Summer Term starts June 13: Apply Now for Financial Aid, Schedule Your Audition, and More.

Summer Term will run 10 weeks, June 13 – August 22. (No classes July 4).
Browse classes & register online. We also offer a variety of workshops.

FINANCIAL AID: Scholarship & Work-Study Applications for the Summer Term 2017 are now open! Deadline: April 24.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Register by May 31 with code SUMMER17W for 10% off.

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Members receive 20% off when registering for Summer term by May 31. Present membership card in the office or email a copy to

INTAKE AUDITION / CONSULTATIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty to discuss your goals, where you are in the work, and plan your course of study at HB Studio. For audition schedule, details and sign up info, visit the Auditions & Prerequisites page.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel and resume for placement into our studio practice classes.

*Discounts not valid for workshop offerings, cannot be combined, and cannot be applied retroactively

Half-Term Classes Start April 24 – with Austin Pendleton, Laura Esterman & More

Join us for the second half of Spring Term with one of these 5-week classes or workshops:

Scene Study – Studio Practice  – with Austin Pendleton
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Mondays | 4/24/2017 – 5/22/2017 | $280.00
Open to Studio Practice Level Students or by Audition or Submission

Actuar en español / Acting in Spanish  – with Pablo Andrade & Maria Fontanals
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Wednesdays |  5/3/2017 – 5/31/2017 | $230.00

Scene Study 3 – with Laura Esterman
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Fridays | 5/5/2017 – 6/2/2017 | $255.00
Open to Acting Level 3 Students or by Audition or Submission

Shakespeare Scene Study – with Austin Pendleton
10AM – 1 PM | Sundays | 5/7/2017 – 6/4/2017 | $275.00
Open to Studio Practice Level Students or by Application

Volunteer at Spring Clean Up!

Please join us for some time during April 25-28 to help spruce up our working home. All Key Students, FA’s and SA’s are required to participate in one 4-hour shift. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to volunteers! Use our online form to sign up:


Can’t spare the time but want to support the effort? Donate refreshments to keep our volunteers well fed! Please contact Megan Foehr at with offers of food donations.

SPRING READS – HB Playwrights New Plays in Process

New Plays in Process from the HB Playwrights

April 4 – 9, 2017
May 9 – 14, 2017

All readings at 8pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
FREE – RSVP online:

Tues 4/4 Craig McNulty – NIGHT VISION

Wed 4/5 Natalie Bates – FOR ALL

Thur 4/6 Lynda Crawford – THE AUDIT

Fri 4/7 Stanley Hathaway – MARCH 9, 1965

Sat 4/8 Susan Eve Haar – SAUGERTIES

Sun 4/9 Daniel O’Donnell – TIME TO GO

Tues 5/9 Jason Jung – PANIC


Thur 5/11 Randy McHaney – FABRICATIONS

Fri 5/12 Adam Delia – SWIPE

Sat 5/13 Sarah Rose Kearns – PERSUASION

Sun 5/14 Robert King – OUR SON

Jane Streeton of London’s RADA to teach Singing on Stage masterclass

Wednesday & Thursday | April 12-13, 2017
11AM – 4PM | $195 |
Audits: $30 each day. To audit, please call: (212) 675-2370 x1

Jane Streeton, Coordinator of the Singing Team and Course Leader for the Musical Theatre Courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, will offer this two-day intensive for singing actors (and acting singers). This features techniques from Jane’s book Singing on Stage: An Actor’s Guide (June, 2014), nominated for ‘Outstanding Book of the Year Award for Theatre and Higher Education’ (ATHE) and also named in the ‘Top 7 Training Books of 2014’ by ‘The Stage’. Jane will work with students individually in a master class setting for two sessions, such that the individual receiving feedback and those observing, both gain from the advice being provided. Students should fully prepare 2 songs, of which one will be chosen to work on during each session class. Each student must bring good, clear copies of the sheet music for the accompanist to play.

