Mark Grenier (Artistic Director) is the Training Center Director and an improv instructor at Magnet Theater in New York City. Mark has taught improv at Fairfield University, Marymount Manhattan College, The Peoples Improv Theater, and Polaris North Theater Company. Mark has studied improv extensively with Armando Diaz. He has also studied with Mick Napier at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago and with many other instructors from Annoyance, I.O., Second City, and The Upright Citizens Brigade. Mark has studied film at Brooklyn College and acting at The Atlantic Theater Company. He currently performs with improv group Theory of Everything at Magnet Theater.
David Etkin (Technical Director) After graduating from Yale University, David interned with Celluloid Construction Company in the Tribeca Film Center, and began to work as an editor there, working for commercial and corporate clients (e.g., Metallica’s Q-Prime, Lady Footlocker, Comedian Jim Breuer), as well as with independent filmmakers. David then took the position of staff editor for the respected commercial animation studio the Ink Tank. While there he edited the HBO Family stop-motion series I Spy and contributed to the post-production of Saturday Night Live’s TV Funhouse. He is currently the assistant editor on a Red Hot Chili Peppers documentary and is working on the production side on a Keith Haring documentary. He performs improv regularly at Magnet Theater.
Jennifer Sanders (Producer) performs regularly in sketch, improv, and musical improv shows at Magnet Theater and at other venues around the city and state. Jennifer has studied experimental theater at NYU Tisch and Meisner Technique with private teachers. She made her debut with Jean Cocteau Repertory in Ryan Teller's Sucker Fish Messiah, produced as part of their new writers program at Bouwerie Lane Theatre in 2006. She co-wrote and performed the original short play, A Fine Line, which opened at the 2009 NYC Fringe Festival, and was hailed by nytheatre.com as "dark and unstoppably hilarious." Her improv group Elsie Jay was honored to have been selected for the 2009 ANT Festival.
William Scurry is a survivor of the newspaper industry who discovered digital filmmaking before it was too late. A graduate of the New York Film Academy and the veteran of many short-form film festivals, he is regularly seen in the streets of Manhattan collaborating with some of the most exciting underground actors, pursuant to finding truth in comedy. He is also a part of the the Magnet Theater improv community.
Drew Tarvin (Production Manager) began his comedy career in 2004 as a co-founder and key player of The 8th Floor Improv Comedy Group at The Ohio State University. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science & Engineering in 2006, Drew moved to Cincinnati, OH where he started his career at a Fortune 25 company. In 2008, Drew moved to New York City, where he is currently performing improv and stand-up comedy, working as a project manager for the same Fortune 25 company, and working on a variety of independent films as an actor, writer, producer and editor.