Magnet Training Center

Acting
Flatiron, New York, New York
(48 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

(48 Reviews)

5/5/2018
Olga K.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


It was absolutely outstanding! Very fun experience!

3/25/2018
Robin G.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


It was amazing!

2/12/2018
Victoria L.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


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

10/24/2017
Lauren R.

Attended: Free Intro to Improv


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

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.

7/16/2017
Bing Z.

Attended: The Saturday Drop-In


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

6/2/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Free Intro to Improv


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

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!!!

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!

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

The Saturday Drop-In
Next start date:

Saturday May 26th, 12pm

Level Three: The Harold
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 3rd, 3pm

Magnet Improv Summer Intensive Level 1
Next start date:

Monday Jun 11th, 10am

Level One: The Principles of Improv
Next start date:

Monday Jun 11th, 7pm

Sketch Writing Level One
Next start date:

Tuesday Jun 12th, 7pm

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

Wednesday Jun 13th, 7pm

Level Two: Intro to Long Form
Next start date:

Thursday Jun 14th, 7pm

Improv Elective: Intro to Magnet Style & Philosophy
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 16th, 3pm

Musical Improv Level Two
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 17th, 3pm

Musical Improv Level One
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 30th, 3pm

Magnet Improv Summer Intensive Level 2
Next start date:

Monday Jul 16th, 10am

Musical Improv Summer Intensive (Level 1)
Next start date:

Monday Jul 23rd, 10am

Improv for Teens
Next start date:

Monday Jul 23rd, 10:30am

Auditioning for TV & Commercials Intensive
Next start date:

Monday Aug 13th, 10am

Magnet Improv Summer Intensive Level 3
Next start date:

Monday Aug 20th, 10am

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 Hannah Chase Hannah Chase & Megan Gray Hannah Chase Jamie Rivera Jamie Rivera & Rick Andrews Jarret Barenstein Joe Whelski Justin Anderson Karen Wight Kevin McDonald Kriss & and Kathy Louis Kornfeld Louis Kornfeld & Nick Kanellis Meg Marano Meg Marano Megan Gray Menelaos Prokos Michael Lutton Michael Lutton Mike Descoteaux Miles Lindahl & Nikita Burdein Mona Thompson & Shara Tonn Nick Kanellis Nikita Burdein Peter McNerney Pietro Accardi Rachel Rosenthal Rick Andrews Rick Andrews & Louis Kornfeld 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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