Faculty News

Faculty News


Fred Weller performs in the upcoming Amazon Prime series, Better Sisters with Elizabeth Banks and Jessica Biel.

Jessica Hecht will be back on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in Eureka Day by Jonathan Spector, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Coming Fall 2024.

Magaly Colimon-Christopher directs Searching for Abuelo, written/performed by Gretchen Suarez-Pena will be performed at Theatre Row on June 13 at 8 pm as part of the 2024 Downtown Urban Arts Festival. Use discount code: halfDUAF for 50% off tickets.

Jack Vincent Moran performs in Zero Day, streaming soon on Netflix.

Laila Robins and Mark Nelson perform in a one-night performance of Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House with Gingold Group. Performance is on May 20 at 7:00pm.

Magaly Colimon-Christopher‘s company Conch Shell Productions’ is now distributing short films previously screened at Conch Shell International Film Fest via www.Hoopladigital.com on their new channel – CSIFF CHANNEL. Hoopladigital is a FREE digital library service that offers movies & more to public library patrons. HooplaBingepass is available to library card holders in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

Paul Pryce is invited as a special guest to attend the inaugural Cross Continental Co-Production Forum (CFF) in Barbados and Trinidad. This forum brings together media executives and high level producers from Canada, UK, South Africa, and several Caribbean countries, aiming to encourage collaboration, business development, and co-productions. This year’s focus will be ‘Decolonizing the co-production process for the benefit of the Global South.’

Snezhana Chernova is performing in Dialogue Theater’s Life is Sad, Life is Beautiful in dedication to the 125th Anniversary of Vladimir Nabokov’s birthday. Performances run April 26 & 27 at HB Playwrights Theatre.

Executive & Artistic Director, Edith Meeks and Ilse Pfeifer will be presenting on theater process and the actor’s art of embodying a role. The idea is to share knowledge about mind-body connections. Our co-presenter, Joseph Roach, will be speaking about Eloquence and Happiness at Yale University’s International Symposium on Embodied Cognition.

Lucille Lortel Award’s 2024 Nominations was announced on April 4. Christopher Abbott was nominated for Outstanding Lead Performer in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and Frank Wood Outstanding Featured Performer in Toros.

Stephen DeRosa performs in the blockbuster Off-Broadway production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

In conjunction with Coward 125, a celebration of the 125th birthday of Noël Coward, HB Board Member Alan Pally has curated MEN ABOUT TOWN: AL HIRSCHFELD DRAWS NOËL COWARD, an online exhibition presented by the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.

Maria Fontanals and her creative team in RADOJKA at Repertorio was nominated as Best NY Hispanic Production at Talia Premios Gala in Madrid, Spain.

Nehassaiu deGannes performs in the THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND at Shaw Festival in Ontario, Canada. Runs June 12–Oct 12.

Christopher Abbott plays Alfie Blessington in The Oscar-winning film, POOR THINGS.

Austin Pendleton is directed the 25th Anniversary of his play ORSON’S SHADOW at Theater for the New City. Runs through Mar 31.

Theresa McElwee is the dialect coach for Off-Broadway’s OH MARY! by Cole Escola at Lucille Lortel Theatre. The dark comedy play has been extended to May 12.

David Maurice Sharp‘s A BELL FOR MAURY’S BICYCLE won a 2024 First Place Book Award in the Children’s Books category from BooksShelf.

Magaly Colimon-Christopher directs The Tank NYC’s premiere of SEARCHING FOR ABUELO an award winning solo play written & performed by Puerto Rican artist Gretchen Suarez-Pena. Performances are March 5, 6, 7, & 9th 7pm. Use promo code: CSP5 for a $5 discount.

Theresa Buchheister and Ryan William Downey received an OBIE AWARD for their work with The Brick Theatre.

Lonny Price directs the North American Tour of a reimagined version of PETER PAN, additional materials provided by Larissa FastHorse. Christian Kelly-Sordelet coordinated the Fight Choreography.

David Deblinger performs in a RAYNE, a play he co-wrote with Ben Snyder, plays at Stella Adler’s Center for the Arts. Runs Feb 2–24.

David Deblinger will guest star in upcoming episodes of POWER BOOK III: Raising Kanan on STARZ and AMERICAN HORROR STORIES on HULU.

