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September 2014

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Teen Intensive
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 Rhonda Musak

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Once again, we've cycled around to back-to-school time and the close of another summer. I hope yours has been lovely and a you've been able to take full advantage of all that the season has to offer.

It was an absolutely fabulous summer for me as I spent the better part of June leading my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens workshops, in July I began rehearsal for my solo show, and in August I saw 10 solo shows in the New York International Fringe Festival and took a restful vacation to Fire Island.

After a mid-August, end-of-summer break, Art & Soul Acting is once again in full force! Drop-In Acting Class begins tomorrow, September 4th and I'll be back private coaching next week...which also coincides with the 24th gathering of the Book Club for Actors - - this meeting will focus on the plays of Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker.

And I'm also thrilled to say that along with NYC, Chicago, and live-online, the Leap with Passion workshop will also be offered in Portland, Maine.

All right, Fall - - bring it on!



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:  Class resumes on Thursday, 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.

Visit Core Acting Technique for complete class details.

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.

Visit Scene Study & Cold Reading Technique for complete class details.

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:

Visit Drop-In Acting Class for complete class details & registration.

What's Up with the Book Club for Actors? 

Remaining reading time: 1 week



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.

Working with Rhonda Musak is such a privilege. She is so supportive, outgoing and fun--I was thoroughly impressed. My confidence and ability as an actor has grown so much!
~ Naomi, age 15 ~

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
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Portland, ME

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.

Back-to-school favorites from the archive:

September 6, 2013

8 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Acting Class

Success Bullseye  

An easy way to begin this article would be by saying something like "everybody always asks me such-and-such..." I would then follow that statement up by answering the question etc. etc. But I can't do that here! For nobody ever asks me how they can get the most out of acting class, but - lucky you! - I'm going to tell you anyway.

As an acting coach, I am a fanatic about making sure that actors (and my actors in particular) are getting the absolute most out of acting class. Resources are precious for actors... 




February 19, 2013

How to Rehearse a Scene Without Wasting Time - Part I of II

I Can't I Have Rehearsal
You know the're in an acting class and you've been assigned a scene with a partner. It's a great scene and you've really been looking forward to working with this actor. You do all the requisite things that you do when you begin to work on the scene including scheduling a time to meet. You choose to meet at your scene partner's apartment for rehearsal.

On the day of your scheduled rehearsal, you show up on time but discover that you and your scene partner share the same hobby. How exciting! Conversation ensues as the hands on the clock begin to tick...


 Click here to read entire article.



March 26, 2013

How to Rehearse a Scene Without Wasting Time - Part II of II


The day has come for your first rehearsal on the scene that you're working on with your scene partner. You've done all of the preliminary work that you and your partner agreed upon, you've clearly scheduled your rehearsal time and you've found the perfect place to rehearse the scene honoring its requirements. Well done! So now what's next?... 


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!

Donna Baker (Smera)

Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy!

Kevin Cusick

702 Punch Lines & Pregnant

Performing the role of Wooley

St. Luke's Theatre

Every Sunday at 2 pm.

Details & Tickets

Jenna Kantor

The Full Monty
Performing the role of Vicki
The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH

September 19-October 11
Details & Tickets

Chuck Marti

NBC's "The Blacklist"

Playing the role of Mob Boss

Airing Date TBA

Julie Voshell

Romeo & Juliet

Dances Patrelle

September 11-14

Details & Tickets

Congratulations to my Summer Acting Intensive for Teens students on Fall Play castings!

Samantha Altmann
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Lady Capulet

Julia Barich
Moon Over Buffalo
Performing the role of Rosalind, Roz

Abigail Brink
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Gregory

Christy Carlson
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Juliet

Toneisha du Randt
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Ensemble
u/s Juliet

Miguel Franco
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Sampson

Andrew Gilson
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Lord Capulet

Sidney Gutierrez
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Ensemble

Michael Hippleheuser
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Friar John

Mary Grace Horne
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Apothecary

Jon-Carlo Manzo
Moon Over Buffalo
Performing the role of George Hay

Mitch McLaughlin
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Romeo

Tommy McNally
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Benvolio
Also One-Act Director

Rahul Parikh
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Friar Lawrence

Gillian Rugerri
Moon Over Buffalo
Performing the role of Eileen

John Michael Verhoek
Romeo & Juliet
Performing the role of Lord Montague

We are constantly invited to be who we are.                  
~ Henry David Thoreau ~