Big Together

Newsletter Tuesday May 30, 2023, 8:38am - by seantaylor

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Congrats to the performers on all of the newly formed Megawatt and Musical Megawatt ensembles!
Get some reps at the weekly Wednesday mixer or the musical mixer! Free for Magnet students
New Offerings
Elana Fishbein

Improv Level One

Mondays (6/12) @3:30pm

Advanced Improv Level 1

Thursdays (7/6) @8pm

Dennis Pacheco

Improv Level 1

Saturdays (7/8) @2pm

Improv Level 1

Thursdays (7/13) @6pm

Michael Lutton

Improv Level 1 Intensive

Mon-Fri (6/5) @12pm

Improv Level 2 Intensive

Mon-Fri (6/12) @12pm

Improv Level 3

Thursdays (6/19) @3:30pm

Improv Level 3

Thursdays (6/19) @6pm

Jamie Rivera

Improv Level Two

Mondays (6/26) @6pm

Cheryl Horne and Frank Spitznagel

Musical Improv Level 1

Tuesdays (6/20) @6pm

Musical Improv Level 1

Tuesdays (6/27) @3:30pm

Michael Lutton and Frank Spitznagel

Musical Improv L1 Intensive

Mon-Fri (7/24) @12pm

Musical Improv L2 Intensive

Mon-Fri (7/31) @12pm

Musical Improv Level 3

Wednesdays (7/12) @6pm

Armando Diaz

(In-Person) Sketch Writing Level 1

Tuesdays (6/27) @6:30pm

Rick Andrews

Longer Scenes

Sundays (6/4) @4pm

Advanced Scenework

Sundays (7/9) @2pm

Louis Kornfeld

How to Be a Jerk

Thursdays (6/8) @6pm

Adam Wade

Solo Show

Thursdays (6/1) @6:30pm

And visit our Electives page often to see new offerings regurlarly
Ask an Improviser

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

Performer Justin Moran
Magnet Theater
"I think the most important/impactful improv lesson came from James Eason during level 4, he said something to the tune of “If you keep inventing it means you’re not listening. There’s enough for you to play with in the scene already.” This was an eye-opening piece of advice that caused a lot of the lessons the classes had covered up to that point to click into place.

Very often, when performing or watching shows, one of the most common pitfalls I see (and I still fall victim to this sometimes) is performers not knowing when to stop adding details and just get to the actual scene already. By the time they stop talking, their scene partner has to pick from 20 different ideas to respond to, and the audience is lost as to where the scene is going. I get it, it’s a lot of fun to be inventive… When I started I associated improv with being inventive and imaginative and bringing crazy/interesting ideas to scenes. But shifting my focus to listening rather than inventing not only took the pressure off of the scenes I was in, but made it significantly easier to grow the scene with my partner and find those honest character moments that audiences respond to.

I think it’s easy to get caught up in trying to add funny details or crazy specifics, but the biggest laughs always come when the team builds something big together. After you’ve initiated your scene or established your character, enough foundation has been laid… Now, all you need to do is listen to what your scene partner is giving you, and react according to what you’ve established and you’re off to the races.

You’re not going to build a house if you’re only ever adding paint."

See Justin Moran with New Team Michaelangelo at Musical Megawatt