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Remembering Richard Mawe (1929–2022)

HB notes with sadness the passing of our President Emeritus, Dr. Richard Mawe. We join Richard’s family in sharing this remembrance of a life well lived.

Richard “Dick” Mawe, brother, uncle, companion, professor, castmate, colleague, and friend, died peacefully on October 7, 2022 at 93 (DOB 4/16/29). Richard was born and raised in West New York, New Jersey, where he attended St. Joseph’s grammar & high schools. He went on to receive BS (1950) and MS (1951) degrees from Fordham University, a PhD in Biology from Princeton University (1955) and served four years as a Flight Physiologist in the US Navy. An instructorship at Columbia University was followed by an appointment to the faculty of Hunter College, where he was elected chairman of the Department of Biology in 1965 and remained in that position until President Donna Shalala selected him as the Dean of Sciences and Mathematics. In 2001, Hunter College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of his achievement in the acquisition, expansion and development of minority science programs sponsored by the NIH and the recruitment of minority scientists in support of those programs, as well as national recognition for the establishment of the college’s prestigious Center for the Study of Gene Structure and Function (currently The Center for Translational and Basic Research for Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Health Outcomes).

While pursuing his career in academia, Richard’s free time was consumed by his love for the stage. As early as 1956, Richard began classes at HB Studio in New York City, where he developed a close personal relationship with HB’s founders, Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen – initially as student, and eventually as a teaching colleague. In 1987, having already achieved a career’s worth of professional success in science and administration at Hunter, Richard chose early retirement from his deanship to pursue acting full time, while continuing his affiliation with HB. Over the several decades that followed, Richard appeared in films, television and many theater productions (member: Actors’ Equity and Screen Actors Guild). Richard’s most notable films include Rounders, Nobody’s Fool, The Human Stain, Alice, and Small Time Crooks. His theatrical body of work includes 50 Years of Caddying and Trying at the Gloucester Stage Company, Eye of God with Theatre East, and Harvest along with the Off-Broadway productions of The Crucible, Inherit the Wind, Proof, and You Can’t Take It With You. Regional work includes the Boston Theatre award-winning production of Death of a Salesman, King Lear with Harvard, Orphans with Julliard, and Made in Heaven at the American Jewish Theatre. Richard was honored with Laurette Taylor Award by Theatre East in 2017.

While pursuing his acting career, Richard continued to focus his time on students, becoming keenly aware of the needs and challenges facing theater artists. In 1990, following the passing of Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen appointed Richard Vice President of the Board of Directors of the HB Playwrights Foundation, a not-for-profit artistic organization created by Herbert Berghof in 1965. Richard assisted Ms. Hagen in her efforts to establish the HB Studio as a not-for-profit organization, an effort that was accomplished prior to her death in 2004. Richard then served as President of the Board until 2013, and as an active President Emeritus until his death. Never losing his quest for knowledge, Richard spent his final months in class pursuing a course in writing at the 92nd Street Y.

Able to entertain an entire room, Richard built strong individual relationships and positively impacted countless lives. He is predeceased by his parents William & Anna (nee: Kane), his long-term partner Grace Konrad, and his siblings William (wife Agnes) & Virginia. He is survived by his brothers Robert (wife Leila deceased), and John (wife Elizabeth deceased), nephews Bill, Jim, Tom, Bob, John (wife Lisa), niece Cathy D’Urso (husband Anthony), great-nieces Tara & Katie Colleen, great-nephew Aidan, and many friends who cherished him.

Register Now for Winter Term Classes & Workshops!

Winter Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers you the opportunity to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Winter Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% OFF Winter Term Weekly Classes with code WINTER23W, valid through Nov 30, 2022. NOTE: APPLYING MULTIPLE DISCOUNT CODES IS PROHIBITED. You are prohibited from using the Early Bird Discount code when receiving a Union Discount.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Winter Term Weekly Classes through Nov 30 and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org. NOTE: You are prohibited from using the Early Bird Discount code when receiving a Union Discount. 

