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Tuesday November 11, 2014, 7:30pm - by Magnet Theater

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In order to meet rising costs and ensure that we keep the lights on, supplying you with the very best improv classes in NYC, Magnet’s low prices will be increasing slightly in January 2015. All core and conservatory classes will increase by $50, a change which will be reflected on the website as soon as next year’s classes go up.

We’re also adjusting our rules on retaking Level 4 classes. Beginning in January, you will only be able to repeat the same Level 4 at half-off. If you’d like to choose a new Level 4 with a different subject, you’ll be charged full price.

All classes that begin before January 1, 2015 will adhere to the current pricing — so sign up while it lasts!

Friday September 19, 2014, 2:04pm - by Megan Gray

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Job Opening: School Director

Magnet Theater is now accepting applications for the School Director of Magnet Training Center. We are looking for an organized professional with an understanding of how an improv theater operates.

 

The School Director is responsible for both the day-to-day operations of the business as well as long term projections and goals. We are looking for candidates with 1-3 years experience in an administrative environment and the ability to multitask.  Candidates must have be strong writers and proficient in MAC OS.  Candidates must also must have strong communication skills.  This is a full-time position, 11am-7pm Monday-Friday, salary commensurate with experience.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to SchoolDirector@magnettheater.com with the subject heading “School Director-Your Name”.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 26th. We will only contact those who we plan to interview, please do not email or call about the position.
Monday March 31, 2014, 8:21pm - by Magnet Theater

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Magnet Theater is excited to announce that it will be moving to a new location this coming fall.

In November, the Magnet will take over the Foxwoods Theater, most recently the home of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Armando Diaz, co-owner of Magnet, spoke on the need for a new space, saying “The Magnet community has been growing at an exponential rate, so we’re looking to plan not just for the immediate future, but also for what’s beyond the horizon, like in a couple hundred years.  If you filled up our current space to capacity, it’d only take up the first row at the Foxwoods.  So, the house might feel small in the beginning, but as the word gets out that there’s plenty of room, I’m confident that we’ll sell out all 1,932 seats, especially to non-English speaking tourists.”

Alex Marino, another of the Magnet’s owners added:

“One of the great things about moving into the Foxwoods Theater is we’ll have our office space, training center, and main stage and my apartment all in one central location.  So often our new students would get lost when directed from the theater to the Training Center for student shows, and then to my apartment for banjo jam sessions. Now it’ll all take place in one space – a space with a lot of  good energy because of all the great things that happened during the run of Spider Man.”

Of course, with a new, much larger space will be some inevitable changes.  All shows will have a 35 intern team of stage hands.  Performers will have access to four state of the art green rooms before their shows. And everyone must be an Actors Equity performer in order to appear on the stage.

The only planned renovation to this legendary theater is to immediately remove all bathrooms except one near the stage.

Another change will be the tickets prices, which will go up slightly from $5-$10 to $125 for balcony seating to $225 for orchestra seats (though Megawatt and Thursday Night Out admission will remain at $7 for the entire night).

Alan Fessenden, Magnet performer and instructor, noted his excitement about the move.  “I love the monoscene, but when you ask for ‘a location that’ll fit on this stage’ you’re limited by the size of the stage.  With the new theater, we can do a whole submarine instead of just the bridge of a submarine.  It really opens up the possibilities for all shows, but especially for monoscenes about submarines.”

When Ed Herbstman, the third Magnet owner, was asked about the move, he said, “I own a theater?”

One concern was voiced by Louis Kornfeld, Artistic Director of Megawatt.  “This new stage is massive compared to the old stage, so sweep edits are going to be problematic.  Not only will the timing be off, but the editor may very well be winded after the edit, especially improvisors who are out of shape, which includes all of them.”

Magnet is immensely ready for the move and excited to announce that the first show in the new space will be Rick Andrew’s Level One Class Show! Stay tuned for more details!

Thursday September 26, 2013, 10:36am - by WillyAppelman

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Greetings!

