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Relapse University

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If you are viewing this page then you are interested in finding out more about the classes we offer at Relapse University. As Creative Loafing’s 2011 “Best Place to Cut Your Teeth,” we offer a lineup of classes that is perfect for all walks of life. Relapse University is the place for you if:

- Your friends tell you that you are funny and you want to be a performer.
- You are looking for an exciting, fun way to meet new friends.
- You are a veteran performer looking to sharpen your skills.
- You want to become a better public speaker.
-You want to become a better writer.
- You want to book more acting jobs.
- You want to just learn some skills that will help you in every aspect of life.

At Relapse University our teachers are seasoned veterans of the Atlanta entertainment scene. In fact, as a student, you will have the opportunity to see your instructors along side some of Atlanta's top talent on stage at Relapse Theatre on a nightly basis with your Student Show Card (which gains you free entry into 8 week-day & 4 weekend shows during your 8-week class). That way you can see a direct application of what you just learned. Plus, there are performance opportunities for those who are interested.


Caring About Stuff
Monday, December 3rd and Monday December 10th

This two day class will consist of two three hour workshops that will give you the tools to care about something in your scenework, making it as effortless as living your life. In life, we constantly have feelings about what we want to do, things we want to keep and words that we just can't wait to say. By contrast, sometimes when we are improvising we find ourselves marooned on stage, not sure what to say or what to do, we are just lost. This workshop will provide the tools to always be able to care on stage. 
Instructor Bio: Andy Coen


RU Improv 101An Introduction to Meisner for the Improviser
Wednesdays, October 10th - December 19th (7:30-9:30pm) - No Halloween or Thanksgiving classes
Get out of your head and take your improv to the next level. The Sanford Meisner acting technique will give you the tools you need to improvise with emotional honesty. In this class, you will learn to discover the humor in a scene instead of manufacturing it. Challenge yourself and become an impulsive, fearless, and emotionally vulnerable improviser.
Instructor Bio: Ian Covell
Cost: $199
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RU Life SkillImprov as a Life Skill with 2Girls3Eyes
Wednesdays, October 17th - December 12th (No Class on Halloween)
Study under the Founder of Relapse Theatre & the Artistic Director of 2G3E, Bob Wood. In this 8-week class (the first of three) you will focus on two-person improvised scenes. It will teach you how to have powerful performances by emphasizing the relationship between acting partners, the role of emotions in character work, and how to use movement to inspire genuine feelings and a natural performance. Taught upon a foundation of non-judgment and improvisation as a life skill.
Instructor Bio: Bob Wood (google him)
Cost: $199
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RU Improv 101IMPROV 101: THE FUNDAMENTALS with Black Box Productions
Tuesdays, October 23rd – December 11th (7-9pm)
Open to all skill levels, this class teaches the fundamentals of improvisation and lays the foundation for exciting, improvised scenework. Our interactive exercises will build your communication skills, unleash your imagination and give you the confidence to be more spontaneous. Graduates are eligible to perform in a student showcase.
Instructor Bio: Matthew Arisheh
Cost: $199
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Improv 201IMPROV 201: STORY AND CHARACTER with Black Box Productions
Tuesdays, October 30th – December 18th (7-9pm)
This class builds on the fundamentals by digging deeper into story structure and character development. Students will learn to maintain intrigue and excitement while extending an improvised story over multiple scenes. Graduates are eligible to perform in a student showcase and audition for a Black Box ensemble group. *Improv 101 OR previous Improv experience required*
Instructor Bio: Caroline Allen
Cost: $199
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RU Stand UpAn Introduction to Stand-Up with Brad Binkley
Thursdays, January 10th - March 7th (7:30-9:30pm) --- NO NEW YEARS EVE CLASS
In this 8-week stand up comedy course, you will go from the blank page to performing the material you created in front of a packed house. Along with learning joke structure, how to perfect your set, crowd management, and stage presence, you will learn how to create humor by affecting the audience on an emotional level.
Instructor Bio: Brad Binkley
Cost: $199
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An Introduction to Improv with Automatic Improv
Mondays, January 14th - March 11th (7:30 - 9:30pm) ---- No Martin Luther King Holiday Class
This 8-week course teaches students the fundamentals of Improv: Focus, Agreement and Commitment. Learn to trust others. Learn to trust yourself. Automatic Improv's experienced teachers will show you how to take ordinary things and twist them into fun and extraordinary worlds! This is a pre-requisite to Automatic's level 2 & 3 classes and will conclude with a Student Showcase.
Instructor Bio: Kelly Thomas (Level I), Andy Coen (Level I), Bill Worley (Level III), Jan LeFrancois-Gizen (Level II)
Cost: $199.00
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Pat Hurley’s Acting Clinic: First Steps
Mondays, Ongoing (email for details)
With decades of experience in the Southeastern and New York theatre & film industry, Pat is one of Atlanta’s leading scripted Acting Coaches. Expand your creative imagination, learn step-by-step techniques for exploring character & working with your acting partner. Discover your emotional life in a safe & trusting environment. Pat teaches Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced classes, plus he offers Private Coaching. See his Bio for detailed information.
Instructor Bio: Pat Hurley
Cost: $199.00
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RU MeisnerApplying Meisner Technique to Improv Intensive with Mandy Butler
Second Sunday of Every Month (12-4pm)
Worried you have to give up the funny to get the substance? Want to develop co mpelling relationships onstage, but are afraid things will get “too dramatic?” Do you think that performing FANTASTIC and connected Long-form is out of your reach?Guess what! This workshop is for you! In this monthly workshop, we will dispel the common misconception that one must actively TRY to be funny in order to succeed in the spontaneous creation of comedic scenes. In utilizing Meisner's repetition and independent work to ground your improv, you will discover that there is nothing funnier than human beings simply relating and reacting to each other. All experience levels are welcome.
Note: You do not have to attend every monthly session. Just pay as you play!
Instructor Bio: Mandy Butler
Cost: $35 per session
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Relapse Theatre, 380 14th Street Atlanta GA 30318