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June 2013

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

RSM for June NL  

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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O goodness gracious, me-o-my it's nearly the middle of June and I'm just now getting my newsletter out! Yikes...time, it doth fly.

And flying is what I will be doing later this week as I head to the Chicago area to do my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens! Looking forward to working with a group of inspired students as well as catching up with friends and seeing family at the Musak family reunion.

I'm also beyond thrilled to report that I now have a solid draft for my solo show! Several people have asked me what it's about, in short I barely have the words to describe it yet; however, it is about perception, learning, sound, hearing, a French otolaryngologist, a German composer and a life-changing discovery I made nearly 3 years ago. Hummm... I'll be starting rewrites in July.

I also had a great time doing a reading of a play in development, Return to Cokesbury by William Zeffiro, as a prelude to The Puzzle: Marble's Festival of New Works presented June 24-29 at my home church, Marble Collegiate Church. Thanks to Brian Hampton and everyone for a fantastic evening!

Much news below, but I want to highlight for those of you have been waiting for my next sessions of classes, that they will begin in early September. Some details below, but you'll find the full details and registration info on my website: Fall Acting Classes.

Happy June!



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.

Acting exercises, take home assignments for in-class work and scene study make up the bulk of each class. This powerful classroom work allows students to grow at a rapid pace while creating an acting foundation that will serve for a lifetime.

This class is perfect for those who are beginners, for those who are looking for a slower paced class, or for those with prior acting experience who need a technique brush-up.


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

Scene Study & Cold Reading Technique is 10-week class created specifically for the actor who wants to deeply invigorate and rev up their scene work capacity with an eye toward booking more acting work.

By pairing scene study along with cold readings, students will have the opportunity to both ground their scene work skills and then take them even further by tying them to the quick work that's often required at an audition. 

This is a real acting workout. Each week, actors will be up on their feet further developing their craft and adding new skills to their acting tool bag -- this is not a sit-in-your seat lecture. 

Throughout the 10-week course, actors will take their scene work skills and apply them to cold reading in the quick manner of the audition process.

The class atmosphere is supportive and is the perfect environment to take risks in order to grow beyond limitations.

Throughout the 10-week course, actors will take their scene work skills and apply them to cold reading in the quick manner of the audition process.

Students will learn:
  •  4 Key Shortcuts to a Great Cold Reading
  •  How to Take Control of the Audition Room
  • The Most Important Cold Reading Preparation Strategies

This class is designed for students with prior acting experience. It would not be appropriate for actors at a beginning level or those who have no prior acting experience.  


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 - 2.5 weeks!  


On Saturday, June 29 & Monday, July 1 we will be discussing the plays of Athol Fugard.


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


WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 3-5:00 - East Village OR 

                 Monday, July 1, 7-9:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation


Please begin by reading Master Harold...and the Boys. After that, feel free to read any play from the Athol Fugard 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 for Summer 2013:


There have been some changes made to the MCHS & LTHS programs.

Students should have received the updated information by now. If not, please connect with me here and I will make sure that you are up to date.

Looking forward to seeing everyone the week of June 17!


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!


Regretfully, it's looking like I will not make it to Cape Town in 2013; however, I have not given up and am holding the possibility of August, 2014. 


I know, I know that's a l-o-n-g way off, but I am soooo looking forward to making it happen next year. 


I hope you will join me then!


Book that Job Blog's Latest Articles
MasteryThe "Book That Job Blog" features articles focusing on the craft or business of acting.
May 30, 2013

What Do You Do with Those People Called the Audience?


 You step onto the stage and there they are-boom, the audience! In fact, you can't escape them. Try as you might to hide out, every time you peek over your shoulder, there they are watching, watching, watching. You don't know who these people are! What do they want? Why don't they look somewhere else!?!

If you resonate even a bit with these sentiments, I promise you, you are not alone. It's not always easy moving from a closed rehearsal room where you've been working in front of a handful of people to a theatre filled with faces as far as your eyes can see into the shadows.

A bit ominous, right? Especially because you have no idea what "these people" are thinking. However, they're actually the reason that you're there and considering a couple of key ideas will take you far in embracing them on your journey...



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

Fiddler on the Roof

Performing the role of Yente

Maggie's Little Theater

July 13-21, 2013

Tickets & complete details.


Jenna Kantor

Check out Jenna's current REEL highlighting several of her recent musical theatre performances. approx. 3 minutes


Stephanie Joiner

Something New Podcast - featuring an Stephanie Joiner -- interview and song, click on Episode 13. approx. 20 minutes with a song at the end


Alondra Perez

Congratulations on your acceptance into the Stella Adler Outreach Program!


Andrew Rothkin

Expiration Date by Rose-Marie Brandwein

Performing the role of Albert

59e59 - opening July 11

Edinburgh Fringe - opening August 3

Visit for complete details.


Andrew Rothkin

Outward Bound by Sutton Vane - staged reading
Reading the role of Tom Prior
June 15 & 16

The Triangle Theater

Visit for complete details.

You must get involved to have an impact.
No one is impressed with the won/lost record of the referee.
~ Napoleon Hill ~