“Calm them down or creep them out…”

Newsletter Wednesday January 5, 2022, 2:58am - by seantaylor



*NEW* Classes
Megan Gray

Forms: Busy Town (online)

Wednesday (1/19) @8pm

Rich Talarico

Join Rich at a Free Meet & Greet Q&A ahead of his Intro to TV Writing class (online)

Saturday (1/22) @1pm

Other Upcoming Classes
Ross Taylor

Improv Level Three (online)

Thursdays (1/6) @7pm

Michael Lutton
Improv Level One (Zoom/In-Person)

Mondays (1/17) @3:30pm

Wednesdays (1/19) @3:30pm


Elana Fishbein

Improv for Teens (Ages 13-17) (online)

Saturdays (1/8) @4pm


Louis Kornfeld

Improv Level Three (Zoom/In-Person)

Wednesdays (1/26) @6pm

Armando Diaz

Sketch Writing Level One (online)

Mondays (1/10) @7pm


Armando Diaz & Johnathan Ross

Sketch Writing Level Two (Online)

Thursdays (1/13) @7pm

Adam Wade

All-New Storytelling (online)

Thursdays (1/20) @7pm


Advanced Solo Show (In-Person)

Sundays (2/6) @12pm

Amanda Xeller

Character and Premise Sketch (online)

Wednesdays (2/1) @7pm

Aaron Gold

Performing w/ Confidence (In-Person)

Saturday (2/5) @12pm

Ask an Improviser

"What is the most important improv lesson you ever learned?"

Performer Charlie Nicholson
Magnet Theater
"The most important improv lesson I ever learned is that the best scenes are played for the benefit and emotional experience of my scene partner. The audience just happens to be there, observing. A show becomes so much simpler and more fun and more real when I decide how I want to affect my scene partner and get to work doing it: do I want to make them laugh or cry? Do I want to calm them down or creep them out? I like having an emotional objective like this because then my success or failure is apparent in my performance and it unlocks my own emotional presence on stage: 'yes, I got what I wanted, lemme try that again but BIGGER!' or 'damn, this isn’t working, I guess I have to try again and do it differently.' The harder I try, the more active I become, the more creative I have to be at getting what I want. So, to summarize, I like to set a goal and place it in my scene partner’s heart. Who taught me this lesson? Everybody in my life who hurt me AND everybody in my life who healed me."

Check out Charlie Nicholson in Bodywork at Megawatt