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June 2014

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Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
Book That Job Blog
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Rhonda Musak

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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June means one thing here at Art & Soul: Summer Acting Intensive for Teens! 


This weekend I will be packing my bags to head to Chicago. I'm very much looking forward to some great workshops over the next couple of weeks with the fabulous kids of Lockport Township high School & Minooka Community High School.


Want to work with me here in NYC? Check out my new weekly, ongoing Drop-In Acting Class on Thursday nights or schedule a private coaching session with me at any time. See details below.
Want to work with me but not in NYC? I am always available for live, online private coaching via GoToMeeting.

And attention early-bird planners: I have announced tentative dates for Leap with Passion into 2015!!! Get it on your calendar now so you don't miss out in December/January.

Wishing you a June jamming with joy!  




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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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!

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.

Weekly Ongoing Drop-In Acting Class

The Drop-In Acting Class at Art & Soul Acting is designed for the acting student who wishes to receive acting coaching on the material of their choice in a group setting. Registration is on a class-by-class basis.


Class Structure

Each class will begin with a brief warm-up so attendees can approach their work centered and focused. Actors will then work on their material of choice in an individual work slot.

Work Slot Material Options
Actors may choose to work on any of the following: 

  • Monologues
  • Cold Readings for Film or Stage
  • Audition Process & Technique
  • Preparation for an Upcoming Audition
  • Exercises to Stretch the Actors Instrument
  • Scene Study
  • Preparation for an Upcoming Role
  • Acting Technique Breakdown for an Acting Issue
  • Get Unstuck Coaching

Schedule Note: Class will be in session on June 5. No class on June 12 and June 19 as I will be in Chicago for my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens workshops. Class is back in session on June 26 and going forward.


For individual class dates, hours and fee, please visit click on the link below:


What's Up with the Book Club for Actors? 

Remaining reading time: 5 weeks. 



On Monday, July 7 & Saturday, July 12 we will be discussing the plays of Donald Margulies.


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


WHEN: Monday, July 7, 7-9 - East Village


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

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

Please begin by reading Dinner With Friends. After that, feel free to read any play from the Donald Margulies 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


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.

Tentative Dates: Leap with Passion into 2015!!!
  • Saturday, December 27, 2014 - Chicago
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015 - NYC
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Online Live
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 - NYC

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.

From the archive:

February 21, 2011

Choosing a Joyful Acting Career


On Facebook, American Theatre Magazine does a fantastic job of engaging its fans in an ongoing compelling conversation. In answer to one of their questions that they post on a daily basis, I recently read a reply that went something like this:

"I'm so afraid that I will never be able to make my living from acting and will be stuck doing terrible and uninspired showcases for my whole career."

I could not locate the original post so I'm paraphrasing; however, that was basically it. It was posted a few weeks ago and my heart has been aching for that person ever since-and not necessarily because of their incredible hopelessness (though, that does make me sad), but more because of how that hopelessness and the accompanying fear can get in the way of possibility and actually prevent this desire from happening... 



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

Congratulations on graduating from Alfred 3 years and as Valedictorian! 


Kevin Cusick

702 Punch Lines & Pregnant

Performing the role of Wooley

St. Luke's Theatre

Show is in continuous run, next performance is June 8.

Details & Tickets


Jenna Kantor

Guys & Dolls

Performing the role of Sarah Brown

The Merrick Theatre

May 31-June 22

Details & Tickets


Andrew Rothkin

Reading Between the Lies

June 19-June 29

Details & Tickets


All great achievements require time.                
~ Maya Angelou ~