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July 2014

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 Rhonda Musak

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Ahhh...sweet July, you are here! I love any month in which winter coats are a distant memory and July is my absolute favorite.


I am just back from Chicago where I lead my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens for the 4th year in a row. It was a sad goodbye to some students whom I had worked with since 2011, but their successors are every bit as passionate and wonderful.

The students at both LTHS & MCHS grew so much as actors in the course of their respective workshops. The students gave me such a gift in reminding me of the strength and power of these acting tools; I was truly blown away as I watched their final pieces. Congrats! (Please see student photo below.)

For the second year I worked with fabulous LTHS director, Laura Gilbert, coaching students auditioning for the Illinois All-State Theater Festival -- this year, students auditioned for Pippin. I am thrilled to say that all five LTHS students received callbacks! (Please see final castings below.)

Back in the NYC, I'm having a great time coaching both the new & returning students in my Drop-In Acting Class. I'm also catching up with my in-person Private Acting Coaching students, and getting ready for next week's Book Club for Actors meeting focusing on the work of playwright Donald Margulies.

Come join me for any and all Art & Soul Acting events - it would be fantastic to have you there!

Sunny summer blessings,



My old Chicago neighborhood  in 2014 -- west view from the Belmont L tracks. 



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.

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

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: 1 week



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.

This was an amazing experience for me!
~ Brittany Petric ~


Summer 2014



 MCHS Workshop Participants


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 ~

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June 11, 2014

I Got Cast in What Role?!?: Handling the Challenges of Being Cast Against Type


One of the trickiest challenges that you might face as an actor is being cast in a role that you never would have chosen for yourself. In a switch-o change-o maneuver, you go out for the girl next door and wham the next thing you know you are being offered the evil villain down the street. Who can figure!?!

Being handed a role you never expected can be a shocking experience. There may even be a temptation to turn the role down; however, it just may be a role that is actually too good to turn down. So what's an actor to do?... 



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

"I'd Kill for You"

Guest Star - ID TV


Kevin Cusick

702 Punch Lines & Pregnant

Performing the role of Wooley

St. Luke's Theatre

Show is in continuous run, next performance is July 5.

Details & Tickets


Catalina Jackson

Congrats on your recent music video booking!


Congratulations to LTHS student castings for the Illinois All-State Theatre production of Pippin:


Andrew Gilson


Ensemble & u/s Charles

Excellence is a habit.                
~ Aristotle ~