Professional Classes in the
Dramatic Arts

HB Studio offers professional classes in the dramatic arts for committed actors, directors, and playwrights—beginning and experienced—to hone their skills in a community of peers and mentors. In the spirit of our founders, Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof, we seek to foster an environment where creative freedom prevails and artists are challenged to take their work to the next level.

Weekly Classes

HB offers a progressive sequence of ongoing weekly classes, which meet for 10-week terms four terms a year. Offerings include Acting classes, Voice and Speech classes, Movement classes, Musical Theater classes, Playwriting classes and Directing classes. Choose one class at a time, or design your own part-time or full-time schedule. Browse classes in the navigation menu to the left (desktop) or below (mobile).


Special seminars and master classes are offered between terms, and a variety of short-term skill-building and professional development workshops are offered throughout the year.

Full-Time Programs

For those seeking a full-time training program, The Uta Hagen Institute at HB Studio offers The Hagen Core Training (one-year conservatory) and The Hagen Summer Intensive (6 weeks).


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Use code SPRING18W for 10% OFF Spring classes when registering by March 5. Don’t forget to mention the code in order to receive the discount if registering in person or by phone!

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Members can receive 20% OFF Spring classes when registering by March 5. Prior to registering, present your membership card in the registration office or email a copy to To utilize discount, register in person or by phone.

Term Dates: 2017-2018

  • FALL: Sept 11 – Nov 19, 2017 | Registration opens: Aug 1, 2017
  • WINTER: Jan 8 – March 18, 2018 | Registration opens Nov 1, 2017
  • SPRING: March 19 – June 3, 2018 | Registration opens Feb 5 (No class April 24 – 29, May 28)
  • SUMMER: June 13 – August 22, 2018 | Registration opens May 1, 2018 (No class July 4)

The Uta Hagen Institute Schedule:

The game of make-believe is a crucial game for the artist.

—Herbert Berghof

Ilse Pfeifer teaches speaking voice

About HB Studio Classes in the Dramatic Arts

For those just starting out or those seeking to reconnect with the basics, Level 1 classes are open to all without audition, placement, or prerequisite. Classes at Levels 2 and 3 build on the foundational skills addressed at Level 1. For those at an advanced level of training and for the professional actor seeking a place to work out, renew, stretch, and explore, we offer ongoing classes at the Studio Practice Level. Level 2, Level 3, and Studio Practice acting classes require audition or placement.

Actors interested in intensive, fast-track, full-time training in the dramatic arts are encouraged to apply for the Uta Hagen Institute’s one-year Core Training or 6-week Summer Intensive program. In these programs, you train as an ensemble in a rigorous, integrated sequence of daily classes.

HB Studio also offers classes in Playwriting, Directing, and acting classes for kids and teens aged 9 and up. Performance opportunities are extended to advanced actors free of charge through a series of 5-week Performance Labs. The Studio also offers opportunities for playwrights, directors, and actors to collaborate on readings and works-in-progress performance projects.

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