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 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

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.


Presenter: Irina Volkovich


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 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 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


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


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.