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Apply RIGHT NOW on the Acceptd platform and be automatically considered for a scholarship this summer!

We have two types of scholarships being offered: Merit Scholarships in the amount of $400-1000 off your tuition and Financial Need Scholarships for up to 40% of the program tuition. Click “start an application” found at the top left of our landing page and submit your headshot/portfolio and resume to get started with your application!

Our 2021 summer programs will run IN PERSON on the campus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA this summer!

2021 Program Dates: 
SPOTLIGHT July 5th - July 25th, 2021
GENERATE July 25th - August 1st, 2021

Berridge Programs is an internationally renowned training program provider for emerging artists. Our 3-week arts intensive SPOTLIGHT in Santa Barbara, CA offers college level training in Acting, Filmmaking, Writing and Musical Theatre. Jump start your career in the arts and learn from industry professionals that represent decades of experience in film, tv and stage.

"I just got into NYU Tisch and I couldn’t have done it without the confidence and skill I gained at Berridge. Thank you Berridge! Making dreams come true one child at a time!"

Interested in creating things from scratch? Join us at GENERATE/2021, the only program of its kind in the country dedicated entirely to making and premiering original work. Collaborate with artists across the disciplines including Acting, Film, Dance, Music, Studio Art, Design and Photography. A unique, high-energy gathering of creatives that culminates in our Generate Festival.

"It was at Berridge I found the courage to create and the confidence to apply to some big arts programs that I wouldn't have been brave enough to apply for previously. Oh, and I GOT IN!"

Thinking of taking a gap year? Check out CREATIVE SEMESTER at Berridge Programs! Our 10-week gap year program in France combines artistic practice, cultural immersion, arts internship and creative service. Take a year out before college, live in an 18th century chateau in France and meet like-minded creatives from around the world!

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More about SPOTLIGHT Arts in Focus
SPOTLIGHT is a rigorous arts program that offers a focused curriculum taught by industry professionals who represent decades of experience in TV, stage and film.  Each week, you’ll learn a different style, technique or approach in your chosen artistic majors. There are four majors to choose from: Acting, Musical Theatre, Writing or Filmmaking. You can focus completely on one major or choose two majors for a broader focus. Each week concludes in a showcase of work for the whole program and the program culminates in our Spotlight Arts Festival for an invited audience. The program is hosted on the stunning 120-acre campus of Westmont College and offers outstanding facilities, a full program of activities and a taste of independent college campus living. Learn more about Spotlight.

 Program Dates: July 5th -July 25th, 2021

Generate is a Performing and Visual Arts Program dedicated to making and premiering original work. The program welcomes all artistic disciplines including Theatre, Musical Theatre, Film, Dance, Music, Studio Art, Photography, Graphic Design and Writing. Mornings offer a variety of workshops for every interest and you are welcome to cross disciplines and learn something new. Afternoons will be spent in studio and rehearsal time collaborating with your faculty mentors and fellow artists as you move your projects from concept to completion. 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 at the end of the program. Learn more about Generate.

Program Dates: July 25th -August 1st, 2021

Join the two programs together for a four week experience and receive a 15% discount on tuition.

Berridge Programs are nurturing, creative communities led by professional artists. We value process, collaboration and unique artistic voices.  With just 40 to 50 students, Berridge offers the “small program advantage” which allows for teaching tailored to your individual goals, time for one-to-one mentoring and a close-knit community. 

There are a range of scholarships available for our programs including Merit, Financial Need and Diversity Scholarships. Application is online and includes an interview, portfolio submission and a live online audition if you are an Acting major. Read more about scholarships HERE. 

Our programs are taught entirely by industry professionals from around the globe currently working as actors, directors, filmmakers, producers, and writers in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and London. They bring decades of professional experience on stage and on camera to their teaching work as well as multiple credits in film, television, stage, writing, producing and directing for organizations such as HBO, Sundance, BBC, Netflix, FX, Royal Shakespeare Company and many more.  Meet our faculty.

Classes are available in choosing and preparing monologues and songs for college auditions, writing personal essays and preparing video pre-screens. Many of our former alumni are accepted into their first college of choice and many of them credit our programs with giving them the skills and confidence to succeed in their college pursuits. We write many college recommendation letters each year and have alumni at some of the top colleges in the country including Yale, Brown, Vassar, and Columbia and at the top college theatre programs in the world including NYU Tisch, Carnegie Mellon, USC, Webster Conservatory, RADA and LAMDA. Learn about how we can help you with college.

Please contact us for more information:
Telephone: 760-688-8447
or email Andrea Mardon, Artistic Director at


"Thank you so much for the glowing reference of Will for his college application. The time he spent at Berridge really helped build his skills, focus his college choices and give him the confidence to apply to all the big conservatories."