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Tuesday August 18, 2015, 7:39pm - by Magnet Theater


This month’s APT. 33 House Party is a fully interactive comedy/balls-to-the wall party hybrid that starts at 6pm on Sunday, August 30th and goes until 8:30pm—and it’s so chill you can stop by and check it out at any point during that time frame. You’ll get all caught up on Season 1 and ready for the Season 2 premiere in September (Sept. 14th).

Stay the whole time for the complete experience, or just drop in to say “hi” to your favorite proverbial man-children and their pals for as long as you can—this is the best non-Kid ‘N Play-related house party of, like, all time and it comes straight from the demented yet sweet minds of Alan Fessenden (Hello Laser, Pumpkin) and Louie Pearlman (Cast Party, Story Pirates).

What’s it all about? Well…

When Magnet Theater politely tries to celebrate the culmination of season 1 of Alan and Louie’s show APT. 33, the fancy and urbane get-together quickly goes off the rails as it’s invaded by other, more evil elements of Magnet Theater’s rich comedy scene. The result is rock and roll, anarchy, and an excuse for great people to all hang out and dance to good music.

Will Alan and Louie be able to gain control of the party that is being thrown in their honor? Or will the entire Magnet Theater and comedy community be thrown into chaos forever? Oh no!

Fans of Sleep No More, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Fox TV’s Empire sure would experience FOMO if they didn’t come to the show. No FOMO!

So what’s the whole deal again? The show’s on Sunday, Aug. 30th from 6-8:30pm. You can come at any point—so be sure to stop by whenever! Reserve tix here!

P.S. The show features members of other awesome Magnet shows/ensembles like: Jana and Lauren Presents, Kornfeld and Andrews and Psycho.

Full Cast:
Rick Andrews
Jon Bander
Hannah Chase
Kevin Cobbs
Christina Dabney
Alan Fessenden
Shacottha Fields
Kristina Grosspietsch
Louis Kornfeld
Jo Kroger
Lane Kwederis
Joe Miles
Lauren Olson
Louie Pearlman
Tim Platt
Jason Scott Quinn
Jana Schmieding

Thursday June 4, 2015, 2:51pm - by Magnet Theater

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Where is Magnet Theater?
259 W 29th St. (at 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10001
(212) 244-8824

Where is Magnet Training Center?
22 W 32nd St. (b/t 5th Ave and B’way)
10th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 244-2400

What kind of theater are you?
We’re a comedy theater! On any given night, you might see improv, musical improv, sketch, storytelling, a character showcase—or something entirely new.. You never know what you might get (but we can guarantee it’ll be a fun night had by all).

When do you offer shows and classes?
Seven nights a week! Check out our show schedule and our class listings for more details.

How do I make a reservation for a show?

  • Head over to our calendar and choose the show you’d like to attend. Click the “Reserve” button next to the correct date and you’ll be taken to a form where you can make up to 10 advance reservations.
  • Please arrive at the Magnet box office no later than 10 minutes before show time to claim your tickets. Ten minutes before the show begins, we’ll release all advanced reservations to our stand-by patrons.
  • Seating is first come, first served.

If you see a “Rez Info” button, it can mean a few things:

  1. All advanced reservations are gone (you can probably still get in but you won’t be able to set any tickets aside).
  2. You’re trying to reserve for Megawatt, Musical Megawatt or Thursday Night Out. For these shows, you can pay once and stay the whole night so we only take reservations for the first show of the evening.
  3. You’re trying to reserve for a class show or mixer—in which case, you’re in luck. They’re free and open to everyone!

Do you have alcohol?
Yes. We have a great selection of affordable beer and wine as well as water and soda in our lobby. Plus, friendly bartenders! We ID.

Can I record or photograph a performance?
We kindly ask that you do NOT record (video or audio) or photograph a performance without the express permission of the theater. In fact, we suggest putting your phone/camera/handheld technology away entirely! We’re all about enjoying things as they happen and being present in the moment. It’s an improv thing. But it works in this case, too.

How do I sign up for a class?
Once you click the “Classes” section in our top menu, you’ll be able to scroll down to see all our class offerings along the left side of your screen. When you choose the class you want, its details will show up on the right-hand side. Click the “Register” button and provide the required info and payment. Please note: You’re not officially registered until payment is received in full.

What if a class says “Wait List?”
This means a class has sold out. You can still attempt to sign up, but you’ll be placed on the wait list. Unfortunately, being on the wait list doesn’t guarantee a spot in the class. If a slot opens up, our School Director will go through the list, in order, until it is filled.

If I have prior training, can I skip levels?
While we love and respect our fellow improv schools, we don’t allow students with prior experience to skip levels in any of our programs. Why? We want our students to fully immerse themselves in their Magnet training and we believe that starts with the basics. Our curriculum is designed to grow your skills and confidence in a comprehensive way, whether you’re an experienced improviser or just starting out.

Can I perform at Magnet?
We have so many opportunities for rising students and curious improvisers to check out Magnet’s stage.

