Author: Ashley Roberts

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. 

Use Late Enrollment discount code LATEBIRDSP20 for 20% OFF Spring Term classes. Discount does not apply for Part B Spring classes. Discount can be used in combination with 10% Union Member discount. The Union discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, present your union membership card in the registration office or email a copy to registration. Discounts valid for classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount available to AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members.

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 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 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.

Public Conversation: The Actor and the Truth with Jonathan Lynn and Austin Pendleton

 

Jonathan Lynn and Austin Pendleton in Conversation

Public Conversation: THE ACTOR AND THE TRUTH
A Discussion with Actor Austin Pendleton and Writer-Director Jonathan Lynn

Moderated by Marsha Mason

Thursday, October 24th at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

HB Studio kicks off its Public Conversations series with actor-director-writer and HB Studio faculty member Austin Pendleton and writer-director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny and the Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister TV series). We’ll look at the wide-ranging and illustrious careers of these two extraordinary artists, and explore what it means to seek the truth in the theater in the “post-truth” era.

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 →