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BEE – June 2018

Presented in partnership with The LES Shakespeare Company 
Created & Directed by Melody Erfani
Written by Sean Michael Welch

June 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 | 7pm
June 10, 17, 24 | 3pm
HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank Street, New York City

RSVP – Free!

BEE is the story of Izat, a young Iranian girl trapped in an abusive marriage in the 1940s. 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. Moving back and forth in time from 1940 to 2009, the story weaves together Izat’s struggles with her path to a happier life. Based on a true story and inspired by a collection of interviews from Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees.

Join a Summer Class Today

Registration open until July 3.

Summer Term will run 10 weeks, June 13 – August 22, 2018. (No classes July 4)


UNION DISCOUNT:* Industry union members receive 10% OFF Summer Term Classes. Present your membership card in the registration office or email a copy to

INTAKE AUDITION / CONSULTATIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty on Friday, July 6 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. 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.

*Discounts valid for Studio Classes only; not valid for workshop offerings, full-time programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively.

Race, Casting and Representation – A Panel Discussion & Live Podcast


Curated by Peter J. Kuo
Hosted by Peter J. Kuo, Melissa Slaughter, and Alex Chester.
Recorded live for the podcast We’re Not All Ninjas.
Featuring a panel of industry pros, including Annie Henk and Tonilyn Sideco.

Monday, April 30 | 3:30pm | FREE | RSVP
HB Studio, The Speech Room, 3rd Floor, 120 Bank Street

Join us for a panel discussion and live podcast recording about race, casting and representation in the theater, film and TV industry. This will be an intimate roundtable forum, with a Q&A with an invited audience.

Sound Engineering by Alexandra Chludzinska

About the participants: Continue reading →

PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEATER: The Immigrant Arts Coalition- May 7, 2018

A Conversation with Co-Chairs
Ayse Eldek Richardson & Christopher Massimine
Monday, May 7 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
Suggested donation $5-$10
The Immigrant Arts Coalition is a network of multi-disciplinary arts organizations and artists united to empower immigrant arts, advocate for diversity and fair representation of all cultures, and celebrate the immigrant arts contributions to American culture. Formed in July 2017, The Immigrant Arts Coalition recognizes the importance and ongoing contribution of artists and arts organizations, who represent America’s diverse cultural mosaic. Members – represented by artists and organizations – will serve as the united front for advocacy, audience development, and work to collaborate with ongoing and continuous shared programs.

Casting Call for GET MINES

“GET MINES” by Frank Delessio
A staged reading in HB Studio’s TRANSGRESSIONS Reading Series.

Schedule: Rehearsals May 1 & 2 with the performance on May 2, 2018.

A pregnant African-American woman is at odds with an envious client. With her livelihood threatened, and her character questioned, she can only hope that those around her see through the lie.


Kayla (29): African-American. Kayla is very sweet. Someone you can rely on. She’s six months pregnant. She’s a receptionist at a veterinarian clinic.

Niesha (24): African-American. Niesha is very feisty. She’s carefree and careless. She’s been in some trouble before. She is also a receptionist at a veterinarian clinic.

To schedule an audition, submit headshot and resume to Director Patricia Golden at:

Weekly Notice

July 2-8, 2018
Summer Term Week #3

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  • UNION DISCOUNT:* Industry union members receive 10% OFF Summer Term Classes. Present your membership card in the registration office or email a copy to
  • INTAKE AUDITION / CONSULTATIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty FRIDAY JULY 6 from 4-6pm. 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.

*Discounts valid for Studio Classes only; not valid for workshop offerings, full-time programs, or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined or applied retroactively.


Hagen Core Training

Year-long conservatory training
New Core Director: Mark Blum!
September 17, 2018 – June 7, 2019 (3 terms)
(Now eligible for college credit transfer!)

