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November 2014

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Rhonda S. Musak

 Rhonda Musak

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Here we are smack dab in the middle of the fall season and the time for giving great thanks is quickly approaching.


But why wait till then? There's so much to give thanks for right now!


One of my favorite things to do is to stop, drop and "Give Thanks for 20": 20 things that I am grateful for right in the very moment...without the pressure to include all the "shoulds."


Included for me in this moment is the sweet sound of the rain falling outside, the gorgeous aroma of my morning tea, and a strong and cooperative internet connection. Hallelujah for that!


And I am, of course, grateful for you -- my students, my colleagues, my friends.  I look forward to seeing you as we roll into the holiday season whether it be Private Acting Coaching, my Drop-In Acting Class, the Book Club for Actors, or the 7th annual Leap with Passion workshop.


Details about all of these events are below.  


And for you early planners, do check out the Leap with Passion section of the newsletter.  All dates are confirmed and we're just working on some final details for the first ever Leap workshop in Alabama!


With great gratitude -


PS A new section to the newsletter has been added!  Scroll all the way down and see my latest Recommendation.


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.

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: 5.5 weeks



On Saturday, December 13 & Monday, December 15 we will be discussing the book Cleaning Augean Stables by Leon Katz.


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


WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 3-5 - East Village


                 Monday, December 15, 7-9 - East Village

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


For the next Book Club for Actors we take a bit of a scenic detour through the world of play analysis:

Cleaning Augean Stables: Examining Dramas Strategies by Leon Katz

Leon Katz - now in his 90s - is an Emeritus Professor of Drama at Yale University and the University of North Carolina. His students have long-awaited (and had perhaps even given up hope) that he would put his much revered teachings into writing.

Susan Jonas in American Theatre magazine has called Mr. Katz's Cleaning Augean Stables "indispensable for anyone seriously interested in the art of the play."

That's us! After countless hours of compelling conversation over The Book Club for Actor's 25 playwrights, it's time to add even more understanding and depth to our play reading vocabulary.

Please join us in reading Leon Katz's Cleaning Augean Stables. Order it from your favorite bookstore or find it online, but get reading sooner rather than later as there will be a lot to digest in this wondrous missive that is a lifetime of knowledge shared by a well-loved master teacher. 



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 2015!!!
VISIONLeap 2015 celebrates the 7th year of the annual
Leap with Passion Workshop.

Leap with Passion into 2015!!!
Do you get near the end of the year wishing you had the time to slow down and take stock of your life in order to make changes that stick for the New Year? And then in a blur of the holiday rush, the next thing you's February. 

That's exactly why the Leap with Passion Workshop was created! 

I am so glad I attended Rhonda's Leap with Passion workshop. 
I discovered amazing things that I hadn't seen about this 
past year, and now I have a new and inspiring approach 
to my goals and dreams for the coming year!
~ Elizabeth Browning ~

In this 5-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:  
  • Powerfully complete the past year and joyfully celebrate its greatest accomplishments.
  • Turn the challenges of past year into fuel for the next.
  • Learn an amazing goal-setting technique that is the difference that makes the difference in terms of "sticking to it."
  • Design 3 life changing, personal focuses for the year ahead that are achievable and really inspire.
  • Discover who they need to be and they actions they need to take in order to succeed in accomplishing their 3 focuses.
  • Express and joyfully celebrate life.
Rhonda has touched me in many ways, personally and 
professionally - and no more so than through her amazing LEAP WITH PASSION workshop which combines the best of so many 
of her gifts. What a perfect way to start a new year: 
with clear focus and passionate vitality!
~ Andrew Rothkin ~

Leap with Passion into 2015 will be offered 6 times:
  • 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
FEE: $ is limited

This really works!!! 
~ Amy Buss ~

Please join us for this once a year event!

For a more detailed description of the Leap with Passion workshop as well as registration info, please visit:

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October 14, 2014

Help for Actors: How to Get Things Done and Stay Organized


In the world of acting, the ability to stay organized around a gargantuan amount of things has always been required. In addition, an actor has to be adept at navigating a myriad of acting business trends that are in constant flux.


I started noticing that the organizing methods that I had depended on for so long were not getting the job done anymore...



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

Congratulations on recent musical project casting!

Gena West

Congratulations on Horror Race 2014 awards for your film Static!

  • Best Director
  • Best Editing
  • Best Blood, Guts & Gore
Recommendation: Magdalen
I'm making discoveries all the time and want to share them with you!


Written & Performed by Erin Layton

United Solo Festival

Thursday, November 20 @ 7:30 pm

I've seen Magdalen three times and at each performance I have been incredibly moved by the force of this story about the Magdalene Laundries.


Winner Best Documentary Script, United Solo Festival 2013 

November 20 @ 7:30 pm

Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC


Please call the Theatre Row box office at (212) 239-6200 and ask for tickets for United Solo show Magdalen 

Or visit this link here and click on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30PM ONLY.

* You won't see MAGDALEN listed on the Calendar, only the date and time.