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December 2015

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Teen Intensive
Leap Workshop
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Rhonda Musak 12.01.11

 Rhonda Musak

Acting Coach

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The clocks have changed, we've had our Thanksgiving dinner and there will soon be a real chill in the air. are here already???

Well, I welcome you with open arms because your chilly end-of-year arrival also signals that it's time for:

Leap with Passion

Yes! Leap with Passion into 2016 marks this the 8th year of this annual workshop event.

If you're curious as to what all this Leaping business is about - check out this video from Tiffany Hodges:

Why I Love Leap with Passion - Tiffany Hodges

The Leap with Passion workshop will be offered four times this year: twice in NYC, once in Chicago and once Online/Live.

This will be my third year offering the Online/Live workshop and past attendees have said it is just as powerful as in-person workshop. Also, a great gift idea for those who may not be in the NYC or Chicago area! Please see below for complete details and registration info.

In other studio news, we have just one more Drop-In Acting Class before our holiday break: Wednesday, December 9. Join us! Class will resume in 2016 on Wednesday, February 3 at 6 PM.

And after Saturday's final Book Club for Actors meeting of 2015, we be on on holiday break until early January. More details below.

Wishing you & yours an outrageously glorious holiday season!


Rhonda S. Musak
Acting Coach
Art & Soul Acting 
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Everything Acting Podcast 
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#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.

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: Please join us for our last class of 2015 on Wednesday, December 9. We will then be on holiday/Leap with Passion break. Class will resume on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. We will also be back to our 6 PM start time rather than the current 6:30 PM.

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 Musak generates so much passion, drive and knowledge that you can't help but learn and challenge yourself.
~ Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe ~

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 days.

After our Saturday, December 5th Neil Simon meeting, the Book Club for Actors will be on holiday break. The next playwright will be announced at the beginning of January 2016 for book club meetings on Monday, February 29 and Saturday, March 5. Save the date!

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 2016!!!
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! 

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 ~

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.
Rhonda's exercises and positive attention helped me not only to clarify my goals, but put me on the road to attaining them.
~ Lynn Lobban ~

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
Rhonda has touched me in many ways, personally and professionally - and no more so than through her amazing LEAP WITH PASSION workshop which combines the best of so many of her gifts.  What a perfect way to start a new year: with clear focus and passionate vitality!
~ Andrew Rothkin

Book that Job Blog's Latest Articles
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From the archives:

The inspiration behind my Leap with Passion workshop:

November 12, 2013
Get Rid of New Year's Resolutions that Don't Stick Once and For All

A handful years ago, in the middle of a sweltering July day, my sister turned to me and said, "My New Year's resolution is going really well." Caught completely off guard, I searched through my mind for a moment of time that was not humid and 97 degrees.

I finally recalled that yes, at the beginning of that year, I too had New Year's resolutions! And that's where our similarities ended: I had zero recollection of my "life-changing" resolutions that were designed as the New Year arrived with its fresh hope...

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!

Psacoya Guinn
The Bacchae
Queens Shakespeare
December 3-19
Details & Tickets

Kate O'Phalen
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter!


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. 
~ Winston Churchill ~