  • Mixers: We do two improv mixers a week, one on Wednesday at 6pm and one on Thursday at 7pm. We also do a Musical Mixer once a month. They’re free and anyone can sign up!
  • The Circuit: Once you complete Improv Level 3, you’re eligible to apply for The Circuit. Each season, Circuit teams are chosen by lottery from the submissions of eligible improvisers. If you’re picked, you get placed on a team of 8 players and assigned a coach. You’ll practice once a week and have a schedule of regular performances. It’s a great way to learn what it’s like to be a member of a house improv ensemble.
  • We Might Just Kiss: Curated and hosted by our Artistic Director Megan Gray, We Might Just Kiss celebrates female improvisers from around the community by gathering women of all levels to play together. It’s consistently one of our hottest tickets of the month!
  • The Rundown: Every Saturday at 6pm, we give some of the best indie ensembles and duos in town a chance to play on the Magnet stage. Wanna apply? Go for it!
  • And more! Stay connected to the Magnet community on Facebook, Twitter and our blog to make sure you’re not missing a single opportunity.

How do I become a house performer?
It depends. To be eligible to audition for Megawatt (our house improv ensembles) you have to have completed all of Magnet’s core (Levels 1-4) and Conservatory curriculum, up to and including Team Performance Workshop. To be eligible to audition for Musical Megawatt (our house musical-improv ensembles, you must complete Musical Improv Levels 1-3. To apply for a Magnet Sketch ensemble, it is strongly recommended that you take Sketch Levels 1 and 2 but you also must complete an application and submit a writing packet. We routinely post audition signups and calls for sketch applications so keep working hard and check back often to see when you can submit!

Can I be an intern?
If you’re a current student, applying for an internship is a great idea! You’ll get to learn the ropes at the theater and training center, make new friends, and become a familiar face around the Magnet community. Plus, you’ll earn credits toward a free class. Here are the details:  http://www.magnettheater.com/blog/all-about-internship-program/

Is your theater handicap accessible?
Yes, our theater is able to accommodate most of our guests’ needs. Please feel free to call our box office at (212) 244-8824 in advance, and we’ll happily address any of your questions or concerns.

Are your shows suitable for children?
Since so many of our shows are created in the moment, there is no guarantee for what you might see or hear onstage. It’s best to assume the material will be of an adult nature (somewhere between PG-13 and R). Also, we serve beer and wine in our lobby, and yes we ID. Every time.

Monday January 26, 2015, 2:06pm - by Magnet Theater

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!

Monday April 16, 2012, 3:00pm - by WillyAppelman

Magnet’s next big musical event is almost here…GAY BOMB: THE MUSICAL!  GAY BOMB is a comedy inspired by the real life plans of the U.S. military  to build a bomb that would make their enemies gay.  The show is a cautionary tale set in a not-to-distant America that is a  “xenophobic, homophobic wet dream”.  This timely political piece is not only topical but extremely on point, leaving no stereotype unscathed.  GAY BOMB: THE MUSICAL premiers at The Magnet Theater on Friday May 4th at 8:30, and plays on select Fridays and Mondays through June.

Much like previous Magnet Musical Event NIGHTFALL ON MIRANGA ISLAND, tickets are limited and will go fast!!!  Tickets go on sale right….NOW.  Get yours NOW here.  Make sure you’re there for an opening night extravaganza you won’t want to miss.

Directed by Michael Martin, with music by Frank Spitznagel and book and lyrics by Chris Friden and Steve Whyte.

Starring: Andrew Fafoutakis, Dreagn Foltz, Ben Jones, Michael Lutton, Jen Sanders, TJ Mannix, Oscar Montoya, Dave Tomczak and Woody Fu!


Thursday November 10, 2011, 6:05pm - by admin

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!

The Rundown
Saturday @ 6pm
Magnet Theater

To submit your improv ensemble, duo, or project for consideration in The Rundown click here.

Tuesday July 12, 2011, 8:46pm - by admin


MEGAWATT – Wednesdays 8:00PM, 9:00PM, & 10:00PM


What is Megawatt?

Megawatt is a weekly showcase of the Magnet’s signature house teams! Six of the teams perform every Wednesday and two musical teams perform every Tuesday.  All Megawatt performers have graduated from the Magnet Training Center and are lead by a Magnet assigned director.  Megawatt teams perform a variety of forms, styles, and structures – all of which are fueled by hilarious improvisers playing at the top of their intelligence.


Bob SmokingLaurie and Chris

How can I participate?

To be considered for a Megawatt team, you must complete all six levels of the Magnet Training Program.  Likewise, for Musical Megawatt, you must complete all three musical improv core classes.  After completion, you become eligible for an invitation to audition.  Auditions are held periodically throughout the year. As you complete Level Six, you will find out more information about the audition process and the next audition scheduled.

Thursday April 28, 2011, 2:36pm - by admin


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.

Wednesday April 27, 2011, 11:45am - by admin

The latest monthly performance of the Magnet Theater all-female revue “We Might Just Kiss”!  This amazing show combines seasoned Magnet Theater female performers with a collection of our funny lady students.  The next performance will take place on Monday, May 30th at 10PM.