Professional Classes in the
Dramatic Arts

NOTICE: Until we are able to resume classes at the Studio, HB Studio is holding all classes online via Zoom. (Hybrid study options are available for F-1 International Students).

Classes are in NYC’s Eastern Time Zone.

Before your first online class, please review the resources provided on “Using Zoom” at Online Acting Classes.

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.

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Weekly Classes

HB offers a progressive sequence of ongoing weekly classes, which meet for 10-week terms four terms a year. All online classes (except writing classes) are offered in two 5-week parts (Part A & Part B) which can be taken independently or together.

Offerings include:

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 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).


  • Register Now for SUMMER TERM 2021!
    • All Classes Offered Online, in two 5-week Parts: With the exception of our playwriting and directing classes, all Summer Term classes are offered in two 5-week parts, Part A and Part B. A $15 discount will apply when registering for both parts:
      • Part A: June 12* – July 18, 2021 (No classes June 19; July 3-4, 2021)
      • Part B: July 19 – Aug. 22, 2021
      • *Saturday classes start June 5
      • Sign up for either Part A or Part B independently (5 weeks each), or join both for the full 10-week term. You may join Part B without taking Part A. 
  • Registration for WORKSHOPS is ongoing – check back regularly for new offerings.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Save 10% off Summer Term Weekly Classes with code SUMMER21W, valid through May 30, 2021.

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Summer Term Weekly Classes through May 30 and 10% off thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to

*Discounts valid for weekly 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.

Term Dates: 2021

  • WINTER: January 4 – March 14, 2021 | Registration opens November 1, 2020
  • SPRING: March 15 – May 30, 2021 (no class April 19-25) | Registration opens February 5, 2021
  • SUMMER: June 12 – August 22, 2021 (no class July 3 & 4)| Registration opens May 1, 2021
  • FALL: September 13 – November 23, 2021 (no class Oct 11 & Nov 2) | Registration opens Aug 1, 2021

The Uta Hagen Institute Schedule: 2021-2022

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

—Herbert Berghof

Ilse Pfeifer teaching speaking voice class and clowning dramatic arts
Ilse Pfeifer teaching speaking voice and clown

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. The Studio also offers performance opportunities for playwrights, directors, and actors to collaborate on readings and work-in-progress productions.

Before You Register

We strongly encourage all students to acquaint themselves with the policies regarding refunds, credits, and transfers before registering for classes. Students may audit classes prior to enrollment. There are no refunds or credits once you register and the class is under way, except in the case of serious illness or withdrawal for military service. Requests for these exceptions must be made within three weeks of the first day the student is absent from class.

Registration with HB Studio is non-transferable.

Read more about HB Studio’s Policies at Registration & Policies.