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Wednesday June 21, 2017, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater

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The Magnet Theater is excited to announce that starting July 14th, we will be accepting applications for the 2017 Fall/Winter Season of MAGNET SKETCH TEAMS, which will run from September 11th, 2017 – February 2018! Applications are due by Friday, August 4th, at 5 pm!

Please read the following application instructions and sketch team participant expectations very carefully.

GENERAL SKETCH SHOW EXPECTATIONS

  • Each team will create one 20-25 minute sketch show every three to four weeks.

  • All sketch team shows will be on Monday nights at 7:30 pm! Two teams will perform in each show.

  • All sketch team shows must contain new, original material written specifically for Magnet Sketch Night that has never been previously performed.

  • Each show will contain the best material created for the team as selected by the director – there is no guarantee that every writer will get a sketch in each show or that every actor will be featured in each show. Funny wins. Them’s the breaks.

  • All sketches will be performed by the team’s ensemble cast of sketch actors. If a particular sketch requires it, the team may use outside casting (writers, other actors) at the director’s discretion.

GENERAL SKETCH TEAM EXPECTATIONS

  • Sketch team members are expected to attend all required meetings and shows and arrive fully prepared. Sketch is time intensive – make sure you can commit 100% and make sketch a priority before applying.

  • Sketch team members must be available 1:30-4:30 pm the Sunday before their show for a mandatory tech rehearsal at the theater.

  • Sketch team members may not schedule conflicting appointments (work, rehearsals, shows, etc) during scheduled techs, shows, rehearsals, or meetings.

  • Sketch teams must rehearse with a Magnet-approved director. Each sketch team is responsible for paying their director a flat rate of $110/week; team due collection is left to the discretion of the director and team (as it would be for an improv team or practice group).

  • Sketch team members are expected to promote their shows at the theater.

For the 2017 Fall/Winter Sketch Season, you must apply as a writer, performer, or a writer/performer. Expectations, prerequisites, and application instructions for each role are below!

WRITER EXPECTATIONS

  • Writers must attend one 3 hour writing meeting per week, all performance rehearsals of their sketches, and all tech rehearsals.

  • Writers must constantly generate new material and are required to bring in a minimum of one new sketch per week, even during show week.

  • Writers are expected to be respectful and gracious collaborators in writing room. Writers should give and receive feedback to and from their teammates in an open and constructive manner.

  • Writers will be required to rewrite material and meet deadlines as requested by their director.

WRITER  PREREQUISITES

  • Completion of (or current enrollment in) Magnet Sketch Writing Level 2 or previous participation on a Magnet Sketch team (as any role).

  • Equivalent sketch writing experience somewhere else with a contactable reference (email address).

WRITER APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Send the following materials to sketchdirector@magnettheater.com with the subject line, “2017 FALL/WINTER MAGNET SKETCH TEAM APPLICATION// WRITER // <YOUR NAME>”.

  • A cover letter detailing relevant sketch experience inside and outside the Magnet community.
  • If your comedy experience is mostly outside of the Magnet Theater, you must provide the email address of a reference.
  • A single PDF of a sketch writing sample. Your sample should contain at least two sketches and may not exceed 10 pages.

PERFORMER EXPECTATIONS

  • Performers must be available for a regularly scheduled 2-3 hour performance rehearsal the week leading up to the show (ex: Sketch Team Dumb Baby has a performance rehearsal every Tuesday before a show, 7-10 pm)

  • Performers must be available for techs, table reads, and any additional rehearsals as required by the director.

  • Performers must learn all show material in a timely manner.

  • Performers may collaborate with writers outside of rehearsals to help create characters and sketches, but performers should not be writing material on their own for shows.

  • Performers must perform sketches as they are written – ad libbing is good in a pinch, but be prepared and don’t put yourself in positions where you must resort to improvisation. Be polished and professional in all shows.

PERFORMER PREREQUISITES

  • Completion of or current enrollment in Level 6 team performance workshop, participation in a past or current Megawatt team, or previous participation in a Magnet Sketch Team (as any role).

  • If your comedy experience is mostly outside of the Magnet Theater, you must provide the email address of a reference.

PERFORMER APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Send the following materials to sketchdirector@magnettheater.com with the subject line,

“2017 FALL/WINTER MAGNET SKETCH TEAM APPLICATION// PERFORMER // <YOUR NAME>”

  • A cover letter detailing relevant performance experience inside and outside the Magnet community.

