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Gap@The Chateau


Nov 1st - Dec 13th, 2021

Chateau le Mont Epinguet

Normandy, France

Connect this with our ACTING SHAKESPEARE in England for a 12-week experience

Find your truth

Learn the techniques to give truthful, compelling performances on camera. Live in an 18th century chateau and attend daily classes with professional actors and directors. Be part of a creative community, experience life in rural France and expand your acting technique in a nurturing, supportive environment.


This program gets you in front of the lens every day to learn the techniques that help you deliver bold, truthful performances on film. You’ll perform scripts from recent films and TV shows, watch your “dailies” and get feedback on your performances from professional actors. A special emphasis is put on the technique of using the actor’s imagination as a means to build character and make choices quickly, particularily as it might apply to an audition setting. A series of Improvisational workshops teach you how to be genuine and spontaneous on camera as you master the specificity and subtlety needed for film acting. This program runs concurrently with the Filmmaking Program and there will be opportunities to act in student films and learn about the filmmaking process. 

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At a Glance



Nov 1st - Dec 13th, 2021

Start this program in England for a 12-week experience:



Sept 20th - Oct 31st, 2021


Open to any students between the ages of  17 - 22.  Requires an online application and supporting materials. 


$8475 USD per session. There is a 5% discount if you enroll in both sessions.


A range of scholarships are available for this program. 

Consider this program if:

  • 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 the gaps in your training

  • you want to combine travel abroad, sightseeing or language learning with studying acting

Living in France

Famous the world over for its culture, history and food, living in France is at the top of every travelers list.  Our program is located in Normandy, a "hidden gem" of France, where quaint, picturesque villages meet rugged, unspoiled coastline. The château is near the village of Brix in the heart of The Cotentin Peninsula, famous for its delicious seafood and thousands of years of history from the Romans to WWII. You’ll enjoy trips to local French markets, lunch out at cafes, tours of bakeries and cider makers and full day excursions to the D-Day Landing Beaches, the medieval town of Bayeux and Mont St Michel, a thousand-year-old monastery atop a tidal island. As there is very little English spoken in Normandy, it offers the ultimate immersion experience for our French language students. 

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Château Life

A world frozen in time, Chateau le Mont Epinguet offers our students a unique immersion experience. Built in 1751 by Count Mondesir, it is the highest landmark on the Cotentin Peninsula and has been a site of strategic importance since Roman times. It has been home to a nephew of the Pope, a French Admiral and served as German communication headquarters in WWII. It was bought by the Berridge Family in 1991 and now operates as a B&B, wedding venue and home to our programs. The château is situated in 5 acres of woodland and gardens and we have exclusive use of the whole property. Students are housed in double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms. Food is a big part of the French way of life and we have a live-in chef and fresh bread and pastries are delivered each day to our chateau from the local bakery. Visit the château website to learn more.

Language Learning

For those interested in learning or advancing in French Language skills, the gap year programs offer optional French language classes three times per week. The language program aims to improve conversational French, reading comprehension and writing skills through practical application and daily practice. There will be plenty of opportunity to use and perfect your French through interaction with the local community, on field trips and through the French-only speaking lounge at the château. Complete beginners through advanced students are welcome. Please note that all of the artistic teaching at Berridge is in English and French language classes are optional.


Learning Outcomes


  • Boost your acting technique and confidence with On Camera acting

  • Gain experience in front of the camera and working on film sets

  • Learn about audition technique and life as a working actor


  • Encourage critical thinking and creative problem solving skills

  • Strengthen both verbal and written communication of creative ideas

  • Improve French language fluency


  • Increased time management, self-reflection and self-evaluation skills

  • Experience living independently

  • Cultivate collaborative spirit and community mindedness

Faculty on this program

Duane Daniels

Duane Daniels has had a professional acting career for over 30 years He was a series regular on Veronica Mars in the role of Principle Van Clemmons, a role which he reprised in the recent movie version of the show. Duane has won the Drama-Logue Award, ACT Award, Patte Award and the Blitz Award. He has logged over 2000 performances in Triple Espresso in venues from San Diego to Dublin.

Greg Ainsworth

Greg works as an actor, writer and producer in Los Angeles. He Exec-Produced the indy thriller Never Here (starring Mireille Enos and Sam Shepard), and Co-Produced the documentary The Longest Game for PBS. Greg completed a 2-year conservatory program at the William Esper Studio and has appeared in Shameless, Criminal Minds and Ballers.

Simon Purse

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.

Kristy Hasen

Kristy is a New York-based actor, writer, editor, and producer.  She graduated from Yale and Columbia Film School.  She has performed in award-winning films, performed her one woman show at Ars Nova, done improv at Magnet Theater, and was recently a finalist on NPR's The Moth. She has worked for Oxygen, Sundance, USA, BET and Food Network.

Connect to England

Connect this program to our ACTING SHAKESPEARE in London, England for a 12-week experience in two European destinations.  Live in London, England as you immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare through study and performance with industry professionals and Shakespeare scholars.