The National Winter Actors Retreat

A project of the HMBG Foundation and in conjunction with the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, the National Winter Actors Retreat invites actors to experience a two-week, conservatory-style program amid the natural beauty and mountains of Creede, Colorado. This unique acting intensive aims to cultivate skills to bolster the working actor, and to create a personal growth model by which actors can develop current and future professional goals. This is a retreat to develop your abilities and to strengthen your soul. We are interested in who you are.


Led by Joshua Bermudez, an accomplished actor, educator, and alum of the Yale School of Drama, the program seeks to empower actors of all ethnicities and gender identities. Additionally, diversity of experience and age is considered in the selection of applicants each year. Our goal is to reflect the authentic and evolving landscape of America. 

Who should apply?

Actors of any background, and especially those considering MFA programs or pursuing a career in acting, are welcome. We strongly encourage women, artists of color, and individuals of all identities to apply.

Where and When?

Located in Creede, Colorado, deep in the mountains at an elevation of 9,000 feet, prepare yourself to be surrounded by the magic of winter snow and silence.

Jan 19 – Feb 2, 2019

What does it cost?

$1,200 covers two weeks of classes, lodging, transportation to and from San Luis Valley Regional Airport, a welcome reception, farewell brunch, and various amenities, including access to a fitness center and rehearsal space. Participants will also receive a set of professional headshots at no additional cost.

Resident ArtistS

The National Winter Actors Retreat is pleased to welcome a number of exceptional educators. This year, students will have the opportunity to study the Lucid Body method with founder and renowned NYU Tisch professor Fay Simpson, voice and movement with NYU alum and director Dr. Kate Stone, auditioning for theater and film with acclaimed actor Amber Friendly, headshot coaching (including a set of professional headshots) from photographer Eric Barron, and MFA + industry skills with Yale alum and program director Joshua Bermudez. Participants will also receive financial guidance, custom workshops, and one-on-one mentorship.