Performances & Events

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 July 10, 2020).

Newly Launched: RESET Theatre Coalition

Conch Shell Productions, in collaboration with Braata Productions and Kumu Kahua Theater, has formed RESET Theatre Coalition, which is committed to presenting new works by American playwrights – of African, Caribbean, Native American,  Latin American, Central American, Asian, European, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Polynesian descent – that will inspire a RESET in America.

Melissa Errico’s TWO SPRING SONGS FOR SUMMER

HB Teacher Melissa Errico released TWO SPRING SONGS FOR SUMMER available to listen on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.

Watch PERISCOPE by Ryan William Downey, directed by Theresa Buchheister

HB Teacher Ryan William Downey‘s play PERISCOPE, directed by HB Teacher Theresa Buchheister, will be presented along with OUT (123.73) by The Million Underscores (and featuring HB Teacher Michelle Uranowitz) on July 12, 2020.

Webinars from The Actors Fund

Join The Actor’s Fund for a webinar on career uncertainty amid the pandemic on Wednesday, July 15.

SEGAL TALKS: Paul Pryce: an update on the situation for theatre artists in New York City

Watch the interview with HB Teacher Paul Pryce, from the HowlRound TV network which aired at 12PM EST on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Austin Pendleton discusses Scene Study Classes on Zoom with American Theatre

With ‘The Minutes’ on hold, Pendleton is passing time with ‘The American Clock’ and Zoom scene study classes at HB Studio. Read the interview.

Lorraine Hansberry’s LES BLANCS Available for Home Streaming

An archival recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s LES BLANCS, directed by Yaël Farber, will stream beginning July 2. This rarely seen drama confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution when a family and a post-colonial African nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity. Danny Sapani, Sheila Atim, Siân Phillips, and Tunji Kasim star. More details on the National Theatre at Home lineup here.

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.

HB Connects: Recommendations from HB Student Amanda Enzo

#HBConnects is a new series that features the many voices of HB – alumni, faculty, students, friends and colleagues. This week, we highlight Actress and HB Student Amanda Enzo.

READ
Voices of a People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove
Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration-and How to Achieve Real Reform by John Pfaff
The Birth of Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of Stephen Foster by Rhae Lynn Barnes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

WATCH
Black Women’s Representation in Classic Hollywood Cinema, a presentation by Amanda Enzo
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, a 2015 film by Stanley Nelson Jr.
A Huey P. Newton Story, a 2001 film by Spike Lee
Time: The Kalief Browder Story, a 2017 Netflix docuseries
When They See Us, a 2019 Netflix miniseries
American Son, a 2019 film by Kenny Leon
Malcolm X, a 1992 film by Spike Lee
Who Killed Malcom X?, a 2020 Netflix docuseries

Dialogues with Memory

Dialogues with Memory

Dialogues with Memory Диалоги с Памятью

A presentation in partnership with Dialogue Theater in honor of the Russian novelist and poet Ivan Bunin’s 150th birthday.

Featuring:

Presenter: Irina Volkovich

Cast:

Marina Bondik

Snezhana Chernova

Christine Elmo

Kate Gerasimova

Akihiro Hattori

Anna K

Boris Khenzykhenov

Emelian Khokhlov

Florian Kiniffo

Artem Lyskov

Lyubov Orlovsky

Evgenyia Orudzheva

Timo Palonen

Alisa Rusanoff

Olga Sopian

Konstantin Soukhovetski

Inna Zozulya

Friday, March 13 at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

Public Conversation: Documenting Artists – The Performing Arts Legacy Project

Public Conversation

Documenting Artists: The Performing Arts Legacy Project

A presentation of curated life histories from HB Studio’s The Performing Arts Legacy Project (PAL) workshop cohort in partnership with The Actors Fund Research Center for Arts & Culture

PAL is an initiative of the Research Center for Arts and Culture at The Actors Fund. PAL celebrates the contributions of older actors by supporting them to document their own careers in an online platform that serves as a shared theater history and educational resource.

Monday, March 9 at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

HB STORIES: A 75TH ANNIVERSARY VALENTINE

HB Studio HB Stories_ A 75th Anniversary Valentine Event

HB Stories: A 75th Anniversary Valentine

Directed by Larry Rosen of “The Moth”, we present an HB Studio storytelling evening inspired by shows like “The Moth,” “RISK,” and “The Story Collider”.

Featuring Nadia Diamond, Vincent PastoreCarol RosenfeldReza SalazarBlack-Eyed SusanDanusia Trevino, and Zach Wynecoop.