Hagen Teacher’s Lab 1 & 2

Week-long professional development consortia.Hagen Teacher’s Lab 1: August 6 – 11, 2018 | APPLY NOW!
Hagen Teacher’s Lab 2: August 13-18, 2018 | APPLY NOW!READ MORE


Clown for Actors

With Justine Williams
Thursdays | 6pm-8pm
July 19 – August 16 | $180READ MORE

Acting With Weapons

With Christian Kelly-Sordelet
Fridays | 4pm – 6pm
July 20 – August 17READ MORE

Advanced Shakespeare Scene Study

With Austin Pendleton
Mondays | 11:30am-2:30pm
July 23 – August 20 | $275READ MORE

Acting in Accent

With Amana Quaid
Tuesday | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
July 24 – August 21 | $205READ MORE

Voice Over: Cartoons & Videogames

With Theresa Buchheister
Saturdays & Sundays | 10:00am – 1:00pm
July 28-29 & Aug 4-5 | $205READ MORE

Tectonic Theater: Moment Work Intensive
(Method used to create The Laramie Project)

With Pablo Andrade and Jimmy Maize
Wednesdays | 6pm – 9pm
August 1-21 | $325*

*This is a subsidized rate, available to the HB Studio community.


Voiceover: Audiobooks

With Theresa Buchheister
Saturdays & Sundays | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Aug 11-12 & Aug 18-19 | $205READ MORE


Seeking Non-Union Actors and Non-Actors for an upcoming production at The Royal Court Theatre in London. Must be available the week of July 9 to film in NYC. Please submit headshot and resume along with confirmation of NYC location to with ROYAL COURT in the subject line.



Faculty News                                                         MEET OUR FACULTY

Austin Pendleton is directing THE  SAINTLINESS  OF MARGERY  KEMPE which will play at the Duke on 42nd Street July 5 – August 26, 2018.
Mark Nelson is currently the understudy for the role of Roy Cohn in the current Tony-Award winning revival of ANGELS IN AMERICA which runs through July 15, 2018.
Melissa Errico appears in ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER at the Irish Repertory Theatre June 15 – August 12, 2018.
Austin Pendleton will direct and star in his own Shakespeare adaptation, WARS OF THE ROSES; HENRY VI & RICHARD III beginning in August.

Mark Nelson is standing by for Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn in ANGELS IN AMERICA on Broadway at Neil Simon Theater, February 23 – July 15, 2018.

Fran Kirmser is producing back-to-school repeat performance of AMERICAN SCOREBOARD chronicling the Betsy Devos Confirmation Hearing for The Secretary of Education. There will be a reading at Arena Stage in The Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC September 17, 2018 at 6:00pm.

Mercedes Ruehl will perform on Broadway in TORCH SONG TRILOGY this October 2018, when the Second Stage Theater production transfers to Hayes Theater.

Robert McQueen has been deemed best director of FUNHOME at the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards.

Student and Alumni News

Ginger Grace appears in THE  SAINTLINESS  OF MARGERY  KEMPE at the Duke on 42nd Street July 5 – August 26.

Sarah Rose Kearns will appear in her own play, PERSUASION in a staged reading at the Actors Theatre of Louisville on July 14 2018.

John L Payne appears in Austin Pendleton’s Shakespeare adaptation, WARS OF THE ROSES; HENRY VI & RICHARD III throughout the month of August.

Nancy J (Elliott) Lilley is Director, Producer, Narrator and Lyricist of the feature documentary 4 DANCERS’ DREAMS. Screening at the New Hope Film Festival July 20-29, 2018.

Andrew R. Heinze‘s WOULD YOU LIKE A TISSUE? will be showing at the New Jersey Repertory Company, September 15 – September 30, 2018.



20 Change-Making US Artists You Should Track During 2018

“Pablo Helguera is a highly active, socially engaged artist working with installation, sculpture, writing, photography, drawing and performance. His work focuses in “history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd,” says his bio. He is also a published author and MOMA’s Director of Adult and Academic Programs in NYC. […continue reading] by Shawn Lent


The HB Studio Library is Open!

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 information on how to browse and check out a book, click here.

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Volunteer for Spring Clean Up 2018!

Spring Clean up is just around the corner: April 24-27, 2018.
It’s a tradition carried on from the start of HB Studio, created by its founders — a time to give back, enrich the building where you practice, and meet other actors.

Key Students and SAs are required to volunteer for one shift, and the rest of the HB community is encouraged and invited to pitch in as well!

Please sign up for shifts here.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!


An HB Rehearsal Space Residency Project
by Vincent Parker

Rehearsals: April through May 25th.
Performance Dates: May 26th and 27th 8PM at HB Studio.
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Recently separated Robert arrives at childhood friends’, Bill and Christine, suburban home looking for some answers. Instead of getting the answers he is looking for though, he discovers that his old friends are wrestling with a few questions of their own.

Characters: Continue reading →