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Thursday February 24, 2011, 9:55am - by admin

Link: Junior Varsity’s Jarret Berenstein featured in TONY’s Joke of the Week

Thursday February 3, 2011, 11:10am - by admin

Do you edit videos? Do you love being “on set?” Want to be a part of the Magnet Video Production team? If so, here is your chance. The Magnet Digital Media Engine is accepting enthusiastic video-loving candidates for shooting, directing, editing, and even PA’ing video sketches. Just send an email with your film production experience and the position(s) you are seeking to sean@magnettheater.com by Friday, February 4th.

Yes, just do it!

 

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!

Wednesday December 29, 2010, 10:20am - by admin

Melanie Hoopes and Ed Herbstman star in Human Intelligence: A Holiday Tale

Lookin’ for something fun to listen to?  Ed Herbstman & Melanie Hoops star in a dramatic reading, produced for radio, of Kurt Andersen’s “holiday” tale.  From the Studio 360 website:

This is what Kurt Andersen considers a holiday tale… melting ice caps and extraterrestrial spies? Kurt’s story, “Human Intelligence,” was produced for radio by Jonathan Mitchell, and stars Melanie Hoopes, John Ottavino, and Ed Herbstman. The unabridged version was published this year in Stories: All New Tales, an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio.

Friday December 17, 2010, 11:24am - by admin

The Magnet is hosting a special round of auditions for a Second City improvisation touring company that will play aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Ships.  If you have graduated from The PIT, UCB or Magnet’s Training program here in New York, you are eligible to audition.  Here are the details:

Second City Theatrical is seeking actors for Second City ensembles aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Contracts are for 2011. The Second City (based in Chicago and Toronto) has been the sole sketch comedy and improvisation provider for NCL cruise ships since January of 2005.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 1 from 10AM to 6PM, Callbacks are Wednesday February 2, time TBD

WHERE: Magnet Theater Training Center, 259 W 30th Street, FL2

To submit, email your headshot and resume ON JANUARY 3-6, 2011 to auditions@secondcity.com with the subject: “NY ship auditions.” Expect an email reply with information (audition time, decline, etc) on Jan 10 or 11.

The Second City is seeking graduates of improv programs (e.g. The Second City, UCB, Magnet, PIT, etc)

Auditions will be held in half hour increments with groups of eight, and will be completely improvised.

Please bring a current headshot and resume with updated contact information (we will phone you, not your agency).

Please dress in something akin to performance clothes (how you would dress for a Second City performance).

Also:

Q&A Session: Learn About Second City’s Cruise Ship Performance Opportunities

If you are an improviser/actor and want information about opportunities with Second City’s NCL gig, please join Beth Kligerman, Director of Talent and Talent Development for The Second City, for a Q and A session.

WHEN: Monday, January 31, 5pm to 6:30pm

WHERE: Magnet Theater, 254 W 29th Street

Download the Information Form Here

Friday December 3, 2010, 11:32am - by admin

Magnet Theater’s Ed Herbstman on the IRC Podcast

From Kevin Mullaney’s IRC Podcast site…

I interviewed Nate Starkey of the People’s Improv Theater, Porter Mason of the UCB Theatre and Ed Herbstman of the Magnet Theater. We talked about Oscar moments in improv, breaking our bad habits, character baseball, giving enough notes in class and being in the rainbow.

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.

Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:19pm - by admin

Take Josh Cohen’s (The Jim Henson Company, The Josh and Tamra Show) Puppetry for Improv Workshop at the Magnet on Thursday December 16th! Sign up HERE.

Monday November 22, 2010, 10:53am - by admin

‘How to be Romantic in New York’ is a neon animation by Jack Feldstein starring Rick Andrews and Jennifer Dunne of improv duo The Cascade.  Check it out!  You can check out Rick and Jennifer Tuesdays in December at 7:00PM