About The Festival

THANK YOU one and all for all of your wonderful support, enthusiasm and love we received from performers and audience members alike over the four days of The Ninth Annual New York Musical Improv Festival! Thanks to you, we set the bar even higher for NYMIF with performers from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Delray Beach, Miami, Austin, Boston, Pittsburgh, Providence, Washington DC, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, San Francisco, San Diego, Vancouver and Berlin delivering phenomenal performances to SOLD OUT houses! We loved meeting and seeing all of you perform and we couldn’t have done it without you and the incredible support of the Technical and Artistic Staff at the Magnet Theater!

Thank you to all of the Magnet Theater Administrators and technical staff who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes and have given us the space to put this festival since 2009. They are: Magnet Theater Owner & Founder Armando Diaz; Co-Owner, Ed Herbstman; Artistic Director, Megan Gray; Theater Manager, Quinton Loder; School Director, Amy Morrison; Webmaster, Sean Taylor; Promotions Manager, Evan Barden; Graphic Designer, Sara Hird; Musical Director, Frank Spitznagel – (as well as all of the enormously talented Musicians who accompanied the performers like James Rushin, Dan Reitz and Aaron Tarnow) PLUS House Managers: Dorothy McMillan, Bimini Wright, Melissa Ulloa, Nathan Tillis; Techs: Will Larson, Eddie Jackson, Portia Lundie; Box Office Staff: Jacqueline Gold, Elizabeth Ramazzini, Joe Lemonik, Nick Phillips, Charone Frankel, JR Bruno, Janelle Bentley plus NYMIF Volunteers Ali Reed and Pam Rice who helped make sure everything ran like a well-oiled machine around the theater!
It takes a Village to raise a festival!

The 10th Annual New York Musical Improv Festival will be returning to the Magnet Theater in 2018! Until then, please keep in touch, follow us on facebook, twitter, tumblr and instagram and thanks again for joining us for an unforgettable 9th Annual NYMIF!

T.J. Mannix, Robin Rothman Taylor and Michael Lutton



The NYMIF’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the community of improvisors, actors, singers, and musicians from around the world who gather in NYC once a year to meet, perform and show off the form of musical improv. Based on one audience suggestion, entire One-Night-Only musicals ranging from traditional musical theater fare (a-la Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber) to adrenaline-pumping rap battles, are composed and choreographed on the spot and never seen or heard from again!

The first NYMIF was created nine 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.

Past festivals have featured everything from an improvised rock concert to a fully costumed Dickensian musical, improvised hip-hop, college teams, duo and solo shows, improvised Sondheim and even the cast and band from Broadway’s “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.”