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February 2014

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Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
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 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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It's February - - the month of love! But before I go spinning off on a heart beam, better grab my boots to get through the soppiest, slushiest MESS of weather that I've ever seen in all my days in NYC. Seriously...what gives?!?

Good thing it's warm and cozy here at Art & Soul.

Mission accomplished: all passionate Leapers into 2014 have lept! After two workshops in NYC and one in Chicago, the final Leap with Passion workshop was held on January 18 via an online live format.

It was the first time I was able to offer the live online format and I'm very pleased to say that it jived beautifully with the Leap with Passion work.  I'll be thrilled to offer the live online workshop again for Leap those of you not near an in-person Leap workshop, 2015 will be your year!

We're also keeping it warm starting acting class this week...there are still a little over 24 hours left to sign up for my Scene Study & Cold Reading Technique class -- details below. Join us!

And finally, I had to change the dates from February to March for the next Book Club for Actors meeting featuring the work of Caryl Churchill - - please see details below and join us for what is sure to be a compelling conversation.

Be mine Valentine!




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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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.
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? 

Remaining reading time: 5 weeks.


Please note: the Caryl Churchill book club has been rescheduled to March from the earlier February dates.


On Monday, March 1o & Saturday, March 15 we will be discussing the plays of Caryl Churchill.


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

WHEN: Monday, March 10, 7-9:00 - East Village 


                 Saturday, March 15, 3-5:00 - East Village

WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation.

Please begin by reading Serious Money. After that, feel free to read any play from the Caryl Churchill 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!   



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 ~ 


Tentative 2014 Bookings - Details TBA:

  • Sylacauga, AL
  • Minooka Community High School, IL
  • Chicago, IL

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!!!
2014 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 2015!!!

Dates TBA
This really works!!! 
~ Amy Buss ~

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January 14, 2014

What Actors Ought to Know About Acting Training 


In the world of acting things happen quickly. In one moment you're preparing for several auditions and in the next you've been handed a script with the expectation that in a very short amount of time you will be ready to hit the stage or the camera 100% prepared and ready to go.

It's the moment we all live for as actors, but sometimes when it comes it can seem daunting. Where oh where to begin becomes the question, especially once you've realized that the rehearsal you'll be given is inadequate to what the role requires... 




January 30, 2014

Why Showing Up Changes Everything: 3 Inspiring Stories


Since we are plunged into the deep freeze, I thought it the perfect time to share a few of my favorite stories that I've collected over the years. These stories have inspired me to continually show up and remember that anything can be awaiting around the next corner. Enjoy!

The first story comes from my dear friend and wonderful dancer, Karen Lacy...


Click here to read entire article.


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!


Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe

Congratulations on your recent performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Kennedy Center and on your Irene Ryan nomination!


Kevin Cusick

702 Punch Lines & Pregnant

Performing the role of Wooley

Broadway Comedy Club

Show is in continuous run, next performance is February 16. 

Details & Tickets


Jenna Kantor


Performing the role of Calliope

The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH
January 10-25
Details & Tickets


Jenna Kantor

All Shook Up

Performing the role of Mayor Matilda

The Merrick Theatre

March 15-April 6

Details & Tickets


Andrew Rothkin

Light and Noise and Bees and Boys - reading

Reading the role of Gideon

Andrew Rothkin
Love Bits - playwright
Presented as part of Le Petite Morgue's "Fresh Blood: My Bloody Valentine"
Wednesday, February 5
Details & Tickets

Congratulations to my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens students on recent children's theatre performances:

Julia Barich
Aesop's Fables Redux
Performing the role of Child

Delaney Peeples
Aesop's Fables Redux
Performing the role of The Dog 

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: 
there ought to be as many for love.
~ Margaret Atwood ~