HB Recommends: Virtual Performances, Discussions, and Opportunities for Artists

Now more than ever we need engagement and support. In this time of isolation, we encourage you to stay connected and engaged with the field and with your craft. HB Studio has compiled a list of online performance opportunities, live-streamed performances, discussions with artists, and events for actors and theater-makers to explore. We will continue to update our list of recommendations as more opportunities become available (last updated May 29, 2020).

The HB Studio ACTS OF LOVE Performance Lab presents “Why” and “The Gift”

The HB Studio ACTS OF LOVE Performance Lab presents “Why,” an original song, and “The Gift,” an original story, in a series of segments that include music, movement, story, and comedy all loosely inspired by the theme “Acts of Love.”

HB Teacher Carol Rosenfeld on Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises

HB Teacher Carol Rosenfeld discusses Uta Hagen’s Physical Destination and Fourth Side Object Exercises for actors, as explored in the bestselling acting textbook A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR.

#BlueLightSeries reading of FOR THE LOVE OF LINA from Conch Shell Productions

In partnership with HB Studio, Conch Shell Productions presents another #BlueLightSeries reading of a new play written by Magaly Colimon-Christopher and directed by Andi Chapman. Starring: Christin Eve Cato, Sarah Marable, Mateo Moreno and Lucille Vasquez.

Original Cast Album: Company Documentary to Stream in June on Criterion Channel

D.A. Pennebaker’s long-unavailable documentary film ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM: COMPANY will stream internationally starting Monday, June 15, on the Criterion Channel. The film looks at the making of the COMPANY cast recording, with HB Alum Elaine Stritch.

HOLA Talks

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) presents a series of webinars and discussions for actors and performance artists on topics ranging from screenwriting to social media management for artists. HOLA Talks are offered weekly.

Film Forum presents MEPHISTO

The 1981 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film MEPHISTO, by Hungarian master István Szabó, concerns a passionate but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved. Sparkling new 4K restoration by the Hungarian Film Fund. Stream now.

Artist Forum: Cancer Survivors Share Advice on Isolation

Nancy Giles, Evan Handler, Dan O’Brien, Michael O’Keefe and Victor Slezak create a forum where cancer survivor’s share what they’ve learned from self isolation. All of these talks can be found on Victor Slezak’s channel.

Opéra de Paris Dancers present a Quarantine Dance

The dancers from the Paris Opera present a dance in tribute to the essential workers fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Spotlight on Plays

Broadway’s Best Shows presents Spotlight on Plays, a new series of one night only livestream readings of Broadway’s best plays, benefiting The Actors Fund.

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

A musical tribute to Stephen Sondheim with HB Teacher Melissa Errico and many, many others, available to stream on YouTube.

“Songs of Comfort” by Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki

Singer-songwriters HB accompanist Robert Grusecki and his wife Anya Turner serenade you with “Songs of Comfort” to keep calm during the quarantine.

Play at Home

Playwrights and theater companies from across the country have teamed up to create 30+ mini-plays that you can perform at home.

HB Connects: Recommendations from HB Teacher Francesca Ferrara

#HBConnects is a new series that features the many voices of HB – alumni, faculty, students, friends and colleagues. This week, we highlight Francesca Ferrara, actress and teaching artist at HB Studio.

Francesca Ferrara’s Book Recommendations:

Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays by Tina Packer

Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare’s Roles for Women by Harriet Walter