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Thursday April 26, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

Michael Stevens and his nephewWhat’s your name?

Michael Stevens.

Which team or show are you on?

Oh boy. I’m with Gary from HR (sketch), Good @ Sports (indie), FAM (indie), The Neighbors (Megawatt), and then a smattering of duos: Just 2 Brothers w/ John Ross, Can’t Catch A Cab w/ Ashley Glicken, Father & Son w/ Brendan Goggins, and Squirtle Squad w/ Aditya Otiv. I also am directing The Multiplex, which is a fun lil’ form near and dear to me. Eaves is also an indie trio I’m on but we’re less of a team these days and more of a state of mind.

Where are you from?

I’m from Brooklyn and I went to school on Long Island. Yes, I commuted everyday.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

Honestly, I found improv after finding live theater as a creative outlet. My older brother was an improvisor so I took a whack at it in college. I think I probably considered myself more of a actory-type boy than a comedy-type boy… but I found improv and loved it. Took a break after college and picked it back up in 2015.

How long have you been performing/writing?

I learned to read very early and have been writing since I was 3, I shit you not. All of the stuff I wrote when I was 3 was garbage. I didn’t really establish my voice until I was eight. I’ve been writing very well ever since.

I started acting in high school. I was just coming out of homeschool into my formative teen years so I was naturally a bit of a quiet weirdo with voices running around his head.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

Scene partner? Either Keegan Michael Key or Aubrey Plaza. I saw Keegan in Hamlet where he played Horatio. I thought he did such a good job adding light to a play that’s actually VERY funny. I think he’s obsessed with pathos in the same way that I am. Aubrey Plaza because I think she’s an insanely underrated actor who Warner Bros should be paying $500,000,000 to play the Joker. I shit you not, she’s the best incarnation of the Joker that will never be performed.

My ideal writing partner would probably be Jordan Peele, for very obvious reasons. I think he and I would write a kick-ass superhero movie together. I already have the plot and everything. My next pick would be David Lynch. I would like to write with him because I love his films, but feel guilty because there are never enough black characters.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

Impersonate: Jeff Goldblum. He’s an actor I love, and a natural comic talent that I love but CANNOT impersonate.

I’d like to write for LaKeith Stanfield. He’s a special kind of weird. Maybe a Lethal Weapon type cop movie with LaKeith and me playing Jeff Goldblum is the thing I oughta work on.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Without going into too much detail: Sadness.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

  1. Mercy Mercy Me – Marvin Gaye, because this song is my politics.
  2. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number – Steely Dan, because I am a figurative dad.
  3. 2Shy – Shura, because, yeah, I’m totally that girl who didn’t feel cool in high school and dresses like cool people she sees on TV.
  4. Bad Girls – Solange ft. Kendrick Lamar, because it sounds like a rainy and you’re sad, but chillin’.
  5. Cool – Gwen Stefani, because breakups should be healthier in this culture we live in.
  6. Frank Ocean – Wise Man, because this is some baller ass shit to play at a funeral.
  7. Bambi – Prince, because this is what it sounds like to beat up a bully.
  8. That Power – Childish Gambino, because this is what Summer 2003 sounds like.
  9. Princes of the Universe – Queen, because this is what it sounds like when Mercury is in Retrograde again and you’re READY for it.
  10. Starman – David Bowie, because David Bowie is good.
  11. Kiss It Better – Rihanna, because this is the sexiest song ever written, but also sounds like the happy medium between sex during the apocalypse, and a regular co-dependent relationship.
  12. Cristo Redentor – Donald Byrd, because it sounds like a peaceful death.
  13. All That – Carly Rae Jepsen, because the first time I heard it after I saw Moonlight for the first time and literally cried tears of joy on the L Train home. This song is all of the cosmic highs and pre-apocalyptic lows of a little crush.
  14. La La Means I Love You – The Delfonics, because goddamn it, I love a black wedding.
  15. In Your Room – Airiel, because I should have been in my 20s in the 90s.

