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Magnet Theater

Camp Magnet

Camp Magnet


Jun 12, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
Class Size:
Alex Marino
David Razowsky
Ed Herbstman
Louis Kornfeld
Megan Gray
Melanie Hoopes
Rachel Hamilton
Rick Andrews


Camp Magnet returns! Our annual summer retreat is coming back. Go camping with us in the beautiful Catskill Mountains from June 12th - June 15th. Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of improv, outdoors, adventure, and fun with improv and writing workshops. DEADLINE TO ENROLL: MAY 24th. Private cabins are available for an additional cost. For more information, please call 212-244-2400.

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Instructor: Alex Marino

Alex is a writer and animator living in Brooklyn. He has written, directed, and produced several plays including his own adaptation of the movie Rushmore. He studied improvisation at the IO West in Los Angeles where he learned from Bob Dassie, Pete Gardner, Miles Stroth, Scot Robinson, James Grace, Jeff Drake, and Paul Vaillancourt. He performed at the IO West with Bounce Castle, The Deconstruction Derby, the Spontaneous Shakespeare Company, and retired Cage Match champions Blaine is Obviously Gay.

Since coming to New York he has studied under Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, TJ Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, and David Razowsky. He has most recently directed Flea Flurkus in their presentation of the Evente and the Necroplitans' presentation of the Wake. He currently performs with his Megawatt team Hello Laser.

Objects he has successfully hammered into his nose include nails, spoons, and ice picks. Objects he has unsuccessfully hammered into his nose include a screwdriver and a ballpoint pen.

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Instructor: David Razowsky

David Razowsky is the respected teacher and former artistic director of the Second City Los Angeles, and, as an actor, has written and performed in ten Second City Chicago revues. During his tenure as a performer at Second City he worked with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, and Amy Sedaris, among others. David directed Second City Chicago Mainstage’s No, Seriously, We’re All Gonna Die, Second City LA’s, Encino Evil, The Second City Untitled Project, The Second City Detroit's acclaimed 19th Nervous Breakdown, and The Second City National Touring Company. He directed two of Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago theatre’s productions-- RockStars, and their critically acclaimed Live at the Leidseplein - Your Privacy is Our Business. David is credited with creating Boom’s signature live on-stage video production. He is a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and performed in their sold-out run The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He is a co-founder of The Annoyance Theatre, and has written for The Simpsons Comic and The Simpsons nationally syndicated Sunday comic strip. David has appeared on Spin City, Roseanne, The Young and the Restless and Late Night with David Letterman as the voice of Albert Brook’s parrot. David and his improv partner, Carrie Clifford, perform Razowsky and Clifford in improv fests around the globe.

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Instructor: Ed Herbstman

Ed has been teaching performance improvisation for over 20 years. He grew up in Chicago and after graduating from Northwestern University, he began working at The Second City as a member of their National Touring Company. Also while in Chicago, Ed studied under Del Close at the ImprovOlympic Theater (now iO Chicago) where he was a performer and instructor.

Along with his sketch comedy group from Chicago, Bitter Noah, he moved to LA where he helped start the ImprovOlympic West. In LA, Ed performed in a lot of improv shows, and acted in a bunch of really crappy pilots, both of which he enjoyed very much.

After following his girlfriend to New York, Ed became a Police Officer for 3 years, assigned to the 70th Precinct in Flatbush Brooklyn where he once arrested a gun-toting drug dealer for kidnapping a prostitute.

After that, Ed married his girlfriend and worked as a contributing writer on season two of HBOs Da Ali G Show. He was also head writer for the branded entertainment company, Dandelion, where he creating award-winning online content sponsored by brands such as P&G, Lincoln, Ford, Cadbury, LOreal, and Sun Life Financial. You can see some of his work at

You can see Ed in commercials for Orbit Gum, FedEx, Chase, Net10 Wireless, Got Milk, Royal Caribbean and Fuddruckers. And you can hear his work on the acclaimed podcast, "The Truth", produced by American Public Media.

In 2005 he co-founded Magnet Theater where he currently performs and teaches improvisation and comedy writing.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and kids (and dog).

