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Rhonda Musak, Acting Coach

As an acting coach, I help actors unlock the magic in their acting.
Rhonda  teaches in a warm and open way that enables an actor to explore the full range of talent he/she possesses.
~ Jenna Kantor ~
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My windows are open and birds are chirping. Ahhh, the sounds of spring are in the air.

And along with spring come holidays. As noted below, my Drop-In Acting Class will be on holiday break next week, April 12. Join us as we are back in action on April 19.

Also, the next  Book Club for Actors is quickly coming up! Our featured playwright is Terrence McNally. The Monday evening meeting is quite full but there is still room available on Saturday. See details below.

A couple of things near and dear to my heart:

On March 25 I participated in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Chalking Memorial project which honors the 146 victims who died on March 25, 1911. I was honored to chalk for my neighbors-of-the-past, Rose Mehl and Lizzie Adler.

As I'm sure you've been hearing, on the federal budget chopping block are the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting...this means PBS documentaries, NPR, museum exhibits, dance performances, theater performances, music performances and educational arts programs of all kinds for kids and adults across the US.

Being an artist of any kind is challenging enough. The elimination of these programs would have devastating consequences on artists and organizations who rely on them and a trickle-down effect on those who do not.

I was pleased to join other AEA members this past Monday at City Hall in support of the arts.

Want to get involved? Here's an easy way. Sign the Americans for the Arts petition to help save the NEA: Americans for the Arts Action Center.

And finally, if you're looking for a good Maundy Thursday service to celebrate Easter, I will be performing at 7 PM at Marble Collegiate Church -- on the corner of 29th Street & Fifth Avenue, April 13.

Wishing you a spring garden blooming with joyous projects and golden opportunities!

Rhonda Musak
Acting Coach
Acting class is the actor's laboratory and the Drop-In Acting Class at Art & Soul Acting is the place to play, explore, express and nail down your technique so that your next audition rocks it out of the park.

Please Note: No class on Wednesday, April 12 for spring/holiday break. Class resumes on April 19. Happy holiday!

Class Structure
Each class begins with a brief warm-up so students can approach their work centered and focused. Actors then work on their material of choice in an individual work slot.

Work Slot Options
Actors may choose to work on any of the following for stage or film: 
  • Monologues
  • Cold Readings
  • Audition Process & Technique
  • On-Camera Audition Recording
  • 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

For complete details & registration please visit:

If you've ever cringed because you've been asked about a play that you think you should have read, then the Book Club for Actors is your remedy.

The 37th Book Club for Actors will focus on the plays of: 
Terrence McNally
Remaining Reading Weeks

The Book Club for Actors is offered twice. Please choose one of two meetings: 

Monday, April 17, 7-9 - East Village
Saturday, April 22, 3-5 - East Village

Read plays from the following selection of Terrence McNally's work:
  • Master Class *
  • Lips Together, Teeth Apart
  • Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
  • Love! Valour! Compassion!
  • And Away We Go
  • It's Only a Play (2014)
So all participants are on the same page with at least one play, please be sure to read the play marked with an asterisk (*). And t  o 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! 

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: 
For complete details & RSVP please visit:

Super charge the New Year with vision and focus. In this life-aligning, 5-hour workshop, participants create a plan for the year ahead...a plan that will stick.

Leap with Passion into 2017!!!
2017 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 2018!!!
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Rhonda's talent as a Life Coach transcends verbal instruction; it goes directly to action based thoughts and exercises that challenge and inspire you.
~ James Pravasilis ~

Delve deeper into the craft and business of acting with articles that break it all down and build you up.

Aries in Flight dancer, choreographer and coach, Catherine Mancuso, takes a hard hit at the stereotype of the poor dancer. Actors listen up and learn from this wise guest post about combating poverty mentality.

Dancers, Let's Be Honest: You Have More Money Than You Think
by Catherine Mancuso
Today I want to talk to you about something that has been on my mind a lot over the last few years. So many dancers believe that suffering and poverty are their path in life. Let's be honest, a lot of times dancers are asked to work for free and believe that there is no money to be made in the dance industry. Sure there are jobs, but they don't pay well enough to support you and even if you are lucky enough to get into a contracted company, the job won't last forever.

Additionally, we've been brainwashed to think that we shouldn't spend money on anything because we won't have a paying gig to be able to pay the bill. I don't know about you but this seems like a pretty bleak picture to me. Yet, I want to shed light on some reality here...

You've studied with me, you've booked the job -- now share the FAB news!

Renita Biddle
* The Greatest Showman - Feature Film
* Emotional Intelligence - Short Film
* NRA Anti-Gun Activist
Vibrations - Video 

Renita Biddle
The Thalia Festival - Cast B
Role: Angel
The Roebuck Theater
April 20 @ 9 PM
April 21 @ 7 PM
April 22 @ 9 PM

Emily Cordes
Congrats on recent theatre performances:
* Princesses at the Bar Table
* Pool Play 2.0

Psacoya Guinn
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
2017-18 Season

Psacoya Guinn
Congrats on recent theatre performance:
* Cover Me - as part of Brunch Theatre

Lea McKenna-Garcia
New Light Theater Project's 
Darkroom 13 - development series
Access Theater
April 13 & 14 @ 8 PM

Improv Performance
Magnet Theater - Studio
Saturday, April 8 @ 8 PM
Details & Reservations (peformance is free)

Kate O'Phalen
CHOICE - Short Film
Writer, Producer, Actor
Los Angeles International Women's Film Festival

Andrew Rothkin
Director: Those Lurking Moments
Manhattan Repertory Theatre

Andrew Rothkin
Producer: White Rabbit Tales
Playwright:  When You Wish Upon a Fish
Wild Project
Tuesday, April 25 @ 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 26 @ 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 27 @ 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 29 @ 2:30 PM

Shade Rupe
The Greatest Showman - Feature Film
The Escape - Short Film

Gena West
The Jar - Short Film
Assistant Director

Gena West
Safe - Short Film
Role: Mary
North Texas College Shorts Program
2017 Dallas International Film Festiva l

One thing you take action on is more valuable than knowing 100 things you never put into action.
~ Robert Middleton ~

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Rhonda S. Musak

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