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HB Studio Performance Lab – Not Far From Where We Were Before: Scenes and Songs From Lerner & Loewe

Book & Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Composer: Frederick Loewe

7PM | Fri, Sat & Sun | Nov 10, 11 & 12, 2017
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank St. | FREE | RSVP

Directed by Robert McQueen

This autumn HB Studio presents a celebration of the work of musical theater writers Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Not Far From Where We Were Before features a company of actors from the HB Musical Theater Studio Practice program. The evening includes scenes and songs from Lerner and Loewe’s most iconic musicals, such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, as well as earlier, lesser known work. Join us for an evening that honors two of the most important, beloved and celebrated voices in the American musical theater canon.
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The HB Studio Library is Now Open to Students!

Are you looking for some new reading material? Are you searching for a new play to work on?  The HB Studio Library has recently opened to students! We have over 3,000 titles on our shelves here on the third floor. For easier access, we just made it possible to request a book through the Librarika system. Browsing our library on the site is incredibly easy and efficient. Fall Term Library hours are Thursdays, 10am – 2pm.

Here is how you can create your own account:

  1. Log into  (if you do not have an account, signup for one first).
  2. Go to My Libraries
  3. Click on Request Member Access
  4. Enter Full Library URL( you want to join and click Submit.
  5. You will see join confirmation message instantly.
  6. If everything is ok, you can go to the library URL and be able to log in right away.

To check out a book: 

  1. Browse at When you find the text you want, select the option to request, which will be under the accession number on the book title’s detailed page.
  2. That Thursday, the Library Student Assistant will place the book in the ‘Check-Out Bin’ in the office, and will send you a confirmation email.
  3. Pick up your book from the ‘Check Out Bin.’ Books are due 14 days after they are placed in the ‘Checkout Bin’.
  4. Within 14 days, return your book to the ‘Check In Bin.’ You will receive a confirmation email that your book is successfully returned.

Please email with any questions or concerns.

Enjoy browsing!
HB Studio Library Staff

Teachers and students are not permitted to retrieve books from the Library on their own. We ask that if a book is lost, stolen, or damaged you replace the book. You will be charged 25 cents a day for any late returns.

Student & Alumni News


Robert Eigen appears as Lido, Jacob, Gloria and Joaquin in COUNTLESS VOICES: THE FORGOTTEN SOULS OF 9/11, a Solo Show at The Hudson Guild Theatre, 4526 48th street Apt. 1 A. February 22 – 25, 2018.

Austin Pendleton appears in DELTA IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS – OR MAYBE NOT, written by June Daniel White. At Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 12th flr. January 25 – February 10, 2018. Use code delta15 for discounted tickets.

Peter Claymore, Tom Paolino, Yoshiko Fuji, Arthur French and Austin Pendleton appear in EVERYONE’S CAROL at St. Marks in the Bowery, December 30, 2017.

Joan La Barbara portrays “Dream” and also composed original music for PARALLEL DREAMS, a short film directed by Aleksandar Kostic now available on Amazon Prime.

Sally Burtenshaw appears in WELL by Lisa Kron at Mildred’s Umbrella Theater, January 15 – February 3, 2018.

John L Payne appears in MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Frog and Peach Theatre Company, February 1 – 25, 2018. Continue reading →

PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEATER: The Musical Magic of Lerner & Loewe

A conversation with musicologist Dominic McHugh, a primary authority on the work of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, and Emily Altman, president of the Frederick Loewe Foundation. With songs performed by Tony-nominee Melissa Errico in a special guest appearance.

Mon, Nov 13, 2017 | 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank St

Join us for an in-depth conversation about the musical artistry and creative partnership of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the genius pairing behind such classic works as MY FAIR LADY, BRIGADOON, CAMELOT, GIGI, and PAINT YOUR WAGON. Continue reading →

Financial Aid for Winter Term

Applications for the winter term have closed.

Two forms of financial aid are available: Scholarships and Work Study. Scholarships cover partial costs of a single class. Work Study positions cover the full price of a single class in exchange for weekly shifts helping at the Studio. Students taking multiple classes are given priority for Work Study positions. Financial aid is awarded on consideration of both merit and need. read more.

