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Difficult Conversations: On Race, Gender and Power

by Mass Transit Theater
directed by Lynn Fischer and Joseph Lymous

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18 | 8 pm
First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street, New York

A powerful devised theater piece for young people and general audiences using drama, comedy, poetry and dance to render compelling stories based on life experiences exploring the trauma, and triumphs of young people of color as they come of age in today’s highly charged climate of racial inequity in Urban America.


New York State Council of the Arts



Otisville State Prison Theatre WorkshopA conversation with Director Richard Hoehler
Moderated by Francesca Ferrara
With appearances by Joshua Gumora, Dice Livingston,
Jay Montanez, Jason Morales & Azusa SheShe Dance

Monday, December 10 | 7:30PM

HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
Suggested donation $5-$10


“In the worst troublemakers lie, logically enough, the most creative potential. The trick is knowing that it’s there, then having the courage to reach for it.”  ––M. Nagler

In 2011, Richard Hoehler took the reins of the Otisville Theatre Workshop, teaching a weekly acting class and mounting productions every year or so with the men incarcerated in New York’s Otisville State Prison. In addition to professional actor training, writing workshops are conducted during the creation of an original piece. Over the past seven years the workshop has mounted four “inside” productions and brought in two outside plays.

Otisville Theatre Workshop’s most recent production, THIS IS THIS, is an evening of theater comprised of nine dramatic scenes, both original and published, connected by an original spoken word narrative. The issues of the play are family struggles, gun violence, drug addiction, bigotry, bureaucracy, and reconciliation.

Join us for an evening of discussion with Otisville Theatre Workshop’s director and participants, to learn about their process, experiences and more.

Featuring a live performance excerpted from their most recent piece, THIS IS THIS.

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Sign Up Now for Winter Term!

Winter Term will run 10 weeks, January 7 – March 17, 2019.

Browse classes and register online. Also check out our short term workshops and full time programs.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Use code WINTER19W for 10% OFF Winter Term Classes when registering by December 3, 2018.

UNION EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Industry Union Members – Register by December 3 with code UNIONWI19-20 to receive 20% OFF Winter Term classes. (Only valid for HB-verified Union Members. To be verified, present your union membership card in the registration office or email a copy to

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

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

*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.

Theater in Activism: A Series of HB Public Conversations


The Mother Line Story ProjectAmplifying Women’s Voices Past & Present

With Eliza Simpson & Lauren Nordvig
Moderated by Julissa Roman

Monday, October 29 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
$5-$10 suggested donation | RSVP

In 2015, The Mother Line Story Project began by building a collective – story by story. It started with an idea to lead women through writing workshops, encouraging them to create short monologues in the voices of their female ancestors. (Think – The Moth meets Before long, they had women of all ages & ethnicities performing for diverse audiences Off-Broadway – these previously untold stories were in turns  hysterical, heartbreaking, poignant, & slice-of-life. The Mother Line Story Project collaborates with female-identifying performers, designers, directors, activists, students, businesses & communities, presenting these stories all over the world. Fostering connection & providing a safe artistic space for female expression are their proudest accomplishments.Join us for a conversation about The Mother Line Story Project with Founder/Executive Director Eliza Simpson and President/Director of Education and Development Lauren Nordvig. Also featuring the performance of a Mother Line story.

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New York Times features Mercedes Ruehl and her HB students

Mercedes Ruehl Takes Weekly Strolls with her Acting Students - New York Times

Mercedes Ruehl, far left, chatted with Francesca Ferrara, her acting student, and Jim Kempner, a gallery owner. Gabriella Angotti-Jones/The New York Times

By Alexis Soloski
Oct. 12, 2018

“Do you want to ask me about acting?” Mercedes Ruehl said, holding her water bottle. “I also take questions on faith and morals.”

On a wet Wednesday afternoon, Ms. Ruehl, the Oscar– and Tony-winning actress who stars in the Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” (now in previews), had just exited her apartment on West 42nd Street and was marching toward the Hudson River.

Flanking her, with the full-body adoration usually reserved for pet dogs or cult members, were two of her longtime acting students: Francesca Ferrara and Nick Feitel…read more


Interested in pursuing a bachelors degree? 

HB Studio has partnered with State University of New York Empire State College to provide opportunities for HB students to work towards a bachelors or associates degree. This mutually beneficial partnership allows students at HB and SUNY Empire State College to receive discounts and other forms of support, as well as credit transfer for HB’s Hagen Core Training Program, and more. Join us for an info session about SUNY ESC, lead by SUNY’s Catherine Law, at HB Studio on Tuesday, October 23, at 4pm in the Speech Room.

Tuesday, October 23 | 4pm
Speech Room – 3rd Floor
120 Bank Street

About SUNY ESC Undergraduate Degrees:
At SUNY ESC students self-design their Associate or Bachelor’s degree using an area of study guideline and the SUNY and ESC degree requirements. Students pursuing a degree at SUNY ESC through this partnership work with an assigned SUNY ESC faculty mentor to determine the most appropriate degree for their interests and goals to determine how best to apply their advanced standing credits and design their degree. (Advanced standing credits are the credits that can be transferred into SUNY ESC. Possible sources for advanced standing credits are the Individualized Prior Learning Assessment, credit from other accredited colleges/universities, credit from NCCRS evaluated programs such as the Hagen Core Program, etc.)

Seeking actors for scenes from new plays to be performed at HB Playwrights Theatre

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

PerformancesSaturday November 10 and Sunday November 11, 2018 at HB Playwrights Theatre.

TechNovember 8-10. Directors will schedule regular rehearsals at actor’s convenience, including class presentations on select Mondays between 3P-6P.

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Join a 5-Week Class for Late Fall

Late Fall Classes run October 15 – November 18, 2018.

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


Singing & Musical Theater:


Speech & Voice:


UNION DISCOUNT:* Industry union members receive 10% OFF Fall Term Classes. 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. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel 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.