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November 2012

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

Rhonda Musak

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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It is election day here in the US and the past week's lead up to this day has been quite beyond eventful for those of us on the East Coast. If you were in its path, I hope that you were able to weather hurricane Sandy in excellent condition. Truly, my heart goes out to those who are still without power and especially to those facing worst-case scenarios.

Personally, my neighborhood was plunged into darkness last Monday evening. But even as power began to drain from my carefully charged electronics, knocks came at my door and text messages, voicemails, Facebook postings and Tweets of concern poured in from around the globe. I couldn't have wished for a better community during a time of need.

It reminds me to be grateful during this Thanksgiving month for the incredible community that we are as actors. Someone new to NYC recently asked me the best place to make friends. Without hesitation I replied, "An acting class, a show, a film set...even an audition line." I don't think that's the answer they were hoping for, but it certainly one that has been truer than true in my life.

Actors create community. We are a tribe. We are a family. In the ensuing days of recovery, please let me know if there's any way that I might be able to help you. You have my e-mail, my phone number, my Facebook page, my Twitter address...

A thousand times grateful-


Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

Laser Acting Workshop: January 2013
Monthly acting workshops...expand, explore, express!

The Laser Acting Workshop is on holiday hiatus during November & December.  


But looking to get fueled by a truly life-changing workshop?  Then join Art & Soul Acting in December for the 5th annual Leap with Passion workshop.


Honestly, your 2013 will be glad you did!


 See details below.

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 - 3.5 weeks!


On Saturday, December 1 & Monday, December 3 we will be discussing the plays of Joe Orton


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


WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 3-5:00 - East Village    OR

                 Monday, December 3, 7-9:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation


Please begin by reading What The Butler Saw. After that, feel free to read any play from the Joe Orton Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website: Joe Orton 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!



PLEASE NOTE: After Joe Orton, the Book Club for Actors' will 

be on holiday hiatus.  The next  playwright will be 

announced at the beginning of January 2013.


Curious about the Book Club for Actors'?  Please check out following articles: 

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.


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

~ Brandon Vlach ~


Summer 2013 will feature both Level I & Level II:

  • Level I -- Core Acting Techniques: Intense focus on the core elements that go into powerful acting.
  • Level II -- The Audition Process: Includes monologues, cold readings and college audition prep. Prerequisites: Level I.
The Summer Acting Intensive was a blessing!  New friends 
were made through never forgettable experiences. 
Acting is being: it is living.
~Joey Dearduff ~



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!


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

~ Julia Barich ~


2013 workshops are booking now! 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:

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 - December 27 or 28, TBD 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!
Int'l Workshops: Cape Town, South Africa
Expand Not able to make it to NYC?  No problem, Art & Soul Acting will travel to you!




Mastering the Audition Juggernaut

A Weeklong, 35-Hour Intensive Acting Workshop

It has been said that to be a great actor you only need to know how to do 10 things really well... but you have to do all of them at the same time.

Auditions present a particular challenge to the actor. Not only do actors need to be fully present and do their very best acting on demand, but they also need to expertly handle the pressures of an audition room such that they slow down those precious 2 minutes and use them to their best advantage.

Actors have been told a thousand times over, "Be confident!" "Be yourself!" "Have fun!" Well, that just doesn't cut it. Left out of the equation is the critical HOW to actually do those things...and how to do them all within a limited span of time.

Mastering The Audition Juggernaut steps outside the box to approach mastering these mandatory skills from several angles. This is an on your feet workshop, not a sit in your seat lecture. Over the course of 6 days, actors will engage in a series of dynamic and expressive acting exercises designed to recalibrate the way they approach auditions.

Many teachers only tell you "what" you need to work on but 
don't tell you "how" which IS the key to getting better quicker. With Rhonda you will receive strong, effective techniques that 
will give you straight forward ideas and answers that will 
serve you in the professional acting world.
~ James Pravasilis, Actor NYC ~

Participations will:
  • Learn a warm-up process that will bring them into creative flow
  • Discover a 4-part shortcut to great cold readings
  • Learn the best ways of preparing for an audition on their own
  • Learn how to take control of the audition room
  • Deepen their relationship with the camera
  • Increase their ability to work with ease while under pressure
WHEN: February 18-23, 2013, time TBD

WHERE: Studio in Cape Town, location given at time of registration

FEE: R2,500

Complete details & registration link to come.
Book That Job Blog's Latest Articles

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


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Creating What You Need in Order to Do Your Best Acting Work


In a perfect world, actors would always have exactly what they need right at hand in order to do their very best work: nourishing rehearsals, shoots that run on time and access to convenient warm-up rooms. When the moon is blue, it's happens! ...


 Click here to read entire article.

October 16

Book Club for Actors': Making Play Reading Fun Since 2010

  Book Club

Actors are responsible for a tremendous amount of information. From knowing who is casting what, the latest industry trends, films, plays, actors and writers, to the business of knowing their place as actors within the various mediums of film, TV, stage, commercials and voiceovers...just to name a few. Notice, this doesn't even include learning and mastering the craft of acting...


Click here to read entire article.

October 23
Annoying Questions Asked of Actors
Annoying Questions
Some time ago I was chit chatting with a businessman on the Metro North train. Upon being asked what it was that I do, I could already feel myself bracing. I took the plunge and as the word actor came out of my mouth, I could already see the worst of my fears manifesting before my eyes: "What might I have seen you in?"
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 recent performances!


Chuck Marti

A Nasty Tempered Man

Congrats on recent performances!


Congrats on recent casting as Older Jack in indie film "Senior Living"!


Jenna Kantor


Performing the role of Evelyn Nesbit

November 4-18

Click here for details.


Andrew Rothkin

Congrats on the recent production of your play B.F.F.!


Congrats to my LTHS Summer Acting Intensive for Teens students on your recent performance of Antigone!

Break a leg to my MCHS Summer Acting Intensive for Teens students on your upcoming performance of Rumors!



Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some 
weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other 
we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have 
been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each 
other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.
~ Maya Angelou ~