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April 2015

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April is upon us and that means one thing here at Art & Soul Acting: Actors Pro Expo!

I hope you'll join us on Saturday, April 18 for a fabulous day of networking, seminars and workshops. I will be leading a 10:15 AM audition workshop: Mastering the Audition Mindset That Books Acting Jobs.

And do plan to stop by the Art & Soul Acting booth to say hello. We'll have some great giveaways throughout the day...and perhaps my recent trip to the Lindt store will help satisfy your sweet tooth!

Complete details for the 2015 Actors Pro Expo are below.


Have you been meaning to check out the Book Club for Actors? We are on our 28th playwright: the indelible August Wilson. There's still reading time so please join us!


In joy and adventure -



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 created for actors by actors to help and encourage actors in all areas of life as a professional. 

Along with an exhibit area, the day will feature workshops, seminars and fabulous networking opportunities all designed to help actors Develop, Sustain & Create.

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: See Below

Please join me at Actors Pro Expo as I lead a powerful, mindset-shifting workshop that will forever change the way you audition:

Audition Workshop at Actors Pro Expo, 10:15 am
Lead by Rhonda Musak

Mastering the Audition Mindset that Books Acting Jobs

Auditioning is not a random process where an actor throws up their hands and hopes for the best.

Rather, auditioning is a highly skilled, fine-tuned "performance" that is so illusory as to seem completely spontaneous. Supporting that process for an actor is the mindset that they bring into the audition room.

At worst, an actor's mindset has the power to sabotage even the best acting skills. But at its best and most powerful, an actor's mindset has the ability to showcase an actor in a way that highlights and magnifies the acting skills they have to offer.

Mastering the Audition Mindset that Books Acting Jobs is not a sit-in-your seat lecture. Actors will be on their feet during his hour-long seminar making discoveries that will leave them with a mindset ready to be their best in the audition room so they can book that job.

Actors will:
  • Shift their audition mindset from a "get" to a "give" framework, forever changing their auditioning experience.
  • Learn how to walk into an audition room and get the auditioners attention immediately.
  • Experience "the other side of the table" - i.e. what it's like to cast a show.

Click for: Complete Actors Pro Expo Details

Admission to Actors Pro Expo is FREE

Admission to Art & Soul Acting's Audition Workshop:
Mastering the Mindset the Books Acting Jobs @ 10:15 am - $32.64

Fee for each additional workshop or seminar: $32.64

Click to Register: Actors Pro Expo Admission and Workshops & Seminars

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

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Everything Acting Podcast 
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#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 10-week Core Acting Technique class is in session.

Ground your acting technique and inspire your soul by joining us for the weekly & ongoing Drop-In Acting Class - registration is on a class-by-class basis.

I thoroughly enjoy Rhonda's energy and her commitment to the creative process. Her generosity of spirit and the soulful way she approaches the work is powerful, transformative.
~ Duvall O'Steen ~

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

What's Up with the Book Club for Actors? 

Remaining reading time: 4 weeks



On Monday, May 4 & Saturday, May 9 we will be discussing the plays of August Wilson.

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

WHEN: Monday, May 4, 7-9 - East Village


                 Saturday, May 9, 3-5 - East Village

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

We will be reading August Wilson's plays in historical order. All attendees are required to read Wilson's play The Piano Lesson. Please visit the Art & Soul Acting Book Club for Actors page for the reading list of the 5 plays that comprise Part I of our study of August Wilson. 


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 ~

Summer 2015 is booking now. 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.

From the archives: Not sure whether to say yes or no to the project you've just been offered? Here's clarity:

August 28, 2012

The 3 E's: An Actor's Guideline to Knowing Which Projects to Say Yes To


While I was in school, I had the great fortune to study with the wonderful Pilar Garcia for a brief time. Ms. Garcia is a phenomenal movement teacher, kind of heart and an inspiration. Not only did she inspire our bodies to move with precision, she also imparted to us something she called "The 3 E's" -- essentially, a guideline to use when determining if an offered project/role is worth the time and effort...



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

Film "Devil's Five"

Performing the role of Detective Armitage 

In pre-production

More Info


Gary Ducoing

Congrats on your recent vocal recital!


Jenna Kantor

Lucky Stiff

Performing the role of Rita

Maggie's Little Theater

April 17-19

Details & Tickets


Rachel Leighson

Congrats on recent performances of The Tempest!


Chuck Marti

East Village Stories: Real Estate

Performing the role of Sam Melman

Metropolitan Playhouse

April 14-May 3

Details & Tickets


Kate O'Phalen

Film: "CHOICE" 

written by & featuring Kate O'Phalen 

Feel free to make a donation here.

In pre-production


Andrew Rothkin

Film: "Showboys"

Performing the role of Professor Thomas

In post-production


Andrew Rothkin

Film: "White Rabbit Shorts"

written & produced by Andrew Rothkin

In pre-production

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

Details & Tickets


Julie Voshell

The Pavilion

Performing the role of Kari

TBG Productions

June 2015

Details TBA


Gena West

Congrats on recent independent short film project:

2015 Dallas 24 Hour Video Race

Gena West
Congrats on film "Static" - acceptance in the RIP Horror Film Festival Hollywood!



  Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, 
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~ Carl Bard~