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Instructor: Louis Kornfeld

Louis Kornfeld is the artistic director of Megawatt, as well as a teacher and long-time ensemble member at the Magnet Theater. He can be seen regularly performing with The Boss and Kiss*Punch*Poem, and is an award winning writer/actor for the podcast The Truth. Louis has appeared in countless shows at the Magnet and elsewhere, including Theory of Everything, The Armando Diaz Experience, and a stint touring with The Second City onboard the NCL Gem. He remains firmly optimistic.

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Instructor: Megan Gray

Megan is the Artistic Director of the Magnet Theater, a writer, performer and native New Yorker. She has performed with Second City aboard the NCL Gem and is a member of Magnet's resident team "Junior Varsity" and "Magnet Theater Touring Company." She has appeared in such notable shows as "The Armando Diaz Experience," "Made-Up Musical" and "Tiny Spectacular." Megan also produces and hosts the monthly female improv show "We Might Just Kiss."

In addition to teaching Level One and the Lady Party class, Megan has taught improvisation at C.W. Post University, Brookdale Community College, Fairfield University, Columbia Business School and festivals around the country. She has studied improv at the Magnet and the UCB Theatre with Armando Diaz, Kevin Dorff, Christina Gausas, Dave Pasquesi, TJ Jagodowski, Jean Villepique, Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky and many others.

Megan graduated with a degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has written for MTV2 and Comedy Central online. She has appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and "Late Show With David Letterman." In her spare time, she travels the country performing with her improv duo "MegaLou" (with Louis Kornfeld). In conclusion, Megan wishes you'd call her more.

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Instructor: Melanie Hoopes

Melanie Hoopes has toured the country with four different solo shows that examined the Holocaust, immigration, evangelism and most recently, eating disorders. Her solo show, Weight, based on over fifty interviews with women weighing 70 to 1000 pounds, was featured at the New York International Fringe Festival. She holds a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and a Master's degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU focusing on performance, education and food studies. While at NYU, she worked with the Creative Arts Team as an Actor/Teacher devising and facilitating theater-based workshops on violence prevention and HIV awareness to public high school students in NYC. Melanie's most recent project is Laurie Stanton's Sound Diet, a radio show taped live at the Magnet. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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Instructor: Rachel Hamilton

Rachel is an actor, improviser, teacher, writer and director living in New York City. Rachel has a degree in Theater from Northwestern University, where she began her love affair with Improv. Having been cast in the company of Second City, Chicago, Rachel took the suggestion of one of her mentors, Mr. Martin deMaat and gave teaching a try. Fifteen years later she is still at it, and loving it more and more with each passing year. Rachel considers it is an honor to introduce people to this magical art form and believes strongly that the basic tenets of Improv also make for a rich and wonderful approach to life. Come to Magnet and play with us!

Teaching Credits: Second City, Chicago, Second City LA, Syracuse University, Michael Howard Studios, Magnet Theater as well as numerous corporate training gigs.

Some Recent Performance Credits Include: Magnet Theater: Tiny Spectacular, Sleep Over, UCB; Assscat, Hamiltonia (Rachel’s one-woman show), NBC: 30 Rock, The Conan O’Brien Show, Film; Spring Breakdown, I Hate Valentines Day, Internet; Onion Video, and the upcoming, Chaos Theory.

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Instructor: Rick Andrews

Rick Andrews is a teacher and performer at The Magnet Theater, and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. He began improvising with Improv Boston, and continued with a stint in Saint Louis, MO. He has been fortunate to learn from many improv greats, including Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, Amy Pohler, Ian Roberts, Will Luera, Jill Bernard, and more.

Rick has taught workshops at improv festivals across the country, including the Boston Improv Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, Black Box Atlanta, and many more. He has taught improvisation to people as old as 75 and as young as 6, and has done workshops for production companies and zoos alike.

He enjoys running, putting words on pages, thinking about the brain, and he loves improv more than anything.

Session Schedule*

  • #1 - Jun 12, 2014, 10:00 am
    at Camp Magnet -
  • #2 - Jun 13, 2014, 10:00 am
    at Camp Magnet -
  • #3 - Jun 14, 2014, 10:00 am
    at Camp Magnet -
  • #4 - Jun 15, 2014, 10:00 am
    at Camp Magnet -

Show Schedule*

  • This class does not include a performance.

*subject to change