Lauren Olson & George Fernandez
The Megawatt Performer Profile Series is a quick way to get to know some of the excellent improvisers that make up Megawatt, Magnet’s house team system.
Lauren Olson has been on a Megawatt team since 2007, and George Fernandez is brand new. Both are funny, great to watch, and wonderfully nice people who are always ready to play onstage and off.
Each sat down with fellow Magnet performer Jolene Turner to answer a few questions about what they get out of Megawatt, what they put into it, and what makes them laugh. CLICK TO READ MORE…
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
Saturday @ 6pm
To submit your improv ensemble, duo, or project for consideration in The Rundown click here.
What is it?
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…
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.