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October 2014

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Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
Book That Job Blog
Student News

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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Happy official fall! And if you don't mind my saying...

Happy Birthday Art & Soul Acting!!!

That's right, Art & Soul Acting turns 4 on October 26th.

I'm so grateful for everything that I've learned over the past four years, and I am especially grateful for all the wonderful actors that I've met and worked with through Art & Soul.

Art & Soul Acting started off as a dream and a vision and has grown into the following offerings:
  • Acting Classes - since in 2011
  • Private Acting Coaching - in person in NYC & online
  • Book Club for Actors - now on our 25th playwright
  • Book That Job Blog & e-Zine
  • Summer Acting Intensive for Teens - since 2011
  • College Prep Program
  • Leap with Passion Workshop - going into our 7th year (this workshop began while I was teaching at the Elizabeth Browning Studio)
I am thrilled to serve passionate and committed actors and I look forward to creating even more ways to do so.

One of my latest additions is the Art & Soul Acting Loyalty Card. Yes, just like your coffee, each class or private coaching earns you one hole punch. 10 hole punches = a free class or coaching! And if you refer a student, they get a hole punch and you get one, too.

With a heart full of gratitude, thank you for being in integral part of Art & Soul Acting!



Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

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Everything Acting Podcast 
The Everything Acting Podcast episode contains tips and info from industry insiders including coaches, casting directors, agents, producers and directors.
Download the Everything Acting Podcast app and check out my featured interview:

#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 is currently in session and will 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: 4 weeks



On Monday, October 27 & Saturday, November 1 we will be discussing the plays of Lynn Nottage.


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


WHEN: Monday, October 27, 7-9 - East Village


                 Saturday, November 1, 3-5:00 - East Village

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

Please begin by reading Ruined. After that, feel free to read any play from the Lynn Nottage 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
  • New Year's Eve/Day - Sylacauga, AL
  • 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.

September 23, 2014

Acting Lessons from a Distracted Audience


As my cousin and I were getting ready recently to see a Broadway show, I was musing about my next topic for this blog. Being very familiar with the Book That Job Blog (she is after all Art & Soul Acting's fabulous editor-in-chief), she suggested that I review the show we were about to see.


I told her I would happily leave the reviewing to the critics. Had I, though, chosen to write a review, what happened on stage at that night's performance was hardly the main event-what really got my attention was what was happening right in the audience.



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 Monday at 8 pm

Details & Tickets

Kevin Cusick

Congratulations on recent independent film booking!

Shea Davies

Congratulations on recent promo film shoot for NOVA Woodbridge!

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

Andrew Rothkin

Things That Go Bump in the Night

10 Short Plays, including:

The Change 

written by Andrew Rothkin

Call Upon 

directed by Andrew Rothkin

October 29 & 30

Details & Tickets


A vision without a task is but a dream, 
a task without vision is drudgery, a vision and a task is the hope of the world.
                ~ From a church in Sussex, England, circa 1730 ~