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March 2011

In This Issue
Joyful Career
Acting Class
Book Club
Student News
Choosing a Joyful Acting Career
 Rhonda Musak

On Facebook, American Theatre Magazine does a fantastic job of engaging its fans in an ongoing compelling conversation.  In answer to one of their questions that they post on a daily basis, I recently read a reply that went something like this:


"I'm so afraid that I will never be able to make my living from acting and will be stuck doing terrible and uninspired showcases for my whole career."


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They say that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb...I'm not too sure about that as the end of March often still finds me in my winter coat! 
I have, however, found that March is an excellent month to focus in a way that many months do not allow due to holiday breaks. 
So let us celebrate this time a year as fertile ground to plant seeds.  In that spirit, I hope you will join Art & Soul Acting as we delve into acting class as well as meet up for the March book club.  Details are below.
I wish you many delightful hours as you toil in your acting garden with the joy of expanding your craft!

Blessings -


Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

What's Going on with Acting Class? 
GrowClass began on February 9 and if you'd still like to join there is room!
Not yet in stone, but it is likely that our next class will begin April 27.

Training & Expansion

Wednesdays, 6-10pm

February 9-April 13  

10 Sessions - 7 Remaining

NYC Midtown Studio
$550 - $385 for the remaining sessions

Acting is a tactile skill that demands active participation and practice in order to achieve learning and mastery. The format of this class is designed for optimum student participation. Including a group warm up, each session brings together a series of powerful core acting exercises along with individual work slots. Students will ultimately choose the material they will work on, but they are also given guidance to ensure that their material suits where they are individually in the learning and growth process.


For their individual slots, students will have the opportunity to work on the following material:

  • Scenes
  • Monolouges
  • Cold Readings
  • Audition Prep
  • Warm-Up Creation
  • Solution Focused Breakdown

Class size is kept small so that participants have time to be up on their feet working, making mistakes, learning from their mistakes and growing into ever more powerful actors.


What's Up with the Book Club for Actors? 

There's still plenty of reading time for the March 21 meeting:


On Monday, March 21, we will be discussing the plays of Paula Vogel.  Discover the complex plays of this Pulitzer Prize winning playwright.


WHEN:Monday, March 21, 7-9 p.m.


WHERE:East Village Location... will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation 


Please begin by reading How I Learned to Drive.  After that, feel free to read any of Paula Vogel's other plays - a listing can be found on the website.  Be ready to share what you have discovered about this amazing playwright so we can all learn and grow together.  Looking forward to it!


There's still time to RSVP!



Who's Doing What? 

Go See in NYC
Jenna Kantor
as Jennifer in Amateurs by Tom Griffin
February 19-March 5
Click for more information & tickets.


Go See in NJ
Steve Sharkey in The Drowsy Chaperone

Middlesex Community College

March 24-April 3

Click for more information tickets.


Go See in NJ
Steve Sharkey in directing class

Kean College

Mid-April 2011

Information will be forthcoming.


Go See in Florida
Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone in Shear Madness at Florida Studio Theatre
February 27-April 17
Click for more information & tickets.

See This 5-Minute Film
Donna Smera in "Pregnesia"

Click here to view.

I want to be an actress in 1912; I want to be an actress today. That walk from the darkness backstage through the door or opening in the scenery where I make an entrance into the bright lights with that big dim mass out beyond, which burst into applause, then the first terrifying sound that comes out of my throat, which they describe as a voice, but that first instant it is the siren of terror and intention and faith and hope and trust and vanity and security and insecurity and bloodcurdling courage which is acting.

~ Ruth Gordon ~