Weekly Notice

Weekly Notice

HB Studio
Weekly Notice
Oct 26 – Nov 1

*Industry Union Members receive 20% OFF Fall Term 2020 classes through August 31, 2020, and 10% off thereafter. Discounts valid for studio classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends. Union discount available to AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members.

Upcoming Workshops

The Uta Hagen Institute

Events & Performances

Student Resources

COVID Resources

Sign up to reserve your free flu shot today!

Over 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year due to flu-related complications. Luckily, you can significantly reduce your risk of the flu by receiving your annual flu shot. The Actors Fund has partnered with Mount Sinai to offer free flu shots for those who are uninsured. Your flu vaccine will be easy, free, convenient and safe.

Sign up to reserve your flu shot today:

Dates: October 29, October 30, November 11, November 12
Time: 10 am-3 pm ET
Location: The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts
729 Seventh Avenue
12th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Pre-registration and appointment required. No walk-ins. Uninsured patients only. Make your appointment now.

Voting & Advocacy

New York General Election – Nov 3, 2020

Early Voting: Oct 24, 2020 – Nov 1, 2020

Voter Registration Deadlines

Postmarked by Fri. Oct 9, 2020
Post received by Wed. Oct 14, 2020
In-Person Request by Fri. Oct 9, 2020

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: In-Person Request by Mon Nov 2, 2020
Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot: In-Person, Received by Wed Nov 4, 2020

See the election dates and deadlines for your state.


Not sure if you are registered? Take a few minutes and verify your registration status.


Find all the information you need to vote in your state.


Absentee voting in New York state

During COVID-19, all New York State voters are eligible to use the “temporary illness” excuse due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

To request an absentee ballot in New York, submit a request online through the state portal. You can also submit a request to your local county board of elections by email, by fax, or in person, or mail a paper application or letter to your county board of elections. The application must include your original, non-digital signature if submitted by mail.

Absentee voting in other U.S. states

Learn more about absentee voting in your state or request an absentee ballot.

COVID-19 Voting information

Get COVID-19 information from your state government here.

Early Voting

New York offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 10 days before the election. Learn more about voting early in your state.

Know Your Rights

Voter ID Laws

ID is not required to vote in New York, with the exception of federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requirements for first-time voters. Learn about voter ID laws in your state.

Voter Rights

Your voting process should run smoothly but in the event that it does not, make sure you’re aware of your rights. ACLU has a guide with what to do according to several possible problematic scenarios, including voter intimidation, lack of accessibility, or if your English is not fluent. 

Get Involved

Become a poll worker

Because of COVID-19, New York is experiencing a critical shortage of poll workers. Historically, 55% of all New York’s poll workers are over the age of 60, making them especially vulnerable to the pandemic. This has resulted in a significant need for poll workers who are willing and able to assist with the administration of in-person voting during the November 3rd general election. Help New York vote by becoming a poll worker

Gov. Cuomo is letting jobless New Yorkers become poll workers for the upcoming election without losing their unemployment benefits. Learn more.

Get Your Friends To Vote

Join young people across the country and in your own community! Help register and engage young voters, create and share important information, defend our voting rights, and take action on the issues that impact our lives.

Host a Voter Registration Event

Help make an impact by registering voters (registration drive toolkit included).

Advocacy & Assistance

Join the call to support additional federal aid

A federal plan is in motion to provide Americans further relief, which includes additional unemployment, rental assistance, food, and childcare benefits. Call or email Congress to tell them about how COVID-19 has changed your life, for example your housing, services, health, school, or work. Every call and email matters.

health insurance special enrollment

The deadline for health insurance special enrollment has been extended through December 31, 2020. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, or by connecting with a free enrollment assistant.

HB Remembers

Dee Cannon, longtime acting teacher

HB notes with sadness the passing of British acting teacher, coach and director Dee Cannon, who trained countless notable actors including Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston and Cynthia Erivo. A student of Uta Hagen, Dee spent 17 years as a senior acting teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was instrumental in bringing Uta Hagen’s work to British training. Her late mother, Doreen Cannon, was a New York-born actress, director and head of acting at RADA and Drama Centre London, who also trained with Hagen and was a dear friend.

Community News

Information listed under Community News may be out-of-date as theaters have closed and public gatherings have been limited. We want to acknowledge the outstanding work from our Faculty, Students, and Alumni. Please continue to keep us updated with your activity and news.

Faculty News

Melissa Errico performed in the concert LOVE, DESIRE & MYSTERY alongside Adam Gopnik on October 14, 2020, now available to stream.

Dael Orlandersmith received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award for theater from the DDCF.

Magaly Colimon stars as Antoinette Pierre in the Netflix show GRAND ARMY, which premiered on October 16, 2020.

Jessica Hecht stars as Carol in Season 2 of the TV show THE BOYS.

Austin Pendleton stars in the dark comedy PAINT, the 2020 Dances with Films Festival prize winner. A December 15, 2020 video on-demand release is planned for the U.S.

Tina Benko, who was nominated for Best Guest Actress (Drama) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama for her performance, stars in THE REHEARSAL, available to stream now. 


Jackson Moran appears in THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, currently streaming on HBO.

Laura Esterman appears in a new 6-part HBO series, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, with Mark Ruffalo. The show premiered on April 27.

Alumni & Student News

Ginger Grace plays the lead in WEDDING MARCH, winner of PBS Reel 13 “Shorts” which was initially developed in Austin Pendleton’s class, now streaming online. She also performs in ALL MOTHERS WERE SUMMONED on October 27, 2020 and FESTIVE ATTIRE, alongside Albert Insinnia, on November 1, 2020.

Cheryl Bear performs in BEHIND CLOSED DOORS with Pablo Andrade on Facebook Live on October 30, 2020 and in THE GOBLET on October 31, 2020 with Theatre for the New City.

Lenore Loveman performs in the feature film PRINCE HARMING, currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Amanda Enzo performs in FIRST DAY from Eden Theater Company’s The Living Room Plays.

Youlim Nam‘s film ACTING IS MY DESTINY is available to watch on YouTube.

John Varina performs and directs in DOOMED TO LIVE, Theare68’s 9th Annual One Act Festival, Tuesday evenings at 8PM EDT.

Cynthia Granville performed in CITY OF WOMEN at the Hudson Theatre Works Virtual Play Festival, streaming now on YouTube.

Anna Kaliuzhnaia, Ronan Colfer and Paulo Cartier star in the short film OUTSIDE THE LIGHTHOUSE, available now on Amazon Prime.

Justin Linville is set to star as a series regular opposite Chelsea Holmes, Sam Straley and Seann William Scott in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot THIS COUNTRY.


Love While Challenging Racist Behavior

“Addressing micro-aggressions is challenging in all environments, however in the spaces we create and invite others to participate in, it is our responsibility to build the skills necessary to step up and interrupt these dynamics.”

Read the full article.