Ken Feinberg, Owner


Wednesday June 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM EDT
Saturday July 2, 2016 at 9:00 PM EDT

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Cortona, Italy  

Why Cortona, Italy?

Ken studied in Cortona while at UGA, and really connected with the town.  The warmth of the people and the vibrant tranquility of the village has always stayed with him, and has called him back for a few visits over the years.  He has maintained friendships with locals and those friendships can now benefit you as some of Ken's friends will help host us and make our stay in Tuscany more enjoyable.


Ken Feinberg
Creative Studios of Atlanta


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, Studio A; 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 for more information.  


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

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.


2016 Film Acting Intensive in Tuscany, Italy

Come experience the quaint mountainside village of Cortona and treat yourself to a 10-day Film Acting Intensive "Under the Tuscan Sun".

Join CSA, Ken Feinberg, & Giacomo Arrigoni for a one-of-a-kind Film Acting Intensive in the scenic beauty of Tuscany. 

2016 Cortona Acting Intensive Video

Venture to beautiful Cortona, in the heart of Tuscany where we will produce original short films starring the actors on the program, using original scripts selected from the CSA Writers Retreat.  We will prep, rehearse, shoot, edit and screen all original short films while in Cortona.

Your onsite production team includes: acclaimed acting mentor, Ken Feinberg who who recently won the Director's Gold Award at the International Family Film Festival in November, 2015 and was also honored in 2013 with the Outstanding Achievement Award for Contribution to the Film Industry in Georgia, and Giacomo Arrigoni who is an award-winning, Golden Globe nominated Italian director.

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 and receive one or more IMDB credits for their work in the films.  A gala screening will be held at the historic Teatro Signorelli, a restored 18th century opera house and theater located in the heart of Cortona.

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

*This program is limited to maximum of 15 participants.

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

Your Trip Includes: 

  • The ability to act in one or more original short films which will be filmed and premiere while in Italy, directed by Giacomo Arrigoni,
  • group ground transportation between the Florence Airport & Cortona,
  • welcome reception & group dinner
  • lodging with a scenic valley view & free Wifi at Hotel San Luca (double occupancy),
  • hotel tip,
  • all breakfasts,
  • all lunches,
  • 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,
  • screening night group dinner and celebration,
  • daily classes / coaching / filming with Ken Feinberg,
  • a group excursion to Lake Trasimeno,
  • all pre-production, production, post-production, & equipment costs
  • premiere screening of new films at Historic Teatro Signorelli.
  • an onsite interpreter as needed,
  • a link to "Acting Basics for Cortona", a downloadable introduction to Ken Feinberg's acting intensive and preliminary acting exercise,
  • a link to a cultural orientation video and packing guide,
  • a pdf version of documents used to create the cultural orientation video, including: The 2016 Writers Itinerary, Cortona Travel Basics, Useful Addresses & Phone numbers for Cortona, the poem "An Ode to Luggage", The Cortona Trip 2016 Italian Culture Workshop Vocabulary, and Heather's Italian Travel Tips
Actors Agree to Provide (Not Included): 

A current headshot & Bio, Airfare, Departure Taxes, Passport, Travel Documents, 7 Dinners, any personal expenses and/or purchases, any individual excursions and/or transportation, and a companion.  *min of 1 companion (adult legal guardian) required for participants <18 years old, optional for all others.

*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.

Work / Study / Vacation

Investment: $3999.00

For more information,


or call Ken at 678-481-8191

Space is limited to the first 15 actors to register, do not delay.

Watch the 2015 Acting Intensive Behind the Scenes video, and to find testimonials and watch clips of films made during our previous Cortona program, visit


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Bring your family to Italy with you for a unique & memorable work-study-vacation experience!

Check with your CPA about deducting this trip as an investment in your acting business.

In other news, a big congratulations is due to your instructor, Mr. Ken, and his film Santa's Boot Camp which he co-wrote, produced and directed!