Faculty News



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.

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

Marsha Mason stars in LITTLE GEM with Irish Repertory Theatre, April 27-May 9, 2021.

Snezhana Chernova performs in the independent film WHO KILLED PUSHKIN? produced by independent film company JUMP ROOM FILMS that is currently in post production.

Laura Esterman performs in THE WOMAN’S PARTY with Clubbed Thumb, April 22-May 6, 2021.

Mercedes Ruehl will star in Guild Hall’s 90th season celebration, beginning May 23.

Jessica Hecht performs in PERIOD PIECE, consisting of 36 monologues by 36 different playwrights, April 12-26. She is also set to star in Season 2 of SPECIAL.

Ashish Pant directs THE KNOT which is featured at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as an Official Selection, International Competition, March 31-April 10, 2021.

Marsha Mason directs JERICHO with New Normal Rep, March 4-April 4, 2021.

Amanda Quaid‘s play CIRCUMSTANCES AFFECTING THE HEAT OF THE SUN’S RAYS was presented as the opening reading at the 2021 First Light Festival on February 25, 2021.

Russell G. Jones stars in the world premiere of the new audio play DIGGING IN THE DARK by Pearl Cleage, which released on February 26, 2021.

Marsha Mason stars in SORRY, WRONG NUMBER with Keen Company at 7pm on February 15, 2021.

Theresa Buchheister and Ryan William Downey present THE EXPONENTIAL FESTIVAL, a month-long festival in January dedicated to New York City-based emerging artists working in experimental performance.

Joan La Barbara portrays Honorata in ONLY YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THE SIGNAL, available for streaming through Here Art Center until February 17, 2021.

Peter Francis James is currently filming and will star in upcoming episodes of THE GODFATHER OF HARLEM.

Jessica Hecht stars in the new indie film THE ATLANTIC CITY STORY.

Russell G. Jones stars in the new radio play RETREAT from National Black Theatre, November 19-22, 2020.

Dael Orlandersmith will have her solo show UNTIL THE FLOOD rebroadcast beginning November 15, 2020 as part of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Fall 2020 virtual lineup.

Melissa Errico performed in the concert LOVE, DESIRE & MYSTERY alongside Adam Gopnik on October 14, 2020, now available to stream.

Dael Orlandersmith received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award for theater from the DDCF.

Fran Kirmser produces Florencia Iriondo’s SOUTH, scheduled to premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on October 14, 2020.

Snezhana Chernova performs in DIALOGUES WITH MEMORY on October 15, 2020.

Magaly Colimon stars as Antoinette Pierre in the upcoming Netflix show GRAND ARMY, which premieres on October 16, 2020.

Jessica Hecht stars as Carol in Season 2 of the TV show THE BOYS.

Russell G. Jones stars in HERE WE ARE by Nikkole Salter as part of the weekly Theatre for One: Here We Are series which runs on Thursdays through September 24, 2020.

Snezhana Chernova is a member of The Literary Theater Dialogue, which was nominated for the prestigious award INTERNATIONAL STAR OF THEATER, 2020 in the category BEST RUSSIAN THEATER ABROAD. Cast your votes here.

Joy Coronel is dialect coaching a Williamstown Theatre Festival radio play that is being recorded by Audible.

Melissa Errico released TWO SPRING SONGS FOR SUMMER available to listen on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.

Magaly Colimon‘s Conch Shell Productions, in collaboration with Braata Productions and Kumu Kahua Theater, has formed RESET Theatre Coalition, which is committed to presenting new works by American playwrights – of African, Caribbean, Native American,  Latin American, Central American, Asian, European, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Polynesian descent – that will inspire a RESET in America.

Ryan William Downey‘s play PERISCOPE, directed by Theresa Buchheister, will be presented along with OUT (123.73) by The Million Underscores (and featuring Michelle Uranowitz) on July 12, 2020.

Paul Pryce was interviewed by HowlRound for their series SEGAL TALKS, featuring a discussion on the situation for theatre artists in New York City.

Magaly Colimon‘s play WATERFALL OF THE GODS was featured in the Planet Connections Zoom Fest on June 8, 2020. Her work will also be featured in the Fest’s presentation on June 29, 2020.

Joan La Barbara performed in the zoom opera ALL DECISIONS WILL BE MADE BY CONSENSUS, available to stream now.

Austin Pendleton directs a radio play rendition of Miller’s THE AMERICAN CLOCK with more than 30 Steppenwolf ensemble members, including John Malkovich and Laurie Metcalf. He will also perform.

Magaly Colimon‘s production company Conch Shell Productions, alongside HB Studio, hosts a virtual reading series AND OTHER DREAMS WE HAD, on April 24, 2020 at 7PM.


Steven Eng will portray Gordon Hirabayashi and 37 other characters in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at People’s Light in Malvern, PA, March 18-April 19, 2020.

Mark Blum is set to star as Professor Serebryakov in UNCLE VANYA at Berkshire Theatre Group, August 6-29, 2020.

Craig Dolezel performs in MARROW at Episcopal Actors Guild, February 20-29, 2020. HB folks get a discount with code EAGFRIENDS20 ($5.00 off).

Tina Benko is nominated for Best Guest Actress (Drama) for her performance in THE REHEARSAL by the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards.

Jackson Moran appears in THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA on HBO this year.

David Maurice Sharp is the choreographer for SPRING AWAKENING at Drew University, February 19-22, 2020.

Theresa Buchheister stars in SLEEPING CAR PORTERS by Ryan Downey at The Brick, December 5-14, 2019.

Snezhana Chernova performs in ON THE PARIS WAVE by Noble Prize winner Ivan Bunin and by contemporary writer Elena Dubrovina (Performed in Russian) at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theatre, November 16, 2019.

Julie McKee‘s two plays will be featured in readings: THE SECRET LIFE OF SEAWEED (Playmarket, New Zealand, Dec 2019; EST Satellite First Light, Jan/Feb 2019) and A HOLIDAY ON ICE IN A WARM CLIMATE (CCTA, 2019; Drama Discourse Society, Auckland, New Zealand, 2019; Theater im Kulturhaus Karistobahnof, Heidelberg, Germany, 2019; Imago Theatre, Montreal, Canada, 2019; Theatre Alliance, Kansas City, 2019; Climate Change Theater Action, Greenfield, Mass, 2019).

Lorraine Serabian directs MERCIFUL DELUSIONS, four, one-act plays by Tennessee Williams at Theater 54, with Nicole Gut, November 13-17, 2019.

George Bartenieff stars in OTHER THAN WE at La MaMa, November 21-December 1, 2019.

Tina Benko stars in EUREKA DAY at Walkerspace, August 29-September 21, 2019.

Mark Blum will star in FERN HILL at 59E59 Theaters. Performances begin September 10, 2019.

Jessica Hecht received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role as Karen in Netflix’s SPECIAL, which released on April 12.

Frank Wood joins the cast of THE GREAT SOCIETY, the sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play ALL THE WAY, set to arrive on Broadway this fall.

David Maurice Sharp‘s THE THRIVING ARTIST was named among Fupping’s list of books that every actor should read.

Austin Pendleton is featured in the film THE SOUND OF SILENCE opposite Peter Sarsgaard, releasing September 27, 2019. He will also continue his performance in LIFE SUCKS after a successful run at Wheelhouse Theater Company, now at Theatre Row through September 1, 2019.

Frank Wood appears this summer in A HUMAN BEING OF A SORT at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, June 26 – July 7, 2019.

Austin Pendleton is featured in the new documentary, FIDDLER: MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, about the origin story and staying power behind the musical that became an international hit, in select theaters beginning August 23, 2019.

Christian Kelly-Sordelet is the fight director for THE THREE MUSKETEERS at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Performances began June 12.

David Deblinger will appear in an episode of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. The series is currently streaming on Amazon.

Laura Esterman will appear in a new 6-part HBO series, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, with Mark Ruffalo. A release date is yet to be announced.

Christian Kelly-Sordelet is the fight director for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Paper Mill Playhouse. Performances begin May 29, 2019 and will run through July 3, 2019.

Maria Fontanals will perform at the opening of the play EL ESPACIO ENTRE MEDIAS, by Fernando Travesi and directed by Marcia Bella, at Julia de Burgos, May 10-11, 2019.

Mercedes Ruehl will star in the movie HUSTLERS coproduced by Jennifer Lopez and written/directed by Lorene Scafaria. Filming on the project began March 22 and a release date is yet to be announced. Mercedes Ruehl will also star in the World Premiere of SAFE SPACE at Bay Street Theater, June 25–July 21.

