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October 2013

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 Rhonda Musak

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Happy October! Time for pumpkin spice lattes, hot mugs of tea and also time to say... 


Happy 3rd Birthday to Art & Soul Acting!!!

Art & Soul Acting was officially launched on October 26, 2010 and I have not looked back. Some accomplishments thus far:

  • Acting Classes in full swing
  • Several workshops for Art & Soul and other groups
  • 20 Book Club for Actors meetings
  • Leap 2014 marks the 6th year of Leap with Passion!!! Workshop
  • 3 years of Summer Acting Intensive for Teens
  • Many articles for the Book That Job Blog
  • And numerous private acting coaching Sessions
And I have many, many exciting plans still to come.

Please do check out all the goings on at Art & Soul.  It would be great to see you at the free workshop I'll be leading at The Network, at the next Book Club for Actors meeting and even at the upcoming Leap with Passion workshop.  Full details are below.


Enjoy a magical October!



Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

Free Audition Workshop - TU, October 22
I'm very pleased to present my first event ever at The Network!

Join us for a compelling evening:

How to Take Control of the Audition Room

Auditioning is not a random process where an actor throws up their hands and hopes for the best. Rather, auditioning is a highly skilled and fine-tuned "performance" that is so illusory as to seem completely spontaneous.

How to Take Control of the Audition Room will focus on how exactly an actor can slow down those precious few minutes and take control of the audition room.

Actors will:
  • Learn how to walk into an audition room and get the auditioners attention immediately.
  • Shift their audition thinking from a "get" to a "give" framework-forever changing their auditioning experience.
  • Implement an "on stage" "off stage" audition structure allowing actors more control of the material they present.
  • Experience "the other side of the table" -i.e. what it's like to cast a show.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 8-9:30pm
WHERE: The Network, 242 W. 36th St, 3rd FL
FEE: Free

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A special audio gift for Art & Soul Acting mailing list subscribers.

Rock your 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. 
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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.
Classes are currently in session.  The next session of classes will begin in January or February 2014.

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 - 7 weeks.


On Monday, November 18 & Saturday, November 23 we will be discussing the plays of 

Martin McDonagh.


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


WHEN: Monday, November 18, 7-9:00 - East Village OR 

                 Saturday, November 23, 3-5:00 - East Village


WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation


Please begin by reading The Beauty Queen of Leenane. After that, feel free to read any play from the Martin McDonagh 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.

For a complete list of play and playwrights the Book Club for Actors has already covered, please visit: Book Club for Actors Archive.
In The Press 

Curious to know more 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 2014 celebrates the 6th year of the annual Leap with Passion Workshop. It is a sought after favorite of many of my students.
Leap with Passion into 2014!!!
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! 


Before the workshop, I had a cloudy understanding of last year 
and did not have an active way to make changes for the New 
Year. After the workshop, I had clear and calm picture of the 
year ahead and a new way to approach it...
~ Stephanie Joiner  ~


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 has touched me in many ways, personally and 
professionally - and no more so than through her amazing 
LEAP WITH PASSION workshop which combines the best 
of so many of her gifts. What a perfect way to start a 
new year: with clear focus and passionate vitality! 
~ Andrew Rothkin ~
Leap with Passion into 2014 will be offered 3 times:

WHEN: Sunday, December 1 - NYC

                Saturday, December 28 - Chicago

                Saturday, January 4 - NYC

FEE: $89

I hope you'll be able to join us for this once a year event!

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

September 6, 2013

8 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Acting Class

Success Bullseye  

An easy way to begin this article would be by saying something like "everybody always asks me such-and-such..." I would then follow that statement up by answering the question etc. etc. But I can't do that here! For nobody ever asks me how they can get the most out of acting class, but - lucky you! - I'm going to tell you anyway.

As an acting coach, I am a fanatic about making sure that actors (and my actors in particular) are getting the absolute most out of acting class... 




September 26, 2013

10 Books That Have Made a Difference in My Life


I take inspiration from anywhere I can get it, and over the years, I've been motivated, schooled and transformed by the many fabulous books that have found their way into my hands. To celebrate back-to-school and the first week of fall, I thought I'd share some of my favorites. Enjoy!  


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!


Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe

Much Ado About Nothing

Performing the role of Beatrice

Alfred University 


Jenna Kantor


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

November 1-16


Alondra Perez

Congrats on being chosen for the "Adler Youth Group" high school 

program at Stella Adler!


Andrew Rothkin

Fear Cabaret

October 13 @ 3pm



Andrew Rothkin

A Man for All Seasons

Reading the role of Richard Rich

Congrats on your recent reading!


Julie Voshell

My Name is Asher Lev

Performing various roles

B Street Theatre, Sacramento, CA

September 20 - October 19


Congratulations to my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens students on Fall Play castings!:

Kaitlynn Altman
The Odd Couple - male version

Performing the role of Cecily Pigeon

Julia Barich
Arsenic and Old Lace
Performing the role of Officer Brophy

u/s Elaine Harper


Christy Carlson
The Odd Couple - male version

Performing the role of Gwendolyn Pigeon

Patrick Gosney
The Odd Couple - male version

Performing the role of Felix Ungar

Mitch McLaughlin
The Odd Couple - female version
Performing the role of Manolo Costazuela

Tommy McNally
The Odd Couple - male version

Performing the role of Bob


Jessica Meaney

The Odd Couple - female version

Performing the role of Vera


Mckenna Murphy
Arsenic and Old Lace
Performing the role of Abby Brewster


Molly Murtaugh
The Odd Couple - female version
Performing the role of Florence Ungar


Antonio Rivera

The Odd Couple - male version

Performing the role of Speed


Cara Tumino
The Odd Couple - male version
Performing the role of Bobbi

Brandon Vlach
The Odd Couple - male version
Performing the role of Oscar Madison


Error is the only opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.
~ Henry Ford ~