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April 2014

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Actors Pro Expo
Acting Podcast
Free Gift
Vocal Workshop
Acting Class
Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
Book That Job Blog
Student News

Rhonda Musak

 Rhonda Musak

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That magical time is upon us once again when we got to watch our neighborhoods transform from bare to blooming.

And there's much going on this spring at Art & Soul Acting to keep you blooming a blossoming all over the place as an actor.

Number one, top the list is an exceptional opportunity to come and work with Art & Soul Acting. I'm thrilled that we will be a part of Actors Pro Expo this year.   


I will be leading the workshop: Mastering the Audition Mindset That Books Acting Jobs. Please join us for the workshop and definitely stop by our booth to say hello...and maybe for a treat, too! Full details are below.

And if you're in need of some inspiration, check out my interview on the Everything Acting Podcast. Roz Williams & I had a fantastic time connecting and talking aboutwhat excites us as acting coaches. Details below.

And on a personal note about my as yet untitled solo show -- I'm so happy to report that I'm back in the saddle again! For reasons beyond my control, there's been some delays, but I can't wait to get back to my next series of rewrites which will begin tomorrow!

May April find you enjoying a beam of delightful sunshine!



PS And, hey, Chicagoans...check out the Roy Hart vocal workshop led by my vocal coach Marya Lowry and happening at DePaul in May!


Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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.

NYC's Actors Pro Expo is an event for actors and performers to connect with both industry professionals and services all designed to help actors develop their skills and enhance various aspects of their career. 

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: See below.

If you've always wanted to experience my work, here's you opportunity!

Audition Workshop at Actors Pro Expo, 10:15 am
Lead by Rhonda Musak

Mastering the Audition Mindset that Books Acting Jobs

Auditioning is not a random process where an actor throws up their hands and hopes for the best.

Rather, auditioning is a highly skilled, fine-tuned "performance" that is so illusory as to seem completely spontaneous. Supporting that process for an actor is the mindset that they bring into the audition room.

At worst, an actor's mindset has the power to sabotage even the best acting skills. But at its best and most powerful, an actor's mindset has the ability to showcase an actor in a way that highlights and magnifies the acting skills they have to offer.

Mastering the Audition Mindset that Books Acting Jobs is not a sit-in-your seat lecture. Actors will be on their feet during his hour-long seminar making discoveries that will leave them with a mindset ready to be their best in the audition room so they can book that job.

Actors will:
  • Shift their audition mindset from a "get" to a "give" framework, forever changing their auditioning experience.
  • Learn how to walk into an audition room and get the auditioners attention immediately.
  • Experience "the other side of the table" - i.e. what it's like to cast a show.

Click for: Complete Actors Pro Expo Details

Admission to Actors Pro Expo is FREE

Admission to Art & Soul Acting's Workshop:
Mastering the Mindset the Books Acting Jobs @ 10:15 am - $21.49

Fee for each additional workshop or seminar: $21.49

Click to Register: Actors Pro Expo Admission and Workshops & Seminars
Everything Acting Podcast 
Tools of the trade for the serious actor...via podcast!

You never know who you'll meet and I was lucky enough to meet fabulous acting coach Roz Williams at TRU's Meet The Coaches event in March.

Roz generously invited me to have a conversation with her about acting coaching on her Everything Acting turned out to be an absolute blast!

Have a listen as Roz and I connect over everything from our favorite book "Mindset" to the perils of missed given circumstances.

What is the Everything Acting Podcast?

Each Everything Acting Podcast episode contains tips and info from legitimate industry insiders. Acting coaches, casting directors, agents, producers and directors will offer insights on pictures, resumes, auditions, reels, and what happens when you get the job. Get inspiration from real life audition stories; find out who got the part and how they got it!

Brought to you by Darbi Worley and Roz Williams/Red Wall Productions

Join Roz, Darbi and the Everything Acting Podcast guests as they inform, inspire and demystify the actor's journey.

Where can I find the Everything Acting Podcast?

Right now, my episode is only available on the app. The Everything Acting app works on the iPhone, Android or iPod touch.

The app is $5.99 --  a steal at that rate providing inspiring convos and tons of insider info that will give your acting career a tremendous boost!

