News & Events

Herbert Berghof: A Birthday Celebration 

September 13, 2017


“Fine acting is the pure use of yourself for living, nothing else.”


Celebrating our founder, Herbert Berghof, on his 108th birthday, HB Studio presents a reading of A Betrothal by iconic American playwright Lanford Wilson featuring *Rochelle Oliver, *George Morfogen, and directed by *Austin Pendleton.

Dedicated by Lanford as a valentine to Berghof and his wife and partner, Uta Hagen, this one-act explores the encounter between two rivals at a flower breeders’ competition. The evening will also feature readings from Herbert’s letters, remembering him through his own words and reflections.

September 13, 2017

7:00 pm

HB Playwrights Theater

124 Bank Street, NYC 10014


$250 – Premiere Tickets

$150 – Preferred Tickets

  $25 – HB Student Tickets




A Betrothal is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Summer FUNdraising Bash

August 24, 2017  |  7:00 pm

Help HB reach our summer FUNdraising goal!

Celebrate end-of-term with HB friends, faculty and staff, hanging out in the HB Playwrights Theater and garden on a warm summer night. Enjoy free food, cash bar, and LIVE MUSIC with

Vinny Pastore’s

Gangster Squad Jam

featuring Killer Joe


Thursday, August 24

124 Bank Street | NYC 10014

Doors open at 7:00 pm



Includes one free drink

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First Floor Studio Residency – One, Two and Then Three, By Eleanor Herman

A First Floor Studio Residency Project

By Eleanor Herman
Directed by Arthur French

5:30 pm | Saturday August 5, 12, 19, & 26
6:30 pm | Sunday August 6, 13, 20, & 27
FREE – RSVP Online

A young man deals with important events that have affected his life in the past and now have become a destructive influence in the present.

Cast: Sean C. Turner, Donna Svennevik, Maurice Singletary, Malinda Logan, Vickie Thomas, Cooki Winborn, and Christina L. Williams

Stage Manager: Sirlouis A. Jones
Production Assistants: Andrew Tsai & Camilo Ramirez

Costumer: Katherine Roberson

First Floor Studio Residency – [50/50] old school animation

[50/50] old school animation 
A First Floor Studio Residency Project

By momgrab

8pm | Saturday July 29
FREE – Click to RSVP

A work-in-progress showing from momgrab (Peter Mills Weiss and Julia Mounsey). A presentation on misogyny, cruelty, and agency, [50/50] old school animation is an unnerving exploration of what it means to feel in control.

Peter Mills Weiss is a monologuist, theater artist, and founding member of GRANDMA. His work has been seen at Little Theatre at Dixon Place, CATCH Performance Series, and PS122’s COIL Festival. MAKE PEOPLE, his last show with GRANDMA, was presented as part of LaMaMa’s 2015 -16 season. He has performed with or for artists such as New Saloon, 600 Highwaymen, and Clare Barron. Recent sound design credits include Julia Jarcho’s Every Angel is Brutal at Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks.

Julia Mounsey is a poet and performance artist. Her poetry has been published in The Silo, Bodega, and The Washington Square Review. Her performance work has been seen at the Silent Barn, New Skin//Old Ceremony at Cloud City, Little Theatre at Dixon Place, and The Cocoon Theater in Poughkeepsie. Julia was an assistant director & dramaturge on Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, and is a member of GRANDMA.

Register for Fall Term Classes 2017

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Fall Term, select your classes here!
Fall Term will run 10 weeks, Sept 11 – Nov 19, 2017.
We also offer a variety of short-term workshops.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Receive 10% OFF Fall Term Classes by using code FALL17W at checkout. Valid through August 31, 2017.*

UNION EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Members can receive 20% OFF Fall Term Classes through August 31, 2017. To receive a union discount, you must present your membership card in the registration office, or email a copy to*

INTAKE AUDITION / CONSULTATIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty to discuss your goals, where you are in the work, and plan your course of study at HB Studio. For audition schedule, details and sign up info, visit the Auditions & Prerequisites page.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel and resume for placement into our studio practice classes.

(*Discounts valid for Studio Classes only; not valid for workshop offerings, full-time programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively.)

Student & Alumni News


Gail Merzer Behrens, Waltrudis Buck, Jen Danby, Mark Gorham, Errol Greaves, Albert Insinnia, Debra Khan-Bey, Byron O’Hanlon, Austin Pendleton, Andrew Weisell, and Conor Weiss appear in #Seagull69 at Theatre 54 @Shetler Studios. Directed by Jen Danby. Mud’s adaptation of Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL set in LALA Land 1969. September 7 – 17, 2017.

Mary Francina Golden and John FitzGibbon appear in a reading of THE RESETTLEMENT OF ISAAC, written by Robert Korman and directed by Bob Kalving, at Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY, August 21 2017.

Tatiana Korinfsky is showing her photographs together with haiku poems in an exhibition titled “Two Women – Many Roads” at the Metro Baptist Church on W. 40 St, Aug 16 – Sep 16, 2017. Also featuring a poetry reading.
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THE AUDIT – a new play by Lynda Crawford

by Lynda Crawford
Directed by Arthur French

Featuring: Sally A Stewart* and David Logan Rankin*
With music by Jon Pierson

June 22, 23, 24 & June 29, 30, July 1, 2017 | 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
FREE – RSVP Online

A tax audit reveals a lot more than flawed accounting when the auditor is a returning female vet and her subject is a frequently high and highly disorganized aging hippie songwriter.

*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, Equity approved Showcase.

Faculty News


David Maurice Sharp’s article, “Personal Finance Timing is Everything: How to Make Financial Planning a Priority When You’re Swamped” appears in the July 2017 issue of Money Inc.

Eliza Simpson appears in SHELTER with American Theater of Actors. June 13 – 24, 2017.

George Morfogen appears in Horton Foote’s THE TRAVELING LADY, directed by Austin Pendleton. At Cherry Lane Theater. June 7 – July 16, 2017.

Pablo Andrade directed and Maria Fontanals appeared in SEIS at FuerzaFest2017.

Paul Pryce‘s short film COME OUT, COME OUT premiers at the Cannes Film Festival, starting May 22, 2017. Pryce wrote and produced the film, which is a 12-minute thriller.

Lorraine Serabian directs MERCIFUL DELUSIONS: An Evening of Six One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams. At The HB Playwrights Theatre, June 6 – 11, 2017. Continue reading →


 A conversation with the recipients of HB’s First Floor Studio Residency opportunity:

Liliya Lifanova & Hiroya Miura: Flight Over Wasteland
Ingrid Wheatley: Passing Thru
Julia Mounsey & Peter Mills Weiss: momgrab
Eleanor Herman & Arthur French: One Two and Then Three
Melody Erfani: Bee

Moderated by Catrin Lloyd-Bollard

Tuesday, May 30 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank St.
$5-10 suggested donation

An artist’s adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land with handcrafted language, visuals, sound and movement; a collaboratively written series exploring characters in transient spaces; a monologic investigation of sadism and girlhood; a story of an inter-racial couple in 1975 Hawaii and their 25 year old secret; and a devised piece based on interviews conducted in the Middle East about a young woman in 1940s Iran…

Join us to learn about these projects, selected for a 2017 HB Residency, and the artists that make them.

At intervals throughout the year, HB Studio makes workshop performance space available in our First Floor Studio, for the development of creative projects that further the training and artistic practices fostered at HB. We offer an opportunity for practicing theater artists to collaborate on experimental projects, to be shared among peers and colleagues, for constructive critical feedback and mutual growth.