Posts Tagged ‘directing’

Tuesday November 28, 2017, 2:52pm - by Magnet Theater

A new Megawatt season began last month and, with it, a new Megawatt Director in Hannah Chase! Hannah has been an instructor and performer at Magnet for years now and, in addition to directing The Cast, performs every Thursday with The Music Industry.  We sat down with her to talk about her vision for Megawatt and to shed some light on the woman behind the curtain!

What are a few things you’re excited about for this upcoming Megawatt season?

I think Megawatt is in a really exciting place right now. We’ve got three new awesome teams and three existing teams that got new members. Even for the two teams without anyone new, the excitement of having fresh teams and players as part of the night definitely brings new energy to everyone on Megawatt.

What have you learned from the past Directors that you plan to carry with you to the future of Megawatt?

Oh man, I can’t say enough good things about Louis and Nick (the two previous Megawatt Directors I’ve had the pleasure of working with). Both of them brought such commitment, creativity, and warmth to the job (and to the night in general) that I can only hope to continue. To get specific, I am in constant awe of Louis’s thematic and philosophical eye when it comes to improv, and I deeply admire how much he pushed teams to be thoughtful about the overall presentation of their shows. Under Louis’s guidance, it didn’t just feel like we were doing improv, it felt like we were creating art that actually meant something. As for Nick, I continually marvel at his ability to inspire improvisors to genuinely play with each other. Megawatt can be a stressful place sometimes (unfortunately) and Nick did an A+ job at getting teams to gel, to support each other, and to truly play. These are some big shoes to fill, but I’m trying my best and will continue to!

Is there anything new that you’re hoping to bring to Megawatt?

I don’t think I can really claim this as “new,” but one thing I felt (and continue to feel) excited about is the idea of creating teams with a very specific style/vibe (or even a specific form) in mind. I’ve seen and been on lots of teams that felt like a perfect balancing act of improv styles and skills: a few big aggressive silly players, a few grounding and “actorly” players, a few folks with a sharp eye for pattern, and one or two improvisors who consistently use a wider lens to look at the whole piece in order to tie things together or enter toward the end with a walk on that is so perfect it feels scripted. The right balance of players on a team can create something truly great, and we’ve seen time and again that this works.

I’d heard it said before that it was inadvisable to create a team of players who all played similarly, and this always confused me. I can see that you wouldn’t necessarily want to make a team with eight players who all have the same limitations, but I think a team of eight like-minded (or like-styled) talented improvisors sounds genuinely thrilling. After all, the way we describe Megawatt to current and prospective students is a night in which you can spend four hours seeing eight completely different teams that represent a wide variety of improv and comedy styles. So…I wanted to double down on that! Long story [not so] short, each new team is made up of players with similar skillsets and the ability to play and [hopefully] have fun in a very specific style. Not to say that each team doesn’t have stylistic differences among the players, but we tried to match people who we thought would bring similar strengths, gel stylistically, and challenge each other to further hone those skills!

Who are the new Megawatt ensembles and what can we expect from them?

If you haven’t had a chance to see the three new Megawatt teams, You Are Missing Out. Here’s a little info about each one:

She Wolf was created to do organic improv, and they have taken to it like gangbusters. This is an exceptionally collaborative, playful, attentive team of improvisers. And they’ve been adding one organic skill/muscle/device each week, so the team is constantly evolving. If you saw them a few weeks ago, seeing them again will be a totally different experience. They’re doing weird stuff, in the absolute best sense of that word. Highly recommend!

Drama is the first Megawatt team in a long while to do an expansion. These eight improvisors are top notch actors who all excel at creating complicated, honest, unique characters that will somehow make you both laugh and care! In each show, they weave a web of lovable weirdos (in the absolute best sense of that word) and you’ll walk away feeling like you just saw an excellent, hilarious play. Highly recommend!

Scout is a fast, spunky, sharp-as-tacks group of improvisers doing a Harold. With a flare for the weird (in the best sense of that word), this is a group of truly unafraid and delightfully silly players who will jump on board anything and everything without hesitation. This is an ensemble that knows how to set each other up for success and laughs, and they do so effortlessly and with just the tiniest bit of snark. Highly recommend!

Can you tell us about a fond memory you have from your past as a Megawatt player?