Saturday, February 15 at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

CLIMATE CHANGE, HOPE, AND THE ACTING COMMUNITY

Climate Change and the Acting Community with Tim Guinee

Climate Change, Hope, and the Acting Community

with Tim Guinee, actor, founder of The Climate Actors and leader in former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project

Monday, January 27th at 3pm and 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

The acting community can play a vital and irreplaceable role in confronting the climate crisis. Tim Guinee, actor, founder of The Climate Actors and leader in former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, will host a presentation and discussion of the latest science regarding climate change, and the many reasons we have to be hopeful in the face of this emergency.

Tim Guinee is the founder of the Climate Actors and a leader in former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. He has given climate change presentations all over the United States as well as in Canada and North Africa. He enjoys giving talks to oppositional and underserved audiences including to such diverse groups as conservative fire departments, Houston oil industry executives, and maximum security inmates. He serves on the leadership council of Riverkeeper, the board of the Ashokan Center (New York’s oldest center for environmental education), the board of Green Product Placement and the advisory board of the Climate Institute. Professionally, he is an actor and director. He has appeared in over 200 movies (including Sweet Land – the 1st carbon neutral independent feature film), mini-series and episodes of television and another couple hundred plays. Learn more.

Public Conversation: STORYWEAVING: Spiderwoman Theater The oldest feminist and Native American theater in the U.S. and Canada (and probably the world)

STORYWEAVING: Spiderwoman Theater

The oldest feminist and Native American theater in the U.S. and Canada (and probably the world)

with founding members of Spiderwoman Theater Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel, moderated by Pat Golden

Monday, January 13th at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free!

Founding members of Spiderwoman Theater, Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel, discuss storyweaving—the process of unfolding a story’s dramatic structure over time—and how they have used this process throughout their many years of producing at the oldest feminist and Native American theater in the U.S. and Canada.

Gloria Miguel is Kuna/ Rappahannock. She studied drama at Oberlin College and is a founding member of Spiderwoman Theater. She has worked extensively in film and television. With Spiderwoman Theater, she has toured throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Read more.

Muriel Miguel is a director, choreographer, playwright, actor and educator. She has directed almost all of Spiderwoman’s shows since their debut in 1976, in which time, they have written and produced over twenty original works for the theatre. Read more.

Public Conversation: SEX AND VIOLENCE: Using Consent Protocols On Stage

SEX AND VIOLENCE: Using Consent Protocols On Stage
A Discussion with Intimacy Director Judi Lewis Ockler and Stage Combat Director Christian Kelly-Sordelet

Moderator TBA

Monday, December 9th at 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York

Free! | RSVP

A stage combat director and an intimacy director share notes about building a framework of consent and practice that supports actors to take risks, and to handle both intimate and violent staged interactions in their work. This talk will be preceded by a workshop for HB Studio Faculty on November 19th on using intimacy protocols in teaching and rehearsal.
Judi Lewis Ockler is an intimacy/fight director, variety performer, stunt performer, and teaching artist.  Credits include: HATEF**K (Adrienne Campbell-Holt, director; WP theater) UNDER THE OVERTURE (Gerard Alessandrini, director), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Tony Speciale, director; Classic Stage). She is an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International; she leads workshops in Intimacy for the Stage for actors and designers at Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, NYU Tisch, and The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, NYC.
Christian Kelly-Sordelet: Fight Director, Broadway: PICNIC, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, WAITING FOR GODOT and NO MAN’S LAND, ECLIPSED SUNSET BOULEVARD. Off-Broadway: MASKED, SLIPPING, UNLOCK’D, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, KID VICTORY. Stunt Coordinator for: ALL MY CHILDREN, GUIDING LIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, SCHOOL SPIRITS, and KEVIN CAN WAIT. Christian assisted in: THE SNOW GEESE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TOUR: South Africa and Argentina. In FUERZA BRUTA, BEN HUR LIVE: ROME, AS YOU LIKE IT, COMEDY OF ERRORS, KING LEAR, JULIUS CEASER in Central Park. Christian has taught at: Rutgers, NYU, Yale, The New School, and Wagner. He is a resident fight director at Sante Fe Opera.

Pat & Julie Project – Fall 2019 Staged Reading Lab

A COLLABORATIVE STAGED READING OF SELECTED FIRST SCENES AND ONE ACTS

From the Students of Julie McKee, directed by the students of Pat Golden.

November 9 & 10, 7 pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
Free! First come, first served

Two acts of 8 scenes with an intermission each evening. More details to be announced soon.

The Pat & Julie Project is a collaborative performance project in which directors, playwrights and actors at HB Studio join together to produce and perform staged readings over a weekend in the HB Playwrights Theatre.