Frequently Asked Questions

USA High School Programs:

SPOTLIGHT and GENERATE at Westmont College

What kind of students do these programs?

Berridge students come from all across the US, 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 our programs 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.

Do you have an audition?

There is no audition requirement for our programs unless you are applying for a scholarship. For scholarship consideration, you will need to submit a portfolio or taped audition peice.

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 experience with you. Please email Andrea Mardon , Director, for a list of references at

How many students are on each program?

We have space for 40-50 students total on each of our programs, so about 10-12 in each major. We call this the “small program advantage” which means we can offer individual attention, one-to-one coaching and a close-knit group dynamic. In short, you won’t get lost on our programs!

How much free time will I have?

We believe down time, time with friends and space to "just be" is really important during the summer. If you like to be busy, we have optional activities most evenings and weekends but you are also free each evening to just do your own thing. Go for a walk, enjoy the beautiful campus, use the campus facilities or just hang out with new friends.

What other activities are available?

We have a full program of optional activities most evenings and on the weekends. This includes Open Mic Nights, Film Nights, Yoga and Meditation and organized sports activities such as soccer, baseball, running club and beach volleyball. There is a full sports track for use on campus as well as a fitness centre and swimming pool.**

**Please note that facilities use and activities may be subject to Covid-19 restrictions and closures.

Can I arrive early/late?

Usually, yes, but due to reasons around Covid-19 safety we will need all students to arrive and depart strictly within the dates of the program for 2021.

What are the dates and cost?

Spotlight: July 5th - July 25th, 2021 Tuition: $5475 inclusive of all room, board, activities and airport transfer Generate: July 25th - August 1st, 2021 Tuition: $1875 inclusive of all room, board, activities and airport transfer

What are the accomodations like at Westmont?

Great! Students are housed in double rooms with shared bathroom facilities. There is one bathroom with multiple showers for every 6 students. Students are separated by gender and by floor. There are common room spaces on each floor, a large common room with TV/lounge facilities and free Wifi throughout campus. Single rooms are available for an extra charge.

What is the food like at Westmont?

Amazing! The Westmont College Dining Commons serves a variety of meals from around the world, differing every day with many options to choose from. There is also the option to ‘build your own’ meals at various hot food lines, salad bars, and sandwich bars including lots of healthy options and vegitarian dishes.

What are the travel arrangements to the program?

Students can be dropped off on campus by a parent/gaurdian or arrive by air into LAX or Santa Barbara airports on arrival day where they will be met by a member of staff and taken by private transport to Westmont College campus.

What does a typical day look like?

Breakfast: 8:00-8.45AM Group Meet Up: 9.00AM Morning Class Session: 9.30-12.30PM (Morning Break: 11.00-11.20PM) Lunch: 12.30-2.00PM Afternoon Session: 2.00-5.00PM (Afternoon Break 3.30-3.50PM) Dinner: 5.30-6.30PM Optional Evening activities: 7.00-9.30PM In residence at 9.30PM In rooms at 10.00PM Room checks 10.00-10.30PM Lights out 10.30-11.00PM

What is the supervision like on the program?

The program maintains a rigorous schedule and structure and students are given independence within that structure. Faculty and staff are present with students during class times and staff is on call 24 hours in case of emergency. Students are allowed independence on campus during evenings and free time with a nightly check in at 9.30PM and room checks at 10pm.

What is your policy about cell phones?

You are allowed to have your cell phone at the program but not allowed to bring it to class. There is a safe "parking zone" for your phone in each studio/classroom space where you can put your phone at the beginning of class and pick it up at the end or you are welcome to leave your phone in your room.

What are the Berridge faculty like?

Berridge faculty are all industry professionals who love working with young artists. They are warm, welcoming, playful and inclusive. They value the process of creating and strive to make it meaningful, enriching and fun along the way. They meet every artist wherever they are at on their journey, nurturing each unique artistic voice and finding just the right approach to bring out their best.