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January 2013

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

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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Happy 2013!!!  I hope your holidays were absolutely lovely...that you decked the halls, lit candles and ate latkes and even leapt with passion into a fantastic New Year!


I just returned from Chicago where I had a great time celebrating the season with family and friends.  A huge highlight was getting to spend time with my two nephews, ages 4 1/2 and 6 months.


Another was leading my first ever Windy City 'Leap with Passion' workshop.  Unbeknownst to me, the space that I rented for the workshop - at the suggested of a friend - was the exact same place (now under a different name) where I interned as I was just starting out as an actor in Chicago.  Had you told me at the time that in the future I would come back from NYC to lead a workshop in the very same space, I would've fainted from shock!


I hope the New Year brings you many unexpected delights.  To get you off on the right foot, I do hope you'll join me for the season's last 'Leap with Passion' workshop on January 6.  For those of you waiting with bated breath, the next Book Club for Actors' is announced below, and hallelujah - I'm launching acting class at the end of January: Core Acting Technique!


Wishing you blessings that exceed your greatest hopes for 2013!




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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

The Laser Acting Workshop is on hiatus.  


But looking to get fueled by a truly life-changing workshop?  Then join Art & Soul Acting on January 6th 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.
Starting this month!
Core Acting Technique
Core Acting Technique is a dynamic, structured 10-week class designed to fortify and deepen the skills that go into brilliant acting while stretching students as artists and as human beings. 
The artist and the art grow in tandem and Art & Soul Acting supports that process through a series of specialized exercises that go way beyond the ABC's of acting. 
This powerful classroom work allows students to grow at a rapid pace while creating an acting foundation that will serve for a lifetime. 
This is not a sit in your seat lecture! Students are up on their feet working in every class in a supportive environment that allows them to really take risks and fly.

Class size is kept small so that participants have time to be up on their feet working, making mistakes, learning from their mistakes and growing into ever more powerful actors. 

DAY: Tuesdays
TIME: 6-10pm
DATES: January 29-April 10 (a total of 10 classes)
LOCATION: NYC West Village Studio
FEE: $495, payable in 2 installments

Please note: there is no class on 2/19 & 2/26.

What's Up with the Book Club for Actors'? 

Remaining reading time - 8.5 weeks!


On Monday, March 4 & Saturday, March 9 we will be discussing the plays of Lillian Hellman.


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


WHEN: Monday, March 4, 7-9:00 - East Village OR 

                 Saturday, March 9, 3-5:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation


Please begin by reading The Children's Hour. After that, feel free to read any play from the Lillian Hellman 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!


 Click here for complete details & to RSVP.


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 Technique: 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 into 2013!!!
Leap 2013 celebrates the 5th year of the annual Leap with Passion Workshop. It is a sought after favorite of many of my students.
One more Leap to go -- 1/6!


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!

This workshop provided me with the ideal setting -- an unadulterated pause from my relentless and often automated life in the city -- in which to explore the deepest yearnings of my heart...
This kind of spiritual climate (and results) is not easy to attain, and the fact that Rhonda attains it is the greatest compliment and gratitude that I can offer her.
~ Annie Hartkemeyer, 12.15.12 workshop attendee ~  

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 - Sunday, January 6, 11-4

FEE: $115
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
An Affordable, Weeklong, 35-Hour Intensive Acting Workshop for Actors in Cape Town, South Africa

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.

What makes Rhonda an amazing teacher is her ability to 
meet you where you are, connect and identify your needs 
in that moment--she does what every great teacher 
does, leads until you can take the lead with confidence. 
No matter what mood I am in when I arrive to a class or 
a session with Rhonda, I leave feeling like an artist that 
is back on the right course in the journey.
~ Shea Davies, 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
DATES: 6-days, February 18-23, 2013

CLASSES: Monday 2/18 to Saturday 2/23, 10am-4pm with a 1-hour lunch break

LOCATION: Cape Town studio to be announced

CLASS SIZE: Enrollment is limited to 14 participants

FEE: R2,500

Book That Job Blog's Latest Articles

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

Kick 2013 off by enjoying a selection of inspiring archive blog posts!
November 27, 2012

Broadway Bargain Hunter, Your Guide for Discounted Broadway Tickets

  Broadway Tix

by Guest Blogger, Justin Barnette

Whether you are a first time visitor to the Big Apple, or a dyed-in-the-wool Manhattanite, you have to agree that there is a special kind of magic that only exists inside a Broadway theatre...


Click here to read entire article.

June 3, 2011
What Does Your Mindset Have To Do with Acting? Everything.
One of the most life changing books that has come across my radar in recent years is a deceptively simple book that packs a major transformational punch: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. I owe an abundance of gratitude to Ms. Dweck for her groundbreaking research, the results of which now positively impact my life in everything I do...

October 27, 2010
If You Want to be a Fish, You Better Jump in the Water
Or better said, "If you hear a voice within you saying, 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint... and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent van Gogh.

How many times do we have an amazing idea that truly inspires us - we walk around thinking about it, we dream about it, we clearly envision the finished product and we even begin planning it in our head and yet... we never actually begin it...

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

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Performing the role of Betty

The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH
January 11-26
Click here for details. 


Chuck Marti
Congrats on recent casting in indie film "Hercules In Paradise"!



We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce ~