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Thursday October 14, 2010, 1:16pm - by admin

Members of Chet Watkins featured in “TAKE OUT”.  A video that expresses the rigors of working in the service industry.  The video was highlighted recently in NYMag’s blog.

Wednesday October 13, 2010, 11:31am - by admin

Magnet Theater is having a Commercial Contest and you could WIN!

Would you like to win a FREE Class at Magnet Theater? All you have to do is make a 30 sec commercial promoting either our Classes, Mixers, Theater, Musical Improv or Megawatt. That’s it!

  • Your entry must be approximately 30 seconds long 16:9 ratio (Standard definition or High definition)
  • Include one of the Magnet logos
  • Include www.magnettheater.com visually within the ad
  • Feature one of the 5 topics aboveLet yourself be creative and have fun! Once you have created your masterpiece you can upload your video to YouTube at anytime with this title MAGNET THEATER COMMERCIAL CONTEST – (Your Name Here) The deadline for this contest is November 1st, 2010. Submissions will be judged by Magnet Theater staff based on which commercial best reflects the Magnet Theater philosophy and image. Number of views and comments on YouTube can help but do not determine the winner of the contest.

    Details on our website

Monday September 27, 2010, 12:11pm - by admin

The 2010 Shoot From the Hip Shorts – October 5th

8 new directors. 8 new films. It all happened this summer!

Shoot from the Hip is an improvisational filmmaking intensive. Exploring film through improvisation, story development, directing, cinematography, sound, and editing, students completed their own digital film shorts, and collaborated on the films of other students.

Featuring: Joshua Friedman, Richard Jopson, Ron Palais, Jen Sanders, William K. Scurry Jr., Elena Shumskaya, Darrick Smith and Julie Stainer-Loehr, led by David Etkin and Mark Grenier.

Including an exclusive trailer from “Bring Your Own God,” the project of SFTH ‘09! Featuring: Dan Abrams, Elihu Dietz, Jess Lane, Luke Manson, Alex Marino, Mike Martino, Blake Merriman, Ron Palais, Jen Sanders, Austin Smith, Drew Tarvin and Rachel Werbel; led by Armando Diaz, David Etkin and Josh Weinstein.

The show happens Tuesday October 5th at 10pm right here at the Magnet Theater!

Thursday September 23, 2010, 10:04am - by admin

If you happen to be in Hawaii…

… go see great Magnet Theater groups at the 2010 Improvaganza Improv Festival at the Laughtrack Theater Company (1123 Bethel Street, HI) The Arts at Marks Garage (1159 Nu’uanu Avenue, HI).

Check out the schedule HERE.

You can see Hello Laser, Megalou and Phooka!

Friday September 17, 2010, 12:34pm - by admin

The Circuit Starts Tonight at our Studio Theater

Starting tonight at our Studio Theater on 30th Street is The Circuit!  We brought together many of our amazing improv students to form teams that will have a limited run on Friday nights!  The fun starts tonight at 10pm.  You will see some great comedy from teams like:

Team America
Coach: Alex Marino
Matt Stillman
Brad Engle
Paul Barker
Elizabeth Haag
Kai Martin
Meg Garrett
Roy Koshy
Eden Gauteron

Team Edward
Coach: Megan Gray
Emily Bryan
Alan Lidogoster
Katie Kazimir
Adam Taylor
Rocco Privetera
Kevin Draine
Lulu French

Team Jacob
Coach: Jon Bander
Bob Kern
Rus Garofalo
Caroline Ficksman
Mary Beth Albers
Jeff Greenspan
Alex Demers
Fiona Mallek
Courtney Wielgus

Team Spirit
Coach: Dave Warth
Allison Ungar
David Gonyo
Sarah Pappalardo
Brett Druck
Saad Jafri
Luke Field
Jason Scott Quinn
Robin Daily

Team of Horses
Coach: Chet Siegel
Michael Dervin
Leah Young
Jodie Pfau
Kevin Kiernan
Brian Tobal
Robbie Weinstein
Paula Schulzki
Katie Carroll

*team names subject to change

259 West 30th Street, New York, NY

2nd Floor

Be there!

Monday September 13, 2010, 12:02pm - by admin

Dearly Beloved performs The Wake, an improvisational form developed by Alex Marino and originally performed by the Necropolitans many years ago. From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, Dearly Beloved gives the recently deceased their final chance to have their story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes. With scenes that vary from the side splitting hilarious to the gut-wrenchingly tragic, Dearly Beloved invites you to celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger.

They have two shows in September.  One of which is tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7:00pm.  

Friday September 3, 2010, 10:54am - by admin

Improv for Lawyers Class

Yep.  You are a Lawyer and you want to know how to improvise better.  THIS is for you.

The ability to improvise – no matter what you are confronted with – is the hallmark of a truly effective lawyer. Many parallels exist between good lawyering, trial advocacy and improv comedy. Improvisers have developed tools that can help them draw an audience into a constructed stage reality. Trial lawyers have a similar goal: drawing a jury into a reconstructed version of events. Joey Novick is an attorney and nationally renowned instructor of humor and improv workshops. During this interactive workshop, he will lead you in a series of exercises that will show you how applying improv techniques in various contexts can help you become a more effective attorney, mediator or arbitrator. You’ll also find out how using improv techniques can help you add strength, animation and powerful persuasive techniques in the courtroom, at the settlement table, or when negotiating a wide variety of issues.

This is a New York State Continuing Legal Education accredited course where participants earn three (3) CLE credits.

When faced with a crisis, are you able to…
* think on your feet?
* improvise on the spot?
* maintain your poise and ability to sound authoritative?

Taught by Joey Novick

Wednesday September 1, 2010, 11:27am - by admin

Friday August 27, 2010, 9:13am - by admin

FACE is tonight at 7pm!  Treat yourself, this show is awesome.

 

“Enchanting”
—L Magazine

“…Comedic, dramatic, and jazz improv so surreally compelling that by the end, you leave wishing you could see what they come up with next.”
—Daniel Kelly, www.nytheatre.com

“What differentiates this show from any other I’ve seen is the stunning collaboration between the actors and a live jazz trio onstage. The strength of FACE is their extraordinary ability to tune into each other, thereby keeping the audience enthralled by both the unique concept of the show and its execution.”
—Katherine Heller, www.newyorkcool.com

“…the cast is clearly having fun, and the pace never lags for long…FACE is a breezy, amusing diversion.”
—Vanessa Anderson, Time Out New York

FACE is improv at its most beautiful.”
—Katherine Heller, www.newyorkcool.com

FACE Improv’s performance at the Galapagos Art Space screamed of talent overload, with music, laughter and spontaneity pouring out the door of the tiny space…as the musicians embellished each minute of the show with their equally theatrical and relevant jazz.”
—Jennifer Pelly, The Fordham Observer