Author: Ashley Roberts

HB Diamond Jubilee Gala Postponed

Dear HB supporters, colleagues, and friends,

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.

During these unprecedented times, HB Studio has taken drastic steps to continue to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our artistic community. Despite the physical distance between us, we strive to remain connected and to remind you that HB will always be here for each of you. We have been for the past 75 years, and we hope to be for the next 75, as well.

As artists, we have always connected with one another through our work. In times like these, creativity and community can sustain us. Our new suite of online classes and events will continue to provide inspiration and connection for our community of artists, and welcome new audiences and exciting possibilities for us. We have also compiled a list of emergency resources for artists which is constantly being updated by HB staff as new information becomes available.

HB Studio will adhere to NYC mandates and best practices as we join with our fellow New Yorkers in a community-wide effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. With so much still uncertain, we have postponed our 75th Anniversary celebration, the HB Diamond Jubilee Gala, originally slated for Monday, June 8th.

The actions we take now to protect the most vulnerable among us and safeguard one another’s health and safety are primary. Looking to the future in solidarity and with hope, we look forward to gathering with you to celebrate HB’s Diamond Jubilee Gala on November 11, 2020 at Tribeca Rooftop. Let’s set our sights on a joyful gathering in the fall that will bring us all together again! We will be sending out more details over the summer.

Please visit us in cyberspace and let us know how you are doing. We look forward to the time when we will see you again in-person!

With warm regards and care,

Edith Meeks
Executive & Artistic Director
On behalf of the HB Board of Directors & HB Diamond Jubilee Gala Co-Chairs

HB Studio Moves Classes Online

To the HB Studio Community:

HB Studio is adhering to local and national mandates for a community-wide effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Given the level of uncertainty and rapidly changing guidelines, we are rolling out a suite of online classes and workshops until we are able to reconvene classes on-site. The decision to resume classes at the Studio will follow public mandates and safety guidelines from our public health leaders. 

Public safety must be our first concern. As such, we will adjust our programs to distance learning classes. Until further notice, with the start of Spring Term beginning the week of March 30th, HB Studio will host classes online via Zoom Conferencing. Please browse our list of online classes. More classes will be added in the coming days, so please stay tuned.

HB Studio will tailor our teaching and the topic to the virtual space and explore this creatively with our students. We hope not to stay in cyberspace for long for most of our classes, but while we are there, we are going to take advantage of its possibilities. Just as on camera work is different from live performance in the theater or studio, the virtual sphere is a compelling new place for us to learn to play. Please check each course page on our website for more information on how teachers will conduct specific classes online.

HB’s refund policy states that we will approve and process requests for refunds, credits, withdrawals, and transfers up to 24 hours before your first day of class. Given the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus epidemic, we will waive the $27 administration fee for withdrawals before the first day and for those who request a withdrawal after attending the first class online. 

We understand that the shift to virtual learning is a radical change. We encourage you to try it out with us. Think of the Zoom platform we will be using as an “on camera” platform where you practice skills that you will need to use in your work across multiple media. You are able to see and interact with other students and the instructor in closeup. There is an intimacy to the setting and to the exchange that may surprise you. Students who wish to withdraw after trialing the first class will be able to do so without penalty. Schedule changes must be made by emailing customerservice@hbstudio.org. 

HB Studio will also host public events online. We look forward to making use of a connected virtual space to continue to share stimulating and timely programs and talks with you. More on those offerings to follow.

Through this challenging time, we want to stay in touch and active with our artistic colleagues and community, and use the virtual sphere to stay connected and creative, to continue to develop our skills and to make work that speaks to these times and brings people together. 

This represents a huge adjustment for all of us, but we can only combat this crisis together. We invite you to keep in connection with us and explore the creative possibilities of the intimate and immediate virtual space.

We hope you will stand with HB and with one another as we journey through this uncharted territory together.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with questions. 

Stay well,

Edith Meeks

Executive & Artistic Director

COVID-19-Related Resources for Artists

Helpful Resources for Artists Amid COVID-19

HB Studio has compiled a list of helpful information, resources, and emergency funding for artists, independent freelancers, nonprofits and small businesses amid the novel coronavirus epidemic. We will continue to update the following resources as more information becomes available (last updated April 5, 2020).

