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Weekly Notice
September 16-22



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Tina Benko stars in EUREKA DAY at Walkerspace, August 29-September 21, 2019.

Mark Blum will star in FERN HILL at 59E59 Theaters. Performances begin September 10, 2019.

Jessica Hecht received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role as Karen in Netflix’s SPECIAL, which released on April 12. She will also star as a lead on the upcoming third season of USA Network’s anthology crime thriller series THE SINNER

Frank Wood joins the cast of THE GREAT SOCIETY, the sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play ALL THE WAY, set to arrive on Broadway this fall. 

David Maurice Sharp‘s THE THRIVING ARTIST was named among Fupping’s list of books that every actor should read.

Austin Pendleton is featured in the new documentary, FIDDLER: MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, about the origin story and staying power behind the musical that became an international hit, in select theaters beginning August 23, 2019 and the film THE SOUND OF SILENCE opposite Peter Sarsgaard, releasing September 27, 2019. He will also star in Beck Center’s GLENGARY GLEN ROSS at Mackey Theater, beginning September 13, 2019.

David Deblinger will appear in an episode of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. The series is currently streaming on Amazon.

Laura Esterman will appear in a new 6-part HBO series, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, with Mark Ruffalo. A release date is yet to be announced. 

Mercedes Ruehl will star in the movie HUSTLERS coproduced by Jennifer Lopez and written/directed by Lorene Scafaria, which releases on September 13, 2019. 

Russell G. Jones stars as Looper in the new CBS cop drama pilot TOMMY from Paul Attanasio.

Maria Fontanals received a 2019 Latin ACE Award for Best Drama Actress for her performance in EL DIVÁN.


Alumni & Student News

Nicole Gut performs in her screenings of OPPOSITE OF LOVE and LULLABY, directed by Kae Fujisawa, at The Network Film Festival, September 18, 2019.

Allison Plamondon choreographs the musical HOLIDAY INN at Shaw Festival, November 16-December 22, 2019.

Fred Gordon’s play I AM THE WOLF will be presented in a reading at Ensemble Studio Theatre, October 29, 2019.

Eric Roffman will speak on “Ethics in Emerging Media” and present a trailer for his new VR video at the NYVR Meetup at NYEDC RLab, September 19, 2019.

Anne Stockton performs her one-woman drama I WON’T BE IN ON MONDAY at United Solo Festival as part of “The Best of” Selection, September 25, 2019.

Stan Buturla performs in the one-man cabaret ONE ENCHANTED EVENING at Don’t Tell Mama, September 19, 2019.

Mary Francina Golden and Karen Christie-Ward perform in ZOO THEORY at West End Arts Center, N.J. Rep, Theatre Brut Festival, October 2-6, 2019.

Susan Jacobson performs in her show COLLECTING DRIFTWOOD (developed at HB Studio with David Deblinger, Director and Nina Wise, Dramaturge) at the 10th Annual United Solo Theatre Festival at The Studio Theatre, October 5, 2019.

J.B. Alexander performs in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Brave New World Repertory Theatre, September 12-29, 2019.

Jane Kotlyar performs in SPACE RACE at The Dixon Place, September 14-21, 2019.

Katie Finneran stars in WHY WOMEN KILL opposite Lucy Liu, streaming now on CBS.

Amanda Enzo performs in JAGUAR WOMAN at the WOW Café on September 29, 2019.

Hugh Heckman performs the role of Mr. Weber in GYPSY at Heights Players of Brooklyn, September 6-22, 2019.

Francesca FerraraDavid Lee, Michael S. Horowitz, Georgia Buchanan, and Elizabeth Maille can be seen in I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER, directed by Richard Hoehler, at The Chain Theatre, September 5-22, 2019. HB Students get $15 tickets by following the link! Code: HB

Doug Wallace performs as Lord Capulet in ROMEO & JULIET at The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, August 3-October 27, 2019.

Nancy Redman performs her one-woman play AT WIT’S END: A HOME FOR RETIRED COMICS at Theatre Row as part of United Solo Theatre Festival and “The Best of the Festival’s First Decade” on October 19, 2019.

Mitch Tebo stars as Andrew Carnes in the Broadway production of OKLAHOMA! It will play an extended engagement through January 19, 2020.


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Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities is a story of Moldovan immigrants played in Chicago

“Most of my American plays are about immigrants, because I personally went through this transition from Romania to America. I have noticed that other immigrants are going through the same challenges as me. It’s a constant negotiation between the new values and the old values of our countries. Plus, I arrived in New York in a very tumultuous year, two weeks before 9/11, when immigrants were looked at with a lot of suspicion.”

Read the full article here.


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Nicole Gut performs in her screenings of OPPOSITE OF LOVE and LULLABY, directed by Kae Fujisawa, at The Network Film Festival, September 18, 2019.

Allison Plamondon choreographs the musical HOLIDAY INN at Shaw Festival, November 16-December 22, 2019.

Fred Gordon’s play I AM THE WOLF will be presented in a reading at Ensemble Studio Theatre, October 29, 2019.

Eric Roffman will speak on “Ethics in Emerging Media” and present a trailer for his new VR video at the NYVR Meetup at NYEDC RLab, September 19, 2019.

Anne Stockton performs her one-woman drama I WON’T BE IN ON MONDAY at United Solo Festival as part of “The Best of” Selection, September 25, 2019.

Stan Buturla performs in the one-man cabaret ONE ENCHANTED EVENING at Don’t Tell Mama, September 19, 2019.

Mary Francina Golden and Karen Christie-Ward perform in ZOO THEORY at West End Arts Center, N.J. Rep, Theatre Brut Festival, October 2-6, 2019.

Susan Jacobson performs in her show COLLECTING DRIFTWOOD (developed at HB Studio with David Deblinger, Director and Nina Wise, Dramaturge) at the 10th Annual United Solo Theatre Festival at The Studio Theatre, October 5, 2019.

J.B. Alexander performs in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Brave New World Repertory Theatre, September 12-29, 2019.

Jane Kotlyar performs in SPACE RACE at The Dixon Place, September 14-21, 2019.

Katie Finneran stars in WHY WOMEN KILL opposite Lucy Liu, streaming now on CBS.

Tatiana Korinfsky’s play DEAR ANTON! DEAR OLGA! will be performed at Pushkin Hall, August 30-31, 2019.

Amanda Enzo performs in JAGUAR WOMAN at the WOW Café on September 29, 2019.

Hugh Heckman performs the role of Mr. Weber in GYPSY at Heights Players of Brooklyn, September 6-22, 2019.

J.B. Alexander performs in ARRIVALS at Polaris North on August 27, 2019.

John Payne performs with Mardi Sykes in David Laughlin’s play ALBUQUERQUE at Cell Theatre, August 27, 2019.

Francesca FerraraDavid Lee, Michael S. HorowitzGeorgia Buchanan, and Elizabeth Maille can be seen in I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER, directed by Richard Hoehler, at The Chain Theatre, September 5-22, 2019. HB Students get $15 tickets by following the link! Code: HB

Doug Wallace performs as Lord Capulet in ROMEO & JULIET at The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, August 3-October 27, 2019.

Minerva Paz returns as Dr. Priya Badami in season 4 episode 6 of QUEEN SUGAR on the OWN Network.

Robert A Villanova performs in DRINKING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER at the Hudson Guild Theater, July 25-28, 2019.

Zach Wegner performs in RAW PASTA at the New Ohio Ice Factory Festival, August 7-10, 2019.

Burak Tatar directs the play MOLOTOV COCKTAIL written by Edward J. Fee, which was developed at HB Studio’s P&J Project, at the Hudson Guild Theater, July 25-28, 2019.

Katherine O’Sullivan performs in THE LARGE JAR, directed by HB Alum Siobhan Dunne, at Fringe PVD, July 25-27, 2019.

Lawrence Ong stars as Raymond in the film THE VERY LAST DAY, which released on December 9, 2018.

Galia Barkols feature film DON’T LET THE NIGHT END, in which she wrote, directed and stars in the lead role, is now available on Amazon Prime.

Youlim Nam performs her show ACTING IS MY DESTINY, directed by Snezhana Chernova, at The Hudson Guild Theater, July 25-28, 2019.

Jessie Winograd performs CHAPTER 1, SECTION 1 OF THE DANCING MANIA, which began as part of Robbie McCauley’s “Playing the Self, Playing the Other” workshop at HB, at HERE, July 9-11, 2019.

Annette Fox performs as Queen Anne of Austria in THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK at Hudson Warehouse, July 4-28, 2019.

Andrew R. Heinze‘s comedy WOULD YOU LIKE A TISSUE? will be produced at the Studio Players’ Annual Ten-Minute Play Fest in Lexington KY, July 25-28, 2019.

Yoshiko Fuji performs as Dragon in the Up In Arms original musical PIRATE SONG, touring now.

Andrew G. Matthews performs his one-man show MOMENTS…AN EVENING WITH BILL W at New York Summer Festival, July 11-July 14, 2019.

Nancy Redman performs her one-woman play AT WIT’S END: A HOME FOR RETIRED COMICS at Theatre Row as part of United Solo Theatre Festival and “The Best of the Festival’s First Decade” on October 19, 2019.

Ruya Koman is featured in the short film INTERFERENCE (as director/producer/actress) along with Edward J. Fee, available on Amazon Prime Video Direct to stream for free through June 24, 2019.

Kae Fujisawa, Jeremy Toda-Ambaras (waltz dancers) and Shai Ben Dov (Mozart) star in MOZART AND SALIERI & THE BEAR at The West End Theater, June 5-9, 2019.

Nobue Takizawa can be seen in the official music video “Nah” by Zāna.

Toshiji Takeshima performs in HBO Asia’s original period drama, GRISSE, streaming now.

Jo Anne Sellers performs in THE ERROR OF THE MOON at Hudson Guild Theater, June 30-July 7, 2019.

Christopher Abbott stars as the lead in the TV show CATCH-22, streaming now on HULU.

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Tina Benko stars in EUREKA DAY at Walkerspace, August 29-September 21, 2019.

Mark Blum will star in FERN HILL at 59E59 Theaters. Performances begin September 10, 2019.

Jessica Hecht received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role as Karen in Netflix’s SPECIAL, which released on April 12.

Frank Wood joins the cast of THE GREAT SOCIETY, the sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play ALL THE WAY, set to arrive on Broadway this fall.

David Maurice Sharp‘s THE THRIVING ARTIST was named among Fupping’s list of books that every actor should read.

Austin Pendleton is featured in the film THE SOUND OF SILENCE opposite Peter Sarsgaard, releasing September 27, 2019. He will also continue his performance in LIFE SUCKS after a successful run at Wheelhouse Theater Company, now at Theatre Row through September 1, 2019.

Frank Wood appears this summer in A HUMAN BEING OF A SORT at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, June 26 – July 7, 2019.

Austin Pendleton is featured in the new documentary, FIDDLER: MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, about the origin story and staying power behind the musical that became an international hit, in select theaters beginning August 23, 2019.

Christian Kelly-Sordelet is the fight director for THE THREE MUSKETEERS at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Performances began June 12.

David Deblinger will appear in an episode of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. The series is currently streaming on Amazon.

Laura Esterman will appear in a new 6-part HBO series, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, with Mark Ruffalo. A release date is yet to be announced.

Christian Kelly-Sordelet is the fight director for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Paper Mill Playhouse. Performances begin May 29, 2019 and will run through July 3, 2019.

Maria Fontanals will perform at the opening of the play EL ESPACIO ENTRE MEDIAS, by Fernando Travesi and directed by Marcia Bella, at Julia de Burgos, May 10-11, 2019.

Mercedes Ruehl will star in the movie HUSTLERS coproduced by Jennifer Lopez and written/directed by Lorene Scafaria. Filming on the project began March 22 and a release date is yet to be announced. Mercedes Ruehl will also star in the World Premiere of SAFE SPACE at Bay Street Theater, June 25–July 21.

Jessica Hecht will star as Karen in Netflix’s SPECIAL, due for release April 12.

Russell G. Jones will star as Looper in the new CBS cop drama pilot TOMMY from Paul Attanasio.

Peter Francis James will star as Barack Obama in the Broadway production of HILLARY AND CLINTON, opposite Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, opening April 18, 2019.

Maria Fontanals received a 2019 Latin ACE Award for Best Drama Actress for her performance in EL DIVÁN.

American Scoreboard, co-produced and co-created by Fran Kirmser, will feature performances of a reading that originated at HB Studio, at Detroit Public Theatre, March 2 and 3, 2019.

Mark Blum appears in the Netflix original thriller YOU, streaming now.

Austin Pendleton performs in the Broadway premiere of CHOIR BOY from the Manhattan Theater Club at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, now through February 24, 2019. Read the announcement by The New York Times.

Snezhana Chernova performs the role of Mademoiselle Duclos in The Metropolitan Opera’s ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, November 30 – January 26, 2019.

Congratulations to Melissa Errico on the release of her new album, SONDHEIM SUBLIME, on November 2, 2018!

Congratulations to Mercedes Ruehl on Ben Brantley’s Nov 1, 2018 rave review in the New York Times on her performance in TORCH SONG TRILOGY, at Hayes Theater.

Frank Wood appears in NETWORK, on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Previews begin Nov 10, 2018.

Paul Pryce won two major awards for his original television series SERPENTS MOUTH at the Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab, ‘The Big Pitch,’ at the Toronto International Film Festival. Pryce’s pitch for SERPENTS MOUTH was voted Best Pitch by a panel of judges and received the People’s Choice Award from an audience of media and industry professionals at the event.

David Maurice Sharp choreographs The F#@%ING WRIGHT BROTHERS at FringeNYC, October 16-23, 2018. Don’t miss David’s upcoming workshop, Show Me the Money: Financial Empowerment for Artists, starting October 20, a five week class offered for just $25.

David Deblinger has been cast in a guest starring role opposite Forest Whitaker in a new limited series called, THE GODFATHER OF HARLEM, on Epix.

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity has nominated Magaly Colimon-Christopher‘s play THE HUNTING SEASON for a number of awards including: Outstanding Playwright of a Play (New Script) Outstanding Direction of a Play Outstanding Production of a Play Outstanding Projection Design Outstanding Sound Design Outstanding Lead Actress Outstanding Supporting Actress; Outstanding Lead Actor  Outstanding Supporting Actor Outstanding Featured Actor Outstanding Ensemble.

Laura Esterman returns to HB teaching a new Scene-Study – Studio Practice class on Monday afternoons.  Laura won Best Actress Awards for her film CAN HITLER HAPPEN HERE at both the Brooklyn & Chelsea Film Festivals.

Jessica Hecht returns teaching another new Scene-Study – Studio Practice class on Thursdays after an extensive Broadway tour.

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Join Us- The Ghostlight Project

Join us this Thursday at the HB Playwrights  Theater as we participate in The Ghostlight Project!

Theater groups across the city and the U.S. will be holding “be a light” events next Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 5:30pm as a collective, simultaneous action to reaffirm our commitment, as theater people, to protect values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone — regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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Online Registration Unavailable April 23rd 6-10pm

Our online Registration System will under go routine server upgrades Saturday, April 23rd from 6-10pm. Please note that the system will be unavailable and you will not be able to access your account information or register for classes. If you have any urgent requests, please call the registration office (212) 675-2370 x1 or email techadmin@hbstudio.org. All should be up and running on Sunday, April 24th. We will keep you notified if their are any additional changes.

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HB Studio Faculty and Alumni featured in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival!

SAPWStarring Austin Pendleton has been accepted in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival! The documentary film by HB Alumnus, David Holmes, features our very own faculty member Austin Pendleton. Footage was shot in Austin‘s classes at HB Studio over a period of a few years.

Starring Austin Pendleton, directed by Gene Gallerano and David H. Holmes. (USA) – World Premiere. The most famous actor you’ve never heard of; Austin Pendleton reflects on his life and craft while his A-list peers discuss his vast influence and what it means to be an original in a celebrity-obsessed world. Includes interviews with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Olympia Dukakis, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Also part of the Tribeca Film Festival short films lineup is the short film The Mulberry Bush, directed and written by Neil Labute which features our very own HB Alumnus Victor Slezak.

The Mulberry Bush, directed and written by Neil LaBute. (USA) – World Premiere. Two men sit next to each other on an autumn day in Central Park. They make small talk about the weather and the joys of summer. When the conversation turns personal, however, it becomes clear that this is no random encounter, and they are headed toward a startling confrontation.

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