Mark Nelson performs in THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at Harmon’s Hall in D.C. Runs Feb 22–Mar 24.

Austin Pendleton performs in Tennessee Williams’s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA at The Pershing Square Signature Center, The Irene Diamond Stage. Runs through Feb 25.

David Maurice Sharp‘s children’s book about financial literacy, A BELL FOR MAURY’S BICYCLE won a 2023 Royal Dragonfly Book Award in the Picture Books 6 & Older category.

Jermaine Rowe is the Associate Director of WATCH NIGHT, an immersive exploration of justice and forgiveness in the face of deadly rage. Performing at Perelman Performing Arts Center on Nov 3–18.

Christopher Abbott performs in DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Lucille Lortel Theatre. 10 Week of performances starting Oct 30.

David Maurice Sharp‘s children’s book about financial literacy, A BELL FOR MAURY’S BICYCLE is available on Amazon.

Jermaine Rowe‘s new play LEGEND OF THE ROLLING CALF: A DUPPY STORY is a selection for The Team’s Petri Projects.

Jean-Marc Berne is the narrator for the audiobook of THE DEVIL TAKES YOU HOME by Gabino Iglesias.

Keith David voices Commander Zavala in the DESTINY 2.

Magaly Colimon‘s short film I MARRIED A BLACK REPUBLICAN, directed by Pat Golden was selected as part of New York Women in Film & Television’s 6th Annual Online Shorts Festival presented by iWomanTV!

Rachel Christopher perform on Broadway at MTC’s production of JAJA’S AFRICAN HAIR BRAIDING. Run begins Sept 12.

Francesca Ferrara will play Melanie Harper, a melanoma survivor, in the new play ONION SKIN at the Capital Fringe Fest in Washington, DC. Runs July 16–21.

Snezhana Chernova performs (in Russian) THE HUMAN VOICE by J. Cocteau as a part of the Equation with Two Unknowns performance.

Daniel Carlton‘s play HIDDEN INSIDE, co-written with Nambi E. Kelley and directed by Christopher Burris is featured in Keen Teen’s Festival Of New Work. Runs May 19–21.

Jessica Hecht is nominated for a Tony for Lead Actress in a Play in SUMMER, 1976.

David Maurice Sharp is featured in the podcasts THE TABLE READ and STOCKS FOR BEGINNERS.

PlayCo produces Sarah Einspanier‘s play LUNCH BUNCH. Performs at 122CC, runs Mar 15–Apr 15.

Lorraine Serabian directs a reading of THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL by Horton Foote on March 11, 7pm, at Studio 353 (353 West 48th Street). The cast features HB Artists: Letty Ferrer, Damian Graham, Michelle Leicht, Steve Saracino, Elena Clark, Louis Sciancalepore, and Gavin McDonough. Free admission.

Mark Blum‘s short film, AUDITION TO HELL, directed by George Port, featuring Austin Pendleton is now available to watch on Youtube. The short went on to the film festival circuit, winning 5 Best Animation Awards, 3 Honorable Mentions, and a Best Actor Award for Mark.

Jessica Hecht performs in David Auburn’s SUMMER, 1976 at Manhattan Theatre Club. Performances start Apr 4.

Jessica Hecht performs in Signature Theatre’s LETTERS TO MAX by Sarah Ruhl. Runs Feb 7–Mar 19.

Eduardo Machado directs the World Premiere of his new play NOT ABOUT ME at Theatre for the New City. Runs Jan 13–Feb 5. Features HB Artists: Charles Manning, Ellis Charles Hoffmeister, and Moshe Henderson.

Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki have been named the 2022 recipients of THE ASCAP FOUNDATION JAMIE deROY & FRIENDS AWARD, recognizing outstanding work and dedication to the craft of songwriting.

Snezhana Chernova performs in Dialogue Theater’s production of AT THE LIMIT OF FEELINGS at HB Playwrights Theater, 124 Bank Street Theater.

Snezhana Chernova is featured in LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME, EPISODE 301, playing the role of Mariel Marchenko.

Jessica Hecht returns to Arlekin Player’s THE ORCHARD premiering the production in Boston, Nov 4–13.