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

*Those participating in-person in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes

**Discounts valid for weekly 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. APPLYING MULTIPLE DISCOUNTS IS PROHIBITED.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

More In-Person Classes Added this Fall! Register Now for Fall Term Weekly Classes & Workshops

Fall Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers you the opportunity to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Fall Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% OFF Fall Term Weekly Classes with code FALL22W, valid through Aug 31, 2022. NOTE: APPLYING MULTIPLE DISCOUNT CODES IS PROHIBITED. You are prohibited from using the Early Bird Discount code when receiving a Union Discount.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Fall Term Weekly Classes through Aug 31 and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org. NOTE: You are prohibited from using the Early Bird Discount code when receiving a Union Discount. 

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

*Those participating in-person in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes

**Discounts valid for weekly 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. APPLYING MULTIPLE DISCOUNTS IS PROHIBITED.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

HB INSIGHT SERIES

HB Studio, est. 1945, is a globally recognized training studio with the privilege of working with artists from all over the world. Our HB Insight Series episodes feature a variety of these artists and focuses on the question: what lies beyond the work we see? What was the journey that this artist took to get to where they are? Within each of these stories is a love letter written for all artists and the audiences that appreciate them.

You can catch the series on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Vimeo, and Youtube!

Episode 3: Ashley Olive Teague & Gwen Kingston

Artist-in-Residency, Ashley Olive Teague and Playwright, Gwen Kingston, share with us the development of their residency project: DICK, excavating the iconic text of Moby Dick and telling stories from womxn, and non-binary folx perspective. Not to mention their work with Notch Theatre Company in helping communities through art.

Host: Francesca Ferrara

Episode 2: Richard Hoehler

Richard Hoehler discusses his company, ACTING OUT: a theatre that offers professional training, practice, and performance opportunities for the formerly incarcerated. Each participant in ACTING OUT experienced the transformative value of a theatre program while in prison and wish to continue their training upon release.

Co-Host: Richie Dang
Host: Francesca Ferrara

Episode 1: Ben Mehl

It’s our first episode! Long time student and now-instructor, Francesca Ferrara is joined by co-host and HB Alumni, Yessi Hernandez as they talk to Movement & Core Instructor, Ben Mehl about how he got his start in acting, becoming a teaching artist, and his vision- all leading to his role in season 3 of Netflix’s You.

Co-Host: Yessi Hernandez
Host: Francesca Ferrara

Creative Team
Production Manager: Melisa Kucevic
Audio Technician: Gabriel Robinson
Graphics Design: Claudia Quintero
Composter: Zaq Latino
Editor: Josiah Smiley
Producer: Frank Nicholas Poon & HB Studio

Register Now for Summer Term – Part B classes start July 19!

Summer Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers you the opportunity to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Summer Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% OFF Summer Term Weekly Classes with code SUMMER22W, valid through May 31, 2022.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes through May 31 and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly 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.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

It’s Not Too Late to Register for Spring Term Part B!

Spring Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers you the opportunity to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Spring Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes with code SPRING22W, valid through March 5, 2022.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes through March 5th and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly 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.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

Winter Part B Classes & Workshops Start Feb 15: Register Now!

Winter Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers the opportunity for new and existing students to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Winter Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 10% OFF Winter Term Weekly Classes. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly 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.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

Register Now for Fall Term Weekly Classes & Workshops

Fall Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers the opportunity for new and existing students to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Fall Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% off Fall Term Weekly Classes with code FALL21W, valid through August 31, 2021.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Fall Term Weekly Classes through August 31 and 10% off thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly 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.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

Fall Term registration will open on August 8th

Dear HB Studio Community:

HB Studio will delay the opening of its Fall Term registration by one week, until Sunday, August 8th (originally scheduled to open on August 1st).

We’re taking some time to process new reporting this week on the highly contagious Delta variant strain of the coronavirus that is now dominant among cases in the U.S., and which data suggest can be harbored and transmitted by vaccinated people.

