Magnet Training Center

Magnet Training Center

Acting
Flatiron, New York, New York
(67 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

(67 Reviews)
The Saturday Drop-In

3/24/2019
Linda M.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


It’s great for my learning to be spontaneous in a creative and spontaneous environment.

The Saturday Drop-In

3/10/2019
Linda M.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Lots of practice improvising in a supportive environment.

The Saturday Drop-In

3/3/2019
Alma D.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Informative and fun and gave everyone a chance to work. Will be back.

Level One: The Principles of Improv

1/18/2019
Makana C.

Attended: Level One: The Principles of Improv


Loved this class! Rick was such a great instructor :)

The Saturday Drop-In

12/9/2018
Anonymous

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Great

The Saturday Drop-In

5/5/2018
Olga K.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


It was absolutely outstanding! Very fun experience!

The Saturday Drop-In

3/25/2018
Robin G.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


It was amazing!

The Saturday Drop-In

2/12/2018
Victoria L.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Filled with laughter no judgement educational great “space” to be yourself and jump in!

Free Intro to Improv

10/24/2017
Lauren R.

Attended: Free Intro to Improv


this class was so much fun! Makes me excited to take other classes!

Free Intro to Improv

10/3/2017
Alaisia P.

Attended: Free Intro to Improv


I really enjoyed this class Hannah was the instructor and she was awesome!! I would love to go back for more classes.

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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

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

Thursday May 23rd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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

Thursday May 23rd, 7pm - 10pm

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

Saturday May 25th, 12pm - 2pm

Character Philosophy
Character Philosophy
Next start date:

Monday Jun 3rd, 7pm - 10pm

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

Wednesday Jun 5th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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

Wednesday Jun 5th, 7pm - 10pm

Acting for Sketch
Acting for Sketch
Next start date:

Tuesday Jun 11th, 7pm - 10pm

Elective: Use Your Voice
Elective: Use Your Voice
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 16th, 12pm - 3pm

Sketch Writing Level One
Sketch Writing Level One
Next start date:

Wednesday Jun 19th, 7pm - 10pm

Where to Start with Short Humor Pieces
Where to Start with Short Humor Pieces
Next start date:

Wednesday Jun 19th, 7pm - 10pm

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

Saturday Jun 22nd, 3pm - 6pm

Aggressive Listening
Aggressive Listening
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 23rd, 12pm - 3pm

Auditioning for TV & Commercials Intensive
Auditioning for TV & Commercials Intensive
Next start date:

Monday Jul 8th, 10am - 4pm

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

Monday Jul 15th, 10am - 4pm

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

Monday Jul 15th, 10am - 4pm

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

Monday Jul 15th, 10:30am - 2:30pm

Improv Level Two Intensive
Improv Level Two Intensive
Next start date:

Monday Jul 22nd, 10am - 4pm

Improv  Intensive Level Three
Improv Intensive Level Three
Next start date:

Monday Aug 19th, 10am - 4pm

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 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 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 Jamie Rivera Jamie Rivera & Rick Andrews Jarret Barenstein Jason Das Joe Whelski Johnathan Ross Johnathan Ross & Desmond Thorne Jon Bander & Miles Lindahl Justin Anderson Karen Wight Kevin McDonald Kim Hart Kimberly Harrington Kriss & and Kathy 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 Nick Kanellis Nikita Burdein Nikita Burdein & Frank Spitznagel Nikita Burdein & Dan Reitz Patrick Buckholz Peter McNerney 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 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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