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.
Chicago: Roy Hart Vocal Workshop 
My fabulous vocal coach, Marya Lowry, will be leading a workshop in Chicago. If I were in Chicago in May, I'd definitely be there!

Roy Hart Voice Training 
with Marya Lowry & Phil Timberlake

In this weekend intensive Marya & Phil will explore the range of possibilities of the whole voice. Supported by breath, body and emotional energy, they will search for each individual's unique vocal expression from the subtle to the extravagant, the heights to the depths, and the dark to the light. 

By connecting body and imagination to vocal impulses, they will explore the voice as a literal and metaphorical instrument of self-discovery, self-expression, and empowerment. Marya & Phil will search for connections of voice to text with the on-going goal of "growing toward performance". 

Please bring a poetic text from any genre.

The work includes:
  • physical work to deepen breath connection, awaken and inspire the body to give voice
  • improvisational voice explorations
  • pathways to extended range, color and timbre
  • ecstatic voice
  • voice and text explorations toward performance
  • Roy Hart piano work: the time-honored vocal journeying to expanded vocal and imaginative expression
Whether you use your voice as a professional actor, singer, public speaker, in therapeutic work or for the pure joy of your vocal expression you will emerge from the weekend with renewed resources to enrich your practice and enlarge your performance.

This training weekend is open to all levels and is limited to 16 participants

Saturday & Sunday, May 17 and 18
Time: 11-6 pm
Location: The Theatre School, DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine, Chicago.
Fee: $225. (Early Bird Discount $195 w/ deposit by April 8th)
Deposit of $100 is due with registration.

To Register: Send your deposit and the following information to:

Phil Timberlake
The Theatre School, DePaul University
2350 N. Racine
Chicago, IL 60614

Please make out your check to "Phil Timberlake".

Include your Name, Address, Email address, Phone number and please let us know a bit about you: What draws you to this Roy Hart training Weekend?

Please direct questions via e-mail to Phil or Marya
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: 5 weeks.


On Monday, May 5 & Saturday, May 10 we will be discussing the plays of Thornton Wilder.


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

WHEN: Monday, May 5, 7-9:00 - East Village 


                 Saturday, May 10, 3-5:00 - East Village

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

Please begin by reading The Skin of Our Teeth. After that, feel free to read any play from the Thornton Wilder 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

LOVE this workshop and will make it an annual MUST!  

~ Tiffany Hodges ~

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

March 11, 2014

Somewhere Along The Line, Warm-Ups Got A Bad Rap


Oh, relax now! I don't mean the requisite warm-ups for athletes or musicians. Heavens no! And I'm not talking about the crucial warm-ups that dancers or singers must do to be at their best. Certainly not! If you fall within any one of these categories, feel free to warm up to your heart's content.

The warm-ups with the bad rap belong solely to actors.

Ballerinas do their plié's, pianists play their scales and actors have a cigarette and a cup of coffee. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic (or extremely truthful), but sometimes our first inclination when we see an actor warming up is to assume he or she is an amateur...



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 performance is April 27.

Details & Tickets


Kevin Cusick

Congrats on leading role in the short film "Case Closed".


Gary Ducoing

Congrats on upcoming Easter vocal project.


Jenna Kantor

All Shook Up

Performing the role of Mayor Matilda

The Merrick Theatre

March 15-April 6

Details & Tickets


Chuck Marti

Out in theatres now: "Rob The Mob"

Check out Chuck in the role of Fast Freddy - congrats.


Chuck Marti

Congrats on booking the role of Nick's father in the full length feature film "Nick and Nicky".

Nick and Nicky - The Movie


Eric Robledo

Congrats on recent performances in NYC & Puerto Rico with Repertorio Español.


Andrew Rothkin

Congrats on playing the role of Rod Bench on Redrum - episode "Crying Uncle".


Andrew Rothkin

Congrats on recent reading of Sand Between Our Toes.


Gena West

Congrats on leading role in the short film "The Perfect Shelter".


Congratulations to Summer Acting Intensive for Teens re: college acceptance!

Patrick Gosney
NYU Tisch


If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can, with whatever 
means you may have, however meager they may seem, you will be 
able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears. 
Without preparation you cannot do it. 
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~