Summer @ The Chateau  

Live in an 18th century French chateau and study Acting or Filmmaking with industry professionals from around the world. 

There is nowhere in the world like Berridge.

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The Acting Program

The Acting Program offers rigorous, professional training through a range of classes including On Camera, Musical Theatre, Improvisation, Shakespeare and much more. Whether you’re contemplating being a theatre major, preparing for college auditions, or just want to hone your acting skills, you’ll find a community of like-minded, supportive people at Berridge

The Film Program

Make your professional-quality short from concept to premiere while you live on location at our 18th century chateau. You'll learn the art of visual storytelling through hands-on instruction from professional filmmakers, directors and producers. Gain experience with the principal crew roles including Director, Camera Operator, Boom Operator, Sound Mixer and Gaffer and edit your film in Final Cut Pro. The program culminates in a Film Premiere for an invited audience. 

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A creative community led by professional artists

Chateau le Mont Epinguet

Château Life

A world frozen in time, Epinguet offers an opportunity to live surrounded by history. Built in 1751, the château has been home to a Count, the Pope's nephew, the Nazi's and a French admiral. It stood empty for several decades until it was bought by the Berridge family in 1991 and brought back to life. We have exclusive use of the entire property and accommodation is split between the château and the “gites”, barns now converted into residences. Students room together in doubles in same sex accommodation, divided either by floor or by building. Classes take place in  our 300-year-old barn converted into a theatre and larger rooms converted into studios. There is a student lounge and Wi-Fi throughout the property. Read about the history of the château and see pictures at

Trips and Excursions

Normandy, France is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich regions in all of Europe.  The program includes full day excursions  to The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, one of the five beaches that make up the D-Day Landings and site of a hard-fought battle by American infantry troupes on June 6, 1944.  We also attend the Bayeux Festival, home to the 900-year-old Bayeux Tapestry an embroidered cloth which depicts the Norman Conquest of England and spend the day at Mont St Michel, a thousand year old monastery atop a tidal island. You'll also enjoy trips to local French markets, cafes, châteaus and gardens, the beautiful beaches at Carteret and Bricquebec, a medieval village with a castle dating back to the 11th century.

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At a Glance



June 26th - July 22nd, 2022


June 26th - July 22nd, 2022


ACTING OR FILM. (Film students can cross over into the Acting Program through electives)


Open to any students between the ages of  14 - 18 including graduated seniors. 



Rolling admissions until the program is full. Requires an online application and supporting materials included a taped audition piece. 



(Does not include round trip airfare)


There are a range of scholarships available for these programs.