Ms. Streeton is an international soprano soloist in opera and concert and has worked as a singing coach and vocal advisor for film, with the BBC, in West End musicals, at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

An accompanist will be provided.

Singing on Stage An Actor’s Guide is available for purchase at the registration office.

First Floor Studio Residency – Flight Over Wasteland

Flight Over Wasteland 
First Floor Studio Residency

Saturday, March 11 5:30 pm
Sunday, March 19 7:30 pm

RSVP here!

Director: Liliya Lifanova in collaboration with composer Hiroya Miura

Cast: Mickaela Tombrock, Christopher Pio, Bradley Carter, Oliver James Burke, Sandra Herlog, Andrea Davina Clinton, Corrine Paulson, Chang Liu, Tatiana Galliher Jackson, Carlos E. Rojas, Shinno Seto, Tom Cryan, Andrew Braddock

“Flight Over Wasteland” is a work in progress toward a live performance and film by visual artist and director Liliya Lifanova in collaboration with composer Hiroya Miura. This duo comes together to create an adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” reimagined and retold in a series of evocative tableaux vivants, choreographed gestures, and language, set amidst a hand crafted sculptural and sound installation.

HB Studio Presents UNITL THE FLOOD by Dael Orlandersmith




– 7:00 PM–

Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie-Award winning playwright Dael Orlandersmith brings her latest work to HB Studio for an exclusive New York engagement. Focused on the social unrest in Ferguson, MO after the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the one-woman show explores the experience of an American community through the eyes of multiple characters, developed by Dael through her extensive interviews with St. Louis residents. Commissioned by The Rep in 2016, and featuring music by Elliott Sharp, we hope you can join us for this very special benefit presentation. Benefit proceeds support HB’s world-renowned training, practice, and development programs for aspiring and professional theater artists.









“There is a tough and necessary beauty in {her} writing…Orlandersmith hears the human need for dignity and justice, for love. She is critic, witness, and poet.”– Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America.  

Sharp is “a composer and guitarist who has been one of downtown’s most influential and prolific musicians…” The New York Times


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Austin Pendleton to teach “Directing for the Stage” this Spring

OBIE Award-winning director and celebrated actor Austin Pendleton launches a new class at HB Studio this Spring: “Directing for the Stage.” Pendleton, who has been teaching sought-after Scene Study classes at HB Studio for decades, will now share his directorial expertise with aspiring and established directors alike. The class, now enrolling, is scheduled to start March 20, 2017.
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People Who Make Theater: Vincent Pastore

a conversation with actor
Vincent Pastore (THE SOPRANOS)

Moderated by David Deblinger

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
$5-$10 suggested donation | RSVP at

Vincent Pastore‘s breakout role in the HBO award winning series THE SOPRANOS lead him from his early days of performing in community theater, running discos and owning rock and roll bars in New Rochelle, NY to becoming the household name of “Big Pussy.” He was encouraged to pursue film acting by Kevin and Matt Dillon who frequented his bars in the 80’s.

Vincent landed his first major film with Nancy Savoca’s award winning film TRUE LOVE, and then he was on his way. He worked on AMERICA’S MOST WANTED, LAW AND ORDER, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, GOOD FELLAS, AWAKENINGS and REGARDING HENRY, plus many other projects on the small stage in New York City, until he landed his first major role as Tony Scarboni opposite Alan Arkin in THE JERKY BOYS. After that, GOTTI, WITNESS TO THE MOB, and then THE SOPRANOS followed. He went on to do the films MADE, SERVING SARA, THE HURRICANE and TWO FAMILY HOUSE, to name just a few.

Recently Vincent has appeared in CHICAGO and in the Woody Allen play BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, making him now part of the Broadway community. He is the author of CRAZY HORSE, a play about his life experiences in the bar business, which is currently under the direction of his Soprano co-star Maureen Van Zandt.