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Summer Term Weekly Classes:

  • All Classes Offered Online, in Two 5-week Parts: With the exception of our Playwriting Technique class, all Summer Term classes are offered in two 5-week parts, Part A and Part B. A $15 discount will apply when registering for both parts:
    • Part A: June 13 – July 19
    • Part B: July 20 – Aug 23
  • Browse Classes and Register Online. Classes available in:
  • Audit Online Classes: All classes will be held online via Zoom, allowing artists to train from any location. We encourage you to try virtual learning with us by auditing a class.
  • Classes Tailored to Online Space: HB Studio will tailor its teaching and the topic to the virtual space, taking advantage of the medium’s unique creative possibilities. Please check each course page for more information on how teachers will conduct specific classes online.

Summer Term Workshops:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Register for Summer Term Weekly Classes with code SUMMER20W and receive 10% through May 30, 2020.

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members receive 20% OFF Summer Term Weekly Classes through May 30, 2020, and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, present your active union membership card in the registration office or email a copy to registration@hbstudio.org.

*Discounts valid for weekly classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for Classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty, or send in an online placement submission. 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.

The New York Times Covers HB Studio’s Transition to Virtual Learning

‘The World Goes Away’ and Other Lessons From Online Acting Class at HB Studio

‘The World Goes Away’ and Other Lessons From Online Acting Class

Remote learning may not be ideal, but Zoom encourages acting students to be more nuanced, more private and more intimate.

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Christian Kelly-Sordelet was leading his HB Studio class onstage combat through leaps and tumbles. He demonstrated uppercuts and parries, and how to pretend to be hit. He showed how not to obscure your face from the camera when making a slashing motion with a stage knife.

That last bit, useful for movie and television work, was particularly apropos: This was a Zoom class and students were watching on their screens. And with everyone stuck at home, the weaponry got creative. There was a rolled-up magazine, something that looked suspiciously like a pen and a particularly intimidating spatula.

Like so many social interactions these days, acting classes have moved online. This was, at first, daunting to even the most experienced teachers.

“We were all really scared,” Austin Pendleton said of his fellow instructors at HB Studio, in Greenwich Village. “We had tutorials every day.”

There have been complications — in addition to worrying about their lines, actors now must troubleshoot frozen screens and disagreeable laptop mics — but for many the online experience is proving challenging in a good way. “I think I’m learning a lot from this — I just don’t yet know what it is,” added Pendleton, who has been with HB Studio since 1969.

Reacting to a scene partner’s body language and expressions is an integral part of learning how to act. Zoom, clearly, isn’t optimal in that department. But certain rules were followed in the classes I sat in on: Students turned off their audio and video feed unless they were performing a scene. When two people rehearsed a scene, they disabled their self view so they could see only their partner. And students were finding ways to make the most of it.

Portraying the closeted headmistresses in an excerpt from Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour,” Krista Magnusson and Amanda Fox used their surroundings and props: Magnusson arranged books on a shelf, Fox looked as if she were grading papers or writing down notes.

“Anything you play is always about the other character,” Pendleton said after the class. “This is where Zoom helps because all you see onscreen is your partner. The world goes away.”

“I was surprised in yesterday’s class by how connected I felt to my scene partner,” said Magnusson, who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She had studied with Pendleton in 2018, and when HB Studio announced its spring term would be online, she jumped at the opportunity to work with him again. (Another HB alum, Lawrence Ong, attends Carol Rosenfeld’s course from Shanghai, where the three-hour sessions start at his 10 p.m. The virus may have stopped international travel but it has not stopped international exchange.)

New York Times covers HB Studio Online Acting Classes
Mercedes Ruehl, third row middle, teaches her class on Zoom. She said her students instinctively pitch their performances to a small screen, adding nuance and intimacy.

Some instructors have focused on the intimacy that Zoom creates — the idea of getting closer is built into the name, after all.

Mercedes Ruehl, the Tony and Academy Award-winning actress, said her HB Studio students “instinctively pitched to the small screen so they became more nuanced, more private, more intimate as actors.”

“The flick of an eye can make a difference,” she added. “I didn’t have to say anything — they were like homing pigeons.”

