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July 2012

In This Issue ~click on link~
eZine Articles
Monologue Article #1
Monologue Article #2
Monologue Article #3
Memorization Article
NY Tweetup
Save The Date
Laser Acting Wksp
Acting Class
Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
Student News
Book That Job eZine & Blog

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 Rhonda Musak


I've recently relaunched my blog as the Book That Job Blog & eZine!


Please enjoy my last four posts:

 by Rhonda Musak

Actors know that having a great set of audition monologues is an absolute must. But it's that word "great" that can often put an actor into the throes of agony. You read the audition notices, you see what it is that the auditioners are looking for, and with a plummeting heart you realize that you have nothing suitable to audition for a role for which you are perfect.

Finding a great audition monologue is definitely a challenge...


The Key to a Great Monologue Relationship, The Start of a Love Affair
 by Rhonda Musak
I started out writing this week's article by focusing on where exactly an actor can find really great monologues. But then I realize that there's a lot to be said about what actually makes a monologue great. And not only great in general, but specifically great for the actor who is doing the piece.

The search for these audition gems can often send actors spinning off into outer space...
How to Find Great Audition Monologues
 by Rhonda Musak


It's the search that actors never seem to end: the quest to find great, amazingly perfect, stunning, one-of-a-kind, out-of-this-world audition monologues. And not only that, but pieces that book the job...every time.

No small request and definitely no small feat.
It's the kind of search that fills actors with... 
Why Doesn't Anybody Talk About the Importance of Line Memorization?
 by Rhonda Musak


Line memorization in terms of acting technique does not get a lot of play. Thinking about the myriad of acting books that I have read, I cannot recall it ever having been mentioned. Maybe that's because everybody figures you just have to memorize the lines in order to do scripted work-plain and simple...get 'er done.

But behind the scenes I hear a slightly different story as a coach.
Many actors are actually greatly challenged... 
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Summer Acting Intensive for Teens


July 9-14, IL

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July 16

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July 24
NY Actors Tweetup


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Fall Scene Study
To Be Announced

 I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!


I was lucky enough to be able to spend it with family and friends in the Chicago area.  I am here teaching my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens workshop and had a fantastic time during my first workshop with the students from Lockport Township High School (see photo below).


Having the opportunity to work with such passionate and dedicated high school students reminds me of the value of visiting the basics of acting again and again.  Truly, these foundational acting skills serve as the hammer in the actor's tool bag.


Next week, it is off to Minooka Community High School for my second workshop this summer and I'm very much looking forward to it.


Wishing you happy summer days!




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

Laser Acting Workshop: July 24
Monthly acting workshops...expand, explore, express!

The Alchemy of Given Circumstances

As an acting coach, I constantly see actors throwing themselves off track by disregarding the very stuff that has the power to ignite their work: given circumstances.

Stella Adler says: 
"One primary reason many actors feel uncomfortable on stage is that they don't work from the circumstances. They start with the words. The words can tell you about the place, but it's the place that will tell you how to act."

This workshop provides an in-depth look at the revelatory clues an actor's text provides and how mining that text can take a scene from stalled to stellar.

Much of the workshop is experiential; actors will be up in their feet working and making discoveries.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, 6:30-9:30
WHERE: NYC Midtown studio location will be sent along with registration confirmation.
FEE: $35

What's Going on with Acting Class? 
GrowComplete dates and details to be announced.
Scene Study class to kick-off this fall!
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 - 2.5 weeks!


On Monday, July 16 & Saturday, July 21 we will be discussing the plays of Noel Coward


The Book Club for Actors' is offered twice; please choose either meeting:


WHEN: Monday, July 16, 7-9:00 - East Village    OR

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


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation 


Please begin by reading Private Lives. After that, feel free to read any play from the Noel Coward Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website: Noel Coward 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!



(For a firsthand look at what it's like to be a Book Club for Actors' attendee, please check out The Green Room Blog's article "Book Club For Actors: Like College, but FREE!") 

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:

Summer Acting Intensive LTHS 2012
June 25-30: Lockport Township High School 
  • July 9-14: Minooka Community High School

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!

Jeremy Ellison Gladstone


Performing the role of Bride
Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY

July 12-28
Click here for details.  

Jenna Kantor


Performing  the role of Evelyn Nesbit

Details to come.




Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
 ~ Howard Thurman ~