Magnet Training Center

Magnet Training Center

Acting
Flatiron, New York, New York
(84 Reviews)

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.

After studying in Chicago under improv guru Del Close, Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman and Shannon Manning joined forces with improv teacher and veteran performer Alex Marino to open the Magnet Theater in March 2005. Today, the theater continues to be operated by Diaz, Herbstman and Marino. 

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. 

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. 

The new Magnet Training Center, marks a huge development in the history of the Magnet and the New York comedy community. For the first time since most anyone at Magnet can remember, we’ve got all of our classes running under the same roof, bringing our community of students, teachers, and performers together on a nightly basis. It also means that more classes are being offered in improv, musical improv, sketch comedy, and storytelling than ever before and that’s great news for all of New York, whether you’re a comedian, actor, singer, storyteller, or audience member.

Reviews of Magnet Training Center

(84 Reviews)
Character and Point of View

1/13/2020
Aly K.

Attended: Character and Point of View


What a phenomenal experience! It was my first time at Magnet and I was not disappointed - the class could not have been more beneficial or engaging! I loved Melissa's energy and intention, her clarity, her preparation, and her dedication to the class objective. I don't think of myself as primarily an improviser and she still made me feel capable and comfortable - by the end of class I was volunteering to go first! It was a fantastic experience and definitely satisfied my itch to push myself out of my comfort zone and work with some new people! I really hope to come back and take the intro courses, as well as try a few drop ins! I'm so glad I decided to come down for this one!

The Saturday Drop-In

12/28/2019
Anonymous

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


I enjoyed the class! We did fun exercises and warm-ups. They really give you a safe space to be animated.

The Saturday Drop-In

12/15/2019
Desta M.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


It was very fun! I enjoyed acting out different scenes during Improv!

The Saturday Drop-In

11/24/2019
shanique h.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


It was informative and fun!

The Saturday Drop-In

10/13/2019
Angela C.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Exactly what I was looking for. Teach was awesome, I’d like to do this class again.

The Saturday Drop-In

9/15/2019
Prudence S.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Excellent critic both positive and negative

The Saturday Drop-In

8/4/2019
Anonymous

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


This is more like 4 1/2. In other words a scale of 10 I give it a nine. Well run, but the room was a little small for the number of people participating. Also, the instructor at one point you told me to keep in mind that I might offend the sensibilities of the audience. I think as a beginner, I should not self censor. It is hard enough to come up with things, so to tell me not to include Certain things — to think about whether I might be 9offending someone —makes me hesitate. And I hesitated the rest of the class after that.

The Saturday Drop-In

7/21/2019
Anonymous

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Charlie was great!

Improv Level Two: Intro to Long Form

6/22/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Improv Level Two: Intro to Long Form


Bianca is an awesome teacher - she's very attentive to all the scenes, take notes, and give helpful feedback. I learned a lot from the class and would recommend her without hesitation!

The Saturday Drop-In

6/2/2019
Martin B.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Class was great but teacher was an hour late

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22 W 32nd St 10th Fl, New York, New York 10001
Magnet Training Center
Flatiron, Manhattan
22 W 32nd St 10th Fl
Btwn Broadway & 5th Ave
New York, New York 10001

Upcoming Classes at Magnet Training Center

Joke in a Box - Gag Cartooning
Joke in a Box - Gag Cartooning
Next start date:

Wednesday Jan 22nd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Musical Improv Level One Intensive
Musical Improv Level One Intensive
Next start date:

Monday Jan 27th, 10am - 4pm

Musical Improv Level One
Musical Improv Level One
Next start date:

Monday Jan 27th, 7pm - 10pm

The Tuesday Drop-In
The Tuesday Drop-In
Next start date:

Tuesday Jan 21st, 5:30pm - 7pm

Improv Elective: Experiments in Group Mind
Improv Elective: Experiments in Group Mind
Next start date:

Friday Jan 31st, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Improv for Teens Intensive
Improv for Teens Intensive
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 1st, 3pm - 5pm

Improv Level Two: Intro to Long Form
Improv Level Two: Intro to Long Form
Next start date:

Saturday Jan 25th, 3pm - 6pm

Musical Improv Level Two
Musical Improv Level Two
Next start date:

Sunday Feb 2nd, 3pm - 6pm

Improv Level Four: Senior Project - The Mono-Scene
Improv Level Four: Senior Project - The Mono-Scene
Next start date:

Sunday Feb 2nd, 3pm - 6pm

Improv Level Three: The Harold
Improv Level Three: The Harold
Next start date:

