What is CSA Film Academy?
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Ken Feinberg (Mr. Ken) believes it takes teamwork to make a dream work. He has developed an elite & highly successful program for individuals who are serious about learning the craft and going to work while being nurtured in the acting home he & his wife Heather have created.
Mr. Ken explains that his acting programs are for actors of all experience levels. They give aspiring actors the professional skills they need to be prepared for a real career in the film acting industry and give working actors an extra edge.
Mr. Ken mentors all actors who are accepted into his program for 10 months (31 sessions), and is also available to his acting family long after his actors leave the classroom.
In addition to advising his actors, Mr. Ken leads a business seminar for the parents and spouses of Film Academy actors to give them an idea of what to anticipate in the industry (actors are welcome to attend). This gives parents and spouses with an opportunity to be good teammates who can be ready to give support to their loved ones and help make sure they have all the skills needed to go to work.
What will I learn?
Master Instructor Ken Feinberg refers to his system as “the buffet.” In the 10-month (31 session) Film Academy, Mr. Ken “serves up” a lot of thingsfor actors to try, including:
- the emotional guidance system and how to use it
- many elements of script breakdown and character creation
- audition prep
- audition dos and don’ts
- individual personal development
- getting out of your own way
- on camera audition
- in the room audition
- elements of self taping
- effective callbacks
- the different kinds of commercials and how to prep and perform for them
- performance on camera
- improv for film
- tv sitcom and how to make funny
- marketing strategies
- the business side of acting
- knowledge of the film industry and how to use it
- on set performance
- & much much more!!
The program ends with a professionally crewed film production; allowing the actors an opportunity to put into practice all they have learned. Being exposed to a working production set allows the actors an experience to arrive on a job; ready to act; in a way that just isn’t possible in a classroom setting. The experience also provides the actors with a professional quality sample of their acting work for resumes and auditions, and, hopefully, will garner them an IMDB credit.
The graduation ceremony is a Hollywood style movie premiere which gives the actors a red carpet experience. The graduates don tuxedos and elegant gowns. They arrive in style to the premiere in shiny black limousines where they walk the red carpet; smiling for the cameras; before entering the premiere.
When is class held?
The Kid Company meets 1.5 hours once weekly for 31 weeks from Mid August – Mid May,
The Pro-Co (made up of FA graduates) meets 2 hours once weekly, all year.
All other Film Academy Companies meet once, for 3 hours weekly for 31 weeks from Mid August- Mid May.
FA 1st Year Companies:
- Kid Company (Mostly Elementary: 2 hours per week) Exact Day & Time TBD soon.
- Tween Company (Mostly Middle School: 3 hours per week) Sunday afternoons: 1-4 at AWP.
- Teen Company (Mostly High School: 3 hours per week) Sunday afternoons: 4:30-7:30 at AWP.
- Adult Company (Ages 18+: 3 hours per week) Mondays 11-2 at AWP.
Professional Company aka Pro Co (FA Graduates)
- Adults: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30 pm at CSA.
- Kids-Teens: Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm at CSA.
Actors spend additional time outside of class each week watching films or preparing for class. Homework will vary by week.
How much is the program?
Once accepted into the program, the full 1st year investment for the 1.5 hr weekly Kid Company fee is $1833.00 & the 3-hr weekly Tween, Teen & Adult Company fee is $3,333.00.
We offer 3 payment plans. 1-pmt, 2-pmt & 10-pmt options are available. You can pay via Cash, Credit Card or Check.
The 1st Year of the CSA Film Academy is an all-inclusive program which covers actor training, a business seminar, class materials, an “Actor’s Tool Kit”, the film production*, and the graduation ceremony (a limo ride & red carpet reception, a theatrical screening and after party*). *Some potluck events may be held & families are asked to contribute to meals during the production.
The 2-hr weekly Pro-Co runs all year is $199.00/month ongoing. For an additional $300, Pro-Co members can opt to participate in the annual FA Professional Production.
The Current Open Class Option include:
CSA Film Academy
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CSA Film Academy for Young Actors
Kids, Tween, Teen & Professional Companies
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TO REGISTER AS A MINOR – CLICK HERE
Looking for a workshop with Ken Feinberg instead? CLICK HERE
Acceptance into the CSA Film Academy is by audition only. Auditions are by appointment.
Please be ready to provide your/the actor’s name, age & contact info. If you/they have them, please also submit your/their headshot, resume, website, and agency. Each actor will need to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue for their audition piece. Each actor will also be given a scene to perform as a cold read. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your scheduled audition time with 2 headshots and resumes.
A referral letter from your/their agent and/or performing arts instructor (acting preferred) is recommended.
If you have any questions, want to request an application, or want to set up an audition time, for the 2016-2017 CSA Film Academy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundreds of individuals apply, and CSA Film Academy will select only 15 actors to be mentored in each company.