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 natural beauty and mountains. 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.


Early January, 2020

Specific location and dates will be announced soon.


What does it cost?

Cost is based on a per-session basis. Discount offered for attendance at all of the sessions.

Pricing for the 2020 program will be announced soon.


The National Winter Actors Retreat has welcomed a number of exceptional educators. In previous years, students have had the opportunity to study the Lucid Body method with founder and renowned NYU Tisch professor Fay Simpson, Lucid Body introductions with instructor Caitlyn Apparcel, voice and movement with NYU alum and director Dr. Kate Neff Stone, 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 also received financial guidance, custom workshops, and one-on-one mentorship.

Apply now for The National Winter Actor’s Retreat 2020.

Application fee is waived until August 5th, 2019.