Find out how you can help New Yorkers affected by COVID-19 and how you can receive COVID-19-related assistance: NYC.gov/helpnownyc.

Special Enrollment for Healthcare

New York State has issued a special enrollment period through April 15th for uninsured individuals in need of health insurance. For more information, visit the New York State of Health.

Government Support for Creative Professionals

The below chart provides a clear navigational path for creative professionals to find the appropriate financial aid assistance.

Fighting Discrimination

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is collecting stories of people have been harassed based on their race or appearance during the recent weeks as the epidemic has escalated. Here is a list of resources specifically for artists and cultural workers who feel they have been targeted, resources for marginalized populations that are feeling strained and under-supported, as well as ways that people with privilege can upstand/bystand/intervene when they see or experience a bias incident.

Artists, Freelancers & Arts Non-Profits

ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for artists and arts/cultural nonprofits, provides daily resources that include informational webinars and emergency funding for artists. Continue reading →

Online Classes at HB Studio – Spring 2020

HB Studio is adhering to NYC mandates and joining with our colleagues in the field for a community-wide effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Given the level of uncertainty and rapidly changing guidelines, we are rolling out a suite of online classes and workshops.

With the start of Spring Term, beginning the week of March 30, until we are able to resume classes at the Studio, the following classes will be held online via Zoom Conferencing. 

Acting

Acting 1 with David Deblinger | Mondays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting 1 with Pablo Andrade | Mondays, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Acting 1 with Julissa Roman | Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Acting 1 with Julissa Roman | Tuesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Acting 1 with Michael Beckett | Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Acting 1 with Michael Beckett | Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting 2 with David Deblinger | Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Acting 2 with Jackson Moran | Mondays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting 2 with Michael Beckett | Saturdays, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Acting Improvisation with Clark Jackson | Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Actuar en Español (Parte A) with Maria Fontanals & Pablo Andrade | Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Actuar en Español (Parte B) with Maria Fontanals & Pablo Andrade | Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting with the Camera 1 with David Deblinger | Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting with the Camera 1 with Magaly Colimon | Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Acting with the Camera 2 with Victor Cruz | Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting with the Camera 3: Skill Integration for Film (Part A) with Lisa Pelikan | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Acting with the Camera 3: Skill Integration for Film (Part B) with Lisa Pelikan | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study 1 with Brian Mulligan | Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Scene Study 1 with Lorraine Serabian | Fridays, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Scene Study 2 with Michael Beckett | Sundays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Scene Study 2 with Michael Beckett | Fridays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Scene Study 2-3 with Hagen Exercises with Francesca Ferrara | Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Scene Study 3 with Michael Beckett | Sundays, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Austin Pendleton | Mondays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Austin Pendleton | Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Jessica Hecht | Thursdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Michael Beckett | Sundays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice (Invitational) with Mercedes Ruehl | Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice (Invitational – Part A) with Mercedes Ruehl | Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice (Invitational – Part B) with Mercedes Ruehl | Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speech & Voice

Speech 1 with Joy Coronel | Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Speech 1 with Craig Dolezel | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Speech 2 with Theresa McElwee | Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Speech 3 with Theresa McElwee | Wednesdays, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaking Voice 1 with Theresa McElwee | Saturdays, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaking Voice 1 with Ilse Pfeifer | Mondays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaking Voice 1 with Craig Dolezel | Mondays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Speaking Voice 2 with Ilse Pfeifer | Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Movement

Alexander Technique with Stefanie Proessl | Wednesdays, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Art of Transformation (Part A) with Janice Orlandi | Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Art of Transformation (Part B) with Janice Orlandi | Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Stage Combat (Part A) with Christian Kelly-Sordelet | Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Stage Combat (Part B) with Christian Kelly-Sordelet | Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Musical Theater & Singing

Singing Voice 1 with John Bowen | Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Singing Voice 1 with John Bowen | Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Acting the Song with Lorraine Serabian | Fridays, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Playwriting