Lorraine Serabian directs 4-ONE ACT PLAYS by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, The Case of the Crushed Petunias, Hello From Bertha at Theatre Row on November 2–12. Special ticket offer: $18 tickets if you email: clareannelorenz@gmail.com to reserve.

Francesca Ferrara performs in Acting Out’s THIS IS THIS. August 19–21 in HB’s Playwrights Theater.

Magaly Colimon‘s film AFTERSHOCK: A TETRA OF OUR TIMES is having an online screening on July 30, 2022 at 2:00pm.

Craig MacArthur Dolezel‘s one-man show, MARROW by Brian Quirk, directed by Melissa Firlit. Performs 59E59’s East of Edinburgh Fringe July 12–14, before their run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

THE WILD ONE featured at Tribeca Film Festival is an autobiographical Documentary about the late Jack Garfein. World Premieres on June 11, and two additional screenings on June 14 & 19 at Village East by Angelika: Theater 1.

Austin Pendleton directs BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY by Stephen Adly Guirgis at Second Stage’s Hayes Theatre.

Austin Pendleton is nominated for an Outer Critics Circle’s “Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play” Award, for his role as Mr. Oldfield in THE MINUTES on Broadway.

Mark Nelson and Jessica Hecht perform in THE ORCHARD, a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Performances begin May 30.

David Deblinger‘s short play, HOT TEA is being produced as a film to be shot in late April.

David Deblinger is working on a new play called CHARNA RIVKA that will be read at LAByrinth’s barn series on Sunday 4/10 at 7pm.

David Deblinger
 booked a role on a few episodes of a new show on Paramount plus’s TULSA KING, produced by Sylvester Stallone, Taylor Sheridan(1883, Yellowstone) Terence Winter(Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos).

Peter Francis James plays Florenz Ziegfeld in FUNNY GIRL on Broadway.

Austin Pendleton performs in Steppenwolf’s production of THE MINUTES on Broadway. Performance begin April 2, 2022.

Barbara Bleier & Austin Pendleton‘s HOLIDAY HANGOVER performs on January 11, 2022.

Maria Fontanals is performing in LA VIDA ES SUEÑO at Teatro Círculo. Runs November 26-December 12, 2021.

Ben Mehl stars in Season 3 of YOU on Netflix—premieres October 15, 2021, and in the first episode you’ll find a beautiful tribute to Mark Blum.

Ashish Pant‘s film THE KNOT (ULJHAN), which he also directs, was selected in competition at the International Thai Film Festival, October 7-17, 2021 and the Heartland International Film Festival, September 17-30, 2021.

Steven Eng will perform in the original musical GOLD MOUNTAIN with Utah Shakespeare Festival this November, 2021.

Laura Esterman performs in THE WOMAN’S PARTY, streamed for free with Clubbed Thumb through September 23, 2021.

Ashish Pant‘s film THE KNOT (ULJHAN), which he also directs, was selected in competition at the Asian American International Film Festival, August 11-22, 2021 and the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati, August 5-August 21, 2021.

Vincent Pastore stars in the new film THE BIRTHDAY CAKE opposite Ewan McGregor, Val Kilmer and Shiloh Fernandez.

Robert Grusecki and Anya Turner published the book WORDS MATTER, a collection of their song lyrics, essays, monologues, and photographs.

David Deblinger performed in BACKSEAT, which he also wrote, with Labyrinth Theater Company, June 25-27, 2021.

Magaly Colimon‘s company Conch Shell Productions will produce RESERT SERIES 2021 on July 24 & 31, 2021.

Austin Pendleton directs the New York concert premiere of the new musical BLUE ROSES with York Theatre Company, October 18, 2021.

Ashish Pant‘s film THE KNOT (ULJHAN), which he also directs, was selected in competition at IFFLA, May 20-27, 2021, NYIFF, June 4-11, 2021 and Shanghai International Film Festival, June 11-20, 2021.

Jessica Hecht and Mark Nelson star in chekhovOS /an experimental game/ by Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab, now through June 24, 2021. Jessica Hecht also stars in Season 2 of SPECIAL.

Amanda Quaid‘s new one-act opera THE EXTINCTIONIST premiered with Heartbeat Opera in May and is available to stream online.

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