Advance your craft.
A rigorous actor training program of classes, workshops and performance opportunities that explore how classical theatre translates across the centuries and into modern performance. Expand your technique, connect with like-minded creatives, prepare for college and experience life in the vibrant city of London, England.
The Classical Acting Program aims to nurture a love of classical dramatic works through study and performance. Led by industry professionals, the program creates a supportive environment for developing artistic practice through an ensemble-based approach. There are six core classes taught weekly on rotation:
Exploring Classical Texts 101
Voice and Movement in Classical Context
Shakespeare (Cue Script Technique)
Stage Combat Foundation Certificate
Classical Audition Lab (optional LAMDA Exam)
There are opportunities for personal coaching and work experience to help gap year students to build skills that will support career plans and further study, either in theatre or other subjects. Click here for a full description of classes and curriculum.
At a Glance
THE CLASSICAL ACTING PROGRAM
Sept 20th - Oct 31st, 2021
Connect this program to France for a 12-week experience:
Nov 1st - Dec 13th, 2021
Open to any students between the ages of 18 - 22. Requires an online application and supporting materials.
$8495 USD per session. There is a 5% discount if you enroll in both sessions.
There are a range of scholarships available for this program.
Consider this program if:
you are interested in studying and performing classical plays
you want to boost acting technique
you are considering drama school
you want an acting program in a structured, residential setting
you need a starting point for your actor training or need to fill in gaps in your training
you want to combine travel abroad, with studying acting
Teaching and Mentoring
We don't just teach at Berridge, we empower our students with confidence in their unique gifts. Our faculty are all professional actors, directors, producers, writers, filmmakers, and choreographers who represent decades of experience in television, film and stage. Passion for creating is at the heart of everything we do. This commitment to helping you succeed in your artistic life creates a supportive community like no other. Berridge faculty live in community with our students and are available for one-to-one coaching and mentoring to support your learning and artistic goals. Check out these videos of our teachers talking about their classes to get a sense of how we teach.
Expand technique and skills
Discover a unique artistic voice and translate it into powerful work
Complete work suitable for college/professional progress
Encourage critical thinking and creative problem solving skills
Strengthen both verbal and written communication of creative ideas
Provide a rich cultural and historical study abroad experience
Provide an experience of living independently
Cultivate collaborative spirit and community mindedness
Improve time management, self-reflection and self-evaluation skills
Living in England
Experience life in London, one of the world’s most artistically vibrant cities. You’ll live in a University of London residence hall as you attend weekday classes with professional actors and directors. London has so much to see and weekends will be unstructured time so you can explore the city and soak it all in. Explore and museum or gallery, take a cruise down The Thames or stroll through Hyde Park or Regent’s Park. Shop in Oxford Circus or take in a West End show. We can book theatre tickets for you, recommend restaurants and help you make the most of your time in London. This program can be done on its own or connected to our Acting On Camera program in France for an unforgettable 12-week gap year in two stunning European destinations.
Trips and Excursions
London offers endless historic, cultural and artistic sites to explore and you'll see some of the most famous as well as some hidden gems. The program includes guided tours of the Tower of London, British Museum, Tate Modern Gallery and Globe Theatre. There are full day excursions to prehistoric Stonehenge and The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Brothers Studios which showcases the stunning sets, costumes and special effects used to make the films. You’ll also enjoy an “insiders” view of London with visits to the costume collection at the V&A Museum, lunch out at Covent Garden, shopping at Old Spitalfields Market and a nighttime cruise down The Thames.
Faculty on this program
Andrea has been the Director of Berridge Programs since 2008. Previously, she was Executive Director of Oxbridge Programs and has led academic enrichment programs at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and in London, Paris and Barcelona. Andrea is a trained actor, costume designer, meditation teacher and acting coach.
Dan is an actor and director in London. He trained at Drama Studio and holds an MA from Cambridge University. Recent credits include the world tour of Lionboy with Complicite. Dan has acted with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and was a company member of the Young Vic Theatre for 6 years. Dan has taught at Drama Centre, Central School of Speech and Drama and East 15.
Simon is an actor, director and teacher based in London. He has a degree from University of Durham and attended Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Simon has taught at Stanford University, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Oxford University, Loyola Marymount University, Drama Studio London and LAMDA.
Diarmaid is an actor and writer in London, England. He is a graduate of the MA Acting Program at East 15. He was the Company Manager of the Shakespeare Program for The Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University for many years and has guided hundreds of students through their classical acting training with the Globe Theatre in London.
Cecily is an actor and singer from London. She is a graduate of École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and the Brit School with a BTEC First & BTEC National in Performing Arts . Recent stage credits include The Wind and the Willows for Gobbledigook Theatre , Dial M For Murder with London Repertory Players and The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West for KP Productions.
England and France
Our Autumn Gap Year Sessions in England and France can be done on their own or be connected for a 12-week experience. Connect this program to our Classical Acting Program in France to study Advanced Shakespeare and Modern Classical Theatre Traditions from practitioners such as Stanislavski and Jacques Le Coq all while living in an 18th century chateau in the heart of Normandy, France