Come be a part of this summer’s adventure!
Our Hamptons/NYC-based summer retreat was founded by Swanson in 2006 in the spirit of the 1931 Group Theater. It is an all-encompassing safe place for actors to work and develop. It is a sanctuary to refine and hone the craft, explore the work and breathe new life into inspiration by bringing the actor into contact with a universal power, the creative source that knows no limitations. Our Hamptons retreat allows an artist to capture that inspiration and infuse it directly into their acting work.
by Elia Kazan
I will take my rightful place on stage
and I will be myself.
I am not a cosmic orphan.
I have no reason to be timid.
I will respond as I feel;
I will have my throat open,
I will have my heart open,
I will be vulnerable.
I may have anything or everything
the world has to offer, but the thing
I need most, and want most,
is to be myself.
I will admit rejection, admit pain,
admit frustration, admit even pettiness,
admit shame, admit outrage,
admit anything and everything
that happens to me.
The best and most human parts of me
are those I have inhabited
and hidden from the world.
I will work on it.
I will raise my voice.
I will be heard
Let’s Make Art!
The goal of this retreat is to learn and make art – we will create a short film, and work on a piece for performance on stage in New York City. I’d like you to be a part of it.
You can contact us for any specific questions you may have, or to apply to the 2017 Summer Program.