Winter Term will run 10 weeks, January 8 – March 18, 2018. Registration opens Nov 1.

Info Session: Performance and Project Development Opportunities at HB Studio – Oct 25.

Want to know more about opportunities to perform or develop your own work at HB? Whether you are an actor, playwright, director, an individual or a member of a collective, we’ll give you a rundown of current opportunities available to HB Students to:

  • Perform
  • Audition
  • Get your info into our casting files
  • Develop a project in a rehearsal space residency
  • Submit a new play for consideration for reading or production
  • Rent space to produce your own work
…and more!
Wednesday, October 25 at 2:00PM
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street


First Floor Studio Residency – BEE

BEE Distressed image of woman with scarf over her head. By Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian
A First Floor Studio Residency Project

Created by Melody Erfani
Written by Sean Michael Welch

Saturdays & Sundays – November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 | 7:30 pm
FREE – To RSVP Online Click Here

BEE is the story of Izat, a young Iranian girl trapped in an abusive marriage in the 1940’s. After years of suffering both physically and mentally at the hands of her spouse, she knows the only way she will survive is if she is able to leave him. In an unprecedented move, her father is able to use his influence to secure a divorce for her. The story intertwines with interviews from immigrants who have had to make the difficult choice of leaving their homeland because their very survival was at stake.

Lower East Side Shakespeare Co. has taken on a new challenge in that they are producing new work in the vein of creating like Shakespeare. BEE created by Melody Erfani and written by Sean Michael Welch is a piece that is intended to start dialogue and discussion.


SHIRLEY VALENTINE Poster image of a bikini on a clothes line with pots and pans against a rustic stone wall.
by Willy Russell
Directed by Carol Rosenfeld

Featuring: Antonietta Corvinelli

Assistant Director 
Kenneth Thompson
Set Designer 
Nikolay Svridchik
Light Designer
 Liz Nielsen
Sound Designer Aaron Minerbrook
Costume Designer 
Michael Massee
Stage Manager Richard Lear*
Assistant Stage Manager
 Camilo Ramirez

Saturday, October 14 at 7pm & Sunday, October 15 at 3pm

HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
RSVP Online – click here!

A holiday in Greece refreshes a Liverpool housewife in more ways than one.

“Shirley Valentine” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, Equity approved Showcase.

This program is supported in part through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

Upcoming Half-Term Classes for Fall 2017

Join us for the second half of Fall Term with one of these 5-week classes or workshops:

Singing for the Musical Theater – Studio Practice – with Helen Gallagher
3:15 PM – 5:45 PM | Tuesdays | 10/17/2017 – 11/14/2017 | $230
By submission.

Art of Transformation – Part 2 – with Janice Orlandi
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Wednesdays | 10/18/2017 – 11/15/2017  | $180

Actuar en Español / Acting in Spanish – with Pablo Andrade & Maria Fontanals
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Mondays | 10/23/2017 – 11/20/2017 | $230

Acting in Accent: Cockney – with Amanda Quaid 
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Fridays | 10/20/2017 – 11/17/2017 | $205.00
Application required. Apply online by October 6, 2017

Amy Herzog Scene Study – with Austin Pendleton
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Mondays | 10/16/2017 – 11/13/2017 | $275.00
Open to Studio Practice Level students or by application. Apply online by October 2.

María Irene Fornés Scene Study – with George Bartenieff & Paul Pryce
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Fridays | 10/20/2017 – 11/17/2017 | $270.00

Acting Through the Method of Etudes 1 – Monologues – with Snezhana Chernova
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Sundays | 10/22/2017 – 11/19/2017 | $270.00

The Actor and the Business – with Vincent Pastore
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Tuesdays | 11/7/2017 – 12/5/2017 (4 weeks) | $250.00

Intro to Stage Combat – with Christian Kelly-Sordelet
1:15 PM – 3:15 PM | Tuesdays | 11/7/2017 – 12/12/2017 | $180.00

Advanced Acting with the Camera – with Mark Blum 
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Saturdays | 11/11/2017 – 12/16/2017 | $325.00
Open to Level 2 & Up or by a submission or audition