Fall 2023 Independent Study Showcase

Fall 2023 Independent Study Showcase of works, featuring Dayoung Ahn, Martha Argyriou, Ching-Tse (Kevin) Cheng, Anna Delova, Christine Elmo, Juan Jose Mojica, Mio Nakanishi, Burak Tatar, Anya Zhang. These artistic works were developed under the guidance of Snezhana Chernova.

November 20 at 6:00pm

at HB Playwrights Theatre
(124 Bank Street, New York)


Dayoung Ahn, born in South Korea, is a christian artist and actor/musical actor. Since 2022 Dayoung has been indulging herself at HB Studio in New York to stretch and explore more as a human being. She loves to worship and praise and singing gospel.

Martha Argyriou is an actress from Greece. She performed many plays in Greece. She lived in London for five years where she was part of Drama Classes London. Her last show with them was Midsummer’s Night Dream (Bottom). In 2022, she moved to New York where she did the summer conservatory at Stella Adler. She also completed the core program at HB Studio.

Ching-Tse (Kevin) Cheng is a Taiwanese actor based in New York City. Prior to coming to HB Studio, he has trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. This is his second year at HB, and he is really enjoying scene study and on-camera classes here. Ching-Tse is passionate about telling stories that highlight genuine human connections and beautiful moments of life even in the midst of hardship and challenges.

Anna Delova is an artist from Minsk, Belarus. Anna has studied at Stella Adler and HB Studio.

Christine Elmo (she/her) spent most of her childhood in Lexington, Kentucky before moving to New York. One of her degrees is a BFA in Dance Performance where she also studied acting and art in addition to her dance studies. Since 2014 she has studied at HB Studio, intermittently. She has studied and likes improvisation in both dance and acting. Having studied dance for so long, it is her starting point for seeing and interacting with anything in the world. She is grateful to be studying at HB Studio and with Snezhana Chernova.

Juan Jose Mojica is a Colombian actor based in NYC. He is new to writing dialogue for the theater. Juan is thankful to his professors and peers at HB for the attentive feedback and cultivation of his work.

Mio Nakanishi is from Japan. A Musical theater performer/singer/actor/dancer of Japanese traditional dance. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and Ballet Arts in NYC and Osaka College of Music in Japan. This is her second year of HB studio. Her favorite classes are Ms.Lorraine’s Acting the Song and Scene Study. She loves going to see all Broadway shows and lots of other musicals and plays in NYC.

Burak Tatar is originally from Türkiye, Istanbul, Based in New York City since 2008, Multi-Award-Winning Filmmaker, Stage Director, and Actor trained at HB Studios, taught by Legendary Artists; Austin Pendleton, Jack Hofsiss, and Jack Garfein. Recently teamed up with Vincent Pastore helping him at this acting workshops as well as collaborating on Film and Theatre projects together since 2020. Recently, latest project Prime Real Estate screened at the Picture’s Up Film Festival at the Lee Strasberg Studio in LA, selected by the Jury President Tony , Pulitzer and Academy Award Winning Writer Director John Patrick Shanley, and East Coast Premiere at the Bowery Film Festival Nov 8th. His upcoming Short Film; One Last Gig starring Vincent Pastore, Austin Pendleton and Terry Gibson will be filmed later this year.

Anya Zhang is a non-binary multilingual actor, visual artist and writer from China and currently based in New York City. Graduated from Stella Adler Studio of Acting and currently being trained at HB Studio. Former psychology/art therapy student. Visual artist and writer. Also has dancing and singing trainings. Recent credits include Smart People (theatrical), would you set the table if I ask you to (theatrical), Teen Tourble in Dirty Jersey (short film), This Could be Heaven (short film).

Snezhana Chernova graduated from Russian State Institute of Performing Arts (LGITMIK). She studied with the legendary Uta Hagen in New York. She taught at the LGITMIK, Danish Theater school GITIS Scandinavia and Trinity/La Mama of Performing Arts of Trinity College. She currently teaches Acting 1 at HB Studio. Snezhana is a leading actress with Literary Theater Dialogue, New York. She is happy to work with young artists and help them to develop their talents and be creative.

HB Studio’s programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.