I have to stop here, because if I don’t I’ll be here forever.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

How someone answers “What’s your favorite superhero” usually tells me everything I need to know about a person’s values.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Gassed Up w/ Good @ Sports! 10:30pm! And if by some twist of fate I’m not doing improv, I am at some movie theater. Or on the subway listening to shoegaze, smiling and crying next to some ghost while metal spiders crawl out of my body.

What’s your favorite Disney Channel Original Movie?

My favorite Disney Channel Original Movie is High School Musical 2. For a variety of reasons:
1. Zach Efron did not lip sync in this one. In the original he was dubbed over by some weak ass tenor named Drew Seeley. I don’t have a problem with Brother Seeley’s voice, but I do feel that pretty ass tenor voices are over represented in music, especially musicals. Zac Efron is on the lighter side of baritones, but I think he has a stronger voice, and I think he gave a better performance. I think it’s very weird they dubbed his voice over in the original.
2. Bet On It is a legit, relatable song and a total BANGER even after all these years. If you wanna see me punch a dude in the face, play that shit. He has a falsetto note in that song that I cannot hit to this day. I mean. I can hit it. But it sounds like shit.
3. For more questions about all things High School Musical related, please email me, because I saw all three, and love them all.
4. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO GLEE WITHOUT HSM.
Wednesday April 25, 2018, 1:42pm - by Magnet Theater

 

Say hello to all of our new Conservatory Circuit teams! Come see one of their shows, Fridays at 10 pm, starting May 4th at the Magnet Training Center, 22 W 32nd St., 10th Floor. YES! Shows run through June 8th.

The Conservatory Circuit features improv ensembles made-up of both Magnet students and veteran Magnet performers. Every week, three teams take the stage and perform the classic long form improv structure, The Harold.

Team Rizzo:
Jennifer Aaron
Pete Morris
Elaine Bledsoe
Valentino Salza
Simon Shannon
Nathan Tillis
Anna Vesely
Mary Regan
Coach: Xavier Padin

Team Cha-Cha:
Maxim Ross
Susan Lerner
Craig Lehner
David Freshwater
Marshall Finch
Jana Heaton
Mari Stein
Christine Lawless
Coach: Pat May

Team Frenchie:
Amanda Melhuish
Joe Diliberti
Greg Iacurci
Aaron Riesebeck
Gillian Kushner
Henry Seifter
Christine Magee
Simon Johnston
Coach: Tom Sanchez

Congrats to the new teams, and be sure to come and check them out!

Tuesday April 24, 2018, 3:41pm - by Magnet Theater

 

We are thrilled to announce the next edition of Musical Circuit! These three teams (Kander, Ebb, and Prince) will perform on Saturday nights, starting May 5th at 10:30 pm, at Magnet Training Center, 22 W 32nd St., 10th Floor. We hope to see you there!

The Musical Circuit features musical improv ensembles made-up of both Magnet students and veteran Magnet performers. Every week, three teams take the stage and perform completely improvised pieces of musical theatre made just for you!

Team Kander
Beth Bowman
Caitlin Doherty
Ankit Singh
Steve Tardio
Nathan Tillis
Stacey Weingarten
Coach: Christine Chan

 

Team Ebb
Jonathan Morales
Dylan O’Keefe
Brian Rosenblatt
Emily Swindahl
Shalini Tripathi
Eva Tsang
Coach: Chris Bell

 

Team Prince
Tara Harte
Adam Keller
Erin Richardson
Denis Sazhin
Elie Stav
Lisa Yapp
Coach: Natasha Gleichmann

 
Come out and watch these great shows!

Friday April 13, 2018, 3:00pm - by Magnet Theater

We’re looking for eager improvisers (prerequisite: completion of Level 1) to participate in warm-ups and exercises run by the students in Armando Diaz’s coaching class. All the details are below—but keep in mind that space is limited.  Hope to see you there!

