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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
Test Drive features brand new scripted works never before seen on the Magnet stage, from sketch and one-person shows to short films, stand-up and more. These shows are so new they still have that new comedy smell.
Test Drive is open to all. To submit a scripted show, click here.
To submit new pieces of improvisation, see The Rundown.
FREE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET ON STAGE AND PLAY!
The Magnet mixers and jams are shows occurring throughout the week where anyone from superstar to first time improviser can sign up and play on the Magnet stage. Magnet students past and present join improvisers from all the world over and non-improvisers who just want to play, forming rare and wonderful one-night-only combinations. The Magnet Mixers are often hosted by resident house team members and always feature a fun and supportive environment for anyone to get on their feet and make people laugh through improvisation.
Our weekly, super fun improv mixers are:
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm (sign-ups at 5:30 pm)
Thursdays at 7:00 pm (sign-ups at 6:30 pm)
There is also the bi-weekly Musical Improv Mixer, featuring accompaniment, where students, performers, and strangers come together to improvise musical scenes. The Musical Improv Mixer is:
Every Other Tuesday at 6:00 pm (sign-ups at 5:00 pm) See schedule here.
One Monday a month, we host the Diversity Jam, an open jam to celebrate diversity at the Magnet Theater. Sign up to play in 7-minute montage sets led by Magnet performers. We bring the butter, you bring the jam. See schedule here.
Wow. That’s a lot of jams and mixers and they’re all super fun. Come and play, you might get to do a scene with the old-timey card player lady in the picture.
The Rundown is the Magnet’s weekly showcase of improv ensembles, duos, and more. Each Saturday at 6pm, you’ll find some of the very best strutting their stuff. Featuring a mix of feisty up and coming groups and experienced veterans building their next big thing, The Rundown is always new, always fresh, and always exciting. Each Rundown features three ensembles, and the groups rotate from week to week. Come see the groups everyone’s buzzing about!
Saturday @ 6pm
To submit your improv ensemble, duo, or project for consideration in The Rundown click here.
What is it?
Inspirado is the only improv competition in the world!
Two teams randomly choose a challenge, then they compete. The audience votes on the winner. Challenges inspire. Inspiration leads to innovation. Innovation saves the world. Inspirado just saved the world. more
MEGAWATT – Wednesdays 8:00PM, 9:00PM, & 10:00PM
MUSICAL MEGAWATT – Tuesdays 8:30PM
What is Megawatt?
Megawatt is a weekly showcase of the Magnets signature house teams! Six of the teams perform every Wednesday and two musical teams perform every Tuesday. All Megawatt performers have graduated from the Magnet Training Center and are lead by a Magnet assigned director. Megawatt teams perform a variety of forms, styles, and structures – all of which are fueled by hilarious improvisers playing at the top of their intelligence.
How can I participate?
To be considered for a Megawatt team, you must complete all six levels of the Magnet Training Program. Likewise, for Musical Megawatt, you must complete all three musical improv core classes. After completion, you become eligible for an invitation to audition. Auditions are held periodically throughout the year. As you complete Level Six, you will find out more information about the audition process and the next audition scheduled.
There are two teams on this particular night, Team Lincoln and Team Buddha. And the house is packed. Its standing room only at the Magnet Training Center Studio, and the crowd is laughing.
The Circuit was the brainchild of Mark Grenier, the Magnets Senior Level One instructor. I told Magnet that I wanted to write a blog post about The Circuit, and it was really overdue, so when I saw Mark in the elevator I cornered him awkwardly and peppered him with questions. Its about stage time. Nothing beats stage time. Mark tried to leave but I pressed all the buttons. Trapped, he told me that the team structure at Magnet worked well but there were skilled players ready to be on stage that had yet to win a slot on a Megawatt team. They werent being served because just waiting for the next round of team auditions is not the best way to prepare for team auditions. So we built The Circuit. I was satisfied by this answer and let him go. But it was fun making him feel uncomfortable, and I wanted more.
just waiting for the next round of team auditions is not the best way to prepare for team auditions. So we built The Circuit.
So The Circuit works like this: every Friday night at 10pm, three of the current six Circuit teams perform the Harold. 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.
The Circuit features Harold teams made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran performers.
After three months, the teams are burned up in a secret sacred ritual and then new Circuit teams rise from the ashes like a comedy phoenix. This is also known as selecting teams through a lottery. Later when I followed Mark to his apartment, got naked, climbed his fire escape, and stood outside his window, I asked about this crazy lottery idea. He said performers apply, and then names are picked out of a hat. Its fast, its simple, and its equally fair to everyone across the board. Then he called the police and I ran. I totally got away.
Want to be on a Circuit team? Anyone who has completed Magnet Level 3 or higher (and is not currently on a Megawatt team or in Team Performance Workshop) can apply. Performers will be chosen randomly by lottery. Teams will rehearse weekly with a coach and have a three month run of shows on Friday nights at the Studio Theater.
To apply, just email email@example.com. Your email will be thrown into a computer hat, and then names will be selected by a robot which looks like this: