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HB Studio Featured in Studio 360 Broadcast on Uta Hagen’s Centennial

Uta Hagen at HB Studio | Studio 360 Broadcast

“June marked the centennial of actress, activist and teacher Uta Hagen’s birth. Her stage performances were legendary — she created the role of Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and starred in Othello with Jose Ferrer and Paul Robeson, which featured the first interracial kiss on Broadway. But because of her activism, she was blacklisted by Hollywood, so there are relatively few examples of her work in film.

Beyond her acting, her greatest legacy may be how she influenced generations of actors, teaching at HB Studio and writing two books that are popular with acting students across the globe. Reporter Jeff Lunden speaks with some of those former students and colleagues, including F. Murray Abraham, Mercedes Ruehl and David Hyde Pierce, about what made Hagen such an important figure in the history of American theater.

The goal, Hagen said, was to learn ‘how to be a human being on stage. And that never stops. You never stop learning about that. And not look like an actor, but look like a human being onstage and still have total communication with that audience. That’s the real craft and that’s bottomless.'”

Listen to the story at Studio 360.

CASTING CALL: Fall 2019 Pat & Julie Project

HB Studio Seeks Actors

HB’s Director’s New Play Lab, taught by director Pat Golden and Playwriting II-Studio Practice, taught by playwright Julie McKee seek actors for scenes from new plays to be performed as Staged Readings.

Performances: Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, 2019
HB Playwrights Theatre, 7:00 PM

  • Tech: November 6th or 7th
  • Dress/Tech: November 8th
  • Final Dress: November 9th

Directors will schedule regular rehearsals at the actor’s convenience including Class Presentations on select Mondays between 2:30P-5:30P

Producer: HB Studio

Casting Directors: Catherine French, Sarah Chiriboga, Elizabeth Hupper, Adi Ray

Actors Wanted to Play (updated):

SPECIFIC ROLES: Continue reading →

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD: Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients

American Scoreboard Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients Staged Reading

A Staged Reading of Transcripts from the Hearing on Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients


Produced By: Fran Kirmser & Christopher Burney

Featuring students of HB Studio

HB Studio is honored to welcome back AMERICAN SCOREBOARD this season for a performance series in the democratic process! Because knowledge is power, we hope you will join us for these important and edifying presentations.

Kicking off the series on September 16 will be a verbatim staged reading of transcripts from testimony given on March 6, 2019 before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Protecting Dreamers and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) recipients.
Tickets are FREE. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Monday, September 16, 2019 | 7:00 pm 
HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank Street, New York City

Reservations are open! 

AMERICAN SCOREBOARD is an ongoing series that reflects the issues that face the current administration, President Trump and the American people today. Conceived and produced by two-time Tony Award winning Broadway Producer Fran Kirmser and produced by Tony Nominee and Tony Nominating Committee member Christopher Burney, AMERICAN SCOREBOARD are readings of timely verbatim Senate hearing transcripts presented in the theater performed by stage and screen actors. 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. The subjects of the remaining readings in the series at HB Playwrights Theatre will be announced at a later date.

Playbill Goes Inside HB Studio’s Uta Hagen at 100 Gala

Playbill article on Uta Hagen at 100 HB Studio Gala

On Monday, June 10, HB Studio held their Uta at 100 Gala, which celebrated actor Uta Hagen’s centennial birthday and honored actors Marlo Thomas and John David Washington and HB Studio supporter Alexander Bernstein. The gala was hosted by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce and Katie Finneran, and saw Tony winner Elaine May, Phil Donohue, Victor Garber, Helen Gallagher, Debra Monk, Caroline Aaron, Lonny PriceScott EllisStephen Bogardus, Gus Solomons jr., Laila Robins, Mark Blum, Jamie Bernstein, and surviving members of Hagen’s family in attendance.

Proceeds from the gala went to support HB Studio’s training and development programs for professional and emerging theatre artists.

View the Playbill Gala photo slideshow.

Town & Country: UTA HAGEN AT 100 GALA “New York’s Most Exclusive Event”

Town & Country Magazine Headline on Uta Hagen at 100 Gala

Elaine May at HB Studio Gala

If there was ever an age to celebrate with a blowout party, it would be 100. And while the actress and activist Uta Hagen passed away in 2004, her 100th birthday was cause for a big celebration on June 10, when nearly 250 guests attended the HB Studio Gala held in her memory. A crowd including Elaine May, Phil Donohue, Victor Garber, and three generations of Hagen’s descendants joined hosts David Hyde Pierce and Katie Finneran to celebrate Hagen and honor a group including Marlo Thomas (who won the Uta Hagen Legacy Award), John David Washington (who won the HB Next Generation Award), and Alexander Bernstein (who won the HB Community Leader Award). Proceeds from the evening will support HB Studio’s training and development programs for actors, playwrights, and directors. Read the article.

Actress + Activist: Uta Hagen at 100 Gala Tickets On Sale

Tickets to Actress + Activist: UTA HAGEN AT 100 GALA are now on sale! PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Actress + Activist: UTA HAGEN AT 100 GALA
Celebrating the legacy of one of the greatest women of American theater
Monday, June 10, 2019 | Tribeca Rooftop

Uta Hagen Legacy Award: Marlo Thomas
HB Next Generation Award: John David Washington
HB Community Leader Award: Alexander Bernstein

Proceeds support HB Studio’s world-renowned training and development programs for professional and emerging actors, playwrights, and directors.

Learn more about UTA HAGEN AT 100 GALA.

RSVP to the 2019 Hagen Summer Intensive Info Session


Information Session with Program Director Paul Pryce and Hagen Institute Director Jim Boerlin, along with graduates of the program.

  • Monday, April 15, 2019 | 3:00 p.m.
  • Speech Room, 3rd Floor, 120 Bank Street

RSVP for the Information Session here.

Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019 (Orientation on June 23, 2019)

What to expect from the Hagen Summer Intensive:
*A rigorous, integrated 6-week training that probes the practical applications of Uta Hagen’s approach to acting
*A faculty of master practitioners
*A direct, in-depth approach to your work and a safe, supportive, challenging environment
*To strengthen your craft and stretch all aspects of your instrument
*To complete the Intensive a stronger, more knowledgeable, more confident actor

Learn more about the Hagen Summer Intensive.

Playbill Announces Uta Hagen Centennial Celebration at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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Playbill Headline on Uta Hagen Celebration with HB Studio and New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Uta Hagen at 100 will mark a season-long celebration of the centennial of the Tony Award-winning actor, activist, and HB Studio master teacher.

Beginning April 1, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will display materials from Hagen’s archives. The exhibit, Actress + Activist: Uta Hagen at 100, will be on display on the third floor of the Lincoln Center branch through July 31, where viewers can examine readings of her unpublished diaries and mementos from her many theatrical performances, as well as objects related to the period in the 1950s when she was blacklisted for suspicion of being a communist sympathizer. The records come from the Library’s Billy Rose Theatre Division, which houses three major collections related to Uta Hagen: the Uta Hagen/Herbert Berghof Papers, the HB Studio Records, and the HB Playwrights Foundation Records.

The centennial will also include events, beginning with classes and demonstrations during an HB Studio Residency April 8–11. Learn more about the NYPL for the Performing Arts events.

Winter storm class schedule

Due to the Winter storm, HB Studio’s 10:00 a.m. classes and morning rentals for Monday, March 4 will be canceled.
This includes:
Hagen Core 1st Class (Movement)
Steibl Acting 2
Butler Speaking Voice
All following classes will be held as usual.

“The Uta Hagen Award” recognizes female teachers of acting at the college or university level

The Uta Hagen Award is presented and sponsored by the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in Honor of the centennial of HB Studio master teacher Uta Hagen.

The Uta Hagen Award recognizes female teachers of acting at the college or university level at a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival-affiliated school. Preference will be given to candidates who are distinguished as full or part-time teachers of acting and distinguished as working actors. Preference will also be given to mid-career candidates.

All nominations postmarked or emailed by March 1, 2019 will be considered. Learn more about nominations and eligibility of The Uta Hagen Award.

The Uta Hagen Award

The College of Fellows of the American Theatre Uta Hagen Award, given in celebration of Uta Hagen at 100 and the 2020 centennial of the women’s vote (a voice for all women), includes the following:

  • A scholarship from HB Studio to attend a one week Hagen Teacher Lab at HB Studio in New York City beginning on either August 4, 2019, or August 11, 2019. All nominees must be available to attend one of these Hagen Teacher Labs in August 2019;
  • A $2,500 stipend for travel and accommodations from the College of Fellows of the American Theatre to attend the HB Studio Hagen Teacher Lab in New York City; and
  • Airfare and accommodations (provided by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival) to Washington, D.C. to receive the award on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. All nominees must be available to attend the award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on that date.

Apply and learn more about The Uta Hagen Award.