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September 2013

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Acting Class
Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
Book That Job Blog
Student News

Rhonda Musak

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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Many people wince when I tell them that my favorite months of the year are July and August - - seriously, it's the only time that I'm not looking for an extra layer to throw on!


I do, however, appreciate the change of seasons and though we are officially still in summer, fall is definitely amping up here on the East Coast. School is nearly back in session, and the same is true at Art & Soul Acting as fall classes begin next week.


Registration is in progress for both Core Acting Technique (starts September 9th) and Scene Study & Cold Reading Technique (starts September 12th).  These classes will strengthen your technique and inspire your soul.

And as you get back in the swing of things, remember to rock your fall auditions with my special subscriber gift: 


How to NAIL Your Next Audition - 

Secrets for Prepping in the Waiting Room


...a 19-minute audio that preps you to walk into that audition room and do your very best acting work.


Subscribers received the link to this audio program on August 8th. If you still need to download it and do not find it in your e-mail, please e-mail me here and I will get you the link asap. (If you're not a subscriber, sign up at left and you will receive the audio automatically.)


Wishing you a fantastic September!



PS Photo from my recent trip to Fire Island, NY:


  Fire Island Beach

   Goodbye, summer...come back again next year! 


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.
Register now -- classes begin 
September 9th & 12th!

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 - 1-ish week!  


On Tuesday, September 10 & Saturday, September 14 we will be playing some catch-up and discussing the plays of all 18 Book Club for Actors' playwrights.


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


WHEN: Tuesday, September 10, 7-9:00 - East Village OR 

                 Saturday, September 14, 3-5:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation


For the next Book Club for Actors, we take a little detour -- right back through the 18 amazing playwrights we've already read. At the end of every book club meeting, attendees are often inspired to read the plays on the list they had not yet read. This is that magical opportunity to do so!

To get started, please visit the Book Club for Actors' Archive. There you'll see listed all of the playwrights and plays read thus far. Choose to read and watch whatever you'd like in order to catch up. Also, feel free to re-read anything that strikes your fancy.

If you're not a regular attender or are planning to attend the book club meeting for the first time in September, you may have a little more to "catch up" on. No need to feel overwhelmed having to read it all; choose a good handful of plays (at least 5-7) and get ready for some compelling conversation touching on the work of these captivating Book Club for Actors' playwrights.

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.

  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!


Summer Acting Intensive for Teens 


LEAP with Passion into 2014!!!
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!
  • 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!

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

July 11, 2013

An Actor's Guide to Getting Past Gremlins (Part 1 of 5)

Gremlin #1  

Actors want to make quick progress when it comes to acting. Whether it be mastering the skills of acting or having a great career, everyone wants to beat a quick and steady path to success.


But what do you do if you're stuck?... 




July 24, 2013

An Actor's Guide to Getting Past Gremlins: Fear of Dreaming (Part 2 of 5) Gremlin #3


In An Actor's Guide to Getting Past Gremlins (Part 1 of 5), we explored what exactly a gremlin is, the ways these tricky sprites can hold an actor back and how the brain can either support or hinder a gremlin from taking hold.

As we gear up to explore our first of four gremlins: Fear of Dreaming, let's look at the dictionary definition of gremlin. According to the Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, a 1941 definition of a gremlin is "a small gnome held to be responsible for malfunction of equipment especially in aircraft." What's not to love about this definition!?! Actors want to fly, but malfunctions (gremlins) can sometimes even prevent them from getting off the ground...


Click here to read entire article.



August 1, 2013

An Actor's Guide to Getting Past Gremlins: Victim Identification (Part 3 of 5) Gremlin #5


While some people who have a desire to act find themselves wrestling with a Fear of Dreaming gremlin during the inspirational phase of becoming an actor (An Actors Guide to Getting past Gremlins: Fear of Dreaming, Part 2 of 5), full-fledged actors can struggle with gremlins, too.

In Part 3 of this series we look at a particularly destructive gremlin called the Victim Identification gremlin. Actors dealing with this gremlin internally identify with various factors - real or perceived - that keep them being a victim who is stuck...


Click here to read entire article.



August 15, 2013
An Actor's Guide to Getting Past Gremlins: System Identification (Part 4 of 5)

  Gremlin #7

In An Actor's Guide to Getting Past Gremlins, Part 1, we dissected the "gremlin" mindset, and learned that it was an internal or external block or a habitual pattern of fear that keeps actors stuck. In Part 2, we examined our first gremlin: Fear of Dreaming - a situation experienced by some actors who become stuck at the point of imagining their future as anything different than the present.

In Part 3, we explored the Victim Identification gremlin: a particularly destructive gremlin which points to the reasons for some actor's inability to move forward as emanating from within themselves. Part 4 brings us yet another harmful gremlin called the System Identification gremlin.

System Identification gremlins take the focus off of internal reasons for being stuck and instead place the blame on external reasons...

Click here to read entire article.



August 23, 2013

An Actor's Guide to Getting Past Gremlins: Conflict Identification (Part 5 of 5)

  Gremlin #8

We have come to the final part of this series that looks at how gremlins - experienced as deeply rooted resistance and/or fear habits - can hold actors back from making progress. Thus far this series has covered gremlin basics (Part 1) and three gremlin strongholds: Fear of Dreaming (Part 2), Victim Identification (Part 3), and System Identification (Part 4). Part 5 explores the fourth gremlin, the Conflict Identification gremlin.

At root, the Conflict Identification gremlin is the fear of conflict. Actors find themselves entangled with a Conflict Identification gremlin when they don't move forward because they don't want to rock the metaphoric boat...  


Click here to read entire article.


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


Performing the role of The Lady of the Lake
The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH
Details TBA


Lea McKenna-Garcia

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

2013-14 Season


Julie Voshell

My Name is Asher Lev

Performing various roles

B Street Theatre, Sacramento, CA


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. 
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
~ Thomas A. Edison ~