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June 2015

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Acting Podcast
Acting Class
Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
Book That Job Blog
Student News

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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As I write this, my windows are open and I hear birds chirping -- what a delight that June is now upon us!

As the month kicked off, my 10-week Core Acting Technique class came to an end. I still get chills thinking about the beautiful work my students did in their last class, truly the culmination of 10 weeks of diligent study. Congratulations!

And just a reminder that there is still plenty of reading time for the next Book Club for Actors. July's meeting will again focus on August Wilson, this time we will be covering his last five plays in historical order.

To help us along, WNYC's The Greene Space has recorded all of August Wilson's plays. These recordings will be available through the end of August (how fitting!). It's a perfect time to delve into these magnificent plays. (Complete details are below and at Art & Soul Acting.)

And I'm thrilled to announce that I will be part of The Puzzle: Marble Collegiate Church's Theatre Festival. On Tuesday, June 16 at 7 PM I will be a part of an evening of 10-minute plays, reading the role of the Evie in Honor Among Thieves
Admission is free, The Marble Loft, 274 Fifth Avenue at 29th Street. For more information, please visit The Puzzle.

Not able to catch me next week, no worries! You can see me this fall in the United Solo Theater Festival where my solo show, Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain will have its NYC premiere. Tickets are on sale now for my first show on Wednesday, October 7 at 9 PM. You can reserve tickets by visiting United Solo.

Wishing you a month of creative joy in the early summer sun!


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 has just ended. The next session will be offered in the fall. Stay tuned for dates.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Drop-In Acting Class will be on break from June 17-July 1. Class will resume on Wednesday, July 8. Join us!

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: 6 weeks



On Monday, July 20 & Saturday, July 25 we will be discussing the plays of August Wilson (Part II of a 2-part series).

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

WHEN: Monday, July 20, 7-9 - East Village


                 Saturday, July 25, 3-5 - East Village

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

We will be reading August Wilson's plays in historical order, focusing in July on the 2nd half of the 20th Century. All attendees are required to read Wilson's play Fences. Please visit the Art & Soul Acting Book Club for Actors page for the reading list of the 5 plays that comprise Part II 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.

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 ~

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: 

Want to get the most out of your acting classes?Here's something to consider:

January 14, 2014

What Actors Ought to Know About Acting Training


In the world of acting things happen quickly. In one moment you're preparing for several auditions and in the next you've been handed a script with the expectation that in a very short amount of time you will be ready to hit the stage or the camera 100% prepared and ready to go.


It's the moment we all live for as actors, but sometimes when it comes it can seem daunting. Where oh where to begin becomes the question, especially once you've realized that the rehearsal you'll be given is inadequate to what the role requires.


To challenge my students to go further and deeper into their studies, I will often pose these questions...



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!




Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe

Twelfth Nicht

Performing the role of Olivia


Opens in August

Details to come.


Kate O'Phalen

Congrats on recent reading of 365 Women plays

The Sheen Center


Andrew Rothkin

When The Party's Over

Performing the role of Dean

Planet Connections Theater Festivity

June 18-July 12

Details & Tickets


Andrew Rothkin

FAR FROM THE TREE: 3 Tales of Parents, Kids and Insanity

written by Andrew Rothkin

Midtown International Theatre Festival

July 29-August 2

Details & Tickets


Julie Voshell

The Pavilion

Performing the role of Kari

TBG Productions

June 10-28

Details & Tickets



Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
~ Richard Bach ~