Posts Tagged ‘rachel hamilton’
We’ve been lucky to welcome so many out-of-town guests recently and we’re excited to say that our latest visitor is the incredible Jean Villepique. One of the earliest teachers and performers at Magnet, Jean was recently back in town from Los Angeles to perform in Bummers Presents: Running. Our host, Louis Kornfeld, gets the ball rolling in this episode by asking about the origin story of Bummers, Jean’s annual(ish) writing and storytelling collaboration with Rachel Hamilton, Tami Sagher, and Melanie Hoopes. She and Louis discuss catching up with good friends by performing with them and the detriments of the more typical checklist conversations people tend to have when they haven’t seen each other recently. Jean talks about her first exposure to improv doing commedia dell’arte as a teen, joining The Meow Show at Northwestern University, where she met Magnet founder Ed Herbstman, and some of her early days at iO Chicago and Second City. Louis also asks his former Level 2 teacher about her improv show Switchboard, encouraging players to take risks, her stint on The Office, and bringing personal stuff to the stage. Hear about the time someone grabbed Louis by the beard! Listen in awe as Louis pontificates that we’re more than mere mammals! Sit in wonder as these two talk about doing drugs! It’s a great episode, so give it a listen.
Or simply enjoy Episode #47 below via SoundCloud.
- commedia dell'arte
- ed herbstman
- io chicago
- Jean Villepique
- Louis Kornfeld
- magnet theater
- magnet theater podcast
- magnet training center
- melanie hoopes
- new york
- new york city
- Northwestern University
- rachel hamilton
- Second City
- sketch comedy
- Tami Sagher
- The Meow Show
- The Office
Rachel Hamilton. Where do we start? Teacher, Actor, Writer… former Second City MainStage, frequent performer and instructor at Magnet, and all around wonderful human being. She’s also the driving force behind the creation of Camp Magnet. She lives in Northern California and we never see her enough, but we grabbed her last time she was in New York so Magnet Podcast host Louis Kornfeld could sneak in a great conversation between her workshops.
Listen to the insights and observations of this master teacher about what keeps her drawn to improvisation, seeing characters as energy, and seeking out new ways to challenge yourself.
Enjoy Episode 9 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.
Lauren Olson’s (Dunk) show, Our Condolences, which ran at the Magnet Theater for an extended period of time will be playing at the New York International Fringe Festival this weekend. Directed by Rachel Hamilton. Don’t miss out this is a great show!
Lauren Olson’s mom died when she was 23. Everyone said such wonderfully inappropriate things that she had to write a show about it. Our Condolences introduces you to ten different characters who all mean well but can’t quite get it together. Oblivious, nervous, cheerfully in denial, horribly tactless, unintentionally selfish, over-the-top; they left voicemails, wrote letters, cried inappropriately, gave unsolicited advice, and stopped her in the middle of work outs at the gym to have “deep conversations” about how sad she must be. A solo show about death for those of us who would rather spend our time laughing than crying.
The New York International Fringe Festival – Fringe NYC
A production of The Present Company
August 13th – 29th
Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, New York, NY
Sat 8/14 @ 7:45 | Thu 8/19 @ 4 | Tue 8/24 @ 2 | Wed 8/25 @ 8 | Sat 8/28 @ 5:30
Tickets: $15-$18. For tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org