
Magnet Theater is now accepting applications for the 2016 Spring season of Megawatt. Please fill out THIS FORM no later than FEBRUARY 29th to apply for an audition slot. Auditions will take place on March 10th, 11th, and 12th, with callbacks being Sunday, March 13th. Changes to the Megawatt lineup will be announced on Monday, March 14th.
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.
Audition confirmations will be sent out by SUNDAY, MARCH 6th.
CLICK HERE to apply.
Founding member of legendary UCB ensembles The Swarm and The Stepfathers, MICHAEL DELANEY, sits down with host Louis Kornfeld to talk truth in improv, how time has affected his approach to comedy, and his reverence for the Harold. Not only has Delaney been doing improv in NYC since before the arrival of the UCB, but he’s long been considered one of the greatest minds in both improv and sketch that this great city has to offer. Listen in to hear Louis interview his former teacher and to find out what gets under Delaney’s skin.
Louis took Delaney’s Level 3 class thirteen years ago and he still has his notes from it. CLICK TO READ MORE…
Working on a show? Want to put it up?
The Magnet Theater is proud to present a new show coming in April — Show-Offs! Starting Sunday, April 10th, 6pm.
Show-Offs features brand new scripted works never before seen on the Magnet stage, from sketch, one-person shows, and more. All shows must be 20 – 25 minutes in length. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 8th, noon. If selected, you will be notified by Friday, March 25th.
Show-Offs is open to all. To submit a scripted show, click here.
All morning operations at the Training Center are canceled for today, Sunday, Jan. 24th.
THERE WILL BE NO 12P CLASSES. We’ll keep you posted about the rest of the day.