Classes in the Dramatic Arts

In the spirit of its founders, Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof, HB Studio offers 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 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.

Register now for Spring Half-Term classes, starting in April & May!

2016-2017 STUDIO CLASS TERM SCHEDULE  – All terms are 10 weeks:
Fall Term: Sept 12 – Nov 20, 2016 | Registration opens:  Aug 1, 2016
Winter Term: Jan 9 – March 19, 2017 | Registration opens: Nov 1, 2016
Spring Term: March 20 – June 4, 2017 (no class April 25 – 30, May 29) | Registration opens: Feb 6, 2017
Summer Term: June 13 – Aug 22, 2017 (no class July 4) | Registration opens May 1, 2017

The Hagen Summer Intensive:  June 19 – July 28, 2017
The Hagen Teacher Training Lab: July 31 – August 5, 2017
The Hagen Core Training: September 18, 2017 – June 8, 2018 (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.

To download a PDF of our Course Catalog, click here: HB Course Catalog – Spring 2017

UNION DISCOUNT: For Spring Term Registration, AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Members will receive 10% off classes when registering for Spring Term. To receive a union discount, you must present your membership card in the registration office, or email a copy to*

*Discounts not valid for workshop offerings, cannot be combined, and cannot be applied retroactively. They can not be applied to products sold by HB Studio (yoga mats, dvd’s, books, etc).

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

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 are encouraged to apply for the 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 and Directing, and classes for Young People 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.