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 August 28, 2020).
Voices from the Frontlines: COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Performance Lab
Participating actors in HB Teacher Paul Pryce’s summer Performance Lab “The Interview Project” interviewed several individuals out on the frontlines of this double pandemic. The actors were tasked to find a story that resonated with them and which sheds light on their personal experience with the coronavirus or the protests for racial justice and equality. Watch the performances from August 22 and August 23, 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.
HB Connects: Shakespeare Reading Recommendations from Peter Francis James
#HBConnects is a new series that features the many voices of HB – alumni, faculty, students, friends and colleagues. Following are recommendations from Shakespearean actor and teacher at HB Studio, Peter Francis James.
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare
HENRY VI, PARTS I, II & III by William Shakespeare
The HB Studio Artistic Council is pleased to announce the plays selected for the 2020 HB Playwrights Reading Series. Selected from an open call for submissions, the following six plays will each receive an evening in the HB Playwrights Theatre for a public reading, June 23-28, 2020. All showings will take place at 7PM: Continue reading →
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
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.
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.
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.
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.