New York Times features Mercedes Ruehl and her HB students

Mercedes Ruehl Takes Weekly Strolls with her Acting Students - New York Times

Mercedes Ruehl, far left, chatted with Francesca Ferrara, her acting student, and Jim Kempner, a gallery owner. Gabriella Angotti-Jones/The New York Times

By Alexis Soloski
Oct. 12, 2018

“Do you want to ask me about acting?” Mercedes Ruehl said, holding her water bottle. “I also take questions on faith and morals.”

On a wet Wednesday afternoon, Ms. Ruehl, the Oscar– and Tony-winning actress who stars in the Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” (now in previews), had just exited her apartment on West 42nd Street and was marching toward the Hudson River.

Flanking her, with the full-body adoration usually reserved for pet dogs or cult members, were two of her longtime acting students: Francesca Ferrara and Nick Feitel…read more

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HB Studio Faculty and Alumni featured in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival!

SAPWStarring Austin Pendleton has been accepted in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival! The documentary film by HB Alumnus, David Holmes, features our very own faculty member Austin Pendleton. Footage was shot in Austin‘s classes at HB Studio over a period of a few years.

Starring Austin Pendleton, directed by Gene Gallerano and David H. Holmes. (USA) – World Premiere. The most famous actor you’ve never heard of; Austin Pendleton reflects on his life and craft while his A-list peers discuss his vast influence and what it means to be an original in a celebrity-obsessed world. Includes interviews with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Olympia Dukakis, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Also part of the Tribeca Film Festival short films lineup is the short film The Mulberry Bush, directed and written by Neil Labute which features our very own HB Alumnus Victor Slezak.

The Mulberry Bush, directed and written by Neil LaBute. (USA) – World Premiere. Two men sit next to each other on an autumn day in Central Park. They make small talk about the weather and the joys of summer. When the conversation turns personal, however, it becomes clear that this is no random encounter, and they are headed toward a startling confrontation.

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HB Studio Selected for Thomas Barbour Playwright’s Award Readings

March 11, 18, 25 at 7PM The Episcopal Actors’ Guild and HB Studio to Stage 2016 Thomas Barbour Playwrights’ Award Readings.

Readings will be held at Guild Hall at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016 (b/w Fifth Ave. and Madison Ave. – Trains: R/N @ 28th St.; 6 @ 28th St.)

Tickets: $10/EAG members/HB Students, $15/non-members (suggested donation). RSVP: (212) 685-2927 or


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