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HB Celebrates Leonard Bernstein at 100


An evening of songs from the musical theater works of Leonard Bernstein during the worldwide #Bernsteinat100 celebration


Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian – is one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Bernstein’s steadfast belief in the power of art to lift, transform, delight and educate was his antidote to a world full of violence and unpredictability. A charter member of HB’s Playwrights Foundation and a longtime friend to HB’s founders, HB Studio is thrilled to present this benefit evening with Broadway stars in a tribute to his work, during the worldwide #Bernsteinat100 celebration.

Featuring remarks by ALEXANDER BERNSTEIN the talents of Broadway stars MELISSA ERRICO (BWAY: Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Dracula, White Christmas, Amour), CHILINA KENNEDY (BWAY: Beautiful, Jesus Christ Superstar), TONY YAZBECK (BWAY: On the Town, Chicago, White Christmas, Gypsy, A Chorus Line), STEPHEN DEROSA (BWAY: On the Town, Beatrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, Into the Woods), CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON (BWAY: The Music Man (Revival), Grease! (Revival), Chu Chem), TRACEY MICHAILIDIS (BWAY: Beauty and the Beast; OFF-BWAY: Ethel Sings; NAT’L TOUR: Fun Home), STEVEN ENG (OFF BWAY: Pacific Overtures, Chee-Chee; WEST END: The King and I), and two participants from HB Studio’s exclusive masterclass with LONNY PRICE, The Musical Theater Works of Leonard BernsteinCARL-MICHAEL OGLE and ELIZA SIMPSON. Toronto’s ROBERT MCQUEEN directs with musical director MICHAEL DANSICKER and JOHN MCDANIEL


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Register Now for Spring Term Weekly Classes

Spring Term will run March 19 – June 3 (no classes April 24-29, May 28).


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5-Week Winter Term Classes Start this Week: Register Today!

Sign up now for an acting class or workshop for the second half of Winter Term! Check out these 5-week offerings:

Tracy Letts Scene Study with Austin Pendleton
11:30AM-2:30PM | Mondays | 2/12/2018-3/12/2018 | $275

Playing the Self, Playing the Other with Robbie McCauley
10:00AM-1:00PM | Mondays | 2/12/2018-3/12/2018 | $270

NYC Accents: Brooklyn & Bronx with Ginger Eckert
12:00PM-2:00PM | Tuesdays | 2/13/2018-3/13/2018 | $205

Scene Study – Studio Practice (Invitational) with Mercedes Ruehl
6:30PM-9:30PM | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 2/13/2018-3/15/2018 | $545 |
This Class is Now Full

Contemporary Monologues and Auditioning Technique with Paul Pryce
6:30PM-9:00PM | Tuesdays | 2/13/2018-3/13/2018 | $230

Actuar en Español with Pablo Andrade & Maria Fontanals
7:00PM-9:30PM | Tuesdays | 2/13/2018-3/13/2018 | $230

The Art of Transformation with Janice Orlandi
6:30PM-8:30PM | Wednesdays | 2/14/2018-3/18/2018 | $180

Shakespeare Fundamentals with George Bartenieff & Paul Pryce
3:30PM-6:30PM | Fridays | 2/16/2018-3/16/2018 | $270

Advanced Acting with the Camera with Caroline Aaron
10:00AM-1:00PM | Saturdays | 2/17/2018-3/17/2018 | $325

Acting Through the Method of Etudes – Monologues with Snezhana Chernova
12:00PM-3:00PM | Sundays | 2/18/2018-3/18/2018 | $270

First Floor Studio Residency – THE SECRET LIFE OF SEAWEED

By Julie McKee 
Directed by Jean Randich

A Staged Reading

Saturday & Sunday, January 27 & 28 | 7 pm
First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street, New York
Free | RSVP at

1942.  New Zealand is under threat of a Japanese invasion.  Louise MacGregor,  formidable scientist, is sent in search of  Pterocladia Lucida, a simple seaweed to aid the war effort.  May Smith, an untried youngster, is plucked to assist the prickly botanist as a sketch artist. But having only recently discovered her Maori heritage, May has other questions and struggles to meet Louise’s rigorous demands.  Inspired by Lucy B. Moore’s wartime mission to scour the wilds of New Zealand’s coast for the weed, “The Secret Life of Seaweed” tells the story of two women who learn to feel deeply about each other in a time when expressing feelings of unbearable emotional sadness was forbidden for the good of all.

