What kind of students do this program?
We have students from around the world from every kind of school and with every level of experience. Some are experienced actors and filmmakers and some are new. Some know they want to pursue a career in the arts and some are still in the discernment process. Some are accepted to top universities and theatre programs and some pursue other passions in college. All of our alumni credit this program with giving them the skills and confidence to succeed. We currently have alumni in some of the top theatre programs in the world including Webster Conservatory, NYU Tisch, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, LAMDA and RADA as well as alumni who go on to do completely different subjects such as Engineering, Agriculture, Architecture, Law School, Game Design, Japanese, Drama Therapy and more.
Can I talk to some former students or parents?
Absolutely! Each year we receive rave reviews from our students and parents that Berridge is an unparalleled, life-changing experience. We have a long, long list of glowing testimonials from former students and an excellent list of parent references from around the world. All of them would be eager to share their Berridge experience with any of your clients. We have an excellent return rate with over 30% of our students return for a second summer and some even a third and fourth summer. Please email andrea@berridgeprograms for a list of parent and alumni references.
How many students attend the program each summer?
We have space for only 40 (total for Acting and Filmmaking) so early application is encouraged.
What are the accommodations like?
Beautiful! After all, we live in a 17th century chateau! Students are housed 2 or 3 to a room with shared bathrooms. Girls and boys are separated by floor and/or building.
What about safety and supervision?
Berridge Programs are small and we become like a family during our time together. We meet each and every student personally as they come out of arrivals and transport them by private bus to our location, we do not use public transportation at any time. We have a 1:5 staff to student ratio and are located in a secure, rural location with exclusive use of the whole property. Even though we are in the country, we have an excellent doctor’s office and hospital just 10 minutes away. Students are engaged in classes from 8.30-5.30 5 days per week with activities and rehearsals in the evenings and field trips on the weekends. Faculty and staff live in residence among the students to provide the highest level of care and attention. Our programs have an outstanding reputation for safety, security and creating a non-competitive, nurturing environment for young artists.
How much experience should I have to apply?
Our students come from all levels of experience from an enthusiastic beginner to seasoned professional. Since our program is small we can work with each student one-to-one to ensure they are getting the most out of the program no matter what level of experience they have.
What spending money will I need?
The program is inclusive of accommodation, meals, travel (not including airfare) and all admissions to sites. Students will need money for meals on excursions and any souvenirs they may want to purchase.
What are the travel arrangements?
Each student must book their own flight to and from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France. We meet each student at the arrivals area and transport them by private coach to our residence, about a 4 hour drive away. We will help students flying from the same airport to be booked on the same flights.
Can I arrive late?
Yes, students may arrive up to a week late for the program. There is a late arrival charge of $300 to cover your private transport from Paris with a member of our staff.
What is your refund/withdrawal policy?
Full tuition payment is due by April 15th. 2020. You may withdraw for any reason up to May 1st and receive a full refund. After May1st, 2020 you will receive a refund less your deposit. No refunds are possible after May 25th, 2020.
How do I pay the tuition?
If you are not applying for a scholarship, there is a $1000 deposit due with your application. In the event that you are not accepted to the program this is fully refundable. The balance of tuition is due by April 15th, 2020 and is payable by check, bank transfer or Paypal (fees apply). You can arrange to make payments on your tuition up to May 1, 2020. If you need a scholarship to attend, you will find details of available scholarships here.
What about course credit?
We encourage you to discuss the possibility of credit with your school. We are able to provide you with a detailed evaluation of your participation in the program and an outline of contact hours, complete course descriptions and texts used can be provided to support your pursuit of credit with your school. See our College Prep section for more details.
English is not my first language. Can I still attend?
Our program is taught entirely in English so an intermediate level of English language is needed to get the most out of the program.