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April 2012

In This Issue ~click on link~
Save The Date
Laser Acting Wksp
Acting Class
Book Club
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
Student News
Do No Harm: A Few Words on Acting Training
 Rhonda Musak with Flowers

 by Rhonda Musak


One of my favorites from the archive: 


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 make an impact.


Here's what it's like to work with this type of student from an acting teacher's perspective...


Click here for complete article.

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April 16

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Laser Acting Workshop


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Book Club for Actors'


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NY Actors Tweetup


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Laser Acting Workshop


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Summer Acting Intensive for Teens


June 11-16, IL
June 25-30, IL
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Acting Classes
Dates To Be Announced

April showers bring May flowers... well all of that has been completely turned on its ear this year!  However, the lesson still stands: what you put your focus on and nourish now begins to create what it is that you will live in the future.


There is no hocus-pocus or magic to it, just one step in front of the other diligently moving forward toward what it is you desire.


What propels us onward is a powerful VISION.  As April brings us more light, it also offers a deepened opportunity to illuminate our grand and magnificent vision in ways that really excited us.


May you prosper well-



Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

Laser Acting Workshop: April 19
Monthly acting workshops...expand, explore, express!

Sub-Personality: Letting Your 

Unconscious Lead the Way

WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 6:30-9:30
WHERE: West Village studio location will be sent along with registration confirmation.
FEE: $35
Join Art & Soul Acting as as we take a stroll through the wild, woolly and expansively creative unconscious. 


In April, we will be exploring a dynamic acting tool called Sub-Personality.  


Sub-Personality is an amazingly expressive acting tool that helps actors make huge leaps in their work by bypassing the conscious and tapping into the unconscious.  


This work is particularly useful when encountering a character that seems challenging on any level of the spectrum.  


 Actors will:

  • Be led through and experience the power of Sub-Personality work
  • Learn the step-by-step technique of creating Sub-Personality work
  • Connect Sub-Personality work to the material of their choice

I've never encountered another acting tool like it!

What's Going on with Acting Class? 
GrowFall 2012 class dates and details to be announced.
You can also work with Art & Soul Acting this spring 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!
What's Up with the Book Club for Actors'? 

Remaining reading time - 2 weeks!


On Monday, April 16 and Saturday, April 21 we will be discussing the plays of Suzan-Lori Parks.The Book Club for Actors' is offered twice; please choose either meeting.


WHEN: Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:30 - UES    OR

                 Saturday, April 21, 3-5:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation 


Please begin by reading Topdog/Undergog. After that, feel free to read any play from the Suzan-Lori Parks Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website: Suzan-Lori Parks 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!



Summer Acting Intensive for Teens

Art & Soul Acting travels! The Summer Acting Intensive for Teens is a one-of-a-kind traveling professional acting workshop. Teens spend a week training like the pros!


Created in 2011-but dreamed about for a long time-the aim of this workshop is to bring acting training to teens who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study professionally.



Classes: Monday-Friday, 5-hours a day

Final Rehearsal: Saturday, 5-hours

Dinner Break: 1-hour

Warm-Up & Half-Hour Call: 1-hour

Performance Cabaret: 45 minutes

Post-Performance Celebration! 


The group activities made me feel as one with my fellow actors in the workshop, and I believe the trusting bond was carried on from the stage to everyday life. I made friends, improvements, and most importantly memories to last a lifetime.

~ Brandon Vlach ~


If you are interested in hosting a Summer Acting Intensive for Teens in your area--or know someone who is--please visit the Art & Soul Acting website for complete details.  Workshops are booking now!


Confirmed Bookings:

  • June 11-16: Illinois-location to be announced
  • June 25-30: Illinois-location to be announced

Summer Acting Intensive for Teens 


LEAP with Passion Workshop News
2012 celebrated the 4th year of the annual Leap with Passion Workshop. It is a sought after favorite of many of my students.


Leap with Passion into 2012!!!
For 2012 Leap attendees,it has been my pleasure to create Leaps & Bounds - a bite-sized monthly reminder to inspire deep integration of all the discoveries made during the Leap workshop. 

Please look for it in your e-mail inbox near the middle of each month.


Leap with Passion into 2013!!!
Never too early to plan ahead as Leap goes global! 

Tentative dates:

  • Saturday, December 1 - London
  • Sunday, December 9 - NYC
  • Saturday, December 15 - NYC
  • Saturday, December 22 - Chicago
  • Saturday, December 29 - NYC

Rhonda's thoughtful guidance helped me zero in 

on the things that matter most to me.   

~ Stephanie Joiner ~

Click for complete details & registration. 

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 am happy to include it here!

Jenna Kantor


Performing the role of Velma

The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH

March 23-April 14

Click here for details.

Jenna Kantor

Legally Blonde

Performing  the role of Paulette

The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH

Dates & Details to be announced.

Chuck Marti

Congrats on multiple comic bookings!

Samantha Needles

Congrats on your recent reading of The Balcony at Red Bull Theatre!


Congratulations to my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens students:


Patrick Gosney

"All-Section Cast Award" re: Group Interpretation

Brandon Vlach

"All-Section Cast Award" re: Group Interpretation

Recommendation: Yoga High
EngageI'm making discoveries all the time and want to share them with you!

Come join me for a yoga class at my East Village home studio: Yoga High! 

Cited by the New York Times as "one of the friendliest studios in the city," Yoga High nourishes my body and my spirit.

The teachers are loving and knowledgeable and the music playlist always inspires.  The vinyasa flow classes leave my mind fresh and clear for teaching acting, and the cardio & yoga classes keep me strong. 

I even recently attended a Yoga High workshop on sleeping better and I am so pleased to say that I am doing just that!

Studio owners Liz & Mel truly care and I am so please to highly recommend their beautiful Yoga High.



We love the drama of big life change - the splashy, 180� turns that take the journey 
in a completely new direction.  But it's often the inch-by-inch, bit-by-bit steps 
that transform us in truly profound and dynamic ways.  
~ Terri Trespicio~