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January 2012

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Why Leap with Passion?
 RSM New Years Eve 2011

 by Rhonda Musak


A few years ago, in the middle of a sweltering July day, my sister turned to me and said, "My New Year's resolution is going really well."  Caught completely off guard, I searched way back through the annals of my mind for a moment of time that was not a humid 97 degrees.  I finally recalled that yes, at the beginning of that year, I too had New Year's resolutions!  And that's where our similarities ended: I had zero recollection of my "life-changing" resolutions that were designed as the New Year arrived with its fresh hope.


Cut to yoga class a few months later at the end of a particularly long and exhausting week.  I arrived to class early and was able to relax on my mat with the pleasure of not needing to be or do anything.  My mind emptied as I gazed at the trees out the window while listening to calming music and the sound of my own breath.  It was a complete revelation.  I realized that even if yoga was not to follow, just having a concrete time and space in order to unplug from daily life and to tap into a deeper inner place was already of infinite value.


And thus, "Leap with Passion" was born: An end-of-the-year workshop allowing both time and space in order to be intentional about the year just lived and the new year about to begin.


I began designing the Leap with Passion workshop...


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 2012 dates to be announced


Happy 2012!!!

Here we stand together, looking out on a wide open vista of dreams, schemes and plans that will reveal themselves over the course of the next 366 days.  

That's 366 wonderful days to get to do all the things that actors do: act, memorize lines, audition, learn new skills, practice accents, develop a powerful craft, see film and theater, read plays and screenplays - and the list goes on and on.

When these 366 days have come to a close and we stand on the brink of 2013, what do you hope that those days of 2012 will have contained?  And how will you start to make that happen right now?

Wishing you a 2012 filled with extraordinary delights!



Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

What's Going on with Acting Class? 
Grow2012 class dates and details to be announced.

You can also work with Art & Soul Acting this winter by joining 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: January 17
Monthly acting workshops...expand, explore, express!

Preparing to Prepare

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 6:30-9:30

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

FEE: $35

There's an old adage that goes something like this: to warm-up ballet dancers do their plies, pianists do their scales and actors have a cup of coffee and a cigarette.

OK that might be taking it a little far! But, truly, what might a lack of strong preparation be costing your acting? 

When it comes to preparation, the difference 
between a little bit of something and nothing is EVERYTHING

If your acting would benefit from implementing powerful preparation strategies, then this workshop is for you.

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.
Please see article at left 
about why I created the Leap 
with Passion Workshop.
We are thrilled to add a 3rd "Leap with Passion into 2012!!!" workshop!
Leap with Passion into 2012!!!
WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 10:30-3:30 

WHERE: Midtown studio location...will be e-mailed with  registration confirmation
FEE: $85 - Early Registration (register after January 4 and pay $105)


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.

Rhonda Musak expertly and lovingly guides people to find out what matters most in their lives and then provides the tools to make their dreams come true.  

~ Lynn Lobban ~

Click for complete details & registration. 

What's Up with the Book Club for Actors'? 
ConnectThe Book Club for Actors' is currently on holiday hiatus. The next book club will be announced in January. 



WHEN: Monday, February 27, 7-9 p.m. OR

      Saturday, March 3, 3-5 p.m.


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!

Jenna Kantor

Lend Me A Tenor

Performing the role of Maria

The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH

January 13-28

Click here for details.

Chuck Marti

Congratulations on your recent stand up performances at Tierney's in NJ & Gotham in NYC!


Congrats as well on recent one-man show performances at a New Year's Eve First Night event in Morristown, NJ!

Congratulations to my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens students on winter castings:

Darcy Chobar

Fiddler On The Roof

Performing the role of Chava

Joey Dearduff

The Wizard of Oz

Performing the role of the Scarecrow

Andrew Engel

Diaries of a Zombie Slayer

Performing the leading role

Patrick Gosney

Group Interpretation

McKenna Murphy

The Wizard of Oz

Performing the role of Dorothy

Brandon Vlach

Group Interpretation




We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to 
put words on them ourselves. The book is called 
Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce ~