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December 2013

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Rhonda Musak 12.01.11

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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Oh the weather outside is frightful...actually, it's quite calm here in NYC. It may even be nearly summer where you are. In any case, it is the month of lit candles and decked halls and passion filled leaps -- yow!

In fact, my first Leap with Passion into 2014!!! workshop was held just this past weekend. Attendees came, saw, leapt and are already off creating a fantastic start to the New Year.

Missed it this weekend? No problem. Two more workshops to come: December 28 in Chicago and January 4 back in NYC. Full details are below. You can also find below a link to an article I wrote about the incident that inspired my creation of the Leap with Passion workshop -- hint: my sister played a huge part.

Though Book Club for Actors is on holiday break, my February session of acting classes has just begun registration. If you're looking to ignite and expand your acting technique so you can book the jobs that you would love to book in 2014, then these classes are for you. Details below.

I'll be heading to Chicago over the holidays to see my Third Coast based family and friends and I am especially excited to meet my adorable niece who was born the day after Thanksgiving. So much to be grateful for!

Wishing you boundless joys of the season as you gather and celebrate with those dearest to you.

Peace & wintry blessings -




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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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 February!

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: Tuesdays

TIME: 6-10 PM

DATES: February 4-April 8 (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: February 6-April 10 (a total of 10 classes)


FEE: $495, payable in 2 installments


What's Up with the Book Club for Actors? 

Thanks for a FABULOUS year of reading and conversation...enjoy your holiday!


The Book Club for Actors is on holiday hiatus. The next playwright will be announced at the beginning of January 2014. February book club meetings are as follows: 


WHEN: Monday, February 17, 7-9:00 - East Village 


                 Saturday, February 22, 3-5:00 - East Village



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.

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 2014 will feature both Level I & Level II:

Level I - Core Acting Techniques: 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 was a blessing! New friends
were made through never forgettable experiences.
Acting is being: it is living.

~Joey Dearduff ~ 


Summer 2014 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 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 past year and a new way to approach the year ahead; with small actions I can and will take every single day. Rhonda's passion and unending support made the environment safe for healing, growing and taking chances.  
~ 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 -- completed

                Saturday, December 28 - Chicago

                Saturday, January 4 - NYC

FEE: $89
This really works!!! 
~ Amy Buss ~

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

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Get Rid of New Year's Resolutions that Don't Stick
Once and For All


A handful years ago, in the middle of a sweltering July day, my sister turned to me and said, "My New Year's resolution is going really well." 


Caught completely off guard, I searched through my mind for a moment of time that was not humid and 97 degrees. I finally recalled that yes, at the beginning of that year, I too had New Year's resolutions! And that's where our similarities ended: I had zero recollection of my "life-changing" resolutions that were designed as the New Year arrived with its fresh hope...



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!


Kevin Cusick

702 Punch Lines & Pregnant

Performing the role of Wooley

Broadway Comedy Club

Show is in continuous run, next performance is Dec 15th at 3pm. 

Details & Tickets


Jenna Kantor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Congrats on dancing on the Goo Goo Dolls float! 


Andrew Rothkin

"World's Most Astonishing News!"

Performing the role of a doctor

Airing date TBA


I would rather be ashes than dust!  I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot.  I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.  The function of man is to live, not to exist.  I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.  I shall use my time.
~ Jack London ~