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April 2011

In This Issue
Acting Class
Book Club
Student News
Do No Harm: A Few Words on Acting Training
 Rhonda Musak

More than every so often a student lands on my doorstep seeming bright-eyed and passionate and really hungry to learn more and grow as an actor.  In a short time, however, as our work begins a multitude of bruises and scars begin to reveal themselves.  It's at this point that my heart truly goes out to this sort of student because I always know what I am going to discover next: some form of ill-treatment that has resulted from the school of thought that acting training must be harsh or cruel in order for it to be impactful.


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Spring is a time of possibility and as we see seeds planted long ago begin to sprout, I invite you to take a look at your life and see what's blossoming for you. 
It's so easy as actors to focus on all that is still to be created; however, there is magic in really acknowledging powerful actions taken in the past that have created greener pasture for today.
Dwell and delight in all that you have created and be astounded by what can grow from that rich and fertile place.

Blessings on the journey! 



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! (3 sessions remaining; $165 for the remaining sessions)
I'm pleased to announce that the next class will be a day class beginning on Friday, April 29. Info below:

Acting for Actors: Training & Expansion

WHEN: Fridays, 12noon-4pm

DATES: April 29-July 1 (a total of 10 Sessions)

WHERE: NYC Midtown Studio
REGISTRATION: Register by April 15 and pay $500 - register on or after April 16 and pay $550

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'? 

Remaining reading time - 6 weeks!


On Monday, May 16th, we will be discussing the sumptuous and expansive plays of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Eugene O'Neill.


WHEN: Monday, May 16, 7-9 p.m.


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


Please begin by reading Long Day's Journey Into Night.  Because Eugene O'Neill was so prolific, we are narrowing the list and focusing on his major works. A listing of the plays we will be focusing on can be found on the website: Eugene O'Neill Play Reading List


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! 


What's the Student News?

If you've studied with me and have news to share please let me know the details by about 5 days before the end of the month; I will be happy to include it here!


Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone

Shear Madness

Florida Studio Theatre
February 27-April 17
Click for more information & tickets.

Jenna Kantor
Into The Woods
Opening in May
Parkside Players
Complete details in May Newsletter.

Chuck Marti

Catch Chuck's standup act!

April 10, 8 PM @ Tierney's Tavern

136 Valley Rd., Montclair, NJ


April 27, 8 PM @ Muffins in the Window

219 Sullivan St. between Bleecker & West 3rd - NYC


Samantha Needles

New TV series "Pan Am"

Seen as a featured background player.


Steve Sharkey

Directing Talk to Me like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Kean College, NJ

Tuesday, April 12 @ 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 14 @ 7:30 PM

Please connect with me for more details.  




Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.

~ Rabbi Morris Adler ~