An essential part of any educational process is feedback, and that seemed to work online much the way it works in person, dependent on each instructor’s style. Pendleton tended to give notes in the form of anecdotes pulled from his extensive acting and directing career, leaving it to the student to figure out how the anecdotes could be applied. Ruehl was more granular, giving directions on inflection and rhythm, and even where to look. When a student was supposed to whisper and slipped into a regular speaking voice, Ruehl requested the exercise be repeated; she also invited comments from her group.

Online teaching actually suits the acting pedagogy of Uta Hagen, the influential actress and author who was a mainstay at HB Studio for decades. She insisted on “psychological realism and using the self authentically,” Edith Meeks, HB’s executive and artistic director, said an email. “We use the real physical, emotional, sensory relationships of our own lives to test the authenticity of the relationships we create to tell the story of the play. Zoom does allow an intimacy that lets us see into one another’s spaces.”

While nobody is arguing that remote technology can make up for people sharing a room — a vital part of acting, even for film or television — it allows for flights of fancy that are not dissimilar to performing in front of a green screen.

“We were doing some Ibsen and someone put a picture of a fjord as their background,” said Evan Yionoulis, the Richard Rodgers director of the drama division at Juilliard, adding that students were even finding ways to do some tricks: “Somebody spills water on one side and the splash comes in another square.”

But Yionoulis said that class is still “about doing the work of acting — you can really tell if somebody is talking and listening, even on Zoom.”

At least the HB folks knew what they were getting themselves into; they started the spring term directly on Zoom. At Juilliard and scores of other schools across the country, faculty and students had to adjust quickly.

Read the full article on HB Studio at The New York Times.

 

HB Studio’s Summer Term Held Online

Dear HB Studio community:

The past weeks have brought unprecedented challenges to our Studio and to our community of artists. I am deeply grateful to all of you for your flexibility, determination, and for the willing and creative spirit with which you have grasped the virtual alternatives we have to continue our work together. 

Even as New York debates the schedule for reopening businesses, it is becoming clear that we will need more time and care before we can safely resume activity in our theaters and studios. Keeping with other cultural institutions and universities, HB Studio will hold our Summer Term of classes online and will cancel the 2020 Hagen Summer Intensive. 

We hope to be back at our home on Bank Street this fall. A careful decision on this will follow in the coming weeks, as more clarity on our shared situation is made known.

The work we do is intimate, and the safety of our community must come first. Our training is all about fitting actions to circumstances. Together, we will discover creative and meaningful ways to adapt. 

We are pleased to offer a host of 5-week online classes and workshops beginning this week. Enrollment is open for these classes, and on May 1st, registration will open for our Summer Term. Audits are encouraged for those wanting to test the waters of the virtual classroom.

We are faced with much uncertainty, but with it, opportunity as well. As we look ahead, we know one thing is certain: the virtual connections we build are here to stay.

For the first time in our 75 years, artists are able to engage with us from across the globe. What a wonderful and unexpected gift, to be able to connect in this way, to broaden and reimagine our creative workspace.

We recognize that our success depends not only on our ability to be open and agile, but also on our community’s willingness to join us. We call upon alumni and longtime friends, and warmly welcome those for whom training at HB is now made possible for the first time. 

Please consider joining us in class or supporting HB artists by making a contribution. Help us support each other and keep our community of artists thriving. 

With much gratitude,

Edith Meeks

Executive & Artistic Director

5-Week Online Classes & Workshops – Late Spring 2020

Join us for upcoming Spring Term “Part B” 5-week classes and workshops, held online via Zoom Conferencing: 

Acting 

Actuar en Español (Parte B) with Maria Fontanals & Pablo Andrade | May 5, 2020 – June 2, 2020 | Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting with the Camera 3: Skill Integration for Film (Part B) with Lisa Pelikan | May 9, 2020 – June 6, 2020 | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Jessica Hecht | May 7, 2020 – June 4, 2020 | Thursdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice (Invitational – Part B) with Mercedes Ruehl | May 7, 2020 – June 4, 2020 | Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Movement 

The Art of Transformation (Part B) with Janice Orlandi | May 6, 2020 – June 3, 2020 | Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Stage Combat (Part B) with Christian Kelly-Sordelet | May 5, 2020 – June 2, 2020 | Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshops 

Lanford Wilson Scene Study (Part B) with Austin Pendleton | May 4, 2020 – June 8, 2020 | Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Uta Hagen’s Acting Process (Part B) with Carol Rosenfeld | May 6, 2020 – June 3, 2020 | Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Singing Sondheim with Lonny Price | April 30, 2020 – May 28, 2020 | Thursdays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Movement for Actors with Michelle Uranowitz | May 2, 2020 – May 30, 2020 | Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

HB Studio will tailor our teaching and the topic to the virtual space and explore that creatively with our students. We hope not to stay in cyberspace for long for most of our classes, but while we’re there, we’re going to take advantage of the opportunity to get to know its possibilities. Just as on camera work is different from live performance in the theater or studio, the virtual sphere is a compelling new place for us to learn to play. Please check each course page for more information on how teachers will conduct specific classes online.

Those registered for online classes will be contacted via email with instructions on how to connect to your class via Zoom. You will need a device (computer, laptop, phone, tablet) with an internet connection. View this tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting. We look forward to seeing you online!

Before your class, please review our Zoom User Guide for Students.

Union Discount: Union Members receive 10% OFF Spring Term classes.  The Union discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, present your union membership card in the registration office or email a copy to registration. 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.

HB Recommends: Virtual Performances, Discussions, and Opportunities for Artists

Now more than ever we need engagement and support. In this time of isolation, we encourage you to stay connected and engaged with the field and with your craft. HB Studio has compiled a list of online performance opportunities, live-streamed performances, discussions with artists, and events for actors and theater-makers to explore. We will continue to update our list of recommendations as more opportunities become available (last updated May 21, 2020).

The HB Studio ACTS OF LOVE Performance Lab presents “The Letter”

The HB Studio ACTS OF LOVE Performance Lab presents “The Letter,” an original story in a series of segments that include music, movement, story, and comedy all loosely inspired by the theme “Acts of Love.”

HB Teacher Carol Rosenfeld on Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises

HB Teacher Carol Rosenfeld discusses Uta Hagen’s Physical Destination and Fourth Side Object Exercises for actors, as explored in the bestselling acting textbook A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR.

#BlueLightSeries Artist Chats from Conch Shell Productions

In partnership with HB Studio, Conch Shell Productions presents another #BlueLightSeries artist chat with Sergei Burbank, Taylor Barfield, Arminda Thomas, and Magaly Colimon. 

HOLA Talks

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) presents a series of webinars and discussions for actors and performance artists on topics ranging from screenwriting to social media management for artists. HOLA Talks are offered weekly.

Film Forum presents MEPHISTO

The 1981 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film MEPHISTO, by Hungarian master István Szabó, concerns a passionate but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved. Sparkling new 4K restoration by the Hungarian Film Fund. Stream now.

Artist Forum: Cancer Survivors Share Advice on Isolation

Nancy Giles, Evan Handler, Dan O’Brien, Michael O’Keefe and Victor Slezak create a forum where cancer survivor’s share what they’ve learned from self isolation. All of these talks can be found on Victor Slezak’s channel.

Opéra de Paris Dancers present a Quarantine Dance

The dancers from the Paris Opera present a dance in tribute to the essential workers fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Spotlight on Plays

Broadway’s Best Shows presents Spotlight on Plays, a new series of one night only livestream readings of Broadway’s best plays, benefiting The Actors Fund.

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

A musical tribute to Stephen Sondheim with HB Teacher Melissa Errico and many, many others, available to stream on YouTube.

“Songs of Comfort” by Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki

Singer-songwriters HB accompanist Robert Grusecki and his wife Anya Turner serenade you with “Songs of Comfort” to keep calm during the quarantine.

Play at Home

Playwrights and theater companies from across the country have teamed up to create 30+ mini-plays that you can perform at home.

HB Connects: Recommendations from HB Teacher Francesca Ferrara

#HBConnects is a new series that features the many voices of HB – alumni, faculty, students, friends and colleagues. This week, we highlight Francesca Ferrara, actress and teaching artist at HB Studio.

Francesca Ferrara’s Book Recommendations:

Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays by Tina Packer

Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare’s Roles for Women by Harriet Walter

HB Diamond Jubilee Gala Postponed

Dear HB supporters, colleagues, and friends,

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.

During these unprecedented times, HB Studio has taken drastic steps to continue to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our artistic community. Despite the physical distance between us, we strive to remain connected and to remind you that HB will always be here for each of you. We have been for the past 75 years, and we hope to be for the next 75, as well.

As artists, we have always connected with one another through our work. In times like these, creativity and community can sustain us. Our new suite of online classes and events will continue to provide inspiration and connection for our community of artists, and welcome new audiences and exciting possibilities for us. We have also compiled a list of emergency resources for artists which is constantly being updated by HB staff as new information becomes available.

HB Studio will adhere to NYC mandates and best practices as we join with our fellow New Yorkers in a community-wide effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. With so much still uncertain, we have postponed our 75th Anniversary celebration, the HB Diamond Jubilee Gala, originally slated for Monday, June 8th.

The actions we take now to protect the most vulnerable among us and safeguard one another’s health and safety are primary. Looking to the future in solidarity and with hope, we look forward to gathering with you to celebrate HB’s Diamond Jubilee Gala on November 11, 2020 at Tribeca Rooftop. Let’s set our sights on a joyful gathering in the fall that will bring us all together again! We will be sending out more details over the summer.

Please visit us in cyberspace and let us know how you are doing. We look forward to the time when we will see you again in-person!

With warm regards and care,

Edith Meeks
Executive & Artistic Director
On behalf of the HB Board of Directors & HB Diamond Jubilee Gala Co-Chairs

HB Studio Moves Classes Online

To the HB Studio Community:

HB Studio is adhering to local and national mandates for a community-wide effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Given the level of uncertainty and rapidly changing guidelines, we are rolling out a suite of online classes and workshops until we are able to reconvene classes on-site. The decision to resume classes at the Studio will follow public mandates and safety guidelines from our public health leaders. 

Public safety must be our first concern. As such, we will adjust our programs to distance learning classes. Until further notice, with the start of Spring Term beginning the week of March 30th, HB Studio will host classes online via Zoom Conferencing. Please browse our list of online classes. More classes will be added in the coming days, so please stay tuned.

HB Studio will tailor our teaching and the topic to the virtual space and explore this creatively with our students. We hope not to stay in cyberspace for long for most of our classes, but while we are there, we are going to take advantage of its possibilities. Just as on camera work is different from live performance in the theater or studio, the virtual sphere is a compelling new place for us to learn to play. Please check each course page on our website for more information on how teachers will conduct specific classes online.

HB’s refund policy states that we will approve and process requests for refunds, credits, withdrawals, and transfers up to 24 hours before your first day of class. Given the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus epidemic, we will waive the $27 administration fee for withdrawals before the first day and for those who request a withdrawal after attending the first class online. 

We understand that the shift to virtual learning is a radical change. We encourage you to try it out with us. Think of the Zoom platform we will be using as an “on camera” platform where you practice skills that you will need to use in your work across multiple media. You are able to see and interact with other students and the instructor in closeup. There is an intimacy to the setting and to the exchange that may surprise you. Students who wish to withdraw after trialing the first class will be able to do so without penalty. Schedule changes must be made by emailing customerservice@hbstudio.org. 

HB Studio will also host public events online. We look forward to making use of a connected virtual space to continue to share stimulating and timely programs and talks with you. More on those offerings to follow.

Through this challenging time, we want to stay in touch and active with our artistic colleagues and community, and use the virtual sphere to stay connected and creative, to continue to develop our skills and to make work that speaks to these times and brings people together. 

This represents a huge adjustment for all of us, but we can only combat this crisis together. We invite you to keep in connection with us and explore the creative possibilities of the intimate and immediate virtual space.

We hope you will stand with HB and with one another as we journey through this uncharted territory together.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with questions. 

Stay well,

Edith Meeks

Executive & Artistic Director

COVID-19-Related Resources for Artists

Helpful Resources for Artists Amid COVID-19

HB Studio has compiled a list of helpful information, resources, and emergency funding for artists, independent freelancers, nonprofits and small businesses amid the novel coronavirus epidemic. We will continue to update the following resources as more information becomes available (last updated May 21, 2020).

Find out how you can help New Yorkers affected by COVID-19 and how you can receive COVID-19-related assistance: NYC.gov/helpnownyc.

Special Enrollment for Healthcare

New York State has issued a special enrollment period through April 15th for uninsured individuals in need of health insurance. For more information, visit the New York State of Health.

Government Support for Creative Professionals

The below chart provides a clear navigational path for creative professionals to find the appropriate financial aid assistance.

Fighting Discrimination

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is collecting stories of people have been harassed based on their race or appearance during the recent weeks as the epidemic has escalated. Here is a list of resources specifically for artists and cultural workers who feel they have been targeted, resources for marginalized populations that are feeling strained and under-supported, as well as ways that people with privilege can upstand/bystand/intervene when they see or experience a bias incident.

Artists, Freelancers & Arts Non-Profits

Browse the resource list from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (updated regularly).

ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for artists and arts/cultural nonprofits, provides daily resources that include informational webinars and emergency funding for artists.

The Actors Fund will be administering resources and services on the ground. Artists can determine their eligibility for the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance through their online request form. They are also hosting career workshops, financial wellness seminars, health and health insurance seminars, housing seminars, and social support groups.

The Freelance Relief Fund offers financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs. This includes: food/food supplies, utility payments, cash assistance to cover income loss.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, NYFA and the Pro Bono Steering Committee of New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) are collaborating to offer a series of free online workshops to support creative communities. Upcoming workshop topics include “Immigration for Artists and Entertainers: Visas and COVID-19,” and “Contracts and Coronavirus.”

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. The Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.

The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars. Applicants must show proof of residency in Connecticut, New Jersey, and/or New York from the last two years. They must also have a minimum of five years experience in the aforementioned behind-the-scenes roles in the visual arts, and be able to show proof of critical financial need due to loss of income directly related to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Online Classes at HB Studio – Spring 2020

HB Studio is adhering to NYC mandates and joining with our colleagues in the field for a community-wide effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Given the level of uncertainty and rapidly changing guidelines, we are rolling out a suite of online classes and workshops.

With the start of Spring Term, beginning the week of March 30, until we are able to resume classes at the Studio, the following classes will be held online via Zoom Conferencing. 

Use Late Enrollment discount code LATEBIRDSP20 for 20% OFF Spring Term classes. Discount does not apply for Part B Spring classes. Discount can be used in combination with 10% Union Member discount. The Union discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, present your union membership card in the registration office or email a copy to registration. 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.

Acting

Acting 1 with David Deblinger | Mondays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting 1 with Pablo Andrade | Mondays, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Acting 1 with Julissa Roman | Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Acting 1 with Michael Beckett | Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Acting 1 with Michael Beckett | Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting 2 with David Deblinger | Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Acting 2 with Jackson Moran | Mondays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting 2 with Michael Beckett | Saturdays, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Acting Improvisation with Clark Jackson | Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Actuar en Español (Parte A) with Maria Fontanals & Pablo Andrade | Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Actuar en Español (Parte B) with Maria Fontanals & Pablo Andrade | Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting with the Camera 1 with David Deblinger | Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting with the Camera 1 with Magaly Colimon | Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Acting with the Camera 2 with Victor Cruz | Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Acting with the Camera 3: Skill Integration for Film (Part A) with Lisa Pelikan | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Acting with the Camera 3: Skill Integration for Film (Part B) with Lisa Pelikan | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study 1 with Lorraine Serabian | Fridays, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Scene Study 2 with Michael Beckett | Sundays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Scene Study 2 with Michael Beckett | Fridays, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Scene Study 2-3 with Hagen Exercises with Francesca Ferrara | Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Scene Study 3 with Michael Beckett | Sundays, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Austin Pendleton | Mondays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Austin Pendleton | Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Jessica Hecht | Thursdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice with Michael Beckett | Sundays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice (Invitational) with Mercedes Ruehl | Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice (Invitational – Part A) with Mercedes Ruehl | Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Scene Study Studio Practice (Invitational – Part B) with Mercedes Ruehl | Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speech & Voice

Speech 1 with Joy Coronel | Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Speech 1 with Craig Dolezel | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Speech 2 with Theresa McElwee | Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Speech 3 with Theresa McElwee | Wednesdays, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaking Voice 1 with Theresa McElwee | Saturdays, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaking Voice 1 with Ilse Pfeifer | Mondays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaking Voice 1 with Craig Dolezel | Mondays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Speaking Voice 2 with Ilse Pfeifer | Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Movement

Alexander Technique with Stefanie Proessl | Wednesdays, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Art of Transformation (Part A) with Janice Orlandi | Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Art of Transformation (Part B) with Janice Orlandi | Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Stage Combat (Part A) with Christian Kelly-Sordelet | Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Stage Combat (Part B) with Christian Kelly-Sordelet | Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Musical Theater & Singing

Singing Voice 1 with John Bowen | Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Singing Voice 1 with John Bowen | Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Acting the Song with Lorraine Serabian | Fridays, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Playwriting

Playwriting with Julie McKee | Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Playwriting Technique with Julie McKee | Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Young People

Acting for Young People with Claudia Terry | Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshops

Show Me The Money: Financial Empowerment for Artists with David Maurice Sharp | March 30, 2020 – April 27, 2020 | Mondays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lanford Wilson Scene Study (Part A) with Austin Pendleton | March 30, 2020 – April 27, 2020 | Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Lanford Wilson Scene Study (Part B) with Austin Pendleton | May 4, 2020 – June 8, 2020 | Mondays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Uta Hagen’s Acting Process (Part A) with Carol Rosenfeld | April 1, 2020 – April 29, 2020 | Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Uta Hagen’s Acting Process (Part B) with Carol Rosenfeld | May 6, 2020 – June 3, 2020 | Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ballroom, Rhythm & Latin: Partner Dance for Actors with Peter Jones | April 4, 2020 – May 2, 2020 | Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Singing Sondheim with Lonny Price | April 30, 2020 – May 28, 2020 | Thursdays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Movement for Actors with Michelle Uranowitz | May 2, 2020 – May 30, 2020 | Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

HB Studio will tailor our teaching and the topic to the virtual space and explore that creatively with our students. We hope not to stay in cyberspace for long for most of our classes, but while we’re there, we’re going to take advantage of the opportunity to get to know its possibilities. Just as on camera work is different from live performance in the theater or studio, the virtual sphere is a compelling new place for us to learn to play. Please check each course page for more information on how teachers will conduct specific classes online.

Those registered for online classes will be contacted via email with instructions on how to connect to your class via Zoom. You will need a device (computer, laptop, phone, tablet) with an internet connection. View this tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting. We look forward to seeing you online!

Before your class, please review our Zoom User Guide for Students.

Spring Term Classes Postponed

To the HB Studio Community:

HB will postpone the start of Spring term until March 30, 2020. The Studio will be closed from Saturday, March 14 through March 29. Effective the evening of Friday, March 13, the remaining Winter classes are also cancelled.

You will have seen news about the rapidly evolving situation in NYC with the covid-19 coronavirus, and the closing of arts institutions, colleges, and theaters across the city and beyond.

Organizations are coming together in preemptive action to reduce public activities and circulation on mass transit, to prevent an escalation in the number of coronavirus cases. These actions are being taken out of shared concern for the most vulnerable people in our midst, and in solidarity with the health care workers who are the front line of this crisis. If we can act together now to slow the spread of the virus, we can give our healthcare system the time it needs to stay resilient.

If you are a full-time F1 visa student, we will be following up with additional details that relate specifically to your program. We will host a call-in briefing for F1 students early next week, and we urge you to reach out to Snezhana or Angela with questions, or to let us know if you need help or support of any kind.

At this time, we plan to resume classes on March 30. That said, there is much that is uncertain, so we will be evaluating the situation over these two weeks to make the most prudent decision about how to move forward. We hope to be back together in the Studio, but should it seem wisest to stay closed, we will also be introducing online versions of some classes and projects so that we can continue to work together remotely.

Most of HB’s staff will also be working remotely through March 29. We will be checking telephone messages regularly, but the fastest way to reach us with questions is on email. We will also be posting updates here on the home page of our web site.

In addition to spring term classes, auditions for the advanced scene study showcase, and March public events in the theater, will be postponed until a later date.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions. Your comments and concerns are important to us.

This was a tough decision but we are certain it is the right one. We will be in touch as things develop, and we hope you will stay in touch with us as well.

With best regards,

Edith Meeks
Executive & Artistic Director