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November 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

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Well, once again my beginning-of-the-month Newsletter is coming out late. I've essentially abandoned my Book That Job Blog -- YIKES. And I cannot believe that we will only be having four Book Club for Actors this year.

However, I did manage to get my solo show (the one that I've been writing since 2012) up and running and perform it in two countries this year!

I think my students might agree that teaching-wise I fall somewhere in the "she's really nice, but her class is kind of hard" category. I set the bar high and demand a lot for and from my students.

I deeply appreciate this opportunity to practice what I preach and I am very grateful and completly honored that so many of you were able to come and see me in Rhonda Badonda. THANK YOU!!!

Me and my fabulous director, Gareth Hendee, on opening night in NYC:

And if you missed it -- not to worry! I will be doing the show throughout 2016 and will keep you apprised of upcoming performances.

Now -- goodness gracious -- back to my regularly scheduled running of Art & Soul Acting!

We got classes, we got the book clubs, we got workshops! And, as always, we got private coaching!

The Drop in Acting Class is in session each Wednesday and please see below for info on the winter/spring 2016 Core Acting Technique Class -- dates are announced.

And after a very intense year looking at the plays of Henrik Ibsen and August Wilson, things have lightened up considerably as we now delve into the plays and films of Neil Simon in our final Book Club for Actors of 2015.

And last, but hardly least: Leap with Passion into 2016!!! That's right, we are getting close to that time of year. See below and save the date!

And finally, a huge thank you to all of my students for putting up with my slightly off-kilter schedule this fall. You know you all have my heart.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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 is currently in session and will take place each week until our last class before holiday break on Wednesday, December 9.

See below for more details about the Drop-In Acting Class.

The next 10-week Core Acting Technique class will begin on Monday, March 7, 2016.

For more details on the Core Acting Technique class, click here.

Rhonda gave me the freedom to open up avenues of self-expression that I was blocking. She creates a warm, supportive environment...
~ Karen Schwartz ~

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: 3 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 2016!!!
Do you get near the end of the year wishing you had the time to slow down and take stock of your life in order to make changes that stick for the New Year? And then in a blur of the holiday rush, the next thing you's February. 

That's exactly why the Leap with Passion Workshop was created! 

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 ~

In this 5-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:  
  • Powerfully complete the past year and joyfully celebrate its greatest accomplishments.
  • Turn the challenges of past year into fuel for the next.
  • Learn an amazing goal-setting technique that is the difference that makes the difference in terms of "sticking to it."
  • Design 3 life changing, personal focuses for the year ahead that are achievable and really inspire.
  • Discover who they need to be and they actions they need to take in order to succeed in accomplishing their 3 focuses.
  • Express and joyfully celebrate life.
Having attended Rhonda's workshop both online and in person, I found them to be equally powerful. Rhonda's keen sense of timing and ability to focus my attention works its magic just as beautifully on screen as she does in person.
~ Kim Chinh ~

Leap with Passion into 2016 will be offered 4 times:
  • Saturday, December 26, 2015 - Chicago
  • Saturday, January 2, 2016 - NYC
  • Saturday, January 9, 2016 - Online Live
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016 - NYC
Attend "Leap with Passion" and start your year off with a fresh eyes and fervent action.
~ Stephanie Joiner ~

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My e-mail inbox is a very busy place. My guess is that yours is, too. And to be more effective and efficient, I've recently been taking the Inbox Zero approach to sorting and processing my email. This tactic has proved quite successful.

However when I see a newsletter come into my inbox from one of my acting students or an acting colleague, I throw efficiency out the window and get excited. You may think that's silly, but what gem, what jewel, I wonder, will this virtual delight contain?!?
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!

Emily Cordes
Congrats on recent production of The Seven Deadly Sins.

Shea Davies
Congrats on recent reading of The Other Woman.

Kate O'Phalen
Check out the 4th episode of Kate's podcast, Lady Plays: Darn It Darla
Producer & Actor

David Rodriguez
Congrats on landing commercial representation.


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
~ T. S. Eliot ~