Weekly Notice

HB Studio
Weekly Notice
SEPt 28 – Oct 4

Late Fall (Part B) Classes & Workshops

All Classes Offered Online, in two 5-week Parts:

  • Part A: Sep 14 – Oct 18, 2020
  • Part B: Oct 19 – Nov 22, 2020

You may join Part B classes without taking Part A. 

Browse Classes and Register Online. Classes available in:

All classes will be held online via Zoom, allowing artists to train from any location. We encourage you to try virtual learning with us by auditing a class.

*Industry Union Members receive 20% OFF Fall Term 2020 classes through August 31, 2020, and 10% off thereafter. Discounts valid for studio classes only; not valid for 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. Union discount available to AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members.

Upcoming Workshops:

The Uta Hagen Institute

Events & Performances

Student Resources

Voting & Advocacy

New York General Election – Nov 3, 2020

Early Voting: Oct 24, 2020 – Nov 1, 2020

Voter Registration Deadlines

Postmarked by Fri. Oct 9, 2020
Post received by Wed. Oct 14, 2020
In-Person Request by Fri. Oct 9, 2020

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: In-Person Request by Mon Nov 2, 2020
Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot: In-Person, Received by Wed Nov 4, 2020

See the election dates and deadlines for your state.


Not sure if you are registered? Take a few minutes and verify your registration status.


Find all the information you need to vote in your state.


Absentee voting in New York state

During COVID-19, all New York State voters are eligible to use the “temporary illness” excuse due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

To request an absentee ballot in New York, submit a request online through the state portal. You can also submit a request to your local county board of elections by email, by fax, or in person, or mail a paper application or letter to your county board of elections. The application must include your original, non-digital signature if submitted by mail.

Absentee voting in other U.S. states

Learn more about absentee voting in your state or request an absentee ballot.

COVID-19 Voting information

Get COVID-19 information from your state government here.

Early Voting

New York offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 10 days before the election. Learn more about voting early in your state.

Know Your Rights

Voter ID Laws

ID is not required to vote in New York, with the exception of federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requirements for first-time voters. Learn about voter ID laws in your state.

Voter Rights

Your voting process should run smoothly but in the event that it does not, make sure you’re aware of your rights. ACLU has a guide with what to do according to several possible problematic scenarios, including voter intimidation, lack of accessibility, or if your English is not fluent. 

Get Involved

Become a poll worker

Because of COVID-19, New York is experiencing a critical shortage of poll workers. Historically, 55% of all New York’s poll workers are over the age of 60, making them especially vulnerable to the pandemic. This has resulted in a significant need for poll workers who are willing and able to assist with the administration of in-person voting during the November 3rd general election. Help New York vote by becoming a poll worker

Gov. Cuomo is letting jobless New Yorkers become poll workers for the upcoming election without losing their unemployment benefits. Learn more.

Get Your Friends To Vote

Join young people across the country and in your own community! Help register and engage young voters, create and share important information, defend our voting rights, and take action on the issues that impact our lives.

Host a Voter Registration Event

Help make an impact by registering voters (registration drive toolkit included).

Advocacy & Assistance

Join the call to support additional federal aid

A federal plan is in motion to provide Americans further relief, which includes additional unemployment, rental assistance, food, and childcare benefits. Call or email Congress to tell them about how COVID-19 has changed your life, for example your housing, services, health, school, or work. Every call and email matters.

health insurance special enrollment

The deadline for health insurance special enrollment has been extended through December 31, 2020. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, or by connecting with a free enrollment assistant.

Community News

Information listed under Community News may be out-of-date as theaters have closed and public gatherings have been limited. We want to acknowledge the outstanding work from our Faculty, Students, and Alumni. Please continue to keep us updated with your activity and news.

Faculty News

Magaly Colimon stars as Antoinette Pierre in the upcoming Netflix show GRAND ARMY, which premieres on October 16, 2020.

Snezhana Chernova is a member of The Literary Theater Dialogue, which was nominated for the prestigious award INTERNATIONAL STAR OF THEATER, 2020 in the category BEST RUSSIAN THEATER ABROAD. Cast your votes here.

Jessica Hecht stars as Carol in Season 2 of the TV show THE BOYS.

Russell G. Jones stars in HERE WE ARE by Nikkole Salter as part of the weekly Theatre for One: Here We Are series which runs on Thursdays through September 24, 2020. Read the New York Times review.

Joy Coronel is dialect coaching a Williamstown Theatre Festival radio play that is being recorded by Audible.

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

Paul Pryce was interviewed by HowlRound for their series SEGAL TALKS, featuring a discussion on the situation for theatre artists in New York City.

Austin Pendleton stars in the dark comedy PAINT, the 2020 Dances with Films Festival prize winner. A December 15, 2020 video on-demand release is planned for the U.S.

Tina Benko, who was nominated for Best Guest Actress (Drama) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama for her performance, stars in THE REHEARSAL, available to stream now. 


Jackson Moran appears in THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, currently streaming on HBO.

Laura Esterman appears in a new 6-part HBO series, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, with Mark Ruffalo. The show premiered on April 27.

Alumni & Student News

Amanda Enzo performs in FIRST DAY from Eden Theater Company’s The Living Room Plays.

Youlim Nam‘s film ACTING IS MY DESTINY is available to watch on YouTube.

John Varina performs and directs in DOOMED TO LIVE, Theare68’s 9th Annual One Act Festival, Tuesday evenings at 8PM EDT.

Cynthia Granville performed in CITY OF WOMEN at the Hudson Theatre Works Virtual Play Festival, streaming now on YouTube.

Anna Kaliuzhnaia, Ronan Colfer and Paulo Cartier star in the short film OUTSIDE THE LIGHTHOUSE, available now on Amazon Prime.

Justin Linville is set to star as a series regular opposite Chelsea Holmes, Sam Straley and Seann William Scott in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot THIS COUNTRY.

Ryan Czerwonko‘s film SYBARITIC, inspired by the short stories of Tennessee Williams, is available on the Ugly/Handsome Films YouTube channel.

Sabrina Spencer can be seen in GODFATHER OF HARLEM, Season 1, Episode 1, opposite Forest Whitaker, and in THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, Season 3, Episodes 5 and 8.

George Pappas appears in Episode 2 of the TV show MRS. AMERICA, entitled GLORIA, streaming now on HULU.

Denise Ivanoff appears in The Playground Experiment’s reading of WRONG NUMBER, streaming now.

Randy Schein plays the role of Dr. Stanley Ferris on CBS-TV’s BULL, airing Monday nights at 10pm.

Andrew R. Heinze‘s monologue from his new full-length play SHYLOCK THE FIRST will be published in BEST MEN’S MONOLOGUES OF 2020 (Smith & Kraus).

Judy Rosenblatt is featured in the first episode of the 10 episode series HUNTERS, with HB Alum Al Pacino, streaming now on Amazon Prime.

Pat Dwyer becomes the first actor ever tasked with playing all 3 of the kings (Claudius, Player King and Ghost) in a movie of Shakespeare’s HAMLET, available now on Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube.

Robert James Hickey is featured in Episode #6 of Season 2 of the Netflix show THE POLITICIAN, streaming now. 

Nobue Takizawa is a featured actor in Gary Go’s official music video LOVE LOST FREEDOM FOUND.


Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?
Police Violence and Resistance in the United States

What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?

In a collection of reports and essays (the first collaboration between Truthout and Haymarket Books) police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures are explored. The book also makes a compelling and provocative argument against calling the police.

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