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Tuesday September 9, 2014, 8:04pm - by Magnet Theater

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Elana Fishbein was in the first ever show at Magnet.  And she was really good.  10 years later she’s an improviser, actor, writer, and teacher.  She has Master’s Degree in Educational Theater from NYU, leads our Youth Program, and co-created two professional development workshop series for teachers: “Beyond Winging It: Improv in the Classroom” and “Play.” She can be seen with Story Pirates on stage and heard with The Truth Podcast your headphones.  All in all, you’ve got a super funny improviser with interesting things to say about it.  Listen to this great episode where Louis Kornfeld goes deep into the idea of forcing yourself to be vulnerable, improv accountability, shared ownership, and Canada.  Enjoy!

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Enjoy Episode #15 on iTunes

Tuesday September 9, 2014, 3:19pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new Conservatory Circuit fall 2014 season, debuting this Friday, September 12th at 10pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center.

Team Lucy:
Aaron Gold
Evelyn Peppas
Pratima Mani
James Kuo
Veronica Venture
Rebecca Acevedo
Gregg Zehentner
Mark X Guinn

Team Ricky:
Ted Andricos
Ben Kharakh
Rachel Zeolla
Timothy Dufrisne
Kristina Grosspietsch
Meagan Callahan
Paul Ton
Corey Ladovsky

Team The Mertzes:
Nicole Lee
Kyle Levenick
Keilana Decker
Rebecca Mercer
David Rush
Tamara Young
Dana Moore
Michael Auerbach

Friday September 5, 2014, 9:41am - by Megan Gray

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Magnet Theater is now accepting applications for the 2014 fall season of Musical Megawatt. Please fill out THIS FORM no later than TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th to apply for an audition slot.

Anyone who has completed Magnet Musical Improv Level 3 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 Musical Megawatt team within the last year.

Confirmations will be sent out by THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Thursday September 4, 2014, 9:22am - by Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller

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Ever thought about taking the show on the road? So have these guys! Monday, September 8th at 8:30pm, three Toronto performers, James Hartnett, Tim Gilbert, and Marty Topps, are taking the Magnet stage to bring you their best work as a part of their New York and Philadelphia tour. I (Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller!) got the awesome opportunity to not only see Marty Topps (Isaac Winter!) perform in Montreal, but got to conduct an e-mail interview with him for the Magnet’s blog.

Marty Topps is an award winning musical comedian from Toronto who burst onto the scene with his debut album, “A Loving Tribute to TapouT.” The album was ranked the #2 Comedy Music album of 2013 by BiteTV. Marty followed this up with a musical short film, “Beep Beep” which won First Place in the Laugh Sabbath Film Fest at NXNE 2014. Marty’s live performances have led to accolades like Best Newcomer at the 2014 Montreal Sketchfest and Audience Award (Best Musical Sketch) at the 2013 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

 

Where are you from originally?…and what’s that place like?!

I’m originally from Stratford, Ontario. Stratford is a nice town. It was pretty wild growing up in the shadow of the undisputed King of Pop, Justin Beaver but I also found it really inspiring because it made me #believe I could grow up to be a song-and-dance-man just like him.

What’s your training background?

I have no formal training. I went to University for Film but I dropped out cuz that was the cool thing to do at the time. And then I taught myself to play keytar cuz that was also the cool thing to do at the time… And it still is, right? Right?!

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Tuesday September 2, 2014, 11:54pm - by Magnet Theater

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It’s our pleasure to share this intense and hilarious archive conversation with Dave Razowsky and Ed Herbstman recorded live at Magnet Theater. Alex Marino asks the right questions and doesn’t get any of the answers he wanted.  Neither does the audience when it’s opened up to questions at the end.  A fun listen to be sure. Ed particularly seems to be enjoying himself, perhaps because Razowsky was his first improv teacher back in 1990 when he was in high school.

Catch master teacher Dave Razowsky next time he’s in NYC teaching at Magnet, and be sure to see Razowsky, Herbstman and Hamilton, which is really really good.  Rachel Hamilton is the woman in the photo.  She’s really really good.

 

 

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Enjoy Episode #14 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Tuesday September 2, 2014, 4:25pm - by Megan Gray

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In celebration of Magnet’s upcoming 10th anniversary in 2015, we’re compiling an oral history of the theater, told through the voices of the people who have contributed to its growth and success.

If you would like to participate please email magnetoralhistory@gmail.com

 

 

Friday August 29, 2014, 11:05am - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the fall 2014 season of Megawatt, debuting this Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. In addition, the premiere of the 6pm Wednesday Mixer. We hope to see you there.

Team Red:
Luke Field
Dede Tabak
Michael McLarnon
Greg Mihalik
Blake Merriman
Jonathan DeMuth
Devin O’Neill
Lauren Ashley Smith

Team Blue:
Pat May
Sam Rogal
Eli Itzkowitz
Carly Monardo
Nolan Constantino
Sulaiman Beg
Chrissie Gruebel
Woody Fu

Team Yellow:
Carolyn Burns
Justin Anderson
Neil Pohl
Kelly Donahue
Andy Moskowitz
Maryann Menzies
Katie Mordhorst
Federico Garduño

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Tuesday August 26, 2014, 4:53pm - by Magnet Theater

 

 

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John O’Donnell, longtime friend of Magnet Theater and kind onstage powerhouse talks about how he first fell in love with performing, improv, and stumbling upon the early evolution of musical improv.

John has appeared in pilots for Comedy Central, the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, as well as numerous commercials.

He has also written and performed a trilogy of one-man shows, O’Donnellogues, Son of O’Donnellogues, and Beneath The Planet of The O’Donnellogues. At the Magnet Theater he has made appearances in Thursday Night Out, The Armando Diaz Experience, The Tiny Spectacular, and currently improvises weekly in Magnet’s ‘The Made Up Musical‘.

John has a Masters Degree in Education and has been teaching in New York City for over a decade.

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Enjoy Episode #13 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Tuesday August 26, 2014, 3:00pm - by Megan Gray
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The Magnet Theater’s Video Lab is pleased to announce a new 10-week program open to beginning filmmakers, as well as those with some (or lots of) experience in the field. Fill in your knowledge gaps or start from the beginning.

Learn the skills necessary to produce comedy shorts with hands-on guidance from current Video Lab members:

  • Expand skills by shadowing experienced filmmakers
  • Try your hand at various production roles including camera, lighting, audio, pre production, editing and more
  • Gain production experience & video credits
  • See your work on the Magnet Theater big screen as well as online!

This 10-week session is a prerequisite for applying to the Magnet Video Lab program. Program begins Saturdays in mid-October. Email magnetvideolab@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday August 20, 2014, 10:55am - by Megan Gray

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Congratulations to the newest Magnet Sketch Teams and the newest additions to Party. and Baby Shoes:

NEW TEAM KEENAN directed by Kevin Cobbs
Matt Antonucci
Jen Chuck
Kate Emswiler
Chris Hastings
Joe Lepore
Kyle Levenick
Charles Nicholson
Adam Twitchell
Rob Webber
NEW TEAM KEL directed by Jesse Acini
Michael Lutton
Phoebe Tyers
Will Quinn
Andrew Vuilleumier
Eli Itzkowitz
Diego Martinez
Catherine Montesi
Sam Palmer
Matt Wassung