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 July 10, 2020).

Newly Launched: RESET Theatre Coalition

Conch Shell Productions, in collaboration with Braata Productions and Kumu Kahua Theater, has formed RESET Theatre Coalition, which is committed to presenting new works by American playwrights – of African, Caribbean, Native American,  Latin American, Central American, Asian, European, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Polynesian descent – that will inspire a RESET in America.


HB Teacher Melissa Errico released TWO SPRING SONGS FOR SUMMER available to listen on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.

Watch PERISCOPE by Ryan William Downey, directed by Theresa Buchheister

HB Teacher Ryan William Downey‘s play PERISCOPE, directed by HB Teacher Theresa Buchheister, will be presented along with OUT (123.73) by The Million Underscores (and featuring HB Teacher Michelle Uranowitz) on July 12, 2020.

Webinars from The Actors Fund

Join The Actor’s Fund for a webinar on career uncertainty amid the pandemic on Wednesday, July 15.

SEGAL TALKS: Paul Pryce: an update on the situation for theatre artists in New York City

Watch the interview with HB Teacher Paul Pryce, from the HowlRound TV network which aired at 12PM EST on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Austin Pendleton discusses Scene Study Classes on Zoom with American Theatre

With ‘The Minutes’ on hold, Pendleton is passing time with ‘The American Clock’ and Zoom scene study classes at HB Studio. Read the interview.

Lorraine Hansberry’s LES BLANCS Available for Home Streaming

An archival recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s LES BLANCS, directed by Yaël Farber, will stream beginning July 2. This rarely seen drama confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution when a family and a post-colonial African nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity. Danny Sapani, Sheila Atim, Siân Phillips, and Tunji Kasim star. More details on the National Theatre at Home lineup here.

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.

HB Connects: Recommendations from HB Student Amanda Enzo

#HBConnects is a new series that features the many voices of HB – alumni, faculty, students, friends and colleagues. This week, we highlight Actress and HB Student Amanda Enzo.

Voices of a People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove
Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration-and How to Achieve Real Reform by John Pfaff
The Birth of Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of Stephen Foster by Rhae Lynn Barnes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Black Women’s Representation in Classic Hollywood Cinema, a presentation by Amanda Enzo
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, a 2015 film by Stanley Nelson Jr.
A Huey P. Newton Story, a 2001 film by Spike Lee
Time: The Kalief Browder Story, a 2017 Netflix docuseries
When They See Us, a 2019 Netflix miniseries
American Son, a 2019 film by Kenny Leon
Malcolm X, a 1992 film by Spike Lee
Who Killed Malcom X?, a 2020 Netflix docuseries