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Rhonda Musak, Acting Coach

As an acting coach, I help actors unlock the magic in their acting.
I cannot speak highly enough about Rhonda. Before working with Rhonda I was struggling with my confidence as an actor. She knows exactly what I need to focus on when I'm tripping myself up so I can get out of my own way.
~ Psacoya M. Guinn ~
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As fall kicks off and we say goodbye to glorious summer (though, not yet, summer weather!), I am reminded that all good things must come to an end. 

This is true for my Book Club for Actors.

I am officially announcing the FINAL Book Club for Actors.

As we embark on our 39th and last playwright (see below), I remember back to November 2010 and the kickoff of the first Book Club for Actors which focused on the works of Arthur Miller.

Since then, the book club has grown and changed and morphed in wonderful ways. And now, over 200 plays later, my heart fills with gratitude as I think about every actor who has attended a meeting, prepared their reading and shown up ready to discuss.

sooo very much for sharing your thoughts, for articulating your viewpoint and for endless compelling conversation!

I hear some of you saying, but Rhonda, NO! What?!?! Why??? Simply, it's time for me to call this complete so I have room and space to create and open new doors as an acting teacher & coach.

And maybe some of you are saying, but I've always wanted to attend but haven't and now it's ending! Well, there's one last time to jump on this merry-go-round as we gather at the end of November/beginning of December for two last meetings.

Full details for the FINAL Book Club for Actors is below. Let's finish this thing right!

In my own acting news...

I will be performing my solo show 
in October at Theaterlab in their beautiful white box!

Rhonda Badonda wants to function normally... Her brain has other ideas.

Dive into the shape-shifting landscape of the mind as Rhonda unscrambles a hidden medical mystery and encounters the truth of her baffling and bewildering world.

When your brain won't cooperate, you have to get creative.

Performances are presented as part of Theaterlab's TLabShares Program:
* Monday, October 23 at 7:30 PM
* Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $21 and can be purchased by visiting Theaterlab each performance will be followed by a short talkback. 

Wishing you a creatively rich and abundantly beautiful autumn!

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: 
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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
  • Sunday, December 31, 2017 - NYC
  • Saturday, January 6, 2017 - NYC
  • Sunday, January 7, 2017 - Online/Live
LOVE this workshop and will make it an annual MUST!
~ Tiffany Hodges ~

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

Line memorization plays a bigger role than you might think in terms of becomming a better actor. Learn your lines well and up your game!

Why Doesn't Anybody Talk About the Importance of Line Memorization?
by Rhonda Musak

Line memorization in terms of acting technique does not get a lot of play. Thinking about the myriad of acting books that I have read, I cannot recall it ever having been mentioned. Maybe that's because everybody figures you just have to memorize the lines in order to do scripted work-plain and simple...get 'er done.
But behind the scenes I hear a slightly different story as a coach. Many actors are actually greatly challenged by memorizing lines 

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

Kevin Cusick
Grave Secrets - TV
Role: Detective Moore
Discovery ID

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
The Last Firefly - Theatre
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
September 30-October 29

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

Rachel Leighson
Lili Marlene   - Off Broadway Musical
Write Act Repertory
St. Luke's Theatre
August 25-October 10
Details & Tickets

Lea McKenna-Garcia
Breeders   - Theatre
New Light Theater Project
Access Theater
September 21-October 14

Lea McKenna-Garcia
MoneyLion - Commercial

Julie McNamara
Animal Story - Theatre
New York New Works Festival
The Duke on 42nd Street
Congrats on recent performances!

Role:  Annie the Rag Doll
Performances run throughout the holiday season.
Details & Tickets TBA

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

We must let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
~ Joseph Campbell ~

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Rhonda S. Musak

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