Companion for Film Acting Intensive

Cortona Copanion HeaderCome experience the quaint mountainside village of Cortona and treat yourself to a 10-day Vacation “Under the Tuscan Sun” while your actor participates in the Film Acting Intensive.

Join your actor as they work with CSA, Ken Feinberg, Giacomo Arrigoni & Craig Tollis for a one-of-a-kind experience in the scenic beauty of Tuscany.

Cortona Companion SidebarEvery companion will travel to and experience the quaint village in Tuscany known as Cortona. Cortona is the place where Frances Mayes penned the best seller “Under the Tuscan Sun,” that was made into a hit film and shot in our destination city. Companions accompany their actor on a work-study-vacation acting journey.

While actors are receiving training from ATL local Director-Producer & renowned Acting Mentor Ken Feinberg and then acting in one (or more) short film(s) under the artistic vision of award winning Italian Director Giacomo Arrigoni; the companion will have the opportunity to go on excursions, relax, wander, read, eat, or do whatever strikes their fancy.

The actor and companion will have the opportunity to see the actor’s work on the big screen at historic Teatro Signorelli after 4-Time Emmy Winning Editor Craig Tollis puts the finishing touches on each project.

*All participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult legal guardian/companion.

*This program is limited to 15 participants.


See your actor make a movie & gather a lifetime of memories in a unique Work-Study-Vacation adventure in beautiful Tuscany!

Cortona Companion Midline MosaicYour Trip Includes:

  • An “Orientation Packet” that will be emailed to participants after their registration is complete,
  • welcome reception with locals
  • group welcome dinner with beverage
  • lodging with a scenic valley view & free Wifi (double occupancy),
  • hotel tip
  • all breakfasts
  • walking tour of Cortona
  • hike to Basilica Santa Margherita & Picnic Lunch
  • group excursion to Montepulciano in the heart of Tuscan wine country (site of feature film shoots including “Twilight: The New Moon” (2009), “The English Patient” [(1996) winner of 9 Oscars including Best Picture], & “A Midsummers Night Dream” [(1998) directed by Michael Hoffman; starring Kevin Kline, Christian Bale & Michelle Pfeiffer],
  • closing night group celebration dinner before film premieres
  • screening of finished projects at historic Teatro Signorelli


b51f5151-ed49-4875-b460-e72f079ddc34Optional Excursions you can add to your package:

  • Optional Companion Excursion: Tuscan Cooking Class with Lunch $60.00
  • Optional Companion Excursion: Guided Local Morning Market $15.00
  • Optional Companion Excursion: Local Artist Demonstration $15.00
  • Optional Companion Excursion: Etruscan Tour/Guided visit in the Civic Museum $15.00
  • Optional Companion Excursion: Guided Art Museum Tour $20.00
  • Optional Companion Excursion: Trip to an Olive Farm. TBD while in Cortona pending availablity of farmer


8309b40d-a149-44a5-93cf-e38b87b659b0Companions Agree to Provide (Not Included):

Airfare, Departure Taxes, Passport, Travel Documents, 7 lunches, 7 Dinners, any personal expenses and/or purchases, and any individual excursions and/or transportation

*All Fees based upon double occupancy. Add $30/night to upgrade to a single.

*excursions are subject to change if local circumstances prove impossible.

Be Inspired. Come to Italy.

Investment: $1200.00 + optional excursion fees


For more information, call Ken at 678-481-8191

Space is limited, do not delay.

Cortona Actor Experience Dates

Bring your family to Italy with you for a unique & memorable experience!



Q. Do I need to speak Italian to go on this trip?

A. No. All excursions will be conducted in English, and our guides on all excursions can also act as interpreters as needed. When not with the CSA group, the hotel staff & local Italians are friendly and will usually be able to help you with directions or whatever else you may need; using laughter & lots of mimicry. Be open to the next adventure that awaits you.


Q. Is there a payment plan for this program, or do I need to pay everything when I register?

A. If needed, you can make payments in 4 installments. If you pay when you register, you can elect to pay with a credit card via PayPal, with cash, with a check, or with a cashiers check. If you elect to make payments, you need to submit post-dated checks with your “Companion Enrollement & Travel Agreement” as outlined in the agreement.


Q. I can’t find the “CompanionEnrollment & Travel Agreement” that I need to fill out & send in to complete my registration. How can I get one?

A. Easy. Either search your email for the confirmation email you received after registration & follow the link OR, if that doesnt work, email and a PDF will be emailed to you. After that, print it, fill it out, and mail to Creative Studios of Atlanta; 274 North Main Street; Alpharetta, GA 30009


Q. How many companions can one actor bring to the program who does not want to take the acting intensive?

A. Non-participating companions are welcome to join their actor on this adventure and a minimum of 1 is required for participants who are younger than 18 years old. We don’t have a limit on the number of companions an actor can bring because we don’t know how big your immediate family is, and we want this to be an option for a family work-study-vacation.


Q. Will my actor & I stay in the same room?

A. All rooms are based upon double occupancy, so we will place Actor & their companion(s) in the same room. If your family needs a room that accomodates more than 2 people, please email to get specific rates for your family.

Q. Can my actor and I come earlier, or stay longer if we want to travel in Italy or Europe before or after the intensive?

A. Yes. Since the flight is not included, you can do whatever you want. The program begins with our “Welcome Reception with Locals” on Sunday, June 21, 2015. You may arrive and/or leave on your own via bus, car, or train. (the train arrives/departs in Camucia, which is located at the base of the mountain). To/from the train station, you may take a taxi or bus.


Q. Do we have to meet you at the airport in Florence, or can we meet you in Cortona? Likewise, do we have to go to Florence with the group after the retreat ends?

A. You do not need to meet us at the airport, nor do you need to return to the Florence airport from Cortona; but there is only 1 group transportation provided, and that is to/from the airport. Any travel not desribed in the inclusions is not part of the cost of the program, and would be the participants responsibility.


Q. Can I alter any part of the package?

A. The package is a group package and the prices have been discounted to a group rate; however; you may elect not eat the group meals and/or to not attend any or all of the group excursions if you choose.


Q. Do I have to spend every moment with my actor?

A. No. Class time & shoot times are your own to do with whatever you wish. If our actor is < 18 years old, we simply ask that you drop your actor off at all sessions and arrive to pick them up 15 minutes before the session is over.


Q. If I have food allergies, can you accomodate my needs?

A. If you notify us well in advance of any food allergies, we will do our best to accomodate your needs while offering the best variety we can in the meals you will eat. Tuscn food is world renowned for their fresh ingredients and amazing flavors. Please, be considerate of our hosts & their culture and introduce yourself to the wonder of Tuscan cooking. We appreciate you limiting your special requests to true food allergies.


Q. Why are all breakfasts included, but lunches & dinners aren’t? Why didn’t you make it “All-Inclusive”?

A. Like the rest of Tuscany, and Italy for that matter, the food is phenomenal and we feel that you should be able to experience multiple venues of your choice in addition to the food we provide to you. We also believe that you need time for yourself that is not group time; and these times are a wonderful opportunites to explore the area and do some personal refelction. In this way, you are free to choose when you eat, when you explore, and when you relax. The actors lunches are included becasue they are working lunches that will be eaten as a group.