We’re pleased to announce the teams for the Fall 2013 round of The Circuit. In addition to the three teams below, a Musical Circuit team will be announced the first week of October. The teams are:

Beaker
Andrea Palumbos
Nathan Peterman
Lorraine Pouliot
Madison Kille
David Rush
Dan Dobransky
Eric Feldman
Candice Opperman
Coach: Jesse Acini

Bunsen
Richard Grebanier
Jenny Morse
Steve Capps
Nithya Venkateswaran
Tom Dunlap
Manvi Goel
Adam Waksman
Beth Gold
Coach: Amie Roe

Rowlf
Ryan Rossillo
Kristina Grosspietsch
Tony Mui
Veronica Venture
Cassandra Callaghan
Michael Kramer
Michael Cohen
Atheer Yacoub
Coach: Mike Dwyer

The first show will be Friday, October 4th at 10PM, and shows will be every Friday, through November 22nd. All shows are at the Magnet Studio Theater (259 W 30th St., 2nd Floor). The support of the entire Magnet community is what makes The Circuit possible, so please come out and support these new teams!

Friday May 24, 2013, 4:56pm - by WillyAppelman

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Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, there will be limited classes on Saturday, May 25th and NO classes on Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th, the Training Center will be closed. There will also be NO SHOWS on Sunday, May 26th. Please check with your teacher or the school director (schooldirector@magnettheater.com) if you have any questions.

Monday October 29, 2012, 10:04am - by WillyAppelman

Due to Hurricane Sandy, The Magnet Training Center will be CLOSED on Monday October 29th, 2012.  All scheduled classes for Monday, October 29th are CANCELLED.  There will also be no shows at the theater tonight.  Please stay safe and obey storm warnings!  We’ll see you after all this crazy Sandy business settles.

Wednesday October 10, 2012, 11:34am - by WillyAppelman

We are now accepting applications for The Circuit!  How does The Circuit work?  Glad you asked, every Friday night at 10pm, three Circuit teams perform the Harold at the Magnet Studio Theater. 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.  Circuit Teams are made up of Magnet Theater students who’ve completed up to Level 3, graduates of our Training program and veteran performers.  We believe that in order to get better at improv, you need to do it.

The Deadline to apply is October 31st.  Teams will be announced November 5th, 2012. The next round of Circuit shows will begin November 9th, 2012. Teams will alternate weeks through the end of January 2013. If you have any questions, please email Circuit@MagnetTheater.com.

For the application, go no further than right here: Circuit Team Application 

Thursday January 12, 2012, 3:29pm - by rickandrews

What’s better news than the news of FIVE new circuit teams being created?  Well, how about the fact that they debut tomorrow night, 10pm, at the Magnet Theater Training Center.  What!  Oh yes.  Also, the show is free.  Try not to faint, and give it up for these amazing new student harold teams:

 

TEAM ZODIAC TEAM CHAOS TEAM GRAVITY TEAM PARALLAX TEAM QUASAR
Coach: K. Buttermore Coach: JS Quinn Coach: R. Werbel Coach: D. Romaniello Coach: J. Miles
Nate Brown Roger Ainslie Matt Antonucci Melissa Caminneci Seth Hirschman
Christina Dabney Nick Bacan Jon Heffley Eric Feldman Brendan Jordan
Chano Garcia Kate Chamuris Jaclynn Larington Lauren Glover Steve Ling
Rafay Khalid Peter Collins Michael McFadden Alessandro King Pat May
Ben Kharakh Rachael Mason Emily Newhouse Carla Nager Leo Mendoza
Frank Magnotti Brigid Moynahan Paul Ton Michael McLarnon Rosie Pelka
Mallory Schlossberg Dennis Pacheco Leah Young Nat Trammell Alex Schaefer
Christopher Simpson Deepak SJ Imrana Zaman  Andrew Vuilleumier Jolene Turner

 

Contact Stephen Hawking and ask him how this was even possible.  Or, just check out The Circuit, every Friday at 10pm at the Training Center, hosted by Mark Grenier, absolutely free.

-RKA

Thursday November 10, 2011, 9:20pm - by admin

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

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

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