Featuring James Hallett*, Siw Laurent, Johanna Leister*, Donna Svennevik, with stage directions by Andrew Plimpton.

The Secret Life of Seaweed is a commission by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation of Science and Technology and The Ensemble Studio Theatre.

*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity/Aftra.

*Photo credit Donna Svennevik

PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEATER: Meet the Catalan Artists: Lali Álvarez, Cláudia Cedó, Anna Giribet, Ariadna Peya & Xesca Salvà: Jan 16, 2018

Meet the Catalan Artists 
Copresented by HB Studio and Institut Ramon Llull

Featuring five socially engaged female artists from Catalonia who will be sharing presentations of their work:

Lali Álvarez (playwright, poet, stage director)
Cláudia Cedó (playwright & director)
Anna Giribet (theater artist & programmer)
Ariadna Peya (choreographer, dancer, teacher)
Xesca Salvà (set designer & theater artist)

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
Free! | RSVP at


LALI ÁLVAREZ: I work as a playwright, poet, stage director and community-projects developer, having studied philosophy at Universitat de Barcelona and stage directing and playwriting at Institut del Teatre. I often participate in text theatre, street theatre, and in community projects, with my work revolving around social and political issues. I am the current artistic director at the HUI BASA Collective, through which I hold the resident artist position at Nau Ivanow in Barcelona. The collective is now working on Tha Zpar (The Stand Still) a street-theatre show about how we manage fear and violence, which will premiere in September 2018 at FiraTàrrega, and on Privilege, a theatre documentary about the concept of privilege, to premiere in July 2019 at the Barcelona Grec Festival. As a playwright and stage director, I have put on Ragazzo (2015) and Barcelona (against the wall) (2016), both based on true stories, and both on tour. I have been honored with various awards such as the Serra d’Or Critics Award (best show 2015 for Ragazzo) and the Recomana Critics Award (best show for young audience 2016 for Ragazzo).

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HB Studio featured in the New York Times

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In Memory of Earle Hyman

HB notes with sadness the passing of Earle Hyman, formerly of HB’s faculty and a longtime HB friend. In addition to his regular acting classes at HB, Earle taught classes in Shakespeare and Ibsen.

Among his many Broadway credits, in 1957 he starred as Vladimir in Herbert Berghof’s all black production of Waiting for Godot opposite Mantan Moreland as Estragon. Earle’s career broke many boundaries. He was a brilliant actor, wonderful teacher and an extraordinary soul.

Benefit Series: Maricela De La Luz Lights the World

By Jośe Rivera.Maricela De La Luz Lights the World by Jose Rivera
Directed b
y David Deblinger.

Two Nights Only:
Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 | 7PM

HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street

$250 Premiere Tickets
$125 Priority Tickets
$25 HB Student Tickets

Join HB for a staged reading of Jose Rivera’s fanciful play, following the adventures of Maricela and her brother Riccardo as they save the world from weather catastrophe. Directed by David Deblinger, HB faculty member and co-founder of the Labyrinth Theater Company.

Featuring Vanessa Aspillaga – star of the Pulitzer-prize winning drama ANNA IN THE TROPICS on Broadway.

Also featuring the talents of Oscar A. L. Cabrera, Paula Pizzi, Johnny Sanchez, Ron Orbach, Glenda Delli, Beethovan Oden, and Satoshi Deleanu.

Don’t miss this exciting and fun, whirl-wind adventure! A portion of proceeds from this reading will be donated towards The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to meet Hurricane Maria-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico.