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Long-time Magnet performer and all-around swell guy, Sean Taylor, joins host Louis Kornfeld in the studio for an interview. A military brat growing up, Sean has called New York City home longer than anywhere else and, since moving to NYC right out of college in 1999, Sean has watched the improv boom happen first-hand. He’s gone from diehard ASSSSCAT fan to a Harold Night player to an instructor at Magnet. He and Louis discuss the underground nature of those earlier days and how the UCB seemed to bring a sense of positivity, respect, and empathy to the NYC comedy scene. Sean tells us how community plays such an important part in his life, whether it’s comedy, eating pizza, playing softball, or meeting his wife. Louis asks Sean about teaching the weekly Drop-In Class and his upcoming elective course Here, Now, discussing the difference between working with a steady group of students versus one that changes week to week and his love of discovery in two person scenes. As a teacher, he applies the debugging skills from his work as a computer programmer to classes in an effort to guide people away from fear-based choices to joy-based ones. These two vets also discuss the early days of Magnet, the difference between agreement and acceptance, and the privilege of being continually inspired by other improvisers.
Enjoy Episode #33 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.
Due to the weather, ALL MAGNET CLASSES AND SHOWS have been CANCELED for tonight, Monday, January 26th. We’re not sure about Tuesday yet, but stay tuned and we’ll have an update for you by tomorrow (January 27th) at 2pm.
If you had a class today, don’t worry! We’ll reschedule! Our School Director will email you with all the details as soon as we have them worked out. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out: schooldirector[at]magnettheater[dot]com.
Stay warm and stay safe, everyone!
We’re looking for eager improvisers (prerequisite: completion of Level 1) to participate in warm-ups and exercises run by the students in Armando’s coaching class. All the details are below—but keep in mind that space is limited. Hope to see you there!
When to be available: Saturdays, January 31st-February 14th from 1:00-3:00pm
How to sign up: Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “COACHING CLASS VOLUNTEER.” Please include your full name and phone number.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (212) 244-2400.
We’ve got a brand-new training center! We’re so excited!
As of Saturday, Jan. 24, we’ll be beginning the process of moving classes, rehearsals, writing meetings, etc. over to our new space at 22 W. 32nd Street on the 10th floor. Things might be a little hectic for a while, so please bear with us, but we’ll do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.
What does all this mean? We now have 10 classrooms, a studio theater, a dedicated writers’ room and more than two bathrooms (so luxurious!). Simply put, it’s a bigger, better space to keep up with our growing needs as a training ground for the best comedic minds in the world.
This is a new, exciting chapter for us and it wouldn’t be possible without your enthusiasm, hard work, and continued brilliance.
Thanks for being the best community around. Stop by and check out the new digs when you can!
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Job Opening: School Director
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. more
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.
The Funny Lady Brunch is a potluck brunch open to any lady involved in comedy in any way to come and meet other ladies involved in comedy! Everyone is welcome! There is delicious food! It’s a great chance to meet other performers, talk shop, and eat breakfast pastries. The next brunch is this coming Sunday at the Magnet Theater Training Center (259 W 30th Street). Snacks will be provided but feel free to contribute if you like!
For more info contact: Bianca @ email@example.com
The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new cast members of Round 3 of The Circuit! Team names are starter temporary names.
- David Zax
- Lauren Koch
- Andrew Cornelius
- Kristin Cantwell
- Russ Armstrong
- Raja Rajanathan
- Matt Wilson
- Raina Moore
- Damon Ketron
- Danielle Tolley
- Andrew Fafoutakis
- Ellen Korner
- Ilya Grilikhes
- Reilly Owens
- Nathan Peterman
- Meghan Brown
- Lisa Goldstein
- Gretchen Poole
- Jason Kopylec
- Nancy Sun
- Eli Itzkowitz
- Mike Schoenbach
- Jay Hoskins
- Brian Frange
- Ryan Patrick O’Neil
- David Castro
- Evan Barden
- Dario Osowski
- Jenny Doom
- Sam Segan
- Barry Lank
- Will Quinn
- Richard Dery
- TJ Del Reno
- Ben Furnas
- Josh Friedman
- Samantha Henig
- Theo Shivers
- Kathryn Geraghty
- Willy Appelman
- Sandra Struthers
- David Kieve
- Beth Gold
- Chris Grove
- Dale Davidson
- Greg Dubin
- Cecilia Minshall
- Kevin Napier
The Circuit features Harold teams made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran performers. Teams will rehearse weekly with an assigned coach and have a three month run of shows that starts on Friday May 6th, 10PM with TEAM JESUS, TEAM BUDDHA and TEAM ELVIS at the Magnet Training Center.
There are two teams on this particular night, Team Lincoln and Team Buddha. And the house is packed. It’s standing room only at the Magnet Training Center Studio, and the crowd is laughing.
The Circuit was the brainchild of Mark Grenier, the Magnet’s Senior Level One instructor. I told Magnet that I wanted to write a blog post about The Circuit, and it was really overdue, so when I saw Mark in the elevator I cornered him awkwardly and peppered him with questions. “It’s about stage time. Nothing beats stage time.” Mark tried to leave but I pressed all the buttons. Trapped, he told me that the team structure at Magnet worked well but there were skilled players ready to be on stage that had yet to win a slot on a Megawatt team. “They weren’t being served because just waiting for the next round of team auditions is not the best way to prepare for team auditions. So we built The Circuit.” I was satisfied by this answer and let him go. But it was fun making him feel uncomfortable, and I wanted more.
“…just waiting for the next round of team auditions is not the best way to prepare for team auditions. So we built The Circuit.”
So The Circuit works like this: every Friday night at 10pm, three of the current six Circuit teams 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.
The Circuit features Harold teams made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran performers.
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. This is also known as selecting teams through a lottery. Later when I followed Mark to his apartment, got naked, climbed his fire escape, and stood outside his window, I asked about this crazy lottery idea. He said performers apply, and then names are picked out of a hat. “It’s fast, it’s simple, and it’s equally fair to everyone across the board.” Then he called the police and I ran. I totally got away.
Want to be on a Circuit team? Anyone who has completed Magnet Level 3 or higher (and is not currently on a Megawatt team or in Team Performance Workshop) can apply. Performers will be chosen randomly by lottery. Teams will rehearse weekly with a coach and have a three month run of shows on Friday nights at the Studio Theater.
To apply, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be thrown into a computer hat, and then names will be selected by a robot which looks like this: