Faculty News

Faculty News


Magaly Colimon‘s play WATERFALL OF THE GODS was featured in the Planet Connections Zoom Fest on June 8, 2020. Her work will also be featured in the Fest’s presentation on June 29, 2020.

Joan La Barbara performed in the zoom opera ALL DECISIONS WILL BE MADE BY CONSENSUS, available to stream now.

Austin Pendleton directs a radio play rendition of Miller’s THE AMERICAN CLOCK with more than 30 Steppenwolf ensemble members, including John Malkovich and Laurie Metcalf. He will also perform.

Magaly Colimon‘s production company Conch Shell Productions, alongside HB Studio, hosts a virtual reading series AND OTHER DREAMS WE HAD, on April 24, 2020 at 7PM.


Steven Eng will portray Gordon Hirabayashi and 37 other characters in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at People’s Light in Malvern, PA, March 18-April 19, 2020.

Mark Blum is set to star as Professor Serebryakov in UNCLE VANYA at Berkshire Theatre Group, August 6-29, 2020.

Craig Dolezel performs in MARROW at Episcopal Actors Guild, February 20-29, 2020. HB folks get a discount with code EAGFRIENDS20 ($5.00 off).

Tina Benko is nominated for Best Guest Actress (Drama) for her performance in THE REHEARSAL by the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards.

Jackson Moran appears in THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA on HBO this year.

David Maurice Sharp is the choreographer for SPRING AWAKENING at Drew University, February 19-22, 2020.

Theresa Buchheister stars in SLEEPING CAR PORTERS by Ryan Downey at The Brick, December 5-14, 2019.

Snezhana Chernova performs in ON THE PARIS WAVE by Noble Prize winner Ivan Bunin and by contemporary writer Elena Dubrovina (Performed in Russian) at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theatre, November 16, 2019.

Julie McKee‘s two plays will be featured in readings: THE SECRET LIFE OF SEAWEED (Playmarket, New Zealand, Dec 2019; EST Satellite First Light, Jan/Feb 2019) and A HOLIDAY ON ICE IN A WARM CLIMATE (CCTA, 2019; Drama Discourse Society, Auckland, New Zealand, 2019; Theater im Kulturhaus Karistobahnof, Heidelberg, Germany, 2019; Imago Theatre, Montreal, Canada, 2019; Theatre Alliance, Kansas City, 2019; Climate Change Theater Action, Greenfield, Mass, 2019).

Lorraine Serabian directs MERCIFUL DELUSIONS, four, one-act plays by Tennessee Williams at Theater 54, with Nicole Gut, November 13-17, 2019.

George Bartenieff stars in OTHER THAN WE at La MaMa, November 21-December 1, 2019.

Tina Benko stars in EUREKA DAY at Walkerspace, August 29-September 21, 2019.

Mark Blum will star in FERN HILL at 59E59 Theaters. Performances begin September 10, 2019.

Jessica Hecht received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role as Karen in Netflix’s SPECIAL, which released on April 12.

Frank Wood joins the cast of THE GREAT SOCIETY, the sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play ALL THE WAY, set to arrive on Broadway this fall.

David Maurice Sharp‘s THE THRIVING ARTIST was named among Fupping’s list of books that every actor should read.

Austin Pendleton is featured in the film THE SOUND OF SILENCE opposite Peter Sarsgaard, releasing September 27, 2019. He will also continue his performance in LIFE SUCKS after a successful run at Wheelhouse Theater Company, now at Theatre Row through September 1, 2019.

Frank Wood appears this summer in A HUMAN BEING OF A SORT at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, June 26 – July 7, 2019.

Austin Pendleton is featured in the new documentary, FIDDLER: MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, about the origin story and staying power behind the musical that became an international hit, in select theaters beginning August 23, 2019.

Christian Kelly-Sordelet is the fight director for THE THREE MUSKETEERS at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Performances began June 12.

David Deblinger will appear in an episode of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. The series is currently streaming on Amazon.

Laura Esterman will appear in a new 6-part HBO series, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, with Mark Ruffalo. A release date is yet to be announced.

Christian Kelly-Sordelet is the fight director for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Paper Mill Playhouse. Performances begin May 29, 2019 and will run through July 3, 2019.

Maria Fontanals will perform at the opening of the play EL ESPACIO ENTRE MEDIAS, by Fernando Travesi and directed by Marcia Bella, at Julia de Burgos, May 10-11, 2019.

Mercedes Ruehl will star in the movie HUSTLERS coproduced by Jennifer Lopez and written/directed by Lorene Scafaria. Filming on the project began March 22 and a release date is yet to be announced. Mercedes Ruehl will also star in the World Premiere of SAFE SPACE at Bay Street Theater, June 25–July 21.

Jessica Hecht will star as Karen in Netflix’s SPECIAL, due for release April 12.

Russell G. Jones will star as Looper in the new CBS cop drama pilot TOMMY from Paul Attanasio.

Peter Francis James will star as Barack Obama in the Broadway production of HILLARY AND CLINTON, opposite Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, opening April 18, 2019.

Maria Fontanals received a 2019 Latin ACE Award for Best Drama Actress for her performance in EL DIVÁN.

American Scoreboard, co-produced and co-created by Fran Kirmser, will feature performances of a reading that originated at HB Studio, at Detroit Public Theatre, March 2 and 3, 2019.

Mark Blum appears in the Netflix original thriller YOU, streaming now.

Austin Pendleton performs in the Broadway premiere of CHOIR BOY from the Manhattan Theater Club at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, now through February 24, 2019. Read the announcement by The New York Times.

Snezhana Chernova performs the role of Mademoiselle Duclos in The Metropolitan Opera’s ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, November 30 – January 26, 2019.

Congratulations to Melissa Errico on the release of her new album, SONDHEIM SUBLIME, on November 2, 2018!

Congratulations to Mercedes Ruehl on Ben Brantley’s Nov 1, 2018 rave review in the New York Times on her performance in TORCH SONG TRILOGY, at Hayes Theater.

Frank Wood appears in NETWORK, on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Previews begin Nov 10, 2018.

Paul Pryce won two major awards for his original television series SERPENTS MOUTH at the Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab, ‘The Big Pitch,’ at the Toronto International Film Festival. Pryce’s pitch for SERPENTS MOUTH was voted Best Pitch by a panel of judges and received the People’s Choice Award from an audience of media and industry professionals at the event.

David Maurice Sharp choreographs The F#@%ING WRIGHT BROTHERS at FringeNYC, October 16-23, 2018. Don’t miss David’s upcoming workshop, Show Me the Money: Financial Empowerment for Artists, starting October 20, a five week class offered for just $25.

David Deblinger has been cast in a guest starring role opposite Forest Whitaker in a new limited series called, THE GODFATHER OF HARLEM, on Epix.

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity has nominated Magaly Colimon-Christopher‘s play THE HUNTING SEASON for a number of awards including: Outstanding Playwright of a Play (New Script) Outstanding Direction of a Play Outstanding Production of a Play Outstanding Projection Design Outstanding Sound Design Outstanding Lead Actress Outstanding Supporting Actress; Outstanding Lead Actor  Outstanding Supporting Actor Outstanding Featured Actor Outstanding Ensemble.

Laura Esterman returns to HB teaching a new Scene-Study – Studio Practice class on Monday afternoons.  Laura won Best Actress Awards for her film CAN HITLER HAPPEN HERE at both the Brooklyn & Chelsea Film Festivals.

Jessica Hecht returns teaching another new Scene-Study – Studio Practice class on Thursdays after an extensive Broadway tour.

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