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September 2012

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Laser Acting Wksp
Acting Class
Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
Book That Job Blog
Student News

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 Rhonda Musak

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Today I saw my first uniformed student walking down the street sporting first-day-of-school chic--a sure sign that summer has unofficially come to a close.


But, fortunately, back-to-school for actors means creatively, fun times. I invite you to my next Laser Acting WorkshopWho Are You When You Step into an Audition Room? - this workshop was rescheduled from August 15 to September 17.  If you were not able to make it then, now you're in luck.


Fall in NYC can be quite stunning and it also offers a fantastic time to focus in after lots of summer play.  Hoping the kickoff to your fall finds you with creative projects chasing you down the street.




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

Laser Acting Workshop: September 17
Monthly acting workshops...expand, explore, express!

Who Are You When You Step into An Audition Room?

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?

In this perspective-shifting workshop, participants will:
  • Develop a fresh and inspiring perspective on auditioning.
  • Become more confident in their ability to be present and in the moment during an audition.
  • Discover their ideal audition self so they can positively impact their entire audition experience.
Workshop Preparation: Please bring one of your audition monologues to the workshop. We will not necessarily be working on the monologue itself, but rather it will be used to support the evening's learning. 
WHEN: Monday, September 17, 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 details to be announced.
I'm thrilled to share that I'm going to be changing gears in support of greater learning!
Instead of scene study classes this fall, I will soon announce a series of "boutique classes" that will give students the opportunity to design the course of study that most excites them, along with more flexibility to suit class timing needs.
Stay tuned for more details.
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 - .5 weeks!


On Tuesday, September 4 & Saturday, September 8 we will be discussing the plays of Christopher Durang


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


WHEN: Tuesday, September 4, 7-9:00 - East Village    OR

                 Saturday, September 8, 3-5:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation


Please begin by reading Laughing Wild. After that, feel free to read any play from the Christopher Durang Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website: Christopher Durang 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!


2012 Workshops


Summer Acting Intensive LTHS 2012
June 25-30: Lockport Township High School 


MCHS 2012
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. 

Book That Job Blog's Latest Articles

The Book That Job Blog features a weekly article focusing on the craft or business of acting.


August 7

Moving Forward as an Actor Even When You (Temporarily!) Don't Feel Like It

Keep Moving Forward  

Wouldn't it be wonderful if every day were a stellar day? Upon waking, you fly out of bed with boundless energy filled with brilliant strategies to move forward with unstoppable passion toward your acting dreams and visions, challenges easily handled with resourcefulness and actions executed with joy...


Click here to read entire article.


August 14

Failure Reframe, Or What Actors Can Learn From Gymnasts


I had planned to write this week's post about a facet of acting technique, but after receiving some very positive feedback on last week's post [Moving Forward as an Actor Even When You (Temporarily!) Don't Feel Like It], it seemed that it would be quite useful to take another look at how actors can stay positive and proactive in the face of this very challenging career. I am speaking here of the lessons that I've learned from the women's US Olympic gymnastics team...


Click here to read entire article.

August 21

Questions I've Received from Actors In Rehearsal 

  Question Mark

I'm often sent some great questions by e-mail from my students when they are in the midst of working on various projects in and out of town. I train my students to be resourceful; however, since "life speaks loudly in the moment NOW," this is where having a coach in your corner really pays off.

I thought my readers would benefit from these questions and I share a few compelling ones here...


Click here to read entire article.

August 28

The 3 E's: An Actor's Guideline to Knowing Which Projects to Say Yes To


While I was in school, I had the great fortune to study with the wonderful Pilar Garcia for a brief time. Ms. Garcia is a phenomenal movement teacher, kind of heart and an inspiration. Not only did she inspire our bodies to move with precision, she also imparted to us something she called "The 3 E's"-essentially, a guideline to use when determining if an offered project/role is worth the time and effort...


Click here to read entire article.

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!


Chuck Marti

A Nasty Tempered Man

September 2,6,7,8 & 9 

Theater For The New City's Dream Up Festival

Click here for tickets.


Jenna Kantor


Performing  the role of Evelyn Nesbit

Details to come.


Andrew Rothkin

Meredith's Ring

September 11, 13 & 15 @ 6:30 

Performing  the role of Alex/A.J.- Andrew also wrote Meredith's Ring

Manhattan Repertory Theatre 303 W. 42nd St. 6th Floor
Tickets are $20 and can be reserved at: [email protected] 



I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it would be like to be you.
~ Meryl Streep ~