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Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
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RSM Winter

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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They say that March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.  I say it's cold until June.

But that doesn't mean that things aren't heating up here at Art & Soul Acting. 


So much going on!  Acting class is in session and the first Book Club for Actors meeting of 2014 will kick off next week as we delve into the wiley work of Caryl Churchill - - details below.


I am also really looking forward to this Saturday, March 8th, when I will be a presenter at Theater Resources Unlimited's (TRU) annual Meet The Coaches event.  If you are looking for a coach, this event is for you. Details are below.

In preparation of Saturday's TRU event, I've posted below four juicy Book That Job Blog postings on how you can up the quality of your auditioning.  Don't miss these!
Finally, save the date: Sunday, April 26 -- Art & Soul Acting will be a part of Actors Pro Expo.  Details about this actors' convention/networking event are below.  It is sure to be a great day to connect with fellow actors, attend industry seminars and discover more tools that can get you where you want to go as an actor.  Plus, stop by and see me! (Oh, and did I mention that it's FREE?)


OK...get out there, actor, and please do stay clear of that March lion!




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

TRU: Meet The Coaches 
I am thrilled to have been chosen as a presenter in the acting coach category at Theater Resources Unlimited's (TRU) upcoming Meet The Coaches event! Please join us.

TRU seeks to connect actors with coaches.  Come on out and meet myself and several other acting and vocal coaches at this one-of-a-kind event.

Actors: your coach is waiting!

At TRU we firmly believe that even the most experienced actor needs an outside eye to help shape an effective audition piece. 

Trust us - the room can tell who has been coached and who hasn't. It makes a huge difference. That's why we offer this annual opportunity for you to meet a lineup of recommended coaches who want nothing more than to make you shine!

How do you know if you want to work with someone? Sure, you can read about them, or ask a friend for a reco; but we think it's even better to meet someone in person and "get the vibe".

Led this year by vocal/music coach NATALIE WILSON, we will introduce you to acting coaches GILLIEN GOLL, BOB LUKE, RHONDA MUSAK, ROGER HENDRICKS SIMON, ROSALYN COLEMAN WILLIAMS; vocal coaches LISA HOGAN, ALISON HOLMAN, DAN MANJOVI and KIM STERN; plus Alexander Technique coach KAREN BRAGA. 

Each will give a 4 minute presentation, and afterwards we will have a catered reception at which you can meet each coach one-on-one.

Not sure if your headshot is working for you? Come talk to headshot photographers Junenoire Mitchell and Nadia Saburov of STUDIO 7 PHOTOGRAPHY!


DAY: Saturday, March 8th
TIME: 2-5:15 pm
LOCATION: 520 8th Avenue, NYC
FEE: FREE for those registered for the TRU April Audition event, $15 in advance ($20 at the door) for all others -- which will be applied toward your audition fee if you decide to register!

Actors Pro Expo
Engage Art & Soul Acting will be a part of the first ever Actors Pro Expo in NYC! This event has received rave reviews in London and is sure to be a smash in NYC. Please join us.

Actors Pro Expo is a convention for actors focusing on 3 key areas - Develop, Sustain & Create.  Along with an exhibit area, the day will feature workshops, seminars and loads of fabulous networking opportunities.

DAY: Sunday, April 26
TIME: 10 am - 5 pm
LOCATION: Radisson Martinique, 49 W 32nd Street & Broadway
FEE: FREE - but you must register for a ticket

I will be leading an AUDITION WORKSHOP in the morning...more details to come re: time. If you've always wanted to experience my work, this is a fantastic opportunity!

Free Subscriber Gift 
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. 
If you're not yet a subscriber, sign up at left and you will receive the audio automatically.
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.
Class is currently in session...stay tuned for upcoming class info and dates.

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: 1 week.


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 ~ 


Confirmed 2014 Bookings:


Illinois All State Audition Final Prep Workshop


   * June 11: Lockport Township High School, IL


A Crash Course in Auditioning: Everything You Need to Know to Rock Your Next Audition! Workshop

   * June 12-13: Lockport Township High School, IL

   * June 17-18: Minooka Community High School, IL


Summer Acting Intensive for Teens - Level I


   * July 14-19: Sylacauga, AL


Tentative 2014 Bookings:


   * July: 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 ~

Book that Job Blog's Latest Articles
MasteryThe "Book That Job Blog" features articles focusing on the craft or business of acting.
Since I'm getting ready to coach actors for TRU's big audition event, here's four from the archive on auditioning.

May 29, 2012

Choosing Monologues That Will Set Your Auditions on Fire


Actors know that having a great set of audition monologues is an absolute must. But it's that word "great" that can often put an actor into the throes of agony. You read the audition notices, you see what it is that the auditioners are looking for, and with a plummeting heart you realize that you have nothing suitable to audition for a role for which you are perfect... 




June 12, 2012

The Key to a Great Monologue Relationship,
The Start of a Love Affair



I started out writing this week's article by focusing on where exactly an actor can find really great monologues. But then I realize that there's a lot to be said about what actually makes a monologue great. And not only great in general, but specifically great for the actor who is doing the piece... 


Click here to read entire article.



June 19, 2012

How to Find Great Audition Monologues


It's the search that actors never seem to end: the quest to find great, amazingly perfect, stunning, one-of-a-kind, out-of-this-world audition monologues. And not only that, but pieces that book the job...every time...


Click here to read entire article.



September 11, 2012

The Audition Mindset That Will Change Your Life 


Actors have been told a thousand times over that they must have confidence when they walk into an audition room. That's great! Yes!! It is well agreed that that must be so. However, that's usually where the conversation ends, leaving actors hanging and wondering exactly what it means and how to go about creating this mystical and magical dream realm called "confidence..." 


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!


Kevin Cusick

702 Punch Lines & Pregnant

Performing the role of Wooley

Broadway Comedy Club

Show is in continuous run, next performances are March 16 & 30. 

Details & Tickets


Jenna Kantor

All Shook Up

Performing the role of Mayor Matilda

The Merrick Theatre

March 15-April 6

Details & Tickets


Congratulations to Summer Acting Intensive for Teens spring musical castings in Legally Blonde!

Kaitlyn Altmann
Performing the role of Pilar
Also Assistant Vocal Director

Christy Carlson
Performing the role of a Delta Nu
Also Assistant Choreographer

Alaina Frederick
Performing the role of Serena
Also Assistant Vocal Director

Patrick Gosney
Performing the role of Warner

Sydney Gutierrez
Running Crew 

Bob Lallky

Assistant Producer 

Mitch McLaughlin

Performing the role of Emmitt

Tommy McNally
Performing the role of Prof. Pforzheimer  


Jessica Meaney 

Performing the role of Brooke
Also Assistant Director

Molly Murtaugh
Performing the role of Vivienne
Also Assistant Choreographer

Antonio Rivera
Performing the role of Kyle
Also Assistant Choreographer 

John Michael Verhoek

Performing the role of Lowell

Brandon Vlach
Performing the roles of Grandmaster Chad & Nikos
Also Assistant Director

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
~ Albert Einstein ~