When to be available: Saturdays, April 21st through May 19th from 1-3 pm. Volunteers must be able to attend all sessions!

How to sign up: Simply send an email to schooldirector@magnettheater.com with the subject line: “COACHING CLASS VOLUNTEER APRIL 2018” Please include your full name and verify that you can attend all sessions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (212) 244-2400.

Thursday April 12, 2018, 4:07pm - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

Lida Darmian of Mama's BoyWhat’s your name?

Lida Darmian.

Which team or show are you on?

Mama’s Boy (Sketch Team) & Fly Gurlz.

Where are you from?

Born in Dallas Texas, raised in Agoura Hills, CA.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I used to watch the SNL reruns that they would play on E! when I was in elementary school, and I would watch the show as it aired in the mid-90s (I had a cool mom). Was introduced to improv with Whose Line Is It Anyway like everyone else, and my high school had a ComedySportz team (I was not on it). I I went to an improv camp when I was 16, and that was my first taste of it.

How long have you been performing/writing?

I was in a play called “The Elephant Child” in 2nd grade. It was the story of how elephants got such long noses(I played one of SEVERAL elephants). The big Ru-veal was when we pulled off the paperclip that was holding back our accordion construction paper noses, and suddenly we our transformation was complete. Ya gotta love the drama of a mid-show make over.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

I would love to work with both Phoebe Robinson and Jordan Peele. I love that their work doesn’t shy away from pushing the boundaries of race/what it means to be a minority, and they add humor to it too. I strive to do work that celebrates individuality and doesn’t ignore our differences as people.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

I would most like to write for my friends because I would love to pimp them out in a good way, and I know their voices, so it would be easy. I want to impersonate any diva, complete with full dance numbers.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

I love when anyone is earnestly dumb but still comes from a hopeful place. Also, mispronouncing words can really get me good.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

There would be some songs you could definitely dance to, something with a great build or drop, some musicals thrown in, and a few songs to cry to.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

“What’s your favorite and least favorite food?”

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Ideally: eating at a really delicious hip restaurant and seeing a movie or show. Reality: probably babysitting or lying in bed.

Are you still upset about Pluto not being a planet?
I wouldn’t say I’m upset, I just don’t want Pluto to feel that it’s experience has been invalidated.
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 1:23pm - by Promo Team

We are excited to announce the next round of the Musical Circuit! 
 
Please fill out THIS FORM to apply to be entered into the lottery for the Spring 2018 run of The Musical Circuit. The deadline to apply will be 12:00PM, Friday, April 20, 2018. Teams will be announced April 23
 
To qualify to be on a Circuit team, you must have completed Musical Level 3 at the Magnet and not currently be performing on a house team. 
 
Circuit teams are created by lottery. Each team will have six members and receive a five-week run of shows at the Training Center. Teams are assigned a coach and expected to rehearse once a week during their run. 
 
The Musical Circuit will run at the Studio Theater at the Training Center for five weeks, on these dates and at these times:
 
Saturday, May 5th, at 10:30pm
Saturday, May 12th, at 10:30pm
Saturday, May 19th, at 10:30pm
Saturday, June 2nd, at 10:30pm
Saturday, June 9th, at 10:30pm
 
If you have any questions, please email Michael Lutton at mjlutton@gmail.com
 
***Please read the following:***
– To apply, you must have completed Musical Level 3 at the Magnet.
– Do not call or email registrar regarding application status.
– Performers are expected to rehearse with their assigned team and coach on a weekly basis.
– Performers are responsible for the cost of coach and space rentals.
Thursday April 5, 2018, 4:33pm - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Frankie Johnson.

Which team or show are you on?

Milwaukee! (the *new* Magnet Sketch Team).

Where are you from?

Mostly Tennessee (I moved around a lot).

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I was living in Charleston, SC and a friend recommended I try an improv class at Theatre 99 (shoutout!). It was super fun, and I continued studying improv (and later sketch) after I moved to NYC. Three comedy schools and a billion classes later, here I am!

