Where is Magnet Theater?
259 W 29th St. (at 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10001
Where is Magnet Training Center?
22 W 32nd St. (b/t 5th Ave and B’way)
New York, NY 10001
What kind of theater are you?
Were a comedy theater! On any given night, you might see improv, musical improv, sketch, storytelling, a character showcaseor something entirely new.. You never know what you might get (but we can guarantee itll be a fun night had by all).
How do I make a reservation for a show?
- Head over to our calendar and choose the show youd like to attend. Click the Reserve button next to the correct date and youll be taken to a form where you can make up to 10 advance reservations.
- Please arrive at the Magnet box office no later than 10 minutes before show time to claim your tickets. Ten minutes before the show begins, well release all advanced reservations to our stand-by patrons.
- Seating is first come, first served.
If you see a Rez Info button, it can mean a few things:
- All advanced reservations are gone (you can probably still get in but you wont be able to set any tickets aside).
- Youre trying to reserve for Megawatt, Musical Megawatt or Thursday Night Out. For these shows, you can pay once and stay the whole night so we only take reservations for the first show of the evening.
- Youre trying to reserve for a class show or mixerin which case, youre in luck. Theyre free and open to everyone!
Do you have alcohol?
Yes. We have a great selection of affordable beer and wine as well as water and soda in our lobby. Plus, friendly bartenders! We ID.
Can I record or photograph a performance?
We kindly ask that you do NOT record (video or audio) or photograph a performance without the express permission of the theater. In fact, we suggest putting your phone/camera/handheld technology away entirely! Were all about enjoying things as they happen and being present in the moment. Its an improv thing. But it works in this case, too.
How do I sign up for a class?
Once you click the Classes section in our top menu, youll be able to scroll down to see all our class offerings along the left side of your screen. When you choose the class you want, its details will show up on the right-hand side. Click the Register button and provide the required info and payment. Please note: Youre not officially registered until payment is received in full.
What if a class says Wait List?”
This means a class has sold out. You can still attempt to sign up, but youll be placed on the wait list. Unfortunately, being on the wait list doesnt guarantee a spot in the class. If a slot opens up, our School Director will go through the list, in order, until it is filled.
If I have prior training, can I skip levels?
While we love and respect our fellow improv schools, we dont allow students with prior experience to skip levels in any of our programs. Why? We want our students to fully immerse themselves in their Magnet training and we believe that starts with the basics. Our curriculum is designed to grow your skills and confidence in a comprehensive way, whether youre an experienced improviser or just starting out.
Can I perform at Magnet?
We have so many opportunities for rising students and curious improvisers to check out Magnets stage.
- Mixers: We do two improv mixers a week, one on Wednesday at 6pm and one on Thursday at 7pm. We also do a Musical Mixer once a month. Theyre free and anyone can sign up!
- The Circuit: Once you complete Improv Level 3, youre eligible to apply for The Circuit. Each season, Circuit teams are chosen by lottery from the submissions of eligible improvisers. If youre picked, you get placed on a team of 8 players and assigned a coach. Youll practice once a week and have a schedule of regular performances. Its a great way to learn what its like to be a member of a house improv ensemble.
- We Might Just Kiss: Curated and hosted by our Artistic Director Megan Gray, We Might Just Kiss celebrates female improvisers from around the community by gathering women of all levels to play together. Its consistently one of our hottest tickets of the month!
- The Rundown: Every Saturday at 6pm, we give some of the best indie ensembles and duos in town a chance to play on the Magnet stage. Wanna apply? Go for it!
- And more! Stay connected to the Magnet community on Facebook, Twitter and our blog to make sure youre not missing a single opportunity.
How do I become a house performer?
It depends. To be eligible to audition for Megawatt (our house improv ensembles) you have to have completed all of Magnet’s core (Levels 1-4) and Conservatory curriculum, up to and including Team Performance Workshop. To be eligible to audition for Musical Megawatt (our house musical-improv ensembles, you must complete Musical Improv Levels 1-3. To apply for a Magnet Sketch ensemble, it is strongly recommended that you take Sketch Levels 1 and 2 but you also must complete an application and submit a writing packet. We routinely post audition signups and calls for sketch applications so keep working hard and check back often to see when you can submit!
Can I be an intern?
If youre a current student, applying for an internship is a great idea! Youll get to learn the ropes at the theater and training center, make new friends, and become a familiar face around the Magnet community. Plus, youll earn credits toward a free class. Here are the details: http://www.magnettheater.com/blog/all-about-internship-program/
Is your theater handicap accessible?
Yes, our theater is able to accommodate most of our guests needs. Please feel free to call our box office at (212) 244-8824 in advance, and well happily address any of your questions or concerns.
Are your shows suitable for children?
Since so many of our shows are created in the moment, there is no guarantee for what you might see or hear onstage. Its best to assume the material will be of an adult nature (somewhere between PG-13 and R). Also, we serve beer and wine in our lobby, and yes we ID. Every time.
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