Half-Term Classes Starting Feb 13! With Austin Pendleton, Laura Esterman, and More.

Join us at HB for the second half of Winter Term with one of these 5-week classes or short- term workshops!

Scene Study – Studio Practice  – with Austin Pendleton
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Mondays | 2/13/2017 – 3/13/2017 | $280.00
Open to Studio Practice Level Students or by Audition or Submission

Introduction to Dramatic Writing – with Ed Napier
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Mondays | 2/13/2017 – 3/13/2017 | $255.00

Henrik Ibsen Scene Study – with Austin Pendleton
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Mondays | 2/13/2017 – 3/13/2017 | $275.00
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Fritz Weaver Memorial Service

HB notes with deepest sadness the passing of our dear friend and Board member, Fritz Weaver, on November 26, 2016. Our loving thoughts go out to the Oliver/Weaver family.

A memorial will be held at Symphony Space on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:30pm.

In remembering Fritz, we celebrate one of our finest actors; a splendid artist, true humanitarian; a great, generous, and gracious soul. For HB and its community, Fritz was steadfast in his advocacy and support. We are grateful to have known him, to have had his presence with us, and for the lasting power of his example.

Read his obituary in The New York Times.

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