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March 2015

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 Rhonda Musak

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Happy March greetings. Though there is snow on the ground, I'm thrilled to see sun in the sky! And we'll be getting even more of that on Sunday: 

Turn your clocks one hour ahead on Sunday, March 8 (2 AM).

Much going on here at Art & Soul Acting:

he Book Club for Actors will be meeting next week focusing on the work of Henrik Ibsen. And the Drop-In Acting Class is in full swing and the Core Acting Technique class is set to start on Tuesday, March 17. There's still some slots available, so if you are looking forward to that class now is the time to register.

nd big news on my end: I'm thrilled to announce that my first NYC performance date for my solo show will be in the United Solo Theatre Festival on Wednesday, October 7 at 9 PM. 

Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain

Tickets are already on sale at: United Solo Theatre Festival

And be sure to check out information below on Actors Pro Expo here in NYC. Art & Soul Acting will be a part of this yearly event on April 18. We'd love to see you there!




Rhonda S. Musak

Acting Coach

Art & Soul Acting 

Actors Pro Expo 
Expand Art & Soul Acting will be back again at Actors Pro Expo in NYC! Join us for a great day of seminars, networking...and perhaps a little something sweet at the Art & Soul Acting booth.

Actors Pro Expo is a convention for actors focusing on 3 key areas - Develop, Sustain & Create. Along with an exhibit area, the day will feature workshops, seminars and fabulous networking opportunities.

Actors Pro Expo 2014
Actors Pro Expo 2014

DAY: Saturday, April 18
TIME: 10 am - 5 pm
LOCATION: Radisson Martinique, 49 W. 32nd Street - at Broadway
FEE: FREE - but you must register for a ticket

I will be leading an AUDITION WORKSHOP in the morning...more details to come re: time, but I believe it will be at 10:15 AM. If you've always wanted to experience my work, this is a fantastic opportunity! 

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...a 19-minute audio that preps you to walk into that audition room and do your very best acting work.

Subscribers received the link to this audio program on August 8, 2013. If you still need to download it and do not find it in your e-mail, please e-mail me here and I will get you the link asap. 
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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.

The Drop-In Acting Class is already in session and Core Acting Technique is in registration for a 3/17 start. Two classes to ground your acting technique and inspire your soul!

In just one class, Rhonda helped me work through a block I'd had for months! She makes her class feel like a family and encourages true freedom of expression. I felt like I'd worked with her for weeks in just that short amount of time and she seemed to know exactly what direction I needed to go. A great class for anyone looking to explore their work from a new perspective!

~Rachel Leighson

Drop-In Acting Class - weekly & ongoing

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.

Has your voice taken a hit as the winter slogs on? Here's help:

July 29, 2014

Vocal Remedies for Actors


A strong and expressive speaking voice ranks among the top requirements of actors. But what do you do when your vocal cords, or vocal folds (as they are now commonly referred to), are down and the only thing coming out of your mouth is silence? Or even when you're experiencing vocal fatigue due to overusing your voice?


As my acting students can attest, I am no stranger to laryngitis...



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!

Gary Ducoing

Congrats on your Valentine's cabaret performance!

Ariel Hur

Congrats on winning 1st Place in your recent dance competition!

Jenna Kantor

Lucky Stiff

Performing the role of Rita

Maggie's Little Theater

April 17-19

Details & Tickets


Lea Mckenna Garcia

A musical adaptation of Antigone

A co-production with Access Theater
380 Broadway 

March 19-28

Details & Tickets

Kate O'Phalen


written by & featuring Kate O'Phalen 

Kate is currently raising funds for her film. If you like to make a contribution, please visit: Indiegogo/CHOICE

Duvall O'Steen

Congrats on winning Director's Choice award at the recent TAPNYC Monologue Challenge!

Duvall O'Steen

THRIVE: A Singular Journey to Survivor Island 

developed & performed by Duvall O'Steen 

Thursday, April 16th @ 7pm

The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St

Tix Info TBA


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

Living in the East Village, I have been moved for the past several years by the beautiful remembrance tribute to the 146 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire victims of 1911. On March 25, I will join this project which chalks the names of the (mostly) women -- girls, really -- on the sidewalk in front of their family homes.

To join me on March 25 in honoring my long-ago neighbors who lost their lives in unsafe working conditions, please sign up by connecting with the project's founder, Ruth Sergel, at her website:


 Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.
~ Denis Waitley ~