When I first got onto Megawatt, I was horribly insecure and totally terrified (I cried a lot those first few months). That isn’t a fond memory, I know, but it’s true! But here’s the fond part: when I first got onto a team, I had so many people (lots of whom were veterans I’d admired from afar for years) reach out to both congratulate me and also offer up their ear(s) if ever I wanted to chat. I ended up taking a bunch of them up on that offer and was really grateful to connect with so many interesting people, many of whom had gone through similarly fraught adjustment periods when they first got on house teams. This shit is hard, man! And connecting with people who had been through similar experiences and had come out a-o-k was really helpful and meaningful for me. Megawatt isn’t just a collection of teams, it’s a community, and the generosity and support I received in those first few weeks has continued to this day. Sorry, I go sentimental real easy…did you want a funny memory? Once my team, TMI, did a super long tag run in which I got to actually slap each one of them in the face (!) over and over. It was totally bonkers but also felt ok because people were literally tagging in just to be slapped by me, which demonstrated the particularly high level of trust that’s always been present on that team. See, I made it sentimental again. Ugh I’m the worst.

Catch Megawatt every Wednesday at 7, 8, 9, and 10 pm, which two teams playing each hour. $7 for the whole night!

Monday November 6, 2017, 1:36pm - by Magnet Theater

Congratulations to this round’s Ringers! Ringers, a tri-annual sketch show produced by Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller, features sketches written by new and seasoned writers, fresh acting from improvisers, and direction by eager and practiced sketch voices. The show as a whole showcases both recognizable and up-and-coming talents of the Magnet Theater. The next Ringers will be Monday, November 20th, at 10:30 pm.

November’’s show will feature:
Sketches by Jeff Howe, Jenny Padget, Josh Schiavone, Lisa Cheong, Mary Heatwole, Michael Ganley, and Tom Kim

Direction by Brendan Goggins, Carly Silverman, Chris Wade, David Fried, Elie Stav, Nick Wiener, Patrick Grizzard, and Zackery A. Stephens

And starring Andy Lachman, Dan Iwrey, Eric Buscher, Hillary Dale, Jana Heaton, Jeremy Gundel, Kelly Henry, Kerri Kenny Clegg, Liane Pippin, Meredith Yannuzzi, Michelle Hess, Nick Phillips, Peter Morris, Sean Berry, Senthil Ramasamy, Shawn McLaughlin, and Veronica Dang

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Wednesday October 4, 2017, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater

Applications are now open for Ringers’ November show. Ringers is a sketch show for aspiring, eager, and ambitious writers, actors, and directors of the Magnet community – and we want you to be a part of it!

The show will be Monday, November 20th at 10:30 P.M.

Below please see the details to apply:

WRITERS:

To have your sketch considered, prior or current participation in Magnet’s Sketch Writing program, Diversity Sketch Lab, Lady Sketch Lab, or Magnet Video Lab is required. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, November 3rd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. as well as the show. Attendance of rehearsals is encouraged but is not mandatory. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/HifLEPANTxTociHl1 as well as email ringers@magnettheater.com a finished, polished sketch formatted correctly and no longer than 5 pages in length. This sketch should contain little to no technical needs.

ACTORS:

To be considered as an actor, you must have completed at least Level 4 of Magnet’s Improv Curriculum, Level 2 of the Musical Program, or have participated in the Magnet’s Video Lab, Lady Sketch Lab, or Diversity Sketch Lab. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, November 3rd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are cast in, and the show.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

Actors will typically be given at least 2 roles and thus must be available for more than one rehearsal slot.

To apply to be an actor for an upcoming show, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/vxqpNdhIR0bY6xPu2

DIRECTORS:

To be considered as a director, you must have Big Sib’ed a Sketch Level 2 class or have been on a Magnet Sketch Team. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, November 3rd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are directing, and the show. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply to be a director for a sketch in an upcoming show, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/VwXR1cjh3GcwuvDl2

**The deadline to be considered for Ringers’ November show is Wednesday, October 18th. Announcements will go out around Friday, October 27th**

For all questions please e-mail Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller at ringers@magnettheater.com. We look forward to working with you!

Monday July 17, 2017, 3:57pm - by Magnet Theater

Ringers Newsletter

Monday, July 31st at 7:30 is Ringers, a tri-annually sketch show produced by Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller. Ringers features sketches written by new and seasoned writers, fresh acting from improvisers, and direction by eager and practiced sketch voices. The show as a whole showcases both recognizable and up-and-coming talents of the Magnet Theater.

July’s show will feature:
Sketches by Aidan Daley-Hynes, Annemarie Cullen, Catherine Elder, Levi Friedman, Maya Danzig, Michael Ganley, Phoebe Torres, Valerie Wang, and Will Arthur

Direction by Alex Stark, David Fried, Gina Cucci, Katie Sicking, Lauren Faylor, Matt Abedi, Matt Morea, and Patrick Grizzard.

And starring Alessandra Calderin, Amanda Melhuish, Ann Herberger, Arthur Velwest, CJ Watrobski, Dorrie Jankowski, Eric Noreen, Garett Press, Isaac Jiminez, Isabella Way, Jennette Cronk, Joe Lemonik, Josh Schiavone, Kristina Stasi, Matthew Sellitti, Melanie Rubin, Olia Toporovsky Gomez-Delgado, Rachelle White, Saidah Dunston, Veronica Venture, and Will Cybriwsky.

