“I encourage actors who take my classes: to take initiative, to leave their comfort zone, to be open and responsive to suggestion, to respect and strive to live up to the demands of the craft of acting, to serve the play, to collaborate, to experience the joy and power and importance of language, to accept that developing their skill and personal process requires a steady practice over a lifetime, and to find the ability to live with doubt and still keep going, to play, to risk, to build their emotional, psychological and physical stamina, and to remain always curious, not knowing what might happen next.”
Teaching: HB Studio since 1968. Created the Hagen Institute’s Six Week Summer Intensive, Core One Year Training and Hagen Teacher Training Lab and served as the first Director of The Hagen Institute 2010-2014. Fulbright Specialist: La Escuela del Actor in Montevideo, Uruguay and the Polish National Film School in Lodz. Master Classes: Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Calgary, Copenhagen, Barcelona, London and Melbourne, Australia. Rutgers (New Brunswick), The National Theatre of the Deaf, The National Theatre School of Canada, The Shaw Festival (Niagara on the Lake). Author: ACTING AND LIVING IN DISCOVERY: A WORKBOOK FOR THE ACTOR, and The Hagen Technique chapter in TRAINING OF THE AMERICAN ACTOR. Acting: 13 P, HB Playwright’s, Guthrie Theatre, the Cape Playhouse, the NJ Shakespeare Festival, Whole Theatre Co., Jewish Rep, Counterpoint Theater, Writer’s Theater, NY City Opera. TV: AS THE WORLD TURNS and THE GUIDING LIGHT. Directing: THE ROAD TO MECCA, SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, PICNIC, COLLECTED STORIES, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, THE MILLIONAIRESS, THE INCA OF PERUSALEM, and original works at the HB Playwright’s Foundation Theatre in NYC. B.A., Univ. of Penn.; M.A., Columbia. Trained with Uta Hagen and Alice Spivak.