The Hagen Core Training

The Hagen Core Training is a full-time one-year training program for actors who seek full immersion in the practice of their craft. Taught over three terms by world-class faculty/practitioners, this program offers an integrated progressive curriculum of essential classes: Acting Technique, Scene Study, Script Analysis, Movement, Alexander Technique, Voice, and Speech. Now eligible for college credit transfer!*

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Hagen Core Training program will be offered as a hybrid program, held online, with the option of select in-person classes. Choose to take the entire program remotely, or attend some classes in person. During the first term all classes will be held exclusively online, except for Acting Technique class which will meet in small groups, 2-4 afternoons a week at HB Studio. The in-person classes will be offered online for remote students. HB Studio will continually assess the situation as the pandemic progresses to determine whether and at what point additional in-person classes can safely resume during the second and third terms. For those who choose, the entire program can be taken remotely for all three terms.

The program will follow CDC, OSHA, and NYS/NYC guidelines for businesses, standards established by the actors’ unions, and the best practices of our theater and university partners.


  • Term 1: Jan 4-March 12 (Orientation: Sunday, Jan 3, 2021)
    Mon-Fri,  9:30am-4pm
  • Term 2: March 22-May 28
    Mon-Fri,  9:30am-3:30pm
  • Term 3: June 7-Aug 13
    Mon-Fri,  9:30am-4pm


  • Apply Now for The Hagen Core Training 2021
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

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(includes $50 non-refundable application fee)
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For your audition please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues, three-minutes each. Auditions will be held online via Zoom conferencing. After submitting your application, you will be contacted to schedule your audition.


  • An affordable full-time one-year Actor Training program taught by world-class faculty/practitioners
  • An integrated progressive curriculum of essential classes: Acting Technique, Scene Study, Script Analysis, Movement, Alexander Technique, Voice and Speech
  • Rooted in the advanced teachings of Uta Hagen, you will probe, practice, stretch, risk, fail, play truthfully and find the courage not to settle for cliché or imitation
  • A safe place where you live in a state of constant discovery


  • You are prepared to train within a creative environment that will be constantly demanding artistic excellence
  • You seek and can commit to full immersion in furthering your practice
  • You are ready to meet yourself in your work


  • Respect for the collaborative art and craft of acting
  • Knowledge of your responsibility in the work, to your colleagues, to yourself and to the audience
  • A solid approach to creating a role in the professional rehearsal situation
  • Security in your own process, ability and purpose
  • Greater physical and emotional stamina, flexibility and awareness


TUITION: $13,500


International students are welcome to apply for the Hagen Core Training. International students are required to obtain an F-1 visa to participate, and our International Student Advisors assist you with this process. For a listing of the required documentation to apply as an international student, please see the “International Students Only” section of the Hagen Core Training Application. This application form will allow you to upload all of the required documentation to apply as an international student. Questions? Email


The National College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated, and recommends, The Hagen Core Training for college credit transfer. The program has been evaluated as equivalent to 52 credit hours in undergraduate study. NCCRS recommendations are recognized by over 1,500 accredited colleges and universities nationwide. For more information, visit