Playwriting with Julie McKee | Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Playwriting Technique with Julie McKee | Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Young People

Acting for Young People with Claudia Terry | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshops

Show Me The Money: Financial Empowerment for Artists with David Maurice Sharp | March 30, 2020 – April 27, 2020 | Mondays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lanford Wilson Scene Study (Part A) with Austin Pendleton | March 30, 2020 – April 27, 2020 | Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Lanford Wilson Scene Study (Part B) with Austin Pendleton | May 4, 2020 – June 8, 2020 | Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Uta Hagen’s Acting Process (Part A) with Carol Rosenfeld | April 1, 2020 – April 29, 2020 | Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Uta Hagen’s Acting Process (Part B) with Carol Rosenfeld | May 6, 2020 – June 3, 2020 | Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ballroom, Rhythm & Latin: Partner Dance for Actors with Peter Jones | April 4, 2020 – May 2, 2020 | Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Singing Sondheim with Lonny Price | April 30, 2020 – May 28, 2020 | Thursdays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Movement for Actors with Michelle Uranowitz | May 2, 2020 – May 30, 2020 | Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

HB Studio will tailor our teaching and the topic to the virtual space and explore that creatively with our students. We hope not to stay in cyberspace for long for most of our classes, but while we’re there, we’re going to take advantage of the opportunity to get to know its possibilities. Just as on camera work is different from live performance in the theater or studio, the virtual sphere is a compelling new place for us to learn to play. Please check each course page for more information on how teachers will conduct specific classes online.

Those registered for online classes will be contacted via email with instructions on how to connect to your class via Zoom. You will need a device (computer, laptop, phone, tablet) with an internet connection. View this tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting. We look forward to seeing you online!

Before your class, please review our Zoom User Guide for Students.

HB Studio Closed 12/21/19-1/1/20

HB Studio will be closed December 21, 2019 through January 1, 2020. The Studio will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2020. The Winter Term begins January 6, 2020, and runs through March 15, 2020.

Winter Term Weekly Classes

Winter Workshops

Public Conversation: SEX AND VIOLENCE: Using Consent Protocols On Stage

SEX AND VIOLENCE: Using Consent Protocols On Stage
A Discussion with Intimacy Director Judi Lewis Ockler and Stage Combat Director Christian Kelly-Sordelet

Moderator TBA

Monday, December 9th at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

A stage combat director and an intimacy director share notes about building a framework of consent and practice that supports actors to take risks, and to handle both intimate and violent staged interactions in their work. This talk will be preceded by a workshop for HB Studio Faculty on November 19th on using intimacy protocols in teaching and rehearsal.
Judi Lewis Ockler is an intimacy/fight director, variety performer, stunt performer, and teaching artist.  Credits include: HATEF**K (Adrienne Campbell-Holt, director; WP theater) UNDER THE OVERTURE (Gerard Alessandrini, director), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Tony Speciale, director; Classic Stage). She is an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International; she leads workshops in Intimacy for the Stage for actors and designers at Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, NYU Tisch, and The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, NYC.
Christian Kelly-Sordelet: Fight Director, Broadway: PICNIC, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, WAITING FOR GODOT and NO MAN’S LAND, ECLIPSED SUNSET BOULEVARD. Off-Broadway: MASKED, SLIPPING, UNLOCK’D, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, KID VICTORY. Stunt Coordinator for: ALL MY CHILDREN, GUIDING LIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, SCHOOL SPIRITS, and KEVIN CAN WAIT. Christian assisted in: THE SNOW GEESE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TOUR: South Africa and Argentina. In FUERZA BRUTA, BEN HUR LIVE: ROME, AS YOU LIKE IT, COMEDY OF ERRORS, KING LEAR, JULIUS CEASER in Central Park. Christian has taught at: Rutgers, NYU, Yale, The New School, and Wagner. He is a resident fight director at Sante Fe Opera.

Pat & Julie Project – Fall 2019 Staged Reading Lab

A COLLABORATIVE STAGED READING OF SELECTED FIRST SCENES AND ONE ACTS

From the Students of Julie McKee, directed by the students of Pat Golden.

