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December 2014

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Rhonda Musak 12.01.11

 Rhonda Musak

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December is full upon us and here at Art & Soul Acting that can only mean one thing:
Leap with Passion!

Yes indeed, my is that time of year!

If you've never leaped before, this very well may be your year.

Leap with Passion into 2015!!! 
features 5 in-person workshops (NYC, Chicago, Alabama & Maine) and 1 live/online workshop -- so no matter where you are, you too can 


In other Art & Soul news, the Book Club for Actors will meet one more time this year before we go on holiday break - details are below.


And if you're looking for Acting Classes that ground your technique and inspire your soul, see below for what we have to offer in 2015.

Wishing you sparklingly marvelous holidays!



PS I spent a wonderful Thanksgiving in the Philadelphia area. One highlight was visiting the Lansdowne Theater -- the last turn-of-the-century theater of its kind in that area. I'm so happy to say that this gem will be getting a full restoration back to its former glory!


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.

Winter 2015 Acting Class Update:

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. Class is weekly and ongoing and registration is on a class-by-class basis.

NEXT SESSION INFO:  The Drop-In Acting Class has two more sessions left before we go on holiday break: Thursday, December 4 & Thursday, December 11. Please join us!

Class will resume at the end of January and on a new night. Our first session back will be on Wednesday, January 28.

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 be offered in March 2015. Exact dated will be announced in January.

I am gathering a list of names of those who may be interested in the March session. 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 Winter 2015, but it may be offered Spring 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: 1.5 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.

Register now, space is limited!

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! 

This really works!!!
~ Amy Buss ~

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's Leap workshop is fabulous! It allowed me to look at many of my goals and focus on one at a time, rather then lose focus on one in the process of moving on to another.
~ H. Alan Scott

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

I'm so glad I attended Rhonda's workshop. I've never before felt so sure that my new year's resolutions are totally possible and will unquestionably be integrated into my life in the new year. I am amazed at how much I've already forged ahead with my goals and it's only been 2 weeks...
~ Kim Chinh ~

Please join us for this once a year event!

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

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How did the Leap workshop start? Check it out here and get ready to Leap with Passion!

November 12, 2013

Get Rid of New Year's Resolutions that Don't Stick Once and For All


A handful years ago, in the middle of a sweltering July day, my sister turned to me and said, "My New Year's resolution is going really well." Caught completely off guard, I searched through my mind for a moment of time that was not humid and 97 degrees. I finally recalled that yes, at the beginning of that year, I too had New Year's resolutions! And that's where our similarities ended: I had zero recollection of my "life-changing" resolutions that were designed as the New Year arrived with its fresh hope...



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


Details TBA

Shea Davies

Congratulations on recent promo for NOVA Woodbridge!

To view, visit NOVA Woodbridge Promo.

Jenna Kantor

Lucky Stiff

Performing the role of Rita

Maggie's Little Theater

Details TBA

Andrew Rothkin

Performing the role of Cleante

Andrew Rothkin

Congrats on recent reading of Teachers Lounge for Theater for a New City's Scratch Night!

Recommendation: #ShowBizChat
I'm making discoveries all the time and want to share them with you!


I love #ShowBizChat!

And I'm thrilled to recommend this fabulous monthly event which is hosted live on twitter by long time Book Club for Actors member Kate O'Phalen/The Redheaded Actress of The Green Room Blog.

What is #ShowbizChat?
It is a live streaming conversation about all things related to working in theatre, film, and television utilitizing twitter. You must have a twitter account to participate.

How do you take part in #ShowbizChat?
To take part in #ShowbizChat, follow The Green Room Blog on twitter (@GreenRoomBlog) and use the hashtag #ShowbizChat to introduce yourself and participate in the discussion.

When is #ShowbizChat?
#ShowbizChat takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at 1 PM EST.

Would you like to get a monthly email reminder so you never miss out on #ShowbizChat? Sign up here.

For complete details, please visit: 

I'll look forward to seeing you at the next #ShowBizChat:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 1 PM EST


I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
~ Albert Einstein ~