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March 2013

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

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 Rhonda Musak

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This is the part of my newsletter where I like to say hello to everyone and maybe, maybe even inspire.


As I write this now, I'm working on a computer that I borrowed from a friend (thank you!) as I have been dealing with nearly two weeks of EPIC computer issues.  Other than coaching, I have made a now well-worn path from my apartment to the Apple Store at Grand Central and to the Microsoft store in White Plains - back and forth and back and forth several times...with still more to come!


So what does this have to do with anything?  Presence. My goal through all of this has been to be 100% present (and operating in love, I daresay).  I say to my students that the ultimate aim of acting is to be completely present. In my classes and my coaching we start with presence and we end with presence and aim to bring presence into every moment of the work.


Experiencing a bit of a challenge yourself?  What we do naturally in our lives extends into our work as actors.  How, by bringing a deep level of presence to whatever your challenge, might you greatly benefit your acting work as an extra added bonus?


A thousand blessings on the path -



Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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.
Registration is now closed for this current session of Core Acting Technique.  Please stay tuned for when the next session of this class will be held!
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: March 19-May 21 (a total of 10 classes)
LOCATION: NYC - West Village Studio
FEE: $495, payable in 2 installments

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

Remaining reading time - zero weeks, Book Club is happening this week!  


The next Book Club for Actors' playwright will be announced during the week of March 11...stay tuned!


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.


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 ~


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.

  I love that every day I walked into class 

I learned something new.

~ Julia Barich ~



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 Summer Acting Intensive for Teens was absolutely incredible. I walked in with an idea of how to act, and left knowing how to act. I feel a lot more confident in myself and my acting abilities now.

~ Patrick Gosney ~


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!!!
VISIONLeap 2013 celebrated 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!!!
2013 Leap attendees will receive 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 2014!!!
It's never too early to plan ahead!
  • Tentative: November ? - London
  • Sunday, December 1 - NYC
  • Saturday, December 28 - Chicago
  • Saturday, January 4 - NYC 

  I've never before felt so sure that my new year's resolutions are totally possible and will unquestionably be integrated into my life in 2013. I am amazed at how much I've already forged ahead with my goals and it's only been 2 weeks... 

~ Kim Chinh ~ 
FEE: $85 - Register now and lock in Leap 2013 rates!

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 is in the process of being rescheduled...stay tuned for details.


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
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February 19, 2013

How to Rehearse a Scene without Wasting Time - Part I of II

I Can't I Have Rehearsal 

You know the're in an acting class and you've been assigned a scene with a partner. It's a great scene and you've really been looking forward to working with this actor. You do all the requisite things that you do when you begin to work on the scene including scheduling a time to meet. You choose to meet at your scene partner's apartment for rehearsal.


On the day of your scheduled rehearsal, you show up on time but discover that you and your scene partner share the same hobby. How exciting! Conversation ensues as the hands on the clock begin to tick. One thing leads to another and you're looking at each other's websites, talking about casting calls, having a snack and then...oops-time is almost up for rehearsal!


At that point, one of you looks at the other and says we should start rehearsing.

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!


My notes on this are in my computer (see my greeting!) and not accessible...March castings will be included along with April's.



If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew,

just go right along and you'll start happening too.

~ Dr. Seuss ~