November 9 & 10, 7 pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
Free! First come, first served

Two acts of 8 scenes with an intermission each evening. More details to be announced soon.

The Pat & Julie Project is a collaborative performance project in which directors, playwrights and actors at HB Studio join together to produce and perform staged readings over a weekend in the HB Playwrights Theatre.

Maricela de la Luz Lights the World

HB Studio presents Maricela de la Luz Lights the World

 

Maricela de la Luz Lights the World

by José Rivera

directed by David Deblinger

with this exciting Cast and Creative team:

Maricela: Vanessa Aspillaga

understudy for Maricela/Ensemble: Jennifer Hernandez

Riccardo: Johnny Rivera

understudy for Riccardo/Ensemble: Jorge Felipe Guevara

Ofelia, Orpheus, Frowning Face, Snow Wolf, Snow Person, Shopper: Sara Koviak

Xbalanque, Jason, Smiling Face, Huhnahpu, Snow Wolf: Satoshi Deleanu

Cyclops, Polar Bear, Snow Wolf, Shopper, Snow Person: Kevin Hobaichan

Dragon, Shopper, and more: Samantha Posyton

Voice of Fog, Loki, Voice of Hydra, Shopper, Snow Wolf, Snow Woman: Maria Fontanals

Hercules: Nya Yeanafehn

Ensemble: Quaz Degraft

Stage Directions/Narrator: Mike Faccioli

Assistant Director: Agnes Chrakowiecka

Technical Director: George Port

Maricela de la Luz Lights the World is a fanciful play by Academy-award nominated writer José Rivera. The story follows the adventures of Maricela and her brother Riccardo as they save the world from impending climate catastrophe, reminding audiences that the power to change the world lies within each of us. Directed by David Deblinger, co-founder of the iconic LAByrinth Theatre Company, and featuring an array of HB Alumni, we hope you can join us for this special holiday presentation! A FREE holiday cast party will take place on Friday night after the show, and FREE holiday cookies and cider will be served at the Saturday matinee.

Friday, December 6th at 7PM & Saturday, December 7th at 2PM
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD: The Need for Leadership to Combat Climate Change and Protect National Security

American Scoreboard Staged Reading HB Playwrights Theatre

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD
Performance of Testimony from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing on The Need for Leadership to Combat Climate Change and Protect National Security

Conceived and Produced by Fran Kirmser
Created and Produced by Christopher Burney

 

Wednesday, November 20th and Thursday, November 21st at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

HB Studio is pleased to welcome back AMERICAN SCOREBOARD for a series of presentations in the HB Playwrights Theatre. In November, we present a verbatim staged reading of transcripts from testimony given on April 9, 2019 before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Combating Climate Change and Protecting National Security.

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD is an ongoing series which, through timely verbatim readings of U.S. Congressional hearing transcripts performed by stage and screen actors, reflects the issues that face the current administration, President Trump, and the American people today. The series is conceived and produced by Tony Award winning Broadway Producer Fran Kirmser and produced by Tony Nominee and Tony Nominating Committee member Christopher Burney. For questions regarding the program, please call 212-554-3431.

This new series marks the return of AMERICAN SCOREBOARD to HB STUDIO where it premiered in January 2017 with a hearing concerning corporate fraud and the Wells Fargo Bank.

Public Conversation: Theater as Ritual for Community with Cusi Cram and Daniella Topol

Cusi Cram and Daniella Topol in Conversation

Public Conversation: THEATER AS RITUAL FOR COMMUNITY
A Discussion with Playwright Cusi Cram and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director Daniella Topol about their current site-specific, interactive production, NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL

Monday, November 4th at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

HB Studio explores the current critically-acclaimed production of Novenas for a Lost Hospital with playwright Cusi Cram and Rattlestick Theater Artistic Director Daniella Topol.

Novenas for a Lost Hospital is a communal experience to remember, honor, re-imagine and celebrate St Vincent’s Hospital. Inspired by the caretakers and patients of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and guided by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, this unique event takes a 60-person audience on a journey from an enclosed garden to Rattlestick’s intimate West Village theater to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park.