About the Festival

Hello and welcome to The Virtual New York Musical Improv Festival presented by Magnet Theater from July 14th – July 18th!

On March 12th, just as we were preparing to kick off Opening Night of The 11th Annual NYMIF, Broadway and its neighboring theaters shut down due to growing concerns over Covid-19. As a result, the Magnet Theater made the difficult, but necessary decision to close its doors and postpone the festival indefinitely.

At the present moment, we don’t know when a return to the Magnet Theater will be possible, so we invite you to join us for The First (and hopefully only) Virtual New York Musical Improv Festival kicking off this Tuesday night at 7:00pm (ET) on twitch.tv/themagnettheater.

Tickets are available for purchase to help keep the festival and the Magnet Theater operating, however, all are welcome to watch every show at no charge.

Thank you for your ongoing support of what would have been The 11th Annual NYMIF and we look forward to seeing you back at the theater when it is safe for all of us to come together once again.

Be well and stay safe,
T.J. Mannix and Robin Rothman

The NYMIF’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the community of improvisors, actors, singers, and musicians who gather in NYC once a year to meet, perform and show off the form!

The first NYMIF was created 11 years ago to promote the art musical improv to wider audiences as well as bring together performers of the form from all over the world!  Since then, musical improv has exploded across the country with new programs starting every year.  In New York City, musical house teams have become a staple at all of the major comedy theaters. The Magnet has expanded its own program to four levels and now boasts eight musical improv house teams!
Past festivals have included teams and performers from cities across the US, (Austin TX, Baltimore, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Delray Beach FL, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC), Canada (Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver), Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Paris France! NYMIF has featured everything from Tony Award winning performers to improvised cabarets, Sondheim to Hip-hop, college teams, duo and solo shows, improvised musical versions of TV genres from Law & Order to Star Trek – PLUS the cast and band from Broadway’s “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” and members of Freestyle Love Supreme – both of which ran on Broadway!