Professional Classes in the
Dramatic Arts

In the spirit of its founders, Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof, 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. We seek to foster an environment where creative freedom prevails and artists are challenged to take their work to the next level.

For actors, HB offers a progressive curriculum of ongoing weekly classes in Acting, Voice, Speech, Movement, and Musical Theater. Choose one class at a time, or design your own part-time or full-time schedule. Special seminars and master classes are offered between terms, and a variety of skill-building and professional development workshops are offered throughout the year.

For those seeking a full-time training program, we offer the Uta Hagen Institute’s one-year Core Training and 6-week Summer Intensive program.

Register now for Winter Term classes! Winter Term will run January 8 – March 18, 2018

UNION DISCOUNT: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Members can receive 10% OFF Winter Term Classes. To receive a union discount, you must present your membership card in the registration office, or email a copy to*

2017 – 2018 STUDIO CLASS TERM SCHEDULE  – All terms are 10 weeks:
Fall Term: Sept 11 – Nov 19, 2017 | Registration opens: Aug 1, 2017
Winter Term: Jan 8 – March 18, 2018 | Registration opens Nov 1, 2017
Spring Term: March 19 – June 3, 2018 | Registration opens Feb 5, 2018 (No class April 24 – 29, May 28)
Summer Term: June 13 – August 22, 2018 | Registration opens May 1, 2018 (No class July 4)

Hagen Summer Intensive:  June 24 – August 3, 2018
Hagen Teacher’s Lab: August 6 – 11, 2018; August 13 – 18, 2018
Hagen Core Training: September 17, 2018 – June 7, 2019 (3 Terms)

WORKSHOPS  are held year-round and are always open for registration.

AUDITIONS for new students seeking advanced placement are held monthly.
AUDITS: Observe a class for $20! Call 212-675-2370 Ext. 1 for details.

Download a PDF of our Course Catalog Winter 2018

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

—Herbert Berghof

A photo of voice teacher Ilse Pfeifer giving an adjustment to a student in Speaking Voice class

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.

Students 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, students 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 students 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.)