Performing Arts Legacy Project

With Jac Ford & Paige Russo

Are you an Actor 62+ years of age interested in documenting your Legacy and Life’s Work? Are you someone interested in documenting the legacy of others? This Spring HB Studio offers this ten week workshop, pairing Actors 62+ years of age with Fellows, to walk each pair through the process of documenting the Actor’s legacy. Actors 62+ are invited to register, and those interested in being Fellows are invited to apply.

The Performing Arts Legacy Project (PAL) is an initiative of the Research Center for Arts and Culture at The Actors Fund. PAL celebrates the contributions of our older actors by supporting them to document their own careers in an online platform that can serve as a shared theater history and educational resource. HB Studio is participating in the PAL project to document the work of our talented faculty & alumni, partnering them with selected student fellows.

We will work closely with actors/alumni 62+ years of age who have worked professionally in film, TV, and theatre in the United States and abroad, and pair them with a student Fellow, to create digital profiles that will be published on

Over the course of ten weeks, we will train Actors and their Fellows to design, produce, and launch their websites implementing the Actor’s own personal vision to represent their lifelong career legacy, which can include, but is not limited to, oral histories, video and audio life reviews, representation of memorabilia (such as programs and photos), and production timelines. The webpage will be an open archival resource to be used to celebrate the legacy of the Actor and will be available to the public for future educational, non-commercial use.

All Actors and Fellows will meet once a week for two hours for group sessions with their partners. They will also have the opportunity to build new relationships with fellow actors through PAL-related social activities during these sessions.

For Actors: In a world where many times actors don’t have legal rights over their own work, PAL allows you to control how your story-legacy is told now and for future generations to come while also receiving valuable technology education and fostering new comraderies.

For Fellows: Work side by side with experienced Actors as you help them tell their story. Fellows receive free enrollment in one HB Studio class for the following term (Winter Term 2020)!

Required Materials: Fellows and Actors will need to bring laptops with them, but if they do not have computer access, please let us know.

*Please review registration prerequisites before enrolling (on the right-hand side of this page on desktop or below on mobile).

If you are an actor over 62+, who would like to be interviewed as part of the project, please feel free to sign up by clicking the “sign up” link below.

However, if you would like to participate as a fellow, this workshop requires a submission. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis, first-come, first-served. (Former PAL Fellows need not apply.) Apply online: here.