News & Events

PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEATER: The Musical Magic of Lerner & Loewe

A conversation with musicologist Dominic McHugh, a primary authority on the work of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, and Emily Altman, president of the Frederick Loewe Foundation.

Join us for an in-depth conversation about the musical artistry and creative partnership of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the genius pairing behind such classic works as MY FAIR LADY, BRIGADOON, CAMELOT, GIGI, and PAINT YOUR WAGON.

With songs performed by Tony-nominee Melissa Errico in a special guest appearance.

Made possible with the generous support of the Frederick Loewe Foundation

Monday, November 13 | 7pm


Apply Now for Financial Aid for Winter Term

Application deadline: October 22, 2017.


Applications are now being accepted for those seeking financial aid for Winter Term. Two forms of financial aid are available: Scholarships and Work Study. Scholarships cover partial costs of a single class. Work Study positions cover the full price of a single class in exchange for weekly shifts helping at the Studio. Students taking multiple classes are given priority for Work Study positions. Financial aid is awarded on consideration of both merit and need. Before applying, please read more.

Winter Term will run 10 weeks, January 8 – March 18, 2018. Registration opens Nov 1.


Want to know more about opportunities to perform or develop your own work at HB? Whether you are an actor, playwright, director, an individual or a member of a collective, we’ll give you a rundown of current opportunities available to HB Students to:

  • Perform
  • Audition
  • Get your info into our casting files
  • Develop a project in a rehearsal space residency
  • Submit a new play for consideration for reading or production
  • Rent space to produce your own work
…and more!
Wednesday, October 25 at 2:00PM
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street


First Floor Studio Residency – BEE

BEE Distressed image of woman with scarf over her head. By Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian
A First Floor Studio Residency Project

Created by Melody Erfani
Written by Sean Michael Welch

Saturdays & Sundays – November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 | 7:30 pm
FREE – To RSVP Online Click Here

BEE is the story of Izat, a young Iranian girl trapped in an abusive marriage in the 1940’s. After years of suffering both physically and mentally at the hands of her spouse, she knows the only way she will survive is if she is able to leave him. In an unprecedented move, her father is able to use his influence to secure a divorce for her. The story intertwines with interviews from immigrants who have had to make the difficult choice of leaving their homeland because their very survival was at stake.

Lower East Side Shakespeare Co. has taken on a new challenge in that they are producing new work in the vein of creating like Shakespeare. BEE created by Melody Erfani and written by Sean Michael Welch is a piece that is intended to start dialogue and discussion


SHIRLEY VALENTINE Poster image of a bikini on a clothes line with pots and pans against a rustic stone wall.
by Willy Russell
Directed by Carol Rosenfeld

Featuring: Antonietta Corvinelli

Assistant Director 
Kenneth Thompson
Set Designer 
Nikolay Svridchik
Light Designer
 Liz Nielsen
Sound Designer Aaron Minerbrook
Costume Designer 
Michael Massee
Stage Manager Richard Lear*
Assistant Stage Manager
 Camilo Ramirez

Saturday, October 14 at 7pm & Sunday, October 15 at 3pm

HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
RSVP Online – click here!

A holiday in Greece refreshes a Liverpool housewife in more ways than one.

“Shirley Valentine” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, Equity approved Showcase.

This program is supported in part through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

Upcoming Half-Term Classes for Fall 2017

Join us for the second half of Fall Term with one of these 5-week classes or workshops:

Singing for the Musical Theater – Studio Practice – with Helen Gallagher
3:15 PM – 5:45 PM | Tuesdays | 10/17/2017 – 11/14/2017 | $230
By submission.

Art of Transformation – Part 2 – with Janice Orlandi
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Wednesdays | 10/18/2017 – 11/15/2017  | $180

Actuar en Español / Acting in Spanish – with Pablo Andrade & Maria Fontanals
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Mondays | 10/23/2017 – 11/20/2017 | $230

Acting in Accent: Cockney – with Amanda Quaid 
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Fridays | 10/20/2017 – 11/17/2017 | $205.00
Application required. Apply online by October 6, 2017

Amy Herzog Scene Study – with Austin Pendleton
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Mondays | 10/16/2017 – 11/13/2017 | $275.00
Open to Studio Practice Level students or by application. Apply online by October 2.

María Irene Fornés Scene Study – with George Bartenieff & Paul Pryce
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Fridays | 10/20/2017 – 11/17/2017 | $270.00

Acting Through the Method of Etudes 1 – Monologues – with Snezhana Chernova
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Sundays | 10/22/2017 – 11/19/2017 | $270.00

The Actor and the Business – with Vincent Pastore
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Tuesdays | 11/7/2017 – 12/5/2017 (4 weeks) | $250.00

Intro to Stage Combat – with Christian Kelly-Sordelet
1:15 PM – 3:15 PM | Tuesdays | 11/7/2017 – 12/12/2017 | $180.00

Advanced Acting with the Camera – with Mark Blum 
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Saturdays | 11/11/2017 – 12/16/2017 | $325.00
Open to Level 2 & Up or by a submission or audition

Faculty News


Lorraine Serabian directs MERCIFUL DELUSIONS, An Evening of One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams. At Mile Square Theater, Hoboken, N.J.  October 13 – 15, 2017.

Janice Orlandi is Movement Consultant on RED VELVET, with Lantern Theater Co (Philadelphia, PA). Nominated for a Barrymore Award. Sept 13 – Oct 8, 2017.

Amanda Quaid’s short film TOYS has won several prizes on the festival circuit, including LUNAFEST (Prize Winner), DC Shorts (Best Animation), Boston International Kids Film Festival (Best of Fest, shared).

Mercedes Ruehl appears in TORCH SONG TRILOGY at Second Stage, extended through December 3, 2017.

Mark Blum recently wrapped another season of MOZART IN THE JUNGLE on Amazon. Continue reading →

Student & Alumni News


Polly McKie appears in THE HOME PLACE with The Irish Rep. September 27 – November 19, 2017.

Paige Lindsey White, Daisuke Tsuji, Bonita Friedericy, Emma Fassler, Josh Odsess-Rubin, and Elena Campbell- Martinez appear in the West Coast premier of WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN by Julia Lederer at The Theatre @ Boston Court  (LA/Pasadena, CA). September 28 – November 5 2017.

Shari Cohen and Laurence Wallace appear in HAND TO GOD at Black Box Performing Arts Center. September 14 – October 15, 2017

Ayse Eldek appears in MATRUSHKA at West End Theater, October 4 – 17.

Mary Francina Golden appears in THE OUTSIDE EDGE OF A FULL CIRCLE by Matthew Harrington. Part of the Theatre Brut Festival at NJRep in Long Branch, NJ, to inaugurate their new space. October 7, 2017 at 2PM.

Ginger Grace appears as Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson & Colleen McCracken in her performance piece THE FIRST LADIES COALITION, directed by Austin Pendleton at the Schoolhouse Theater, North Salem, NY on October 22, 2017.

Jane Kotlyar appears in LET US TALK! at The Duke on 42nd as part of the New York New Works Festival. Oct 3 – Nov 8, 2017.

James Saito and David Shih appear in KPOP with Ma Yi Theater Company. At Ars Nova, Sept 5 – Oct 7, 2017.

Kathryn Danielle and Bob Clohessy appear in the newly released feature film SUGAR! Continue reading →