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October 2012

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

Rhonda Musak, Acting Coach

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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Wow, fall is off with a bang!


So much going on...I'm very thrilled to report  17 castings in this Newsletter--WOW, I'm so proud of all of my students!  Keep up the amazing work and have an incredible time on whatever project you're working on.  Please visit Student News below. 


I'm also beyond pleased to share with you a personal acting project on which I've embarked.  You may have wondered where my last two BookThat Job eZine articles have been???  Pardon me, I've been up against some hard deadlines over the past two weeks regarding the new solo show I am creating!


This has long been a dream and I am so happy to be making it a reality.  Later this week, I will be presenting a 20-minute workshop segment of what is currently called Made of Glass.  This is a first giant step of many, many steps and I will look forward to sending an official invite out when the show has progressed even further.


And in terms of the eZine, I will be back to writing those and you can expect the next one in your e-mail box next Tuesday, October 9.  Thanks for your patience!


Be sure to check out all the happenings below...much going on regarding Laser Acting Workshop, Acting Class, Book Club for Actors' and (hard to believe it's nearly this time of year again!) Leap with Passion into 2013's dates have been announced and early registration has begun.


Tremendous blessings for a radiant October!




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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

Letting Your Unconscious Lead the Way

One of the most amazing acting tools I have discovered is a little-known piece of work called Sub-Personality. The power of this mighty acting tool is found in the unconscious mind.
The Sub-Personality Process allows actors to transcend what they consciously know and tap into a field of life and expression that often lives off the radar.
Sub-Personality is especially valuable when working on a role that seems-for whatever reason-unfamiliar or daunting. Utilizing this tool successfully helps actors get out of their own way so they can enter into the world of a character through safe exploration and have fun while doing so.

In this workshop, participants will:
  • experience the Sub-Personality Process
  • learn the components of how to think about this tool and use it in their own work
  • experience using a Sub-Personality with a piece of text of their choosing 
Workshop Preparation: Please bring in a piece of memorized text-a monologue, a poem or a song-that you are excited to work on. Challenge yourself and bring in something that might feel inaccessible or beyond your reach.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 6:30-9:30


WHERE: NYC West Village studio location will be sent along with registration confirmation.


FEE: $35

What's Going on with Acting Class? 
GrowFor an actor, acting class is the #1 laboratory for growth and exploration.  It is the place to take risks...a safe harbor where it's okay to let go of perfection in lieu of stretching and expanding beyond limitations.
Art & Soul Acting is growing and expanding and we are thrilled to launch our Boutique Acting Classes!
Boutique Acting Classes
  • Do have an idea for a class that you would like?  Great!
  • Are you a group of students looking for a specific class? Great!
  • Do you have a limited schedule and need a class built around you?  Great!
If you can dream it, we can build it.  Boutique Acting Classes offer students the flexibility to design their own classes in the timing that suits them.

Classes can either be held in person in NYC, or in the New York Metro region or they can be held online via Skype.

If you have an idea for a class you would like or would like to join one of my Boutique Acting Classes already in progress, please e-mail or call here.

We'd love to hear your ideas and explore the possibilities!
What's Up with the Book Club for Actors'? 

Remaining reading time - 2.5 weeks!


On Monday, October 15 & Saturday, October 20 we will be discussing the plays of David Lindsay-Abaire


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


WHEN: Monday, October 15, 7-9:00 - East Village    OR

                 Saturday, October 20, 3-5:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation


Please begin by reading Rabbit Hole. After that, feel free to read any play from the David Lindsay-Abaire Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website: David Lindsay-Abaire 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! 


Rhonda puts her heart and soul into the art of acting.

~ Brandon Vlach ~


  This workshop is a must!  Miss Rhonda is amazing to work with! 

~ LT ~


  I love that every day I walked into class I learned something new.

~ Julia Barich ~


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.  2013 workshops are booking now!


Summer Acting Intensive for Teens 


LEAP with Passion Workshop News
Leap 2013 celebrates the 5th year of the annual Leap with Passion Workshop. It is a sought after favorite of many of my students.


Leap with Passion into 2013!!!
Do you get near the end of the year wishing you had the time to slow down and take stock of your life in order to make changes that stick for the New Year? And then in a blur of the holiday rush, the next thing you's February. 

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

The insight that I gained from this workshop now guides me to 

take further action and not quit and to do so with a positive 

attitude and bright light inside! This work is just magic!

 ~ Yvonne Sayers ~  

In this 5-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to: 
  • Powerfully complete the past year and joyfully celebrate its greatest accomplishments.
  • Turn the challenges of past year into fuel for the next.
  • Learn an amazing goal-setting technique that is the difference that makes the difference in terms of "sticking to it."
  • Design 3 life changing, personal focuses for the year ahead that are achievable and really inspire.
  • Discover who they need to be and they actions they need to take in order to succeed in accomplishing their 3 focuses.
  • 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 ~
WHEN: NYC - Saturday, December 15, 11-4 or
                Chicago - Friday, December 28, 1-6 or
                NYC - Sunday, December 30, 11-4

FEE: $85 early registration (please see complete details)
           $115 full rate

I hope you'll be able to join us for this once a year event!
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 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.

September 11

The Audition Mindset That Will Change Your Life


Actors have been told a thousand times over that they must have confidence when they walk into an audition room. That's great! Yes!! It is well agreed that that must be so. However, that's usually where the conversation ends, leaving actors hanging and wondering exactly what it means and how to go about creating this mystical and magical dream realm called "confidence" ...


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!


Scott Cooper


Congrats on worldwide commercial!

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Chuck Marti


Congrats on recent standup performances!


Jenna Kantor


Performing the role of Evelyn Nesbit

November 4-18

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Congratulations to my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens students on Fall Play castings!:

Kaitlynn Altman
Performing the role of Ismene

Julia Barich
Performing the role of Chris Gorman

Christy Carlson
Performing the role of Messenger

Joey Dearduff
Performing the role of Leonard Ganz

Bob Lallky
Performing the role of Chorus

Mitch McLaughlin
Performing the role of Chorus

Tommy McNally
Performing the role of Chorus

Mckenna Murphy
Performing the role of Cassie Cooper

Erin O'Callaghan
Performing the role of Chorus

Courtney Plante
Performing the role of Chorus

Antonio Rivera
Performing the role of Choragus

Cara Tumino
Performing the role of Messenger

John Michael Verhoek
Performing the role of Ensemble

Brandon Vlach
Performing the role of Haimon


If you put everything off till you're sure of it, you'll get nothing done.  
~ Norman Vincent Peale ~