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July 2015

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Acting Class
Book Club for Actors
Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
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Student News

Rhonda Musak September 2012

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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Alas, July! My favorite month of the year.

I thought about all the super fun, summary things that I could do this month and finally settled on the very best one of them all: get off book for my solo show and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!

My team and I are in full throttle getting ready for Vancouver Fringe Festival in September and United Solo in NYC starting in October.

Tickets are not yet available for Vancouver, but if you will be in the NYC area on Wednesday, October 7, please do come to my 9 PM performance of Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain.

Only a few seats are remaining for that performance. You can purchase tickets at: United Solo.

In the meantime, I'm busy Private Coaching as well as teaching my Wednesday evening Drop-In Acting Class.

And don't forget, the 29th Book Club for Actors meets on Monday, July 20 & Saturday, July 25. We are focusing on the later works of August Wilson.

And finally, a shout out to the actors of The Actor's Project NYC - congratulations on a great week of showcases! The Actor's Project NYC helps actors land representation and they are very successful in their mission. To be a part of theri next showcases, check them out at TAPNYC.

Wishing you a magical month of summer fun!


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 ended in June. 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.

Rhonda is a caring, enthusiastic and committed acting coach with a true passion for our craft. You will be grateful to give yourself her gift.
~ Eric Robledo ~ 

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: 2.5 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.

This workshop is a must! Miss Rhonda is amazing to work with!
~ LT ~

I love that every day I walked into class I learned something new.
~ JB ~ 

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.  Our sights are set on summer 2016!


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: 

Preparing a role and need to rehearse on your own? Here's a powerful way to deepen your relationship with the characters in your script:

July 10, 2012

Creating a 'Character Roundtable' as Part of Relationship Work


For an actor, it can sometimes seem that there is never enough rehearsal time. Clocks are ticking as soon as rehearsal begins and a director's agenda is priority.


If you have ever found yourself in this position on a project, you may feel like you're not getting the rehearsal that you need in order to do the job that is expected-not to mention the kind of acting work you know that you can do.


That's why it is crucial to learn how to create powerful rehearsals that you can do on your own. One of my students never begins a project without doing a Character Roundtable.



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 Night

Performing the role of Olivia


Opens in August

Details to come.


Scot Cooper

The Loner

Solo Show - Written & Performed by Scot Cooper

National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

July 2-12

Details & Tickets


Gary Ducoing

Prince of Egypt - reading

Bay Street Theater



Catalina Jackson

Congrats on your acceptance into Stella Adler Studio's professional training program!


Chuck Marti

"Nick and Nicky" - Indie Feature Film

Cast in the role of Father

In Production


Chuck Marti

Henry IV

Inwood Shakespeare in the Park

July 15-August 1

Tickets are Free



Kate O'Phalen

Sunday Dinner

Lady Plays Podcast - produced by Kate O'Phalen

Download on iTunes: Lady Plays


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


Nastasha Strang

Congrats on landing an agent!


Julie Voshell

The Pavilion

Performing the role of Kari

TBG Productions

June 10-28...extended to July 18

Details & Tickets


Gena West

Miracle on South Division Street

Performing the role of Ruth

Theatre Coppell, Texas

August 21-September 6

Details & Tickets



"I am deeply depressed, gnawed by doubts, and feel that all our work may just lay a big rotten egg. HELL AND DAMNATION, why did we decide to do this anyway?"
~ Julia Child ~

Writing to her friend and co-conspirator, Avis DeVoto, a few years before the 
publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking...while she was writing it.