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May 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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Ahhh, the wondrous rapture of May flowers as promised by all those April showers. And for those of us on the East Coast - cicadas! A multitude of cicadas, a cacophony of cicadas! We can be ready to welcome the little buggers by May 18, say my inside sources at WNYC.


Speaking of bugs, looking to get rid of the bugs in your acting? I just announced my Fall Acting Classes - see details below and more details to come on my website next week..


I'm also quite pleased to announce that by mid-May I will have a good solid draft version of my solo show! I'm looking forward to finding the perfect director for this piece and beginning the process of rewrites and rehearsals during the summer. Where, you might ask will I be performing this? I don't know...yet. One thing at a time!


Just a reminder that I can be found on Twitter at @ArtNSoulActing. I mention it because I just had the lovely opportunity to meet up with Catherine Weate, a wonderful voice and dialect coach from London. And where did we meet? Twitter! If you're not already on Twitter, I highly recommend it as a fabulous resource. I have met so many wonderful actors, coaches and showbiz folk that I can't imagine life without it. See photo below.


Much joy on the journey -



PS Catherine and I spent a wonderful afternoon at Marie Belle filling ourselves with great conversation and delicious chocolate!




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.
Next classes begin in September!

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: Mondays

TIME: 6-10 PM

DATES: September 9-November 11 (a total of 10 classes)


FEE: $495, payable in 2 installments


Scene Study & Cold Reading Technique

Pardon!  Under construction. 


Beautifully descriptive words about this class are on the way and will be at my website in the next few days.


DAY: Thursdays

TIME: 6-10 PM

DATES: September 12-November 14 (a total of 10 classes)


FEE: $495, payable in 2 installments



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

Remaining reading time - .5 weeks!  


On Monday, April 29 & Saturday, May 4 we will be discussing the plays of Will Eno.


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


WHEN: Monday, April 29, 7-9:00 - East Village OR 

                 Saturday, May 4, 3-5:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation


Please begin by reading Thom Pain (based on nothing). After that, feel free to read any play from the Will Eno Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website. To ensure a 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 ~


Confirmed Bookings:

  • Level I: June 3-8 Minooka Community High School, IL
  • Level II: June 7-21 Lockport Township High School, IL

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 23 or 24 - 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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April 18, 2013

Smooth Sailing the Up Down Paradoxical Life of an Actor


A few days ago, I had one of those days where it seemed like everything I did fell completely flat. There was a miscommunication regarding a workshop I was creating, there were answers that I needed from e-mails that I was urgently waiting...and waiting for, and my two-thirds completed solo show was completely stuck.


That evening, a close friend of mine-also an actor and acting coach-was staying with me from out of town. This gave me a perfect opportunity to vent to someone who knows and understands. I was only too happy to recount my day's trials and tribulations using, no doubt, my sad-sack voice.


The next morning...



What's the Student News?

InspireIf 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


Performing the role of Rizzo

The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH

April 26-May 18

Click here for details.


Jenna Kantor

Fiddler on the Roof

Performing the role of Yente

Maggie's Little Theatre

June dates & details TBA


Chuck Marti

Rob The Mob - feature film

Playing the role of Fat Freddy


Chuck Marti

Moon and Sun - feature film

Playing Elderly Gentleman, protector of leading lady


Chuck Marti


View Hercules on YouTube - 14 minutes & a great role for Chuck!


If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
~ Milton Berle ~