The current state of the pandemic is one of heightened risk and your safety is our top priority. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to this ever-changing situation. Throughout the pandemic we have followed recommendations and industry standards established by the CDC, New York State and NYC, and we will continue to do so.

HB Studio will hold both online and in-person classes, beginning in the Fall Term 2021. Information on these plans can be found here, and additional details about in-person activity and safety protocols will be shared when registration opens.

Sincerely,

HB Studio

An Update on HB Studio’s Reentry Onsite

Dear HB Studio Community:

As businesses start to open and life begins to resemble a new version of normal, HB Studio is working diligently to re-enter our home on Bank Street. We are pleased to share an update on these plans with you.

Our ability to make a full return is contingent on many uncertain variables, and decisions regarding plans for in-person activity take much into consideration, including your valued feedback. We are eager for the day that we will gather together again and look forward to beginning the first steps toward that return.

Beginning in Fall 2021, HB Studio will:

  • hold our 2021-2022 Hagen Core Training program onsite and gradually reintroduce select onsite Studio classes at reduced capacity.
  • continue to offer a suite of Studio classes and workshops online.
  • require those enrolling in onsite classes at HB Studio to be vaccinated*
  • require all those entering the premises at HB Studio to be masked, except when presenting or performing work in class, or as industry best practices dictate.
  • ask those onsite to adhere to social distancing measures.

HB Studio will continue offering a Hybrid Program for its F-1 International Students. We are also pleased to extend the opportunity to our 2021 Hagen Core Training cohort to join together in completing their program in person onsite next month. 

The return to our spaces will be gradual, with priority given to our full-time programs and to classes that most require in-place work to benefit our students. We have acknowledged the limitations of learning in the virtual environment and are working to bring offerings that focus on acting technique, scenes, and movement back to our spaces as soon as possible. We expect that the classes best suited for the online space, such as our speech and writing classes, will continue online. 

Though some businesses are now able to operate at full capacity, our situation requires more care. We are currently working to test and update our ventilation and heating systems. The number of classes we will be able to reintroduce onsite will depend on the speed and progress of that work. Our scene, vocal and body work is often intimate and physical. This type of work requires further caution. We are continuing to follow New York State, New York City, CDC, and union workplace safety guidelines as they relate to best practices for theater and classroom settings.

To establish a safe environment, HB Studio will require vaccinations of all faculty, students and staff that enter our spaces. This requirement affords us greater ease in performing our work without the impediment of masks. Masks will be required, when not performing, at all other times when on the premises. HB Studio will also encourage those onsite to adhere to social distancing measures.

If you haven’t yet done so, we urge those that are able to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others, and to support a quicker return to in-person activity. The Actors Fund can help schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for members of the performing arts and entertainment community. Walk-up and at-home vaccines are also available to most residents in NYC.

HB has experienced significant losses from the COVID-19 shutdown and the reopening effort is costly. We are relying on our community to rally together to support our return. If you would like to make a contribution to help us get back on Bank Street, you may do so here. We are grateful for any gift you are able to give to ensure HB Studio remains a vital and resilient resource for the global theater community.

What a journey this online experiment has been! In the virtual space, we have formed an expanded cultural exchange of ideas and community. We are thankful for this discovered gift and for the renewed perspective it provides us in our work. We intend to keep a virtual classroom and will continue to seek opportunities for creative cross-cultural exchanges, now and in the future.

If you haven’t yet done so, we encourage you to give online learning a try. HB Studio offers the opportunity for new and existing students to audit any of our online weekly classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Many of our students have expressed their surprise at how impactful and meaningful the online classes have been for them. 

As the pandemic situation and our understanding of it continues to evolve, we will remain agile in our response. Please keep in touch with us and look for more updates on our reentry plans. We will share more detailed information on our reentry as the Fall Term approaches.

Stay well and enjoy your summer! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

HB Studio

*Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.