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October 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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Another openin', another show...! Though this newsletter is jampacked with updated Art & Soul info -- there's one main thing on my mind right in this moment. Opening night. Tonight! is that pain in my brain!

Tonight at 9 PM here in NYC, I will be hitting the stage at Theatre Row in the United Solo Theater Festival with my solo show Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain.

This is been a 3-year labor of love and, after a fantastic run at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, I cannot wait to premiere my show tonight for my hometown audience!

We are sold out tonight, but if you are interested in tickets for my Thursday, October 29, 9 PM performance, please connect with me here as I have a limited number of tickets available. 

And another United Solo performance has just been added: Monday, November 2 at 9 PM. Tix for that show can be purchased at the United Solo website.

Now, on to Art & Soul matters:

Drumroll, please...Announcing the next playwright for the Book Club for Actors: Neil Simon! Please see details below for this, our 30th Book Club meeting. (New dates announced than those given at the end of the previous meeting. Apologies!)

And after what seems like a long hiatus, the Drop-In Acting Class is back in session next week. Class resumes on Wednesday, October 14. Please see full details below.

And, finally, that special time of year is coming up quicker than even I can believe: Leap with Passion into 2016! Please see below for tentative dates for this workshop being held for the 8th year in a row. It's a tradition you won't want to miss!

Jump in a pile of leaves!


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.

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.
Schedule: Class resumes starting on October 14 and will take place each week until December 9.
See below for more details about the Drop-In Acting Class.

The next 10-week Core Acting Technique class will be offered in February 2016. Dates will be announced late fall.
For more details on the Core Acting Technique class, click here.

No matter what mood I am in when I arrive to a class or a session with Rhonda, I leave feeling like an artist that is back on the right course in the journey.
~ Shea Davies ~

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: 8 weeks.

On Monday, November 30 & Saturday, December 5 we will be discussing the plays of Neil Simon.
The Book Club for Actors is offered twice; please choose either meeting:
WHEN: Monday, November 30, 7-9 - East Village
                 Saturday, December 5, 3-5 - East Village

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

Please begin by reading Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. After that, feel free to read any play from the Simon Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website. To ensure a robust conversation, participants are asked to read at least 4-5 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 2016 celebrates the 8th 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.

Tentative Dates: Leap with Passion into 2016!!!
  • Saturday, December 26, 2015 - Chicago
  • Saturday, January 2, 2016 - NYC
  • Saturday, January 9, 2016 - Online Live
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016 - NYC
  • TBA - Portland, ME
LOVE this workshop and will make it an annual MUST!  
~ Tiffany Hodges ~

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: 

Art & Soul Acting is back in class this month. Here's how to make the most of precious time in class:

September 6, 2013
8 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Acting Class
Success Bullseye   
An easy way to begin this article would be by saying something like "everybody always asks me such-and-such..." I would then follow that statement up by answering the question etc. etc. But I can't do that here! For nobody ever asks me how they can get the most out of acting class, but - lucky you! - I'm going to tell you anyway...

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
Congrats on recent shooting of "The Devil's Five"!

Chuck Marti
Congrats on recent production of Henry IV!

Chuck Marti
Indie feature film "Nick & Nicky"
Cast in role of Father

Chuck Marti
Congrats on booking a co-starring role on Gotham!

Anne Stockton
Congrats on recent performances of your solo show I Won't Be in on Monday!

Andrew Rothkin
Scream Queens and Crazed Fiends
Co-Produced & Directed by Andrew Rothkin
The Kraine Therter
October 27, 28 & 29


"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone."
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