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Wednesday June 14, 2017, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater

Ringers Newsletter

Applications are now open for Ringers’ July Show. Ringers is a sketch show for aspiring, eager, and ambitious writers, actors, and directors of the Magnet community – and we want you to be a part of it!

The show will be Monday, July 31st at 7:30 P.M.

Below please see the details to apply:

WRITERS:

Ringers is seeking sketches for the stage to showcase in its July show. To have your sketch considered, prior or current participation in Magnet’s Sketch Writing program, Diversity Sketch Lab, Lady Sketch Lab, or Magnet Video Lab is required. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, July 14th from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. as well as the show. Attendance of rehearsals is encouraged but is not mandatory. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/ZZKaqZU5GijzAK0m1 as well as email ringers@magnettheater.com a finished, polished sketch formatted correctly and no longer than 5 pages in length. This sketch should also contain little to no tech.

ACTORS:

Ringers is seeking actors to star in its sketches. To be considered as an actor, you must have completed at least Level 4 of Magnet’s Improv Curriculum or Level 2 of the Musical Program. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, July 14th from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are cast in, and the show.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

Actors will typically be given at least 2 roles and thus must be available for more than one rehearsal slot.

To apply to be an actor for an upcoming show, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/Pcr3M4e91GpdbnFg2

DIRECTORS:

Ringers is seeking directors for its July show. To be considered as a director, you must have Big Sib’ed a Sketch Level 2 class or have been on a Magnet Sketch Team. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, July 14th from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are directing, and the show. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply to be a director for a sketch in an upcoming show, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/lbNszu2IAaf1cv0U2

**The deadline to be considered for Ringers’ July show is Wednesday, June 28th. Announcements will go out Wednesday, July 5th**

For all questions please e-mail Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller at ringers@magnettheater.com. We look forward to working with you!

Monday January 30, 2017, 8:00am - by Magnet Theater

Ringers Newsletter

Applications are now open for Ringers’ March Show. Ringers is a sketch show for aspiring, eager, and ambitious writers, actors, and directors of the Magnet community – and we want you to be a part of it!

The show will be Monday, March 20th at 10:30 P.M.

Below please see the details to apply:

WRITERS:

Ringers is seeking sketches for the stage to showcase in its March show. To have your sketch considered, prior or current participation in Magnet’s Sketch Writing program, Diversity Sketch Lab, Lady Sketch Lab, or Magnet Video Lab is required. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, March 3rd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. as well as the show. Attendance of rehearsals is encouraged but is not mandatory. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/q5f9ro9UXlMhCNS13 as well as email ringers@magnettheater.com a finished, polished sketch formatted correctly and no longer than 5 pages in length. This sketch should also contain little to no tech.

ACTORS:

Ringers is seeking actors to star in its sketches. To be considered as an actor, you must have completed at least Level 4 of Magnet’s Improv Curriculum or Level 2 of the Musical Program. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, March 3rd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are cast in, and the show.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

Actors will typically be given at least 2 roles and thus must be available for more than one rehearsal slot.

To apply to be an actor for an upcoming show, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/E1Jm40Zs46SKLbWE2

DIRECTORS:

Ringers is seeking directors for its March show. To be considered as a director, you must have Big Sib’ed a Sketch Level 2 class or have been on a Magnet Sketch Team. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, March 3rd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are directing, and the show. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply to be a director for a sketch in an upcoming show, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/M27Hidj0luj4kYDK2

**The deadline to be considered for Ringers’ March show is Wednesday, February 15th. Announcements will go out Wednesday, February 22nd**

For all questions please e-mail Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller at ringers@magnettheater.com. We look forward to working with you!

Wednesday November 30, 2016, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater
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Writer, actor, and director, MATT ALSPAUGH, swings by to talk with host Louis Kornfeld about teaching, how he got into the performing arts, and some tasty bits of NYC history. How did this kid who grew up playing baseball in Connecticut fall in love with theater and eventually find himself chasing comedy in New York City? We’ll find out! Matt also provides advice for sketch writers, actors, and show-runners. Plus! We ask Matt to perform a never-before-heard segment called “A Very Kind Scene With A Jar of Pickles.” Huzzah!

We open the episode discussing Matt’s time working at the Drama Book Shop, a local institution for actors, playwrights, and fans of theater alike. His years there allowed Matt to meet many wonderful people, read many great plays, and to be surrounded by theater. It also allowed him to do some couch-crashing, which talks about fondly. While back home after college, Matt was a substitute teacher, and he and Louis find themselves discussing how theater fits into the overall education experience. On the topic of staged pieces, our gents talk about the interplay between the audience and the performer and how performers must allow the audience to fill in some details for themselves. In order to allow yourself to act, you must not worry about convincing the audience of the reality. From all of this, Louis asks Matt about how he got into improv and sketch. Having worn so many different hats within Magnet’s sketch community, Matt provides advice for sketch actors, writers, and show-runners. What’s his favorite role? Find out!

