Cindy Curtis Nelson Joins HB Studio Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that Cindy Curtis Nelson has been appointed to the HB Studio Board of Directors!

Cindy is a leader in marketing strategy and innovation. She is a global brand and business builder, a tireless connector of brand experiences and digital platforms, and a consummate student of customer behavior. Cindy is a founding partner and Chief Strategist of Matter Worldwide, a marketing and innovation company; she is currently the Head of Brand Marketing for PGIM, the global investment management businesses of Prudential Financial Inc.; and is on the Board of Advisors for ad tech company Trion Interactive – a mobile video ad-serving platform. She lives in Tribeca with her husband and two digital native sons. Together with her extended family, they own and operate an historic cottage and boat rental business in the Adirondacks.

Welcome, Cindy!

Scene Study with Mercedes Ruehl

Mercedes Ruehl returns to HB Studio this Winter to teach an advanced Scene Study – Studio Practice course.

Tuesdays & Thursdays | February 7  – March 21 (no class Feb 28)
6:30pm – 9pm | $545
(6 weeks / 12 sessions)

Application required.* APPLY NOW! Only a few seats left.


*Ms. Ruehl’s prior students may register without an application for the winter term.


For professional performers who desire to return to, or maintain an ongoing relationship with a dynamic and fertile state of learning. The goal: to use the specifics of language, action, subtext, circumstance, and relationships in order to connect with the work at the deepest most personal level. You are encouraged to push boundaries with the aim of building ever more complex characters and situations, allowing and exploring what is powerfully, unexpectedly revealed. Continue reading →

Register for the Winter Term Today!

Registration for the Winter term begins November 1st. Winter term will run 10 weeks —
January 9 – March 19, 2017

Browse classes & register online. We also offer a variety of workshops.

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, SAG/AFTRA & AGVA members receive 10% off when registering for winter term by Feb. 26, 2017. 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

FINANCIAL AID: Scholarship & Work-Study Applications for the Spring Term 2017 are now open!

Tina Benko teaches 5-Week Scene Study, Oct 23-Nov 20.

Tina Benko returns to HB this fall to teach a 5-week Studio Practice Scene Study Class:

Studio Practice – Scene Study
Sundays, October 23, 2016 – November 20, 2016
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | $280

New to HB Studio? Submit your reel and resume online for placement into this class, or schedule an audition!

This course requires an audition/submission for new students or faculty placement into Studio Practice for continuing students.

In Memoriam: Jack Hofsiss

From DESIGN FOR LIVING, directed by Jack Hofsiss at HB Studio, May 2015.
From DESIGN FOR LIVING, directed by Jack Hofsiss at HB Studio, May 2015.

We are deeply saddened to share the news that beloved director and teacher Jack Hofsiss has passed away.

Brilliant director, teacher, a creative force, a true man of the theater, we are truly lucky to have had Jack with us at HB. We will miss him sorely. We remember him with gratitude.

Our hearts go out to his friends and family.

An LA Times article on him back in 1988 wrote:
“I like smart and brave actors,” said director Jack Hofsiss, seated outside USC’s Stop Gap Theatre, where he is preparing the world premiere of David Stevens’ “The Sum of Us” (opening tonight). “But ultimately–when it’s time to perform–actors have to leave their smartness at the stage door, and carry their bravery on stage.”

The viewing is 4:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday (Sept 16th) at Ortiz Funeral Home, 235 West 72nd st.
The service is 9:15am Saturday morning (Sept 17th)  at St. Paul the Apostle, at Columbus and 60th.

Read his obit in the NY Times here.



Want to know more about opportunities to perform or develop your own work at HB? Whether you are an actor, playwright, director, an individual or a member of a collective, we’ll give you a rundown of current opportunities available to HB Students to:

  • Perform
  • Audition
  • Get your info into our casting files
  • Develop a new project in rehearsal
  • Submit a new play for consideration for reading or production
  • Rent space to produce your own work
…and more!
Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00PM
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
Click here to RSVP!

Now Accepting Proposals for 2017 HB Studio Residency Projects


Deadline for Proposals: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Selected Projects will be announced by: January 9, 2017

Applications are now closed

Do you have questions about the First Floor Studio Residency, the application process, or performance and project development opportunities at HB Studio in general? Join us for an INFO SESSION:
Wednesday, September 28| 2pm | HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street


SEEKING: STAGE MANAGER for The Tchaikovsky Vignettes

Looking for an organized, fluid and confident guy or gal to work 
alongside me throughout my residency at HB Studio this fall. I’ll be working on a dance theatre piece set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The ideal candidate is at ease with scheduling and able to call the performances (tentatively Nov 13, 19, 20). Bonus would be if they were passionate about dance.

Non-equity. Small Stipend. Please email

AUDITIONS: The Tchaikovsky Vignettes

Seeking charismatic Dancers and Actors who move very well for an upcoming residency at HB Studio, choreographed by Allison Plamondon.

MALE/FEMALE DANCERS: Seeking dancers with stage presence, strong technique and experience in contemporary dance. Acting experience a plus.

MALE/FEMALE ACTORS: Seeking all types (especially character actors) who are connected physically, enjoy exploration and are adept at storytelling through movement.

Auditions  will be held  Tuesday, August 30th  at HB Studio, 120 Bank St. For an audition, please submit pic and res to 

Please also state preference of afternoon or evening audition time slot. 

PROJECT DATES: Part-time rehearsals begin September 10th, 2016 Performances mid-November (tentatively Nov 13, 19, 20th)

ABOUT THE PROJECT: The Tchaikovsky Vignettes are a series of dance theatre pieces set to the music of Tchaikovsky, using the characters of Anton Chekhov as inspiration.