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August 2015

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

RSM for June NL

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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Happy August...or I should say mid-August--I don't think I've ever put my newsletter out so late in the month.

The days are flying by here as I've just entered my final month of preparation for my solo show:

For those of you in the Vancouver BC area, tickets just went on sale for my shows, September 10-20: Vancouver Fringe Festival.

And for those of you in the NYC area, my October 7 show is now sold out and there are a few tickets left for my Thursday, October 29, 9 PM show: United Solo.

I head off to Vancouver on September 8 and will be Private Coaching in NYC and online via GoToMeeting until Monday, September 7.

Once I'm in Vancouver, I will be available for online or by phone coaching until September 21...unless you happen to be in Vancouver!

My Wednesday evening Drop-In Acting Class only has 2 more summer sessions: tonight and next Wednesday, August 19. Class resumes on Wednesday, October 14. Please see full details below.

And Book Club for Actors is currently on summer break. Stay tuned for a September announcement of our next playwright. I promise, it will be something lighter than our past couple of book clubs -- Ibsen & Wilson!

Wishing you blissful end-of-summer days!


Rhonda S. Musak
Acting Coach
Art & Soul Acting 
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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 10-week Core Acting Technique ended in June. The next session will be offered in February 2016. Dates will be announced in the fall.

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.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Two more summer class sessions remain: 8/12 & 8/19. Class will resume in the fall starting on 10/14 and take place each week until 12/9.

The safe open environment that Rhonda creates allows you to open yourself up to parts of yourself that otherwise would take years to reach, if at all...
~ JP ~

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? 
We are currently on summer break.

The Book Club for Actors is on summer break. The next playwright will be announced in September...stay tuned!

October book club meetings are as follows:
WHEN: Monday, October 26, 7-9 - East Village
                 Saturday, October 31, 3-5 - East Village

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: 

Often as an acting coach, I feel like my main job is as a "given-circumstances-pointer-outer". The value of thorough given circumstances work is like gold to the actor. Here's one of my favorite articles that I've written on the subject:

October 31, 2013
A Streetcar Named Given Circumstances
A couple of months ago my cousin and I were planning a weekend in New Haven, CT to see a play at Yale Rep. We had a perfect fall weekend in mind, but when I learned that A Streetcar Named Desire would be in performance at that time...ugh, I thought.

It's not that I have anything against A Streetcar Named Desire itself, it's just that every production I've ever seen has left me cheering when the folks at the end of the play come to take Blanche away. Not, I am sure, what Mr. Williams had intended! I figured that the Yale Rep production would be no different.

But I was wrong. Right from the top of the play the stage was electrified.

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
August 7-22

Kevin Cusick
Congrats on upcoming film role!

Gena West
Miracle on South Division Street
Performing the role of Ruth
Theatre Coppell, Texas
August 21-September 6


"If 'Plan A' didn't work. The alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool."
~ Unknown ~