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June 2011

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What Does Your Mindset Have To Do with Acting? Everything.

 Rhonda Musak


One of the most life changing books that has come across my radar in recent years is a deceptively simple book that packs a major transformational punch: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.  I owe an abundance of gratitude to Ms. Dweck for her groundbreaking research, the results of which now positively impact my life in everything I do.


Simply put, we tend to function in one of two mindsets: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.  The fixed mindset is a limited way of thinking and being in which we see ourselves as forever the same: unable to be, learn, or do more than we currently can.  Conversely, the growth mindset is a way of thinking and being in which we place focus on our inherent ability to learn which ensures that we grow and expand. 


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August 12-28, 2011
I love FringeNYC!  This year we will be kicking off a new studio event "Art & Soul Acting Takes on FringeNYC." Join myself and fellow studio folk as we attend a variety of shows together during two glorious weeks of NYC theatre.

Details to come.


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 September 2011



LEAP With Passion into 2012!!!

December 2011 

Sunny June greetings! 

I'm thrilled that Mother Nature has finally turned up the dial and, as it's the unofficial start of summer, I ask you what you would like to turn up acting-wise if this summer were to serve you well? Perhaps it is taking a little extra break time so you can feel really refreshed by the beginning of fall, or maybe it's delving into a project that has always been on your radar.

At the beginning of a coaching or a class, my students always set their intention: Your clear and concise intention powerfully directs the way you pay attention.

A moment of focus in choosing what it is you want that is within your control to do something about can yield a mighty harvest down the line.

Sun and more sun, 



Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

What's Going on with Acting Class? 
GrowClass began on April 29 and if you'd still like to join there is room! (4 sessions remaining; $220 for the remaining sessions)

Acting for Actors: Training & Expansion

WHEN: Fridays, 12noon-3pm

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

WHERE: NYC Midtown Studio


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 - 3.5 weeks!


On Monday, June 27th, we will be discussing the contemporary plays, screenplays and musicals (book) of Douglas Carter Beane.


WHEN: Monday, June 27, 7-9 p.m.


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


Please begin by reading As Bees in Honey Drown. After that, feel free to read and/or watch any plays, screenplays or musicals written by Douglas Carter Beane. A complete list can be found on the website: Douglas Carter Beane 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!

Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe
Congratulations on Alfred University acceptance! Bellisant will begin class in the fall and we will miss her very much at Art & Soul Acting.

(Bellisant also wishes to thank Art & Soul Acting's College Prep Program for college audition coaching. ... You are most welcome!)

Shea Davies
Congratulations on being cast in a new web series! Filming begins Monday.

Jenna Kantor
Congratulations to Jenna! She has begun work on a 3-person cabaret which she will both perform in and produce.
Details to come.

Chuck Marti

Congratulations on being cast in The ChoiceThe Choice will be performed at Theater For The New City during the Dream Up Festival, Aug 14-Sept 4.

Details to come.


Samantha Needles

Samantha's short story: Beauty of a Woman (developed with True Story Project NYC) was selected to be published in Red Silk, an anthology of woman's short stories. 


The Red Tent Competition was organized by Womanspace, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire individuals to discover new talents, interests, and friendships, and is dedicated to helping people live their best lives through programs that enhance mind, body and spirit.


Congratulations, Samantha!






     You can't get an A if you are afraid of getting an F.

~ Anonymous ~