Jessica Hecht will star as Karen in Netflix’s SPECIAL, due for release April 12.

Russell G. Jones will star as Looper in the new CBS cop drama pilot TOMMY from Paul Attanasio.

Peter Francis James will star as Barack Obama in the Broadway production of HILLARY AND CLINTON, opposite Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, opening April 18, 2019.

Maria Fontanals received a 2019 Latin ACE Award for Best Drama Actress for her performance in EL DIVÁN.

American Scoreboard, co-produced and co-created by Fran Kirmser, will feature performances of a reading that originated at HB Studio, at Detroit Public Theatre, March 2 and 3, 2019.

Mark Blum appears in the Netflix original thriller YOU, streaming now.

Austin Pendleton performs in the Broadway premiere of CHOIR BOY from the Manhattan Theater Club at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, now through February 24, 2019. Read the announcement by The New York Times.

Snezhana Chernova performs the role of Mademoiselle Duclos in The Metropolitan Opera’s ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, November 30 – January 26, 2019.

Congratulations to Melissa Errico on the release of her new album, SONDHEIM SUBLIME, on November 2, 2018!

Congratulations to Mercedes Ruehl on Ben Brantley’s Nov 1, 2018 rave review in the New York Times on her performance in TORCH SONG TRILOGY, at Hayes Theater.

Frank Wood appears in NETWORK, on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Previews begin Nov 10, 2018.

Paul Pryce won two major awards for his original television series SERPENTS MOUTH at the Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab, ‘The Big Pitch,’ at the Toronto International Film Festival. Pryce’s pitch for SERPENTS MOUTH was voted Best Pitch by a panel of judges and received the People’s Choice Award from an audience of media and industry professionals at the event.

David Maurice Sharp choreographs The F#@%ING WRIGHT BROTHERS at FringeNYC, October 16-23, 2018. Don’t miss David’s upcoming workshop, Show Me the Money: Financial Empowerment for Artists, starting October 20, a five week class offered for just $25.

David Deblinger has been cast in a guest starring role opposite Forest Whitaker in a new limited series called, THE GODFATHER OF HARLEM, on Epix.

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity has nominated Magaly Colimon-Christopher‘s play THE HUNTING SEASON for a number of awards including: Outstanding Playwright of a Play (New Script) Outstanding Direction of a Play Outstanding Production of a Play Outstanding Projection Design Outstanding Sound Design Outstanding Lead Actress Outstanding Supporting Actress; Outstanding Lead Actor  Outstanding Supporting Actor Outstanding Featured Actor Outstanding Ensemble.

Laura Esterman returns to HB teaching a new Scene-Study – Studio Practice class on Monday afternoons.  Laura won Best Actress Awards for her film CAN HITLER HAPPEN HERE at both the Brooklyn & Chelsea Film Festivals.

Jessica Hecht returns teaching another new Scene-Study – Studio Practice class on Thursdays after an extensive Broadway tour.

Rasa Allan Kazlas  returns to HB after a year long hiatus while she created and directed ETCHED IN AMBER, a play based on Lithuanian poetry in Vilnius and Kaunas and continues to perform and develop SAND & SILENCE, a solo work about her experiences while performing in the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iran and Afghanistan. She will be teaching a Acting Improvisation Wednesday evenings.

Karen Ludwig
returns to HB teaching Scene Study 2/3 with Hagen Exercises on Wednesday afternoons.
Fran Kirmser is producing back-to-school repeat performance of AMERICAN SCOREBOARD chronicling the Betsy Devos Confirmation Hearing for The Secretary of Education. There will be a reading at Arena Stage in The Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC September 17, 2018 at 6:00pm.
Robert McQueen received the Outstanding Direction Award for Britta Johnson’s new musical, LIFE AFTER at Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards.Austin Pendleton is directing THE  SAINTLINESS  OF MARGERY  KEMPE which will play at the Duke on 42nd Street July 5 – August 26, 2018.
Snezhana Chernova appears in URAVNENIE produced by the Theater of Russian Actors (TRACT) at Ripley-Grier Studios on June 28, 2018. The two one acts will be performed in Russian.Austin Pendleton appears in STARTING HERE at Pangea June 21 – 28, 2018.Snezhana Chernova appeared in ABOVE THE BARRIERS at the International Theater Festival in Berlin, Germany, June 8, 2018 – June 12, 2018.Melissa Errico appears in ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER at the Irish Repertory Theatre June 15 – August 12, 2018.

Robert McQueen has been deemed best director of FUNHOME at the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards.

Laura Esterman appeared in an Equality Forum presentation of Pick Up Performance Co(s) production of 217 BOXES OF DR. HENRY ANONYMOUS, in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association honoring the 45th anniversary of the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness. At the Baryshnikov Arts Center, May 3-11, 2018.

Austin Pendleton appears in Nina Kethevan’s DRESS OF FIRE at 13th Street Repertory Theatre, April 19 – 29, 2018.

Maria Fontanals appeared in SEIS, directed by Pablo Andrade, as part of Teatro Circulo’s CallBack Series. In Spanish with English supertitles. SEIS has received FUERZAfest2017’s Best Playwright, Best Play, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor Awards; three 2017 HOLA Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor, and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor; and two ATI Awards for best Actress and Director Revelation of the Year. April 6 – 15, 2018.

Carol Rosenfeld appeared in two one-act plays, WILD TERRAIN and PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Adam Kraar at the Play Group Theater, 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY April 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2018.

Mercedes Ruehl will perform on Broadway in TORCH SONG TRILOGY this October 2018, when the Second Stage Theater production transfers to Hayes Theater.

Mark Nelson is standing by for Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn in ANGELS IN AMERICA on Broadway at Neil Simon Theater through July 15 2018.

Maria Fontanals and Austin Pendleton appear in CITY GIRLS AND DESPERADOES at Theater for the New City, March 22 – April 8, 2018.

Russell G. Jones has been cast in MTC’s upcoming production of ST. JOAN, his Broadway debut! Previews begin April 3, 2018.

Laura Esterman and alumnus F. Murray Abraham appear in David Rabe’s GOOD FOR OTTO with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan at The New Group. Through April 8, 2018.

Pablo Andrade is Assistant Director to Hamilton’s Thomas Kail on KINGS at the Public. Through April 1, 2018.

Rasa Allan Kazlas leaves for Lithuania on March 19, 2018 to create and direct ETCHED IN AMBER. She will cast six actors for this tapestry of Lithuanian poetry brought to life in play form. The performances will take place in May in two prominent theaters in the largest cities, Vilnius and Kaunas, with possibilities of further performances throughout the country.

Mark Blum appears in AMY AND THE ORPHANS, directed by HB alum Scott Ellis, and also featuring HB friend Vanessa Aspillaga, with Roundabout Theater. Previews began Feb 1, 2018. Recently featured in the New York Times article, “A Barrier Breaks: An Actress With Down Syndrome Plays the Lead.

Christian Kelly-Sordelet is fight director for ROMEO AND JULIET at the Liceu opera house in Barcelona. Opening was February 14, 2018.

Craig Dolezel received Seattle Theater Critics Circle’s 2017 Gypsy Rose Lee Award for “Excellence in Performance in a Play as a Lead Actor” for his work in (IM)PULSE.

Vincent Pastore appears in the season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0 on CBS.

Marsha Mason appears Classic Stage Co.’s production of Terrence McNally’s FIRE AND AIR, through March 1, 2018.

Jessica Hecht appears in ADMISSIONS with Lincoln Center Theater. Previews begin February 15, 2018 in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Laura Esterman received “Best Actress” at the Chelsea Film Festival, Fall 2017, for her portrayal of an eccentric artist in CAN HITLER HAPPEN HERE?. She will also appear in David Rabe’s play GOOD FOR OTTO at the New Group and later in Ain Gordon’s play 217 BOXES, both this Spring.

David Deblinger appears in ABC’s DECEPTION, starting January 9, 2018. He will also be appearing in the world premiere of DIVINE HORSEMAN, with David Zayas and Paul Calderon, January 10-27, 2018.

Tina Benko appears in the Atlantic Theater Co,’s DESCRIBE THE NIGHT, through December 24, 2018.

Read Culture Sonar’s interview with Fran Kirmser, “This Broadway Producer Has a Heart for Dance

The Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (Latin ACE Awards) nominated Maria Fontanals (Best Actress in a Drama) and Pablo Andrade (Best Director) for their work on SEIS.

