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2008 Summer Improv Retreat Video Highlights

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Artistic New Directions Summer Retreats provide a protective environment for creative growth in and through improvisation, acting, voice, movement, and scene construction. Our next Summer Improv Retreat will be scheduled for the Summer of 2014.




An Improvisational Woodstock - an account of the AND Summer Retreats origins by palywright Jeffrey Sweet as published in Backstage 1995.


Summer Improv Retreat

Summer 2014 - TBD

This retreat is specially designed to accommodate professional performers, beginners and everyone in-between. You'll be challenged to grow on your own level in a safe, supportive environment.

A balanced immersion into the craft of performing primarily through the skills of improvisation. At the Summer Improv Retreat, you will work daily in small group sessions with improv instructors such as Gary Austin (The Groundlings); Michael J. Gellman (The Second City); Kevin Frank(Artistic Director, Second City Toronto Training Center); Scotty Watson (Second City Toronto); Michael Rock (past senior faculty, Second City New York Training Center); Wenndy MacKenzie (vocal and character voices); award-winning playwright/author Jeffrey Sweet; award-winning actress & writer, Carol Lempert; and New York actor, director and performance coach Carol Fox Prescott.

Participants include performers (actors, improvisors, etc) who are looking for a focused week to learn or re-learn creative skills, as well as writers, drama teachers & other educators, lawyers, doctors, business leaders, et al, who are looking to stretch their creative sides as well as become more comfortable speaking/working in front of groups or simply to improve their life skills with the creative power of improv.

There will be time worked into the schedule for you to enjoy the resort, work on your own projects, receive guidance from our instructors, daydream and socialize!

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Learn more about the AND Summer Retreat award-winning faculty


"In an industry where the actor is not always valued, it was wonderful to come away from a community where the objective seemed to be to make the actor the most valued we could be."
- M. Anderson, Seattle, WA

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“I learned so much -- part of what I learned is that I already know the material, but needed to find out how to get it out of myself!!!” 
- D. Squire, New York, NY

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2012 Summer Retreat Tuition (includes Lodging & meals)

Lodging* B/D A/D AA/D A/S AA/S
Discount+ $1,184 $1,326 $1,404 $1,479 $1,572
Full $1,325 $1,467 $1,545 $1,620 $1,713

*Lodging options:
AA/S – Extra Large room with bath, single occupancy
A/S – Large room with bath, single occupancy
AA/D – Extra large room with bath, double occupancy
A/D – Large room with bath, double occupancy
B/D – Large room with shared bath, double occupancy
Limited availability in B level rooms

+Discounts available for groups and troupes, students & referrals.  Discounted rates available for the first 25 people who qualify.

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"Carol, Gary, Michael, Wenndy and Jeffrey were all amazing. I couldn't figure out which class I looked forward to most! Kenny and Noel & Larry were also amazing!”
 - J. Wilton, New York, NY

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