HB’s approach to acting is practical and physical. We mean for you to realize all the means at your disposal to discover yourself in the character’s particulars and to come alive, in action, on camera or on stage.
HB’s Acting classes are structured on the notion of ongoing practice. You are learning to learn, then to learn again with deeper understanding. Each role poses new challenges, so with each role you return to the beginning in a search for new solutions. A 10-week term is not intended as a complete training. Rather, you work to master the skills presented at each level, respecting your own experience, knowledge, and process, and progressing in your own time. Most actors will need a few terms at each level to develop confidence and ease with the skills addressed. After 3 terms, you may advance to the next level unless your instructor recommends otherwise.
Studio Practice: If you are a professional actor working at an advanced level of artistic training, having mastered the skills we emphasize in our studio curriculum, Studio Practice is a place to work out, renew, stretch, explore, and maintain an ongoing diagnostic relationship with your work.
Level 3: Advanced practice with complex scenes and exercises to help you compete and thrive as a professional actor. You expand your repertoire, strengthen your technique, and develop reliable tools for solving challenges outside your comfort zone.
Level 2: Breaking down the scene, building a truthful, repeatable life on stage. You continue to develop skills introduced in Level 1, moving into scene work and text, and using Uta Hagen’s powerful suite of exercises to find the character’s circumstances and give them organic life.
Level 1: Whether you are starting out or wish to return to the foundations of a strong technique, the focus at this level is on presence and awareness: developing a deeper, more dynamic sensory relationship to your body, exploring your creative resources, and expanding your sense of self in relation to an array of possible circumstances. *No audition, placement or prerequisite required.