Classes

The game of make-believe is a crucial game for the artist.

—Herbert Berghof

Fall Term 2015: September 14 – November 22, 2015
Winter Term 2016: January 11 – March 20, 2016
Spring Term 2016: March 21 – June 5, 2016
Summer Term 2016: June 13 – August 21, 2016


Union Discount: AEA and SAG/AFTRA members receive 10% off Fall Term enrollment when registering by October 30. Please present your membership card in the registration office, or email a copy to registration@hbstudio.org and contact the registration office to enroll.

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


In the spirit of its founders, Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof, HB Studio welcomes committed actors, directors, and playwrights—beginning and experienced—to hone their skills in a community of peers and mentors. We seek to foster an environment where creative freedom prevails and artists are challenged to take their work to the next level.

For actors, HB now offers a progressive curriculum in Acting, Voice, Speech, Movement, and Musical Theatre. Choose one class at a time, or design your own part-time or full-time schedule. Special seminars and master classes are offered between terms, and a variety of skill-building and professional development workshops are offered throughout the year.

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For those just starting out or those seeking to reconnect with the basics, Level 1 classes are open to all without audition, placement, or prerequisite. Classes at Levels 2 and 3 build on the foundational skills addressed at Level 1. For those at an advanced level of training and for the professional actor seeking a place to work out, renew, stretch, and explore, we offer ongoing classes at the Studio Practice Level. Level 2, Level 3, and Studio Practice classes require audition or placement.

Students interested in intensive, fast-track, full-time training are encouraged to apply for the Hagen Institute’s one-year Core Training or 6-week Summer Intensive program. In these programs, students train as an ensemble in a rigorous, integrated sequence of daily classes.

HB Studio also offers classes in Playwriting and Directing, and classes for Young People aged 9 and up. Performance opportunities are extended to advanced students free of charge through a series of 5-week Performance Labs. The Studio also offers opportunities for playwrights, directors, and actors to collaborate on readings and works-in-progress performance projects.