Lorraine Serabian with appear in the World Premier of DAYBREAK, presented by Tisa Chang’s Pan Asian Reperatory, on Theater Row, April 1 – May 1, 2018.

Austin Pendelton & Arthur French appear in EVERYONE’S CAROL at Morgan Library and Museum, December 15, 2017.

Pablo Andrade directs CRÓNICAS DESQUICIADAS at Comicionado Dominicano de Cultura, December 1 & 15, 2017. Featuring HB alumni Kevin McKenzie and Mateo Lamuño.

Dael Orlandersmith‘s play YELLOWMAN is showing at the Young Vic (London). November 22 – December 2, 2017. Additionally, Orlandersmith will perform her new solo show UNTIL THE FLOOD at Rattlestick, January 6 – February 8, 2018.

Laura Esterman appears in the feature film CAN HITLER HAPPEN HERE? Showing at the Chelsea Film Festival, AMC Loews Theater on 34th Street. Oct 21, 2017.

Lorraine Serabian directs MERCIFUL DELUSIONS, An Evening of One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams. At Mile Square Theater, Hoboken, N.J.  October 13 – 15, 2017.

Janice Orlandi is Movement Consultant on RED VELVET, with Lantern Theater Co (Philadelphia, PA). Nominated for a Barrymore Award. Sept 13 – Oct 8, 2017.

Amanda Quaid’s short film TOYS has won several prizes on the festival circuit, including LUNAFEST (Prize Winner), DC Shorts (Best Animation), Boston International Kids Film Festival (Best of Fest, shared).

Mercedes Ruehl appears in TORCH SONG TRILOGY at Second Stage, extended through December 3, 2017. Read her interview about the role with Playbill.

Mark Blum recently wrapped another season of MOZART IN THE JUNGLE on Amazon.

David Maurice Sharp’s article, “The Retirement Picture: Piecing Together the Puzzle” appears in the September 2017 issue of Money Inc.

Congratulations to Pablo Andrade and Maria Fontanals, who both won Hola awards (outstanding achievement in directing, outstanding performance by a female actor) for their production of SEIS, along with another member of their cast, Sandor Juan. Join Pablo and Maria at HB this Fall in their class, Actuar en Español.

Rasa Allan Kazlas directs APARTMENT BLOCK by Adam Wyeth. At the 124 Bank Street Theater, Sept 20 – 24.

Russell Jones 
and Frank Wood are both appearing in Suzan Lori Parks’ play IN THE BLOOD, as part of the Signature Theater season. The play is a partner to Parks’ play FUCKING A, with Christine Lahti. Together they are THE RED LETTER PLAYS. Aug 29 – Oct 8, 2017.

David Maurice Sharp’s article, “Personal Finance Timing is Everything: How to Make Financial Planning a Priority When You’re Swamped” appears in the July 2017 issue of Money Inc.

Eliza Simpson appears in SHELTER with American Theater of Actors. June 13 – 24, 2017.

George Morfogen appears in Horton Foote’s THE TRAVELING LADY, directed by Austin Pendleton. At Cherry Lane Theater. June 7 – July 16, 2017.

Pablo Andrade directed and Maria Fontanals appeared in SEIS at FuerzaFest2017.

Paul Pryce‘s short film COME OUT, COME OUT premiers at the Cannes Film Festival, starting May 22, 2017. Pryce wrote and produced the film, which is a 12-minute thriller.

Lorraine Serabian directs MERCIFUL DELUSIONS: An Evening of Six One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams. At The HB Playwrights Theatre, June 6 – 11, 2017.

Polly McKie and Amanda Quaid appear in THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON with Miranda Theatre Co, May 12 – 27, 2017.

David Sharp’s article “Changing Channels: Rethinking Your Approach to Financial Health” appears in Money, Inc.

Lorraine Serabian directs MERCIFUL DELUSIONS: An Evening of Six One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams. At The HB Playwrights Theatre, June 6 – 11, 2017.

Ted Brunetti appears on Broadway in A BRONX TALE.

Snezhana Chernova appears in the TV Drama THE AMERICANS, Season 5. Now airing on FXNetwork.

Maria Fontanals won the award for Best Comedic Actress at the ACE Awards 2017.