For this episode, we to skip over “Getting To Know Each Other” and instead, Matt tells us about some interesting tidbits of New York City history – after all, he’s a licensed NYC tour guide! Oh baby! And finally, A Very Kind Scene Opposite A Jar Of Pickles, because we all need some kindness after the election.

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Tuesday October 11, 2016, 5:10am - by Magnet Theater

Ringers Newsletter

This October edition of Ringers has been announced! Ringers a bi-monthly sketch show produced by Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller. Ringers features sketches written by new and seasoned writers, fresh acting from improvisers, and direction by eager and practiced sketch voices. The show as a whole showcases both recognizable and up-and-coming talents of the Magnet Theater. The next Ringers show will be Monday, October 24th, at 9PM.
 

Featuring sketches by: Billy Soco, Everett Cox, Jennifer Anderson, Justice Hehir, Levi Friedman, Shelley Little, Will Pinke

Directed by: Ben Koch, Bryan Berlin, Michael McLarnon, Molly Kiernan, Nat Silverman, and Tom Kim

Starring: Amanda Rothman, Andrew Joelson, Annie Howard, Bill Greenlee, Chris Erlendson, Christopher De La Cruz, Dan Lisle, Francis Fuster, Lisa Yapp, Matthew Aromando, Nicole Orisich, Peter Getz, Randy McKay, Tori Smith

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Wednesday August 31, 2016, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater

Ringers Newsletter

Applications are now open for Ringers’ October Show. Ringers is a sketch show for aspiring, eager, and ambitious writers, actors, and directors of the Magnet community – and we want you to be a part of it!

The show will be Monday, October 24th at 9:00 P.M.

Below please see the details to apply:

WRITERS:

Ringers is seeking sketches for the stage to showcase in its October show. To have your sketch considered, prior or current participation in Magnet’s Sketch Writing program, Lady Sketch Lab, or Magnet Video Lab is required. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, October 7th from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. as well as the show. Attendance of rehearsals is encouraged, but is not mandatory. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/sm6oEjaz9h0e1w1A2 as well as email ringers@magnettheater.com a finished, polished sketch formatted correctly and no longer than 5 pages in length. This sketch should also contain little to no tech.

ACTORS:

Ringers is seeking actors to star in its sketches. To be considered as an actor, you must have completed at least Level 4 of Magnet’s Improv Curriculum or Level 2 of the Musical Program. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, October 7th from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are cast in, and the show.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

Actors will typically be given at least 2 roles.

To apply to be an actor for an upcoming show, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/QUBtW2ZNOV3h5GtQ2

DIRECTORS:

Ringers is seeking directors for its October show. To be considered as a director, you must have Big Sib’ed a Sketch Level 2 class or have been on a Magnet Sketch Team. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, October 7th from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are directing, and the show. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply to be a director for a sketch in an upcoming show, please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/zmvGVAb3Xfexr47u1

**The deadline to be considered for Ringers’ October show is Wednesday, September 14th. Announcements will go out Wednesday, September 21st**

For all questions please e-mail Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller at ringers@magnettheater.com. We look forward to working with you!

Thursday August 18, 2016, 1:56pm - by Magnet Theater

Ringers Newsletter

This Sunday, August 21st at 7:30 P.M., is Ringers, a bi-monthly sketch show produced by Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller. Ringers features sketches written by new and seasoned writers, fresh acting from improvisers, and direction by eager and practiced sketch voices. The show as a whole showcases both recognizable and up-and-coming talents of the Magnet Theater. 
 

August’s show will feature: Sketches by Corinne Brinkley, Hannah Berry George, Johnathan Ross, Joseph Kushner, Justice Hehir, Ray Smith, Renee Mariotti, Sara Kalkstein, Sarah Cassell, and Virginia Dickens.

Direction by Andrew Vuilleumier, Chris Hastings, Joe DiBella, Michael Delisle, Nat Silverman, and Tom Kim.

And starring Adam Solomon, Aina Rapoza, Bryan Berlin, Chris Griffin, Cynthia Restrepo, Erin Nebel, Evan Bass Ziesel, Jackie Skinner, Jacob Horn, Jamie Genoa, Jennette Cronk, Jillian Vitko, Joy Weeeng, Kiri Oliver, Mari Stein, Natasha Gleichmann, Nicholas Phillips, Nicole Maxali, Tim Canty, Veronica Lowry, Will Cheng, and Woody Fu.

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