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January 2015

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Teen Intensive
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RSM New Years Eve 2011

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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Happy 2015!!! I hope you and yours had wonderful holidays!

I spent my holidays with my family and friends in my hometown of Chicago. 

Some of my highlights were going to Legoland with my niece and nephews (crazytown!), seeing my favorite painting -- Gustave Caillebotte's "Paris Street; Rainy Day" -- at The Art Institute of Chicago and, of course, leading my first Leap with Passion workshop of the season.

Still want to get in on the leaping fun? Not a problem...there are still 3 workshops to go!
  • Saturday, January 10 - Online/Live
  • Sunday, January 11 - NYC
  • Saturday, January 17 - Portland, ME
The "Leap with Passion" workshop provided me with the ideal setting -- an unadulterated pause from my relentless and often automated life in the city -- in which to explore the deepest yearnings of my heart.

The workshop is seamlessly structured to the participant's greatest advantage -- thoughts, wants, and dreams in my heart emerged from their hiding places and into my consciousness. This rush of focus and energy cannot happen where there is an atmosphere with white noise and judgment.

This kind of spiritual climate (and results) is not easy to attain, and the fact that Rhonda attains it is the greatest compliment and gratitude that I can offer her.
~ Annie Hartkemeyer ~

And for your 2015 planning: the next Book Club for Actors will Be announced on Tuesday, January, 27 and 
Acting Classes kickoff in early February. See complete details below.

Wishing you wonderful things chasing you down the street in 2015!




Courtney Rioux Leaping with Passion in Chicago

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 is currently on holiday break. Class will resume at the beginning of February and on a new night. Our first session back will be on Wednesday, February 4.

See details 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 mid-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? 

We are currently on holiday break...thank you for a wonderful year of play-reading motivation & inspiring conversation!



The Book Club for Actors is on holiday break. The next playwright will be announced on Tuesday, January 27th...stay tuned! 


March book club meetings are as follows: 

WHEN: Monday, March 9, 7-9 - East Village


                 Saturday, March 14, 3-5 - East Village


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 ~

Our sights are set on summer 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! 

Tired of feeling like Alice, trying to get answers from the Cheshire Cat? Rhonda Musak's amazing Leap with Passion workshop offers a structured, inspiring, creative approach to defining where you want to go, what you want to do and who you want to be. This year I'll be taking the Leap for the sixth time. Every year, using Rhonda's effective tools and guidance, I make new discoveries and define creative goals; her year-round follow-up advice helps me to stay on track. Leap With Passion is a great gift to myself!
~ Gareth Hendee ~

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.
Re: Leap Online/Live:
Having attended Rhonda's workshop both online and in person, I found them to be equally powerful. Rhonda's keen sense of timing and ability to focus my attention works its magic just as beautifully on screen as she does in person.

~ Kim Chinh ~

3 more Leaps to go:
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Online/Live
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 - NYC
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Portland, ME
FEE: $ is limited

 Why Leap with Passion is a yearly must: Tiffany Hodges 2.5 min Video

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:

Book that Job Blog's Latest Articles
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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!

Can't wait to see who will be doing what in 2015!!!

Jenna Kantor

Lucky Stiff

Performing the role of Rita

Maggie's Little Theater

Details TBA

Chuck Marti

Congrats on recent stand-up gigs at Gotham Comedy Club & Muffins in the Window at The COW!

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

Monthly mixer for filmmakers or anyone involved with filmmaking (actors, directors, producers, writers, cinematographers...) in the NYC area.

Hosted by Creative Cinema Circle and held at the West Village bar Formerly Crow's, the Cinemixer was launched in September 2014 and it's already a smash!

Next Mixer: Sunday, January 25 - 6-8 PM 


Check-in to get your wristband which can be used for special Cinemixer drink and food specials. Get a ticket for a chance to win a door prize...generously donated by Variety 411.

No Outside Food or Drinks Please! Must be 21 or older to attend.
For complete details, please visit: Cinemixer

Check it out in January and I will see you there in February!



 The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
~ Arnold Bennett ~