Film Acting Intensive in Cortona, Italy

 Make a movie & a lifetime of memories in a unique Work-Study-Vacation experience in beautiful Tuscany!

 CSA Producer Ken Feinberg & Italian Director Giacomo Arrigoni, team up to bring you a one-of-a-kind acting experience.

Venture to Cortona, in the heart of Tuscany where we will produce original short films, using scripts selected from the 2016 CSA Writers Retreat.

Train on-site with acclaimed acting mentor, Ken Feinberg who won the Directors Gold Award at the 2015 International Family Film Festival and was also bestowed the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award at the GA Film Gala.

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Seven shorts were produced in 2015; one of which was honored with an award at the WIFTA Short Film Festival. All 7 shorts were screened at the 2015 Gwinnett Center International Film Festival.

All actors who participate in the program are guaranteed to act in a minimum of one film under the artistic vision of Giacomo Arrigoni who has won multiple awards and is now in pre-production of an American version of his award winning Italian film, The Rule of Lead, and receive one or more IMDB credits for their work in the films. 

A gala screening will be held at Teatro Signorelli, a restored 18th Century Opera house and theater in Cortona.

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2016 acting experience sidebarIncluded in your trip:

  • The ability to act in one or more original short films which will be filmed and premiere while in Italy,
  • group ground transport between the Florence Airport & Cortona,
  • lodging with a scenic valley view & free Wifi (double occupancy),
  • hotel tip,
  • all breakfasts,
  • all lunches,
  • (2) group dinners,
  • welcome reception with locals,
  • guided walking orientation of Cortona; The town that inspired acclaimed novel “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes and where the film based on the book was filmed in 2007 with Diane Lane,
  • hike to Basilica Santa Margherita & Picnic Lunch in the park,
  • daily classes / coaching / filming,
  • a group excursion to Lake Trasimeno in the heart of Tuscan wine country,
  • all pre-production, production & post-production costs,
  • an onsite interpreter as needed,
  • an “Orientation Packet” that will be emailed to participants after their registration is complete.

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

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 All Participants agree to provide:

  • current headshot & bio,
  • current Passport,
  • 7 dinners,
  • snacks,
  • beverages,
  • insurance (travel & health),
  • professionalism,
  • airfare, departure fees & any personal and/or travel expenses not listed in the inclusions,
  • companion *min of 1 companion (adult legal guardian) required for participants <18 years old, optional for all others.  


Investment: $3999.00 *Talk to your CPA regarding tax deductions.



Email or call him at 678-481-8191 for more info

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

A. No. All classes/workshops will be conducted in English, and we will have english speaking guides on all excursions who can also act as interpreters as needed.


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 “Actor Enrollement & Travel Agreement” as outlined in the agreement.


Q. I can’t find the “Actor Enrollment & 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. Can I bring a companion to the program who does not want to take the acting intensive?

A. Non-participating companions are welcome to join you on this adventure and a minimun of 1 is required for participants who are younger than 18 years old. We have created a package specifically for actor’s companions. Companions can register on our website or via a link on the constant contact email. All rooms are based upon double occupancy, so we will place Actors & their companion in the same room. If you need a room that accomodates a family of more than 2 people, please email to get rates for your group.


Q. Can I come earlier, or stay longer if I want to travel in Italy or Europe before or after the program?

A. Yes. Since the flight is not included, you can do whatever you want. Monday, June 13 is a travel day. The program in Cortona begins with our “Welcome Wine Reception” on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. You may arrive and/or leave on your own via the Venice airport or another location via bus, car, or train & bus (the train does not arrive directly in Cortona). Florence, the city from which the group transport departs from; is beautiful, rich in art and history, and is worth exploring. A common comment made by participants who did not spend time in Florence is that they wish they had arrived a bit early and spent time there.


Q. Do I have to meet you at the airport in Florence, or can I meet you in Cortona? Likewise, do I 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. In the past, there have been a few late flights, and the group transportation can’t wait, so we do suggest arriving in Florence early in the morning, or a day early to avoid missing the group transport. A bus from the heart of Florence to the airport is currently 6E, and a taxi is 20E


Q.  What happens if I miss the group transport to Cortona?

A.  You will receive specific instructions at the orientation outlining how to arrive in Cortona on your own via taxi, bus, and/or train and the fees involved for each mode of transportation.  Also, at the orientation, you will be asked to sign a form indicating if you would like a CSA representative to wait for you in Florence & accompany you to Cortona with the understanding that you would be responsible for all fees incurred for their food/transportation/lodging, or if you would feel comfortable arranging your own transportation without the help of a CSA representative if you miss the group transportation.


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. 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 & Lunches included, but 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 the evenings are a wonderful time 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 practice your craft.