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February 2015

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 Rhonda Musak

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Burrr. Thank goodness Valentine's Day is on the way...something's got to keep us warm during these freezing February days!


As much so I'm looking forward to this month, I'm also slightly sad to say goodbye (until December!) to leading the Leap with Passion workshop.


Whether in NYC, Chicago, Portland, ME or Online/Live it was my absolute joy and pleasure to help so many wonderful Leapers kick off a phenomenal new year. Thank you to all of the workshop participants, your presence created an environment that was warm and nourishing to all.


And as Art & Soul Acting moves forward into 2015, I'm thrilled to announce my winter acting classes. On next Wednesday, February 11, the Drop-In Acting Class will resume and my Core Acting Technique class will begin on Tuesday, March 17. Please see info below and visit my website for complete details and registration.


I'm also happy to say that the Book Club for Actors is back in action after our holiday break. Check out the details below, I promise you, these are some perfect plays to sink your teeth into during these long dark winter nights.


Stay warm & be well!



Jenna Kantor Leaping with Passion in NYC

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.

2015 classes begin this month!

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


DAY: Wednesdays
TIME: 6-10 PM
DATES: weekly
LOCATION: NYC Studio/Union Square Area
FEE: $55/class


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.

Class Structure
Acting exercises, take home assignments for in-class work and scene study make up the bulk of each class. This powerful classroom work allows students to grow at a rapid pace while creating an acting foundation that will serve for a lifetime.

This is not a sit in your seat lecture. Students are up on their feet working in every class in a supportive environment that allows them to really take risks and fly.

Class size is kept small so that participants have time to be up on their feet working, making mistakes, learning from their mistakes and growing into ever more powerful actors.

Full Description
Please visit the link below for a full description of the Core Acting technique class.

DAY: Tuesdays
TIME: 6-10 PM
DATES: March 17-May 19 (a total of 10 classes)
FEE: $525, payable in 2 installments

What's Up with the Book Club for Actors? 

Remaining reading time: 5 weeks



On Monday, March 9 & Saturday, March 14 we will be discussing the plays of Henrik Ibsen.

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

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


                 Saturday, March 14, 3-5 - East Village

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

Please begin by reading Hedda Gabler. After that, feel free to read any play from the Ibsen 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 amazing 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 ~

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.

Leap with Passion into 2015!!!
2015 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.

Leap with Passion into 2016!!!
Dates TBA

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.
~ Gareth Hendee ~

Book that Job Blog's Latest Articles
MasteryThe "Book That Job Blog" features articles focusing on the craft or business of acting.

Please enjoy one of my most popular blog posts:

August 7, 2012

Moving Forward as an Actor Even When You (Temporarily!) Don't Feel Like It

Keep Moving Forward  

Wouldn't it be wonderful if every day were a stellar day? Upon waking, you fly out of bed with boundless energy filled with brilliant strategies to move forward with unstoppable passion toward your acting dreams and visions, challenges easily handled with resourcefulness and actions executed with joy. live in the land of honey and clover! It would indeed be wonderful to experience those kinds of days every day, and, gratefully, most of us generally have days that are quite productive and present and even inspiring and fun. However, I want to zero in on those days that are nothing like anything that I have mentioned thus far. I'm speaking of those days when you wake up and are already out of inspiration and momentum and have no desire to find either...



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!


Jenna Kantor

Lucky Stiff

Performing the role of Rita

Maggie's Little Theater

Details TBA

Andrew Rothkin

Congrats on the acceptance of of  Mothers & Fathers: Three One-Act Plays by Andrew Rothkin in the Midtown International theatre festival!
Details TBA

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

Check out "The Face" a film by my acting mentor and dear friend, Elizabeth Browning. This film inspires my soul and speaks to me of our true beauty that is found in the expression of the compellingly gorgeous lives we live. 

"What if we were really beautiful and didn't know it?  The Face is about awakening and seeing our unspeakable beauty in every stage of life. It is a love letter to women and men of all ages. This life affirming film is inspiring women of every age to shift our existing beliefs around age and beauty, and reconsider the way we view ourselves and those we love." Elizabeth Browning


 Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
~ Vincent Van Gogh ~