A multi-disciplinary program for visual and performing artists to create and premiere original work.









At a Glance



July 26th - August 5th, 2021

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, California


Open to any students between the ages of  14-19 including graduated seniors.  Requires an online application and supporting materials. 


We offer Financial Need Scholarships for up to 25% of the program tuition. 

Tuition $2495 USD


Theatre, Musical Theatre, Film, Dance, Music, Studio Art/Design, Photography, Writing for Performance 



Now in it's second summer, Generate is unique program dedicated entirely to the making and premiering of original work. This program welcomes all artistic disciplines including Theatre, Musical Theatre, Film, Dance, Music, Studio Art, Photography, Graphic Design, Playwrighting and ScreenwritingYou’ll make both solo and small group work and collaborate with artists across the disciplines. Your song might be featured in the dance piece, your artwork might promote a film, and along the way you’ll be personally mentored by professional artists who want to share their experience and love of creating with you. Expand your skills, build your portfolio or audition repertoire, prepare for college and meet young artists from across the country at this high-energy gathering of creative minds that culminates in our 2-day Generate Festival. 

Workshops and Studio Time

Workshops, studio time, and one-to-one mentoring form the backbone of our curriculum at Generate.  The artistic process is highly valued and you’ll be encouraged to play, experiment and push your own boundaries as you explore what you want to create for our Generate Festival. A series of Technique Builder Workshops will build your skills and spark your creative ideas and energy. From Life Drawing to Tap Dance and Lighting Design to Music Composition, there are workshops for every interest and you are welcome to cross disciplines and learn something new. Afternoons emphasize student-led learning and this time will be spent in the studios and and rehearsal spaces collaborating with your fellow artists and faculty mentor as you move your projects from concept to completion. 

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Berridge 2019 Final Showcase (131 of 141

Generate/2021 Festival

The program culminates in our Generate/2021 Festival, a 2-day celebration of the creative spirit open to the local Santa Barbara community, family and invited guests.  There will be film premieres, gallery shows, concerts, dance and theatre performances that take place all over campus along with Q&A sessions with the artists. A gala dinner/dance and awards ceremony will take place on the final night, celebrating the accomplishments of our young artists. All of your finished work will be professionally presented and documented in print and/or on film for college applications and further professional development.

Learning Outcomes


  • Empower you to find your unique voice as an artist.

  • Build your confidence, skills and technique

  • Explore possibilities for new and original work

  • Help you move your work from idea to execution to finished product


  • Facilitate work to completion that is suitable for college or professional application

  • Learn to effectively communicate your creative ideas both verbally and in writing

  • Provide a unique experience as a talking point for college admission


  • Cultivate collaborative spirit and community mindedness

  • Provide an independent living experience and taste of college life

  • Connect with like-minded artists and industry professionals


Westmont College

Generate/2021 takes place at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. This beautiful 112-acre campus nestled in the hills of Montecito provides the perfect backdrop for creative inspiration. Students room in doubles with shared bathrooms and enjoy a taste of independent living and college life. Much of our teaching will take place outdoors, taking full advantage of the beautiful California sunshine. There are studio spaces, common rooms and dining facilities for our students as well as high speed Wifi and 24 hour security on campus. 

Santa Barbara Life

Nicknamed "The American Riviera", Santa Barbara is a stunning, coastal city nestled between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Home to four universities, it is an academic and cultural hub as well as a nature lovers paradise. Our program includes a beach day, afternoon hike in the Los Padres National Forest, a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and an optional overnight camping trip at Lake Cachuma. There are optional campus tours of UCSB, Westmont and Antioch University available to interested students.