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August 2014

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 Rhonda Musak

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May I just say that I think this is the loveliest summer I've ever experienced in NYC since moving here in the olden days of the 1900s!

Keeping in tune with June and July, August, too, has started as a stunner. Making August even more appealing is that it features one of my favorite theatrical events: The New York International Fringe Festival.

2014 FringeNYC runs from August 8-23 and features 200 shows. I will be, of course, immersing myself in solo shows as I have already begun rehearsal for my solo show: Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain. (Performance dates will be announced sometime in the future.)

Interested in acting class? Check out the "What's going on with acting class?" section below for a complete update on all of my classes.

Wishing you lovely languid August days -


PS A quick reminder to my students: Please remember to get your show information to me a few days before the end of the month so I can include you here in my newsletter. Thanks!


Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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#166: Coach Rhonda Musak Meets Coach Roz Williams

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.

Acting Class Update:

Drop-In Acting Class
I am pleased to announce that the Drop-In Acting Class will be offer throughout the fall at Art & Soul! 

NEXT SESSION INFO: We have two more August sessions: August 7 & 14. We will then be on end-of-summer break during the weeks of August 21 & 28. Class will resume on September 4 and go straight through until holiday break in December. 

Details are below. Join us!

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. 

NEXT SESSION INFO: Core Acting Technique will not be offered Fall 2014, but it may be offered Winter 2015. I am gathering a list of names of those who may be interested then. If that's you, please e-mail me here to stay updated.

Scene Study & Cold Reading Technique
Scene Study & Cold Reading Technique is a 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.

NEXT SESSION INFO: Scene Study & Cold Reading Technique will not be offered Fall 2014, but it may be offered Winter 2015. I am gathering a list of names of those who may be interested then. If that's you, please e-mail me here to stay updated.

In the meantime...

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 students 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: 5 weeks



On Monday, September 8 & Saturday, September 13 we will be discussing the plays of Annie Baker.


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


WHEN: Monday, September 8, 7-9 - East Village


                 Saturday, September 13, 3-5:00 - East Village

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

Please begin by reading The Flick. After that, feel free to read any play from the Annie Baker 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 featured 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 workshops have been completed and our sights are set on 2015. Stay tuned.... 


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.

July 16, 2014

Why I Love Actor Newsletters (And What Having One Can Do for You)


My e-mail inbox is a very busy place. My guess is that yours is, too. And to be more effective and efficient, I've recently been taking the Inbox Zero approach to sorting and processing my email. This tactic has proved quite successful.

However when I see a newsletter come into my inbox from one of my acting students or an acting colleague, I throw efficiency out the window and get excited... 




July 29, 2014

Vocal Remedies for Actors

A strong and expressive speaking voice ranks among the top requirements of actors. But what do you do when your vocal cords, or vocal folds (as they are now commonly referred to), are down and the only thing coming out of your mouth is silence? Or even when you're experiencing vocal fatigue due to overusing your voice?... 


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

St. Luke's Theatre

Every Sunday at 2 pm.

Details & Tickets

Chuck Marti

Congrats on recent performance in Rhinoceros

Performing the role of Old Gentleman

Inwood Shakespeare in the Park

Andrew Rothkin

Congrats on recent reading of Old Men Are Full of Shit

Reading the role of Isaac

Midtown International Theatre Festival

Andrew Rothkin

Andrew's play Hamlet Bound & Unbound was recently published on Indie Theatre Now -- congrats!


There is no passion to be found playing small --
in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
~ Nelson Mandela ~