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Rotten Grapes Theater and Training Center Rules

Hello! Welcome to the Rotten Grapes Training Center/Theater.

This document is meant to tell you what Rotten Grapes is.

Inside, you'll find an explanation of the main aspects of the training center: the courses, programs, common advice, and performance opportunities.

Thanks!

Manager: Long Le (longrubik@gmail.com)


Table of Contents

Courses and Programs

Improv Program

Core Courses

Electives

Improv 201

Frequently Asked Questions

Performance Opportunities

Improv Show

Sketch Show (Coming up soon)

Stand up Show (Coming up soon)

General Principle: Don’t Be A Dick

Improv Practice Groups

Conclusion / Thanks

Courses and Programs

Improv Program

Core Courses

Our main improv program is four courses. We call these the “core courses:

Electives

Besides the core courses, we offer electives, including: Storytelling, Public speaking, Stand Up, Sketches, Musical Improv. Sometimes electives are specialized sketch or improv courses. Usually, electives require that students have taken some of our core courses first.

Improv 201

We generally give passing grades to all students, who meet the attendance requirements of a course and see the required shows. Teachers may require a student to repeat a level if he/she thinks the student needs more time to develop their skills at that level. When this happens the teacher writes brief feedback for the student to focus on if he/she decides to take the level over.

For Improv 201, there is a slightly more demanding standard to pass. We ask teachers to hold back students who they feel have trouble consistently completing basic improv scenes.

Students must therefore wait for the Improv 201 teacher to finish his/her grades before they can register for the Harold House Team (Which is kind of a big deal).


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions our registrars get a lot.

HOW TO SIGN UP?

Go to training center and see if there are any classes that are still enrolling, fill in the form and we will contact you to confirm the registration for a class. Fee are paid at the first session of the class.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE NEW CLASSES?

New courses go online all the time. (We do not have semesters, so our classes operate on a rolling basis). The best way to stay up to frequently check our course page to see what courses are available. We also announce classes via Facebook.

We usually post information about new class 2-3 weeks in advance.

HOW MUCH IS THE TUITION FEE?

Tuition is 2 million VND for 6 week classes of any kind, 120k for a retake of any kind.

 Each class lasts from 15 hours to 24 hours in total, 6-8 sessions.

WHICH IMPROV LEVEL SHOULD I START IN?

Improv 101 if you haven’t done any improv or nothing about it yet. The class is designed for beginners to learn bascs about Improv. To learn about our style of Improv

Improv 201 if you have finished Improv 101 or audition in front of us.

 

HOW OFTEN DO COURSES MEET?

Courses typically meet for 2.5 hours, once a week for 6 weeks. Some courses meet twice a week for 3 weeks, and we also have intensive courses that meet over the week for one or two weeks.

WHERE IS THE VENUE?

The Rotten Grapes Training Center is located at Level 2, 101A Nguyen Khuyen, Dong Da, Hanoi

WILL I GET TO PERFORM?

Improv class from 101-201 will be have graduation show at the end of the class.

Finishing Improv 101 you can join our weekly Improv Jam with the Montage Improv Format, Potpourri show, Cage Match and other shows

Finishing Improv 201 you can join our Harold Night

The house team can get to perform at bigger stage.

WHO INSTRUCTS THE COURSES?

Improv 101 and 201 will be taught by the Rotten Grapes core members, who have been doing Improv for few years.

I HAVE ZERO EXPERIENCE. WILL I BE OKAY?

No problem! Everybody can join our classes.

DO YOU OFFER SUMMER INTENSIVES?

Yes, information will be posted in the course page.

DO YOU OFFER KIDS CLASSES?

We allow students as young as 16 for our standard core classes.

Email us at therottengrapes@gmail.com if you’re interested.

DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIP?

Yes, contact us and let us know why you want to join the class and we will consider, we give out 2-5 scholarship a year to students from Improv 101-201.

CAN I TAKE SKETCH AND IMPROV CLASSES CONCURRENTLY?

No problem, make sure they don’t overlap.

CAN ROTTEN GRAPES TEACH A WORKSHOP AT MY BUSINESS?

Yes. We offer business workshops and classes. Contact Long Le (longrubik@gmail.com) for more information.

HOW DO I GET ON THE HOUSE TEAM?

Contact Long Le (longrubik@gmail.com) for more information.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, IS THERE SOMEONE I CAN TALK TO?

Contact us at therottengrapes@gmail.com or call Long Le (0968 246 155)

Performance Opportunities

We have a variety of performance teams at the Rotten Grapes. Please note that the Training Center is run separately from the Rotten Grapes Theater. However, many performance opportunities at the theatre require performers to have studied at the Training Center so we are explaining several theatre opportunities here.

No Shoes (House team) teams perform “Harold” structure of long-form improv

Rotten Grapes teams perform all other type of shows

Improv Show

Indie Night (free): Drop in show, designed to have bunch of fun

Structured show: Show with structured and predetermined Game of the scene.

Long form Improv (60K): Potpourri (Armando format show), Sitdown and improvise (lazy improv show), Harold Night, Cage match (2 teams performing)

The Big Show (160k): A big show with possibility of big comic names from all around the world. Only the Harold team get to perform this show in front of from 200-500 people. This show is schedule every 6 months

These are really fun, friendly environments. If you feel intimidated by the idea of being on stage, these can help you get over that. They are also very cheap.

Sketch Show (Coming up soon)

Stand up Show (Coming up soon)

General Principle: Don’t Be A Dick

People here are generally cool. But we ARE a comedy school and we attract our share of eccentrics and people with interesting grasps of social boundaries. We like weirdos, but a little communication helps everyone know how to respect each other’s space.

A phrase we use at Rotten Grapes to guide our behavior is “don’t be a dick.” Meaning: if you intend to behave nicely and generously towards others, you're probably doing just fine. Don’t be a dick at RSVP, do not change your status for going or not to the group practice in short notice (24 hours), tell the host if you come late...

Ultimately, people define what “being a dick” means for themselves. Sometimes we're all on the same page, and sometimes not. In those cases, communication is key. For example, if someone does something in an improv scene you’re in that makes you uncomfortable, it's considered acceptable improv etiquette to let the fellow student know you’d rather that not happen. If you don't feel comfortable saying so, just let your teacher know. Another example: if someone is persistently asking you to be in a practice group or join an email list and you’re not interested, you can politely ask them to stop asking. Whatever it is, a polite request can often solve an issue before it gets to be a bigger thing.

Improv Practice Groups

Practice groups are groups of improvisers (usually students who met each other in classes) who get together to practice outside of class. Groups can be any size but are usually made up of 8-16 people. They rent rehearsal space from any of the various rehearsal studios in Hanoi. If you use our Training center it will be 10k/hour/person.

Practice groups exist so that people can get better. You don’t do that many scenes in a class, where there’s 16 people and there are long exercises. But in a practice group, if you have only 8 people, you are on your feet a lot. The more scenes you get under your belt, the more comfortable you are doing improv, the faster your ideas come to you, the more natural you perform.

Conclusion / Thanks

Thank you for reading this. If you have any suggestions for improving it, please contact the Registrar at therottengrapes@gmail.com