HB Studio’s 75th Anniversary season celebrates the many singular artists, past and present, who are part of our storied legacy–from legends like Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen to contemporary artists such as Scott Ellis and Mercedes Ruehl. This year, our public programs feature the vibrant pool of actors and artists working at HB today, as they build upon the work and practices cultivated here over our 75-years.

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About HB Studio

HB Studio began in 1945 by founder Herbert Berghof, a noted Austrian Broadway actor and director, and a refugee from the Nazis. In the 1950s when opportunities closed for those on the Hollywood blacklist, Berghof and his partner, the renowned actress Uta Hagen, developed the Studio as a space that fostered creative and intellectual freedom, where artists could engage in ongoing practice.

HB has evolved as a sought-after haven for accomplished and aspiring theater artists. Our students, faculty and alumni form a vibrant community of notable and emerging talents. Today, HB serves nearly 6,000 people annually. Our constituents range in age from 9 to 90, and we are proud to welcome artists from all across the globe. Through the years, we have kept true to our mission to provide opportunity and support to actors, playwrights, and directors, through subsidized classes, financial aid, and affordable access to workspace.

We support the makers and creators that drive the theatre forward. We do so by nurturing their artistic development and sustaining a diverse, challenging, and supportive community that expresses the social, moral, and political realities of the world in which we live.

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 The HB DIAMOND JUBILEE GALA at Tribeca Rooftop

is postponed until November 11, 2020.

Celebrate HB’s 75th Anniversary along with generations of remarkable HB artists, alumni, colleagues, and friends. Proceeds support HB Studio’s world-renowned training, development, and scholarship programs for emerging and professional artists.

More details and invitation to follow. Stay tuned!

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Upcoming Events

Join us for special activities planned throughout the year, including readings, public conversations, showcases, and more, happening at HB Studio and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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We value the dedicated leadership of our Co-Chairs and the generous support of our HB Artist Champions who make it possible to provide opportunity and affordable training for artists.

75th Anniversary Leadership

HB Artist Champions

  • Pablo Andrade

  • Jim Boerlin

  • Stephen Bogardus

  • Ted Brunetti

  • Katharine Cullison

  • Maria Fontanals

  • Leticia Thyra Ferrer

  • Samuel Groom

  • Rasa Allan Kazlas

  • Vincent Pastore

  • Amanda Peet

  • David Hyde Pierce

  • Carol Rosenfeld

  • Laila Robins

  • Trudy Steibl

  • Gus Solomons jr

  • Teresa Teuscher

Board of Directors

  • Edith Meeks

    Executive and Artistic Director
  • Marie-Louise Silva Stegall

  • Duncan Hazard

    Vice President
  • Cindy Curtis Nelson

    Vice President
  • Theodore S. Berger

  • Dr. Wallace Johnson

  • Richard Mawe

    President Emeritus
  • Alexander Bernstein

  • Donna de Matteo

  • Jessica Douieb

  • Dr. Jeffrey Gardere

  • Alison Lonshein

  • Cindy Curtis Nelson

  • Rochelle Oliver

  • Alan Pally

  • David C. Rich


Select workshops, classes, and events made possible by the generous support of:

  • The Bernstein Family Foundation
  • The Fredrick Loewe Foundation
  • New York Council on the Arts
  • NYC Cultural Affairs