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Friday November 18, 2011, 2:13am - by admin

 

As you can see, Magnet has a new website.  Hoooray!!!

Here’s a quick message from Ed Herbstman:

Wow. Welcome to the new site.  Took a little while, huh?  We were pretty ambitious with this overhaul that it took a long time.  I’ll admit, there were moments when it seemed like it wouldn’t happen.  Like when we had to stop work to prepare for Y2K.  Or when we took a break to watch the moon landing on television.  And who could forget Appomattox?

Well, now the new site is here and we hope you really like it and find it useful and clear.

I want to personally and loudly thank Sean Taylor for his incredible job making this new site come alive.  Please tell him what a great job he did next time you see him.

Also thanks to Chris Camp and Justin Moran.  I am jealous of your skills.  I wish I paid attention during advanced PHP, CSS, Javascript and mySQL class but I was too busy being not as smart as you.  I thank you both for being patient with me during the site build. And further thanks to Rick Andrews, and Peter McNerney for their very helpful insights and feedback, along with a lot of busywork and testing.

There are a few other people who helped out along the way, and I also want to thank them.  Frank Bonomo, Christian Capozzoli, TJ Mannix, Armando Diaz, Alex Marino, Marcy Jarreau, Mark Grenier, Elizabeth Findlay and James Eason.

The site was designed by Graham Slick.

You’ll see there are a lot of blog entries.  And starting now you can make comments on posts.  So feel free to comment.

And please comment on this post to let us know what you think of the  new site.

We’ll be testing the settings on the blog in the coming days, so it may be possible that your comment does not show up right away.  This is just part of testing and will be fully operational soon.

That said, if you find something broken or missing, or have a suggestion for something that might improve the site, please let us know.  You can report bugs on the Contact Us page, and in the drop down you’ll see ‘report a bug’.  Or email webmaster@magnettheater.com directly.

Sincerely,

Ed

Thursday November 10, 2011, 9:20pm - by admin

The Magnet Training Center is a pretty special space. We moved in while it was still the home of Mike Nichols acting school, The New Actors Workshop, which he founded with Paul Sills (the son of Viola Spolin) and George Morrison.

And we got to spend about six months occupying the same space.

The improv roots run deep in these rooms.  For over 20 years, New Actors taught acting, improvisation, voice and movement as an integrated system.  Original games from Improvisation for the Theater were interwoven with acting systems developed by Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and others.  Nichols, Morrison and Sills saw improvisation as a necessary component in actor training and essential to the development of their craft. CLICK TO READ MORE…

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, 8:09pm - by admin

FREE OPPORTUNITY TO GET ON STAGE AND PLAY!

The Magnet Mixers are shows occuring throughout the week where anyone from superstar to first time improviser can sign up and play on The Magnet stage.  Magnet students past and present join improvisers from all the world over and non-improvisers who just want to play, forming rare and wonderful one-night-only combinations.  The Magnet Mixers are often hosted by resident house teams, and always feature a fun and supportive environment for anyone to get on their feet and make people laugh through improvisation.

Magnet Mixers occur four times a week.  The regular mixers are:

Wednesdays at 11:30pm (sign ups at 11:00pm)
Thursdays at 7:00pm (sign ups at 6:30pm)
Saturdays at 12:00am (Midnight) (sign ups at 11:30pm)

There is also the weekly musical mixer, featuring accompaniment, where students, performers, and strangers come together to improvise musical scenes.  The Musical Mixer is:

Tuesdays at 10:15pm (sign ups at 9:45)

Come and play, you might get to do a scene with the olde-timey card player lady in the picture.

Thursday November 10, 2011, 7:31pm - by admin

 

Be part of the next generation of comedy video creators! FLICK is a monthly screening of filmed sketch and comedy produced by the best short filmmakers in the New York metro area. The show features new short videos each month, so submit your work early and often. After each month’s screening, a panel of Magnet faculty and staff will select the very best videos to be featured on the Magnet website for the following month. Make a splash! Get visibility for your creative content and meet future collaborators for the development of your work!

Here’s a recent winner:

Want to submit?  Read on after the jump.

CLICK TO READ MORE…

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.

Friday October 28, 2011, 10:00pm - by admin

 

Upon registering, students are required to read and accept the following class policies:

Registration is not complete and you are not placed in the class until payment is received in full.

Magnet reserves the right to accept or deny an individual’s registration for a class. Magnet may cancel or reschedule a class, if necessary. In the event of a cancelled class, a full refund will be given.
CLICK TO READ MORE…

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. CLICK TO READ MORE…

Friday October 14, 2011, 3:34am - by admin

The Mantzoukas Brothers (Jason Mantzoukas and Ed Herbstman) made a short film that will premiere at this year’s Friars Club Comedy Film Festival.

Their film, ‘Ashley’, premieres tomorrow night, Friday October 14th night at 9pm at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas on 23rd street.

Tickets available here.Will The Mantzoukas Brothers’ close friendship survive when Jason gets a new girlfriend? Spoiler Alert: No fucking way.
Also appearing in the film are Magnet performers Melanie Hoopes, Charlotte Rabbe, Teddy Shivers, Joel Jones, Leanne Linsky, Desiree Nash, Joe Miles, Binu Paulose, Ruby Marez, Louis Kornfeld, and Megan Gray.
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? CLICK TO READ MORE…