How long have you been performing/writing?

A little in college, but fairly regularly for about 9 years.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

Babs Bunny from Tiny Toons.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

Impersonate: Bette Davis. Write for: Maya Rudolph.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Really, really dumb stuff–like people dancing on stilts.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

A lot of Beatles, some musical theatre, with a dash of ~2000 top 40.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

“What are you drinking? Is it good?” Cool stuff like that.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Probably at home complaining about the lack of options on Netflix.

If you could Freaky Friday body-swap with any other Frank(ie) or Johnson, who would it be and why?

I would swap bodies with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I’d really like to know what it’s like to lift someone over my head. Also, he’s a national treasure.

Monday April 2, 2018, 3:30pm - by Magnet Theater

We are now accepting applications for The Spring 2018 Conservatory CircuitCircuit Teams are made up of Magnet Theater students, graduates of our training program, and veteran performers. We believe that in order to get better at improv, you need to do it.

 

The deadline to apply is 12:59 AMApril 16th. Teams will be announced April 20th. First rehearsals will be the weekend of the 27th.

 

Circuit shows will begin Friday, May 4th and run for 6 weeks, through June 8th. Shows will be 10PM in the Magnet Studio Theater at the Training Center.

 

To sign up for The Circuit, click this link to fill out the form: https://goo.gl/forms/7jcbIGCDgIFgC6zg1

 

Questions? Just email circuit@magnettheater.com !

 

 

Wednesday March 28, 2018, 11:00am - by Magnet Theater
Musical Megawatt - Musical Improv

We are thrilled to announce the newest additions to our Musical Megawatt lineup! Catch these new teams in action this Tuesday, April 3rd at 7, 8, 9 and 10pm.

Names in bold are new to Musical Megawatt. Names with an asterisk* are returning to Musical Megawatt. Names in italics are joining a preexisting team.

 

**NEW TEAM GRAND**
Maryann Alspaugh
David Barrera
Amy Charowsky
Collin Gossel
Amanda Mayer
Adam Payne
Matt Radlow

 

**NEW TEAM FUNK**
Chris Bell
Natasha Gleichmann
Alejandro La Rosa
Eitan Levine
Amelita Lijek
Blake Rogers
Rachel Zeolla

 

**NEW TEAM RAILROAD**
Matthew Frazier
Ben Fullon*
Audrey Mattaino
Brian Rodriguez
Mel Rubin
Tiffany Springle
Erin Wagner

 

In addition to these teams, Warm Blooded has three new members (in italics):

 

WARM BLOODED
Jon Bander
Woody Fu
Olivia Petzy
Roman Pietrs
Melissa Gordon*
Charlie Nicholson
Ali Reed
Saturday March 24, 2018, 9:00am - by Promo Team

Do you have your Passover plans locked down yet? Come spend the most miraculous Seder of your life with The Jewsical Seder with B’nai Magnet, Sunday March 25 at 6:15pm! We chatted with Russ Feder to get all the fun deets.

 

 Is there something special about the chosen people that make them excellent musical improvisers?

Jews sing all the time. Too much, in fact. It’s how we spent the time wandering the desert for forty years.

What should the goys know about this show? Is there any terminology they can brush up on?

The show should be pretty inclusive! That being said, if anyone hears a funny-sounding word they don’t understand, it probably means either “messy” or “confusing”.

Is Frank Spitznagel actually a rabbi?

While he’s not ordained, he’s genuinely worked with Itzhak Perlman, which is close enough for us.

Tell us about B’nai Magnet’s mission statement.

B’nai Magnet is a group of musical improvisors hoping to share and heighten the joy of the holiday season with the masses. If people convert to Judaism as a result of seeing their shows, too, it’s a nice bonus.

Would you advise the audience to eat kosher for 24 hours before attending?

Absolutely. Leave your leavened bread at the door, folks. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Kick off Passover the right way with The Jewsical Seder with B’nai Magnet, Sunday, March 25 at 6:15!