Crash Acting



Crash Acting // Retreat

5 Days in Ireland to Align Your Body, Breath & Imagination

Crash Acting, in collaboration with Ireland’s Helena Walsh Voice Studio, is excited to offer its 3rd retreat in Ireland Oct. 21-25, 2019.

The retreat is SOLD OUT.

To get on our waitlist, click here and send an email.  We’ll keep you up to date on our next one in 2020. Please note, we offer the retreat to current Crash Acting before opening to the public.

The Details

Retreat Overview

This unique opportunity brings actors together from across the world to grow, breathe, and reflect with the guidance of instructors Benjamin Mathes and Helena Walsh. Set in one of Ireland’s most beautiful coastal towns, the retreat consists of a week of scene study, voice and body work, awareness and presence training, night kayaking in castle-surrounded, bioluminescent waters, and—oh yeah—SURFING! This retreat will challenge you artistically, physically, and professionally.

Our Approach

Inspired by Fitzmaurice Voicework, Organic Intelligence, and traditional acting methodologies, the work is a journey into the alignment of the imagination, body, and breath. By exploring the subtle nuances in our rich vulnerability, your characters become more embodied and alive, and you will enjoy the present moment with greater insight and creativity.

Not Your Average Day


Each day begins with a journey to one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, Inchydoney Beach, where surfing instructors are waiting with boards, wetsuits, and a love of adventure. After an hour of surfing in the Irish Sea, Benjamin and Helena lead you back to your apartments to clean up and head into town for lunch. Clonakilty is one of Ireland’s most culinarily diverse towns with numerous vegetarian, gluten-free, local and international lunch options.

After lunch, the workshop begins. Held in a medieval-era, stoned-walled studio, the workshop consists of 5 hours of voice, body and character integration, acting, and scene study work with Helena and Benjamin. American actors will work with Irish and international actors as scene partners to encourage a rich cultural and artistic exchange.

Here’s a look at a typical day of The Actor’s Retreat:

  • 9:00am: Surfing at Inchydoney Beach

  • 11:30am: Lunch in Clonakilty

  • 1:00–2:30pm: Voice and Presence Work

  • 2:45–4:00pm: Presence, Awareness, Acting Work

  • 4:15–6:00pm: Scene Study

  • 6:30pm–late: Journaling, Dinner, Pub, Cliff Walks, Night Kayaking, Live Music... 

About Benjamin Mathes

As an acting instructor, Benjamin has taught or been on faculty at Auburn University, Cal State Northridge, University of San Diego, University of Lima, Peru, Catholic University of Lima, Theatre of Arts in Hollywood, UC Irvine, Arizona State University, Western Michigan University, and the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. He is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and has served as a vocal and dialect coach for major motion pictures, network television, and theatres around the country.

Benjamin is the author of three books detailing and investigating the creative process, including bestselling book You, the Career: The Path to Artistic and Professional Alignment. A holistic, practical guide, You, the Career will challenge, excite, and ground you in yourself—your most valuable asset. His first book Thought Lozenges for Artists, is a daringly optimistic, “open-where-you-want” look into the creative process, and the second, CRASH {Unstuck Yourself}, is a guided journal designed to directly combat the blocks holding us from our creative potential.

About Helena Walsh


As European Director of The Fitzmaurice Voicework Institute, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London and holding a certificate in Roy Hart Training, Helena Walsh is the Artistic Director and founder of Helena Walsh Voice and Acting Studio in Temple Bar, Dublin.

As a leader who believes in bringing people from all over the world together and creating a space where they can feel empowered to have their unique voice heard, Helena has been co-director of The Fourth & Fifth International Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference in Dublin 2016 & London 2018. She also holds the role of Director of the Fitzmaurice Voicework Community in Europe.

Helena also teaches Voice at Bow Street Film School. Over the past twenty years, she has taught extensively at The Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland; Trinity College Dublin on the BA in Acting, and University College Cork on the B.A in Theatre Studies. Internationally she has taught at NYU’s overseas theatre programme for ten years consecutively; Eolia Conservatory Of Dramatic Arts, Barcelona; China at Shanghai Theatre Academy; The Accademia Dell’Arte, Tuscany, Italy; The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and T.V. in Ljubljana, Slovenia; and UCLA, California.

Helena is currently training in Organic Intelligence in Switzerland on their Human Empowerment and Resilience Training Programme, which works on PTSD, Anxiety & Stress offering tools to help clients and students move beyond trauma, integrating it into their lives and using it as a source of empowerment. She designs well-being programmes for the corporate world and work with start ups and corporations like Google.