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May 2015

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Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
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 Rhonda Musak

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Happy beautiful, sunny, flowery, gorgeous May! Here on the East Coast, it is about time.

But before we delve into May, a huge thank you shout out to my fabulous staff for April's Actors Pro Expo: Kate O'Phalen, Duvall O'Steen, Kevin Cusick, Shea Davies, Lea McKenna-Garcia & Andrew Rothkin - THANK YOU!!! I could not have done it without you.

And thanks also Actors Pro Expo developers Felicity Jackson & Lianne Robertson for putting together such a wonderful day!

We had a couple hundred actors stop by the Art & Soul Acting booth whom we were thrilled to meet. We gave away approximately 325 Lindt truffles (!), we raised nearly $100 for The Actors Fund, we raffled off some great prizes including 5 gift certificates for The Drama Book Shop and I had a blast leading an audition workshop -- Mastering the Audition Mindset That Books Acting Jobs. (photos below)

SAVE THE DATE: I'm already looking forward to 2016 Actors Pro Expo to be held on Saturday, April 16!

As for May, my 10-week Core Acting Technique class is in full swing -- I'm hoping to offer the next one in the fall.

My weekly and ongoing Drop-In Acting Class is happening every Wednesday evening -- details are below.

And this past Monday, we had a fabulous Book Club for Actors meeting focusing on August Wilson's first five plays in historical order. Looking forward to the second August Wilson book club meeting tomorrow!

Glorious May blessings to you -


One of our Drama Book Shop Gift Certificate Winners

Leading my Audition Workshop 


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.

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.

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.
~ 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

What's Up with the Book Club for Actors? 

Remaining reading time: 1 day left to read for May 9th Book Club attendees!



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.
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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.

The group activities made me feel as one with my fellow actors in the workshop, and I believe the trusting bond was carried on from the stage to everyday life. I made friends, improvements, and most importantly memories to last a lifetime.
~ Brandon Vlach ~ 

Confirmed Booking:

A Crash Course in Auditioning: Everything You Need to Know to Rock Your Next Audition! Workshop

* June 23-24: Minooka Community High School, IL

2015 workshops are booking now! If you are interested in hosting a Summer Acting Intensive for Teens in your area -- or know someone who is -- please visit the Art & Soul Acting website for complete details: 


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 ~

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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


Performing the role of Pennywise

Parkside Players

May 23-June 6

Details & Tickets


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

Reading: Twelth Night

Performing the role of Fabian

Montclair Shakespeare Series


Andrew Rothkin

Far From the Tree: 3 Tales of Parents, Kids and Insanity

written by Andrew Rothkin

Midtown International Theatre Festival


Duvall O'Steen

THRIVE: A Singular Journey to Survivor Island 

developed & performed by Duvall O'Steen 

Performing this month in New Orleans


Julie Voshell

The Pavilion

Performing the role of Kari

TBG Productions

June 2015

Details & Tickets



We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. 
~ Harrison Ford ~