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.

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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. Offerings include Acting classes, Voice and Speech classes, Movement classes, Musical Theater classes, Playwriting classes, Directing classes, and acting classes for Young People. 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 Spring Term! Browse WEEKLY CLASSES and register online.
  • You can still join Late Winter Classes & Workshops: 5-week (Part B) offerings run February 10-March 15. Browse offerings and register online.
  • Registration for WORKSHOPS is ongoing – check back regularly for new offerings!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Register by March 5th with code SPRING20W to save 10% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes.

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members receive 20% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes when registering by March 5th. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, present your active union membership card in the registration office or email a copy to

*Discounts valid for Classes only; not 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: 2019-2020

  • FALL: September 9 – November 17, 2019 | Registration opens August 1, 2019
  • WINTER: January 6 – March 15, 2020 | Registration opens November 1, 2019
  • SPRING: March 16 – May 31, 2020 | Registration opens Feb 5 (No class April 21 – 26, May 25)
  • SUMMER: June 13 – August 23, 2020 | Registration opens May 1, 2020 (No class July 4&5)

The Uta Hagen Institute Schedule: 2019-2020

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.