Apply below for a space in our 2017 Summer Program.

The Montauk Group Misson:

We continue to create a better world by inviting true artists to do what Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg did for generations. They taught, gave back and passed the baton to those destined to break new ground for the future artists of the world. Gary invites successful directors, producers, writers, actors, casting agents and musicians to participate to ensure this work will not be lost to our culture.The Montauk Group Theater Company, a summer, NYC-Hamptons-based 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.

What this does: It frees the actor to tell their stories, using their own lives, with a limitlessness for the pleasure and edification of others.

The goal of our flagship summer program is to train to excellence then produce Industrial Showcases for stage and film.

Gary has now forged relationships with several major film companies, executives, and industry insiders. Many participate in the Montauk program, as students as well as speakers. Montauk’s location provides a unique opportunity for meeting people who work in the industry and gaining valuable insight from their experience.

Starting in June 2017, YEAR 11 of The Montauk Group Summer Program will commence at my home for actors and the artists. Talk show host, artist, martial artist, physical therapist and philosopher, Hiam Mizrahi will be joining us to teach classes in oil painting and martial arts. I am now a co-host on his show “Hello Hello,” found on LTVEH.

Greg O’Connor, will be working with us teaching Yoga, Basic Technique and scene work.  Liz Karmooch, a certified in Massage Therapist and Pilates instructor will join the staff  teaching dance and basic techniques. For more information about classes and The Montauk Group’s 11th Year. Our mission is to cultivate Method Actors, shaping them into a trained “farm team,” primed for casting in feature films and television.


In order to be considered for one of the 10 openings please complete the application and follow the instructions. All tuition paid for the Flagship Summer Program is non-refundable.

Click here to download the 2017 application

This application is a PDF that you can fill out on your computer by typing in your answers, or you can print it out, fill it in by hand, scan it and email it back to us.


All summer acting intensive students must pay tuition in advance. The class schedule, instructions for application, and tuition amounts are listed here: class schedule.
Please note that tuition is non-refundable.