About the Theater

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Who We Are

Magnet Theater is a performance space and training ground for the best and brightest comedic talent in New York City. Since 2005, we’ve been at the epicenter of the city’s growing improv movement—and today, we’re one of the most recognizable improv schools and theaters in the city. We’ve got critically acclaimed shows and classes in improv, musical improv, sketch, storytelling and more every single night of the week.

Where We Came From

After establishing himself as an important voice in the Chicago improv community in the 1990s under the mentorship of the legendary Del Close, Armando Diaz gathered forces with other Chicago improvisers to create Magnet Theater in 2005. Magnet continues to be guided by Diaz and co-founder Ed Herbstman.

What We Do

On any given night at Magnet, you’ll see our performers doing what they do best—creating some seriously amazing stuff in order to make you laugh. We’ve had improv powerhouses like Mike Myers join us onstage and conduct workshops. We’ve trained budding comedians from around the world. But most importantly, we’re giving a whole new generation of talent a place to take risks, be heard and blow minds.

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How We Do It

Magnet’s philosophy is simple but it’s been working pretty well for the last 10 years. Simply put, we can teach anyone to improvise. Our faculty is made up of veteran instructors—both homegrown as well as transplanted from the oldest, most esteemed comedy institutions in the country. And as such, our students get comprehensive training in the styles and philosophies that have been shaping the art form for generations.

Out In The World

Why yes, we can take our show on the road—just ask! Magnet Touring Company performs and teaches workshops at improv festivals around the world (North Carolina! Hawaii! Providence! Canada!). The Magnet Genius Machine creates and leads corporate workshops in improv and storytelling. They’ve worked with companies such as Google, LinkedIn, The Howard Stern Show and Unilever. They can do the same for your company, too.

And Lastly, Some Street Cred

We wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen our performers and faculty putting their Magnet training to work. Here are but a few choice credits we’re proud of: Broad City, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, The Onion, The Second City Cruise, Boom Chicago, This American Life, The Truth podcast, Story Pirates, Reductress and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Magnet Theater?
Where is Magnet Training Center?
What kind of theater are you?
When do you offer shows and classes?
How do I make a reservation for a show?
Do you have alcohol?
Can I record or photograph a performance?
How do I sign up for a class?
What if a class says “Wait List”?
If I have prior training, can I skip levels?
Can I perform at Magnet?
How do I become a house performer?
Can I be an intern?
Is your theater handicap accessible?
Are your shows suitable for children?