  • A headshot

  • A PDF of your acting resume

  • A SINGLE link to a 3-5 minute sample of your work as a performer. This can be a reel, a recording of a stage sketch, a video sketch, a monologue directed at a webcam, anything you feel showcases you as a comedic performer. Youtube or Vimeo preferred. The link can be public or unlisted – please no private links. You may only send one link and the link itself may be no longer than 5 minutes.

You will be informed at least five days prior if you have been selected to audition in person.

In-person auditions will be held on August 11th, 12th, and 13th at the Magnet Training Center. Unfortunately, if you are not available for the above callback dates, you cannot be considered as a performer for the 2017 Fall/Winter Sketch Season.

For the in-person audition, you will perform two contrasting sketches that will be assigned to you and another applicant a couple days prior to the audition. You must be completely off-book and you may rehearse beforehand with your scene partner, at your discretion. You will also be asked to cold read sketches in the room.

WRITER/ PERFORMER EXPECTATIONS

  • Writer/performers must meet all writer expectations AND performer expectations.

  • Writer/performers are expected to write for other performers as well as for themselves. There is no guarantee that a writer/performer will perform in all of their own work.

WRITER/PERFORMER PREREQUISITES

  • Writer/performers must meet all writer AND performer prerequisites or previous participation on a Magnet Sketch team (as any role).

WRITER/PERFORMER APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Send the following materials to sketchdirector@magnettheater.com with the subject line,

“2017 FALL/WINTER MAGNET SKETCH TEAM APPLICATION// WRITER/PERFORMER // <YOUR NAME>”

  • All materials detailed in writer application instructions.

  • All materials detailed in performer application instructions.

  • Also, please indicate if you are willing to be considered as a writer or actor ONLY if you are not selected for a writer/performer position. Be completely honest – your preferences will not be held against you!

You will be informed at least five days prior if you have been selected to audition in person. See performer application instructions above for more info about the audition.

Failure to follow application instructions will keep you from being considered for a sketch team. Double check your application!

All applications must be received by 5 pm on Friday, August 4th!  

Thursday November 10, 2011, 8:09pm - by admin

FREE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET ON STAGE AND PLAY!

The Magnet mixers and jams are shows occurring 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 team members and always feature a fun and supportive environment for anyone to get on their feet and make people laugh through improvisation.

Our weekly, super fun improv mixers are:

Wednesdays at 6:00 pm (sign-ups at 5:30 pm)
Thursdays at 7:00 pm (sign-ups at 6:30 pm)

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

Every Other Tuesday at 6:00 pm (sign-ups at 5:00 pm) See schedule here. 

One Monday a month, we host the Diversity Jam, an open jam to celebrate diversity at the Magnet Theater. Sign up to play in 7-minute montage sets led by Magnet performers. We bring the butter, you bring the jam. See schedule here.

One Saturday a month, we host grrrl jam, an all-female (women, trans, cis and gender non-conforming/queer) improv jam! Open to all levels of experience! Sign up to play in short montages with members of The Cast! Exclamation points! Schedule here!

 

Wow. That’s a lot of jams and mixers and they’re all super fun. Come and play, you might get to do a scene with the old-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.

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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!

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

Monday November 1, 2010, 5:50pm - by admin

The latest Magnet Commercial Contest Entry created by Lucia Brizzi! Love it! And there is a Roy Koshy cameo, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Monday November 1, 2010, 3:28pm - by admin

The Magnet is excited to announce our newest Megawatt teams, all of which to debut this Wednesday at 7, 8:30 and 10PM.  Congrats to all the new comers and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the theater, we look forward to watching you!  This has been arguably one of our most competitive audition rounds ever.  Everyone listed has been through the rigors of our training program and they are ready to make you fall on the ground laughing.  All performers who are new to being on a house team at the Magnet are in BOLD.

New Team Brick (debuts 11/3 @ 10PM)

  • Rick Andrews
  • Tim Eberle (previously on Lead McEnroe)
  • Julia Hynes
  • Fiona Mallek
  • Joe Miles
  • Amie Roe
  • Jamaal Sedayao (previously on Strider)
  • Jed Teres (previously on Commando)

New Team Teal (debuts 11/3 @ 8:30PM)

  • Kimberly Ferguson
  • Lulu French
  • Federico Garduño
  • Michael Kroll
  • Scott Markman (previously on Strider)
  • Desiree Nash
  • Lauren Smith (previously on Strider)
  • Matt J Weir (previously on Strider)

New Team Tangerine (debuts 11/3 @ 7PM)

  • Dan Benjamin
  • Maryanne Farrell
  • David Gonyo
  • James Heslop
  • Joel Jones (previously on King Canute)
  • Don Romaniello (previously on Strider)
  • Michael Short (previously on King Canute)
  • Andrew Yurman-Glaser
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!