Announcements

HB Studio Hosts Virtual Open House for Interested Students on November 19th, 2020

Want to pursue a career in acting and unsure about how to get started? HB Studio faculty members and alumni offer guidance and answer your most pressing questions on getting started in the field of acting in an intimate online forum held on Zoom.

This is a forum intended for those new to the field and new to HB Studio.

Getting Your Start in Acting:

A Virtual Open House for Interested Students

4:00-5:30PM, Thursday, November 19, 2020 | RSVP HERE

Space for the Open House is limited and available on a first-come basis by reservation.

Please RSVP early.

An introduction to the HB Studio training philosophy and its flexible and progressive course structure will be followed by an open discussion with distinguished members of the Studio’s faculty. The HB Studio faculty is comprised of practicing theater artists recognized for their professional work in performance in film and theater, both on and off the stage. Attendees are encouraged to raise questions and make connections among peers and mentors.

The Uta Hagen Institute at HB Studio Launches One-Week Hagen Actor’s Lab Online

The Uta Hagen Institute at HB Studio has launched a one-week actor training program online. Applications are currently being accepted to the Hagen Actor’s Lab Online, which will be held over Zoom, January 3-10, 2021.

The Hagen Actor’s Lab Online is an intensive week of online artistic practice and immersion into legendary actress and acting teacher Uta Hagen’s exercises and approach to script analysis. Offered by HB Studio, where Hagen taught her professional classes for over 50 years, the Lab provides grounded and embodied physical solo practice for the actor.

The Hagen Actor’s Lab Online offers an intensive training week for actors to maintain continuity in their practice at a time when much work in the industry has been interrupted. Actors from across the U.S. and abroad that are seeking an immersive training program are encouraged to apply.

The program is led by Carol Rosenfeld, founder of the Uta Hagen Institute at HB Studio and a student of Uta Hagen.

Rosenfeld will lead acting technique, Mark Nelson will guide script analysis and scene study, and Theresa McElwee will provide vocal exercises. Breaks and guided warm-ups will be offered throughout each Lab session to give actors a break from their screens to refresh, breathe, ground and recenter.

Hagen Actor’s Lab Online Schedule:

  • Meet and Greet: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
  • Lab Sessions: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, Jan. 4, 6, 8, and 10, 2021
  • Wrap-up: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021

The application deadline is November 12, 2020. Upon acceptance into the Lab, participants must register in full by December 10, 2020 to secure their spot in the Lab. Learn more about the Hagen Actor’s Lab Online.

HB Studio Hosts Virtual Open House for Interested Students on August 19th, 2020

Want to pursue a career in acting and unsure about how to get started? HB Studio faculty members offer guidance and answer your most pressing questions on getting started in the field of acting in an intimate online forum held on Zoom.

This is a forum intended for those new to the field and new to HB Studio.

Getting Your Start in Acting:

A Virtual Open House for Interested Students

2:00-3:30PM, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | RSVP HERE

Space for the Open House is limited and available on a first-come basis by reservation.

Please RSVP early.

An introduction to the HB Studio training philosophy and its flexible and progressive course structure will be followed by an open discussion with distinguished members of the Studio’s faculty. The HB Studio faculty is comprised of practicing theater artists recognized for their professional work in performance in film and theater, both on and off the stage. Attendees are encouraged to raise questions and make connections among peers and mentors.

 

Sign Up Now for Online Fall Term Classes!

Fall Term Weekly Classes:

  • All Classes Offered Online, in two 5-week Parts: With the exception of our Playwriting and Playwriting Technique classes, all Fall 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: Sep 14 – Oct 18, 2020
    • Part B: Oct 19 – Nov 22, 2020
  • 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, and read more about HB’s online classes here.

Fall Term Workshops:

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

Discounts:

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members 10% OFF Fall Term Weekly Classes. 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. 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.

HB Studio Committed to Supporting Students on F-1 Visas

Dear HB Artists, Friends, and Colleagues,

We were shocked and disappointed to learn of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) July 6th directive which states that, starting in Fall 2020, international students on F-1 visas whose classwork is wholly online will no longer be allowed to remain in or enter the United States. The news was sudden and is raising confusion and concern across the educational sector. New York State has not yet cleared New York City’s cultural and educational organizations for reopening. Our theater work requires interactive and vocal practices that amplify the transmission of the aerosols that are known to spread COVID-19. 

HB Studio is resolutely committed to supporting the international students affected by this policy. We will do everything we can to ensure that we are meeting SEVP standards and requirements and that students are able to continue their studies at HB without interruption. The artists from abroad who work and study with us are essential to the character, culture and ethic of our Studio, of our city, and of the world we wish to foster. We are working with our colleagues in the academic community to understand the full implications of the directive and to frame reasonable and safe solutions for “hybrid” (online + on-site) study for our full-time students. Our International Student Office will help address your questions and concerns, and we will keep you informed as we learn more. In adjusting to these guidelines HB will put the health and safety of its students, and its community of artists, first. As previously planned, HB Studio will host its regular suite of studio classes online.

In responding to the current pandemic, the cultural and educational communities have worked tirelessly and responsibly to adapt their programs in accordance with public health guidance and the evolving understanding of the virus. HB Studio joins its University colleagues in urging the Department of Homeland Security to continue a more flexible approach to visas for international students for the Fall 2020 semester.

Sincerely,

Edith Meeks

Executive & Artistic Director

Sign Up Now for Late Summer Online Classes

Summer Term “Part B” starts July 20th, and consists of five-week Classes and Workshops. You may join Part B classes without having taken Part A, so browse these late summer offerings and sign up now:

Summer Term “Part B” Weekly Classes:

Summer Term Workshops:

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

Discount:

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members receive 10% OFF Summer Term Weekly Classes. 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.

HB Studio’s Fall Term Held Online

Dear HB Studio Community:

As you may be aware, New York state is rolling out its phased NY Forward business reopening plan, which holds arts, education, and entertainment industries until the final reopening phase. Additional eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for our region. We are also reviewing CDC guidelines for reopening of schools, OSHA guidelines for workplaces, and the developing Actors Equity Association standards for safe work conditions for actors. Much is still uncertain, and we will continue to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving situation.

Safety remains our primary concern.
 Much of our work is physical and actively vocal, and thoughtful restrictions and safeguards need to be established before we can convene again at the Studio. There is a risk associated with having multiple groups moving in and out of the same spaces, and so we need to be attentive to class sizes. Our reopening planning is an intensive process and requires our ongoing attention and assessment.

Following much consideration as we look to the weeks and months ahead, HB Studio will:

We remain hopeful for a return to the Studio at the start of next year. Decisions regarding our return must follow the New York state mandates as well as the best practices befitting our organization and our profession. When we do return, it will be with arms (safely) wide open in celebration!

In the meantime, we are grateful for the opportunity to stay connected to our artistic community and to discover new perspectives and approaches through our work online.

In our conversations with industry leaders, we will continue to evaluate how we can best serve the needs of our artists while meeting the demands of the ever-changing business. We would like to hear from you, too. Please reach out and let us know how HB Studio can be there for you during this time.

If you haven’t yet done so, please consider trying virtual learning by auditing an online class in our Summer Term, which begins on June 13th. More information about our online offerings can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there.

Stay well,

Edith Meeks
Executive & Artistic Director

Sign Up Now for Summer Online Classes

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.

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.