Magnet Theater
The Magnet Theater is a performance space and training ground for improv comedy in Chelsea. Magnet Theater performers have been seen on shows like Broad City, 30 Rock, and the Colbert Report.


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Magnet Theater Podcast

Everybody’s doing it these days. Podcasting, that is! For over 20 years, Magnet Theater has been one of New York’s premiere comedy and improv ground zeroes wherein many budding performers got their start. Magnet’s podcast incorporates its live, on-the-fly stage shows and classes with jokes, interviews, improv, music and even some wisdom. Recently featured was “Bridesmaids” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Ellie Kemper who brings laughs and good advice on how to create comedic characters. You can also listen to Magnet’s founders on the origins and evolution of the theater.

Access The Magnet Theatre Podcast

Enroll in a Class Now

Improvisation doesn’t just have to be about acting or comedy. The Magnet Theater also offers classes where participants can learn techniques of musical improv from a beginner to an advanced level. One can channel quick wit and performance into a song and dance number. Participants are encouraged to sign up for the free introductory class; a killer singing voice isn’t needed, just enthusiasm! At the conclusion of every eight-week course in the series, the class will perform a collaborative group musical before invited guests. Why not impress your friends at your next dinner party with your spontaneous singing routine? 

Enroll In Classes Here

10 Year Anniversary

Behind every vaunted New York City institution, there’s a story. Everyone has a memory of a favorite place in their city that they share lovingly with friends and family. The Magnet Theater has had its share of ups and downs in its journey in becoming one of the best places to take improv classes, as voted by CBS News. The theater’s founders, Armando Diaz, Shannon Manning, Ed Herbtsman and Alex Marino, tell their stories of where they were on the edge of Magnet’s genesis, having landlords disappear when trying to open the theater itself, the minimal-yet-claustrophobic feel of the theater’s early days and plans for the future.

See The Oral History of the Magnet Theater

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