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November 2011

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Acting Class
Laser Acting Wksp
Leap Workshop
Book Club
Student News
This Actor Prepares
 Rhonda Musak, Acting Coach

 by Rhonda Musak


Inspired by James Devereaux' s "The Great Acting Blog"*, it' s finally time to unfurl my wings and put my money where my mouth is and write about what I teach: acting technique. 


To assist me is my most recent acting project.  It was delivered to me as a bit of a challenge: step into two performances of a role in a new play with the bare minimum of rehearsal with the cast.  My uber challenge: to be 100% alive, free and fully present while doing so.


Having taught acting for 12 years and acting for even more years than that, I've developed a particular way I like to work.  This project, I knew, had several factors which would keep me from doing so: #1 When I was offered the role, the script was not yet finished; #2 a long-planned vacation fell within my preparation time; #3 I am greatly challenged by quick line memorization; #4 I had no idea how much actual rehearsal time I would have with the cast.


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 LEAP With Passion into 2012!!!


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Book Club for Actors'


 After the Nov/Dec meetings, the Book Club for Actors' will be on holiday hiatus. The next book club will be announced in January 2012.




Laser Acting Workshop


 January 2012 date to be announced




 Winter Session of Classes


 January/February 2012 dates to be announced

As November greets us with its shorter days and warmer coats, so too does it offer a final deep focus opportunity before the holidays begin in earnest.

Art & Soul Acting is pleased to offer many wonderful ways to assist you in getting the most out of November.

The November 10 Laser Acting Workshop is an opportunity to strengthen audition skills; the Book Club for Actors' focuses on the absolutely magical plays of Jean Giraudoux; and Leap with Passion into 2012!!! is announced-this one-of-a-kind workshop which completes 2011 so you can create just what you would love to create for 2012.

Hope to see you at any and all events!

With gratitude and thanksgiving-



Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

What's Going on with Acting Class? 
GrowActing class registration is now closed. 

If you'd like to work with Art & Soul Acting this fall, please join us for one of our powerful workshops: Laser Acting or Leap with Passion or check out how personally focused private acting coaching can help you soar as an actor!
Laser Acting Workshop: November 10
Monthly acting workshops...expand, explore, express!

Who Are You When You Step into an Audition Room?

WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 6:30-9:30

WHERE: Midtown studio location will be sent along with registration confirmation.

FEE: $35

We've all had that experience when auditioning of entering an audition room clear, present and willing to be in the moment.  It's an absolutely amazing experience when it happens on its own, but when it doesn't happen naturally, what's an actor to do?

It's Time to LEAP with Passion!!!
Now in its 4th year, the annual Leap with Passion Workshop is a sought after favorite of many of my students.
Leap with Passion into 2012!!!
WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 11-4 OR
      Sunday, December 11, 11-4
WHERE: Midtown studio location...will be e-mailed with  registration confirmation
FEE: $85 early registration (please see details)
     $105 full rate


Do you get near the end of the year wishing to slow down and take stock of your life in order to make changes that stick for the New Year?  And in a blur of the holiday rush, the next thing you's February!


That's exactly why the Leap with Passion Workshop was created.


In this 5-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Turn the challenges of 2011 into fuel for 2012.
  • Set goals for 2012 that really inspire.
  • Discover who they need to be in order to create their greatest desires.
  • Express and joyfully celebrate life.

Click for complete details & registration. 

What's Up with the Book Club for Actors'? 

Remaining reading time - 4.5 weeks!


On Monday, November 28 and on Sunday, December 4 we will be discussing the plays of Jean Giraudoux. The Book Club for Actors' is offered twice. Please choose either meeting.


WHEN: Monday, November 28, 7-9 p.m. OR

      Sunday, December 4, 3-5 p.m.


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


Please begin by reading The Madwoman of Chaillot. After that, feel free to read any play from the Jean Giraudoux Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website: Jean Giraudoux Reading List. For the most robust conversation, participants are asked to read at least 3-4 plays.


Be ready to share what you have discovered about this amazing playwright so we can all learn and grow together. Looking forward to it!


Click for complete details & 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!

Megan Bussiere

White Christmas

Performing the role of Judy

Midtown Arts Center, Fort Collins, CO

November 18-January 1

Shea Davies

Nightmare Fairytales

September 30-November 5

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Jenna Kantor


Performing the role of Velma

FSF Theatre

November 5-20

Chuck Marty

Congratulations on your October 31st taping for a comedy sketch on The Conan O'Brien show!

Airing date TBA.


Jimmy Pravasilis

Congratulations on your recent independent film booking!


Steve Sharkey

Spring Awakening

Assistant Director

Kean University



If you call yourself ARTIST, then constantly create ART. Don't worry about paychecks and meeting your daily 'rate.' Do any project you have time for. Be constantly evolving and improving. Some projects will pay and some will not, but if you call yourself something, whether it be a writer, actor, photographer, whatever, you should be         doing that thing you say you do every single day.                                                         
~ Hill Harper ~