Magnet Training Center

Magnet Training Center

Acting
Flatiron, New York, New York
(50 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

(50 Reviews)
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.

The Saturday Drop-In

7/16/2017
Bing Z.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


Sean is an awesome, supportive and passionate teacher. Loved the class!

Free Intro to Improv

6/2/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Free Intro to Improv


Super fun intro class - the instructor was great and everyone was extremely open and friendly!

The Saturday Drop-In

4/9/2017
JENNIFER Y.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


This class was totally AWESOME! Shawn, is a really good teacher, who really know hiw to engage his student's. I had fun while learning, which is so cool! I am definitely returning in the near future. The Magnet Theater Rocks!!!

Free Intro to Improv

4/2/2017
JENNIFER Y.

Attended: Free Intro to Improv


This,Class was absolutely FUN and AMAZING! The teacher was really good. Definitely, worth the engagement of participating, for your credits as an aspiring actor/ actress. Totally valuable and I would highly recommend!

Free Intro to Improv

3/30/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Free Intro to Improv


Excellent ! Fun date idea

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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 Elective: Don't Drop The Yes!
Improv Elective: Don't Drop The Yes!
Next start date:

Thursday Aug 16th, 5:30pm

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

Thursday Aug 16th, 6:30pm

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

Saturday Aug 18th, 12pm

Magnet Improv Summer Intensive Level 3
Magnet Improv Summer Intensive Level 3
Next start date:

Monday Aug 20th, 10am

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

Wednesday Aug 22nd, 7pm

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

Thursday Aug 30th, 7pm

Level Four: Senior Project - Evente
Level Four: Senior Project - Evente
Next start date:

Wednesday Sep 5th, 6:30pm

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

Wednesday Sep 5th, 7pm

Introduction to Sketch Comedy
Introduction to Sketch Comedy
Next start date:

Thursday Sep 6th, 6:30pm

Level One For Experienced Improvisors
Level One For Experienced Improvisors
Next start date:

Friday Sep 7th, 6:30pm

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

Saturday Sep 15th, 3:30pm

Improv Elective: Introduction to Writing Satire
Improv Elective: Introduction to Writing Satire
Next start date:

Monday Sep 17th, 6:30pm

Improv Elective: Premise to Sketch
Improv Elective: Premise to Sketch
Next start date:

Tuesday Sep 18th, 6pm

Improv Elective: Sketch Workshop
Improv Elective: Sketch Workshop
Next start date:

Wednesday Sep 19th, 6pm

Advanced Musical Forms
Advanced Musical Forms
Next start date:

Thursday Sep 20th, 7pm

Improv for Teens
Improv for Teens
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 23rd, 12pm

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

Wednesday Sep 26th, 7pm

Teachers at Magnet Training Center

Adam Wade Alan Fessenden Andy Moskowitz 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 Chet Siegel Chrissie Gruebel David Levin Douglas Widick Elana Fishbein Elana Fishbein Elana, Hannah, Louis Megan, Michael, Rick and Rachel Eleanor Lewis Eleanor Lewis & Rick Andrews Emily Shapiro Frank Spitznagel Frank Spitznagel 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 Jamie Rivera Jamie Rivera & Rick Andrews Jarret Barenstein Joe Whelski Johnathan Ross Justin Anderson Karen Wight Kevin McDonald Kriss & and Kathy Louis Kornfeld Louis Kornfeld & Nick Kanellis Matt Alspaugh Meg Marano Meg Marano Megan Gray Megan Gray & Nick Kanellis Menelaos Prokos Michael McLarnon Michael Lutton Michael Lutton Mike Descoteaux Miles Lindahl Miles Lindahl & Frank Spitznagel Miles Lindahl & Nikita Burdein Mona Thompson & Shara Tonn Nick Kanellis Nikita Burdein Peter McNerney Pietro Accardi Rachel Rosenthal 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 Wallace Best, Rachel Bohlmann, Ann Keating, Karla Goldman,Mary Connolly Xavier Padin Zach Zucker
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