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Rhonda Musak, Acting Coach

As an acting coach, I help actors unlock the magic in their acting.
Over the past couple of years while working with Rhonda I have learned many of the finer details that are essential to an actor and have taken major steps forward as a result of the work we have created together. I like the saying "the better the coach, the better the result," that has proven to be true with Rhonda. When it comes to acting I trust her instincts. 
~ Kevin Cusick ~
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At the end of October this happened:

Happy 7th Birthday
Art & Soul Acting!

On October 26, 2010 I officially launched Art & Soul Acting into the world. I have been so grateful to watch it grow from a tiny seed of an idea into a beautiful and vibrant reality. 

Offerings to date include:
  • Acting Classes - since in 2011
  • Private Acting Coaching - in person in NYC & online
  • Book Club for Actors - now on our 39th playwright
  • Book That Job Blog & e-Zine
  • Summer Acting Intensive for Teens - since 2011
  • College Prep Program
  • Leap with Passion Workshop - going into our 10th year (this workshop began while I was teaching at the Elizabeth Browning Studio)
But what continues to bring me the most joy is you, my students. You've allowed me to be a part of your life and your art. I've been blown away continually by your courage and your passion and your dedication to learning and deepening this beautiful art form.  THANK YOU! You have enriched my life indelibly.

And now, in an awkward segue, just a reminder that the 39th Book Club for Actors will be the last, final, done and done Book Club for Actors. See details below if you'd like to get in on this last go around.

As I expressed in the September Newsletter, the Book Club for Actors has been phenomenal! And now it's time to let it go in order to create many more exciting things as Art & Soul Acting continues to blossom and grow. Stay tuned for those things in 2017!

And as Thanksgiving is now nipping at our heels, I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who came out to my recent performances of my solo show, Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain.

I truly treasured your presence at Theaterlab as I performed and loved that so many of you were able to stay for the talkback.

If you were not able to attend these shows, I just booked my first performance for 2018 and will keep you up-to-date on the deets as it gets closer.

And, finally, Leap with Passion! NYC & Online/Live dates are still tentative, but Chicago is confirmed for Wednesday, December 27 at 5 PM at Green Room Studio. Mark your calendars Windy City Leap-ers! NYC & Online/Live dates will be nailed down by the beginning of December. Can't wait to take this 10th anniversary Leap with Passion with you all!

Abounding gratitude -  

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.

Class is currently in session, weekly & ongoing...join us!

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: Thursdays
TIME: 6-10 PM
DATES: weekly
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 39th & FINAL Book Club for Actors will focus on the plays of:  
Quiara Alegria Hudes
Remaining Reading Weeks

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

Monday, November 27, 7-9 - East Village
Saturday, December 2, 3-5 - East Village

Read plays from the following selection of Quiara Alegria Hudes' work:
  • Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue * - The Eliot Trilogy, Play #1
  • Water by the Spoonful * - The Eliot Trilogy, Play #2
  • The Happiest Song Plays Last * - The Eliot Trilogy, Play #3
  • Yemaya's Belly
  • Lulu's Golden Shoes
  • Daphne's Dive 
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 to 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!!! - Tentative Dates
Leap 2018 celebrates the 10th year of the annual
Leap with Passion Workshop.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - Chicago
    Chicago date is confirmed.
  • Saturday, January 6, 2017 - NYC
  • Saturday, January 13, 2017 - Online/Live
  • Sunday, January 14, 2017 - NYC
Rhonda's passion and unending support made the environment safe for healing, growing and taking chances.
~ Stephanie Ramos ~

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

Not all monologues are created equal. Discover which pieces can throw you off track and which empower you to do your best work in the audition room.


Choosing Monologues That Will Set Your Auditions on Fire
by Rhonda Musak

Actors know that having a great set of audition monologues is an absolute must.  But it's that word "great" that can often put an actor into the throes of agony.  You read the audition notices, you see what it is that the auditioners are looking for, and with a plummeting heart you realize that you have nothing suitable to audition for a role for which you are perfect...

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

Emily Cordes
Men Are Dogs - Theater
Role: Cecelia Monaha
The American Theatre of Actors
November 8-12

Emily Cordes
Devised piece based on the New York Times article "The Lonely Death of George Bell" - Theatre
The Laboratory of Soul
November 17-18

Psacoya Guinn
A Christmas Carol - Theatre
Role: Mrs. Dilber
U/S: Rose & Mrs. Peake
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
November 22-December 30

Chuck Marti
The Tillie Project - Staged Reading
Role: multiple roles
Centenary Stage Company
Lackland Arts Center

Chuck Marti
Great Gotham Challenge - Live Action Adventure
Role: Russian Chess Grandmaster

Role:  Annie the Rag Doll
Performances run throughout the holiday season.

Andrew Rothkin
Brooklyn of Light - Theatre
Manhattan Repertory Theatre
November 9, 10 & 11 @ 9 PM
Details & Tickets

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
~ Johannes Gaertner ~

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