Tuesday Feb 4th, 7pm - 10pm

The Saturday Drop-In
The Saturday Drop-In
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 1st, 12pm - 2pm

Improv Elective: Macroscene
Improv Elective: Macroscene
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 8th, 4pm - 7pm

The Monday Drop-In
The Monday Drop-In
Next start date:

Monday Jan 20th, 7pm - 9pm

Improv Level Four: Senior Project - Club Sandwich
Improv Level Four: Senior Project - Club Sandwich
Next start date:

Tuesday Feb 11th, 7pm - 10pm

Level One: The Principles of Improv
Level One: The Principles of Improv
Next start date:

Wednesday Jan 22nd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Tag Outs and Walk Ons
Tag Outs and Walk Ons
Next start date:

Thursday Feb 13th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Jump on the Bomb
Jump on the Bomb
Next start date:

Wednesday Feb 19th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Teachers at Magnet Training Center

Adam Wade Alan Fessenden Amy Gossels Andy Moskowitz Anna Neu Annie Moor Annie Moor & Frank Spitznagel Annie Moor and Miles Lindahl Anthony Veneziale Ari Miller Ari Miller & Elena Skopetos Armando Diaz Armando Diaz, Elana Fishbein and Nick Kanelis Armando Diaz, Louis Kornfeld & Nick Kanellis Armando Diaz, Nick Kanellis & Rick Andrews Ashley Glicken Ben Johnson Bianca Casusol Billy Soco Brent McBeth & Rebecca Stuard Caitlin Kunkel Caitlin Steitzer Charlie Nicholson Chet Siegel Chrissie Gruebel Chrissy Shackelford Dara Kell David Levin Dennis Pacheco Desmond Thorne Douglas Widick Elana Fishbein Elana Fishbein Elana, Hannah, Louis Megan, Michael, Rick and Rachel Eleanor Lewis Eleanor Lewis & Rick Andrews Elissa Bassist Ellen Matthews Emily Shaw Emily Shapiro Emily Flake Frank Spitznagel Frank Spitznagel Frank Spitznagel & Tiffani Swalley Frank Spitznagel & Ryan Dunkin Frank Spitznagel and Jon Bander Frank Spitznagel and Michael Lutton Frank Spitznagel and Nikita Burdein Frank Spitznagel, Michael Lutton & Nikita Burdein Fred Urfer Hannah Chase Hannah Chase & Megan Gray Hannah Chase Hebh Jamal, Amy Goodman & Steven H. Jaffe Jacob Horn and Frank Spitznagel James Folta Jamie Rivera Jamie Rivera & Rick Andrews Jarret Barenstein Jason Das Joe Whelski Johnathan Ross Johnathan Ross & Desmond Thorne Jon Bander & Miles Lindahl Josh Cohen & Tamra Malaga Justin Anderson Karen Wight Kevin McDonald Kim Hart Kimberly Harrington Kriss & and Kathy Kyra Sims Louis Kornfeld Louis Kornfeld & Nick Kanellis Luke Burns Matt Alspaugh Meg Marano Meg Marano Megan Gray Megan Gray & Michael Lutton Megan Gray & Nick Kanellis Melissa Ulloa Menelaos Prokos Michael McLarnon Michael Lutton Michael Lutton Michael Lutton & Frank Spitznagel Mike Descoteaux Miles Lindahl Miles Lindahl & Dan Reitz Miles Lindahl & Michael Lutton Miles Lindahl & Frank Spitznagel Miles Lindahl & Nikita Burdein Mona Thompson & Shara Tonn Nat Silverman Nick Kanellis Nikita Burdein Nikita Burdein & Frank Spitznagel Nikita Burdein & Dan Reitz Patrick Buckholz Peter McNerney Phoebe Tyers Pietro Accardi R. Andrews,B. Casusol,H. Chase,M. Gray,R. Hamilton,L. Kornfeld,M. Lutton Rachel Hamilton Rachel Rosenthal Richie Alfson & Michael Crisol Richie Alfson & l Michael Criso Rick Andrews Rick Andrews & Louis Kornfeld Rick Andrews & Bianca Casusol Rob Penty Ross Taylor Sam Rogal Samhita Mukhopadhyay Sarah Maslin Nir Sean Taylor Shacottha Fields T.J. Mannix Taylor Garron , Eva Victor Thomas Holton, Steven Lam and Cindy Lam & Nancy Yao Maasbach Wallace Best, Rachel Bohlmann, Ann Keating, Karla Goldman,Mary Connolly Wilson Tang & Jack Tchen Xavier Padin Zach Zucker
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