Past Fundraising Events

2019 Gala

Uta Hagen at 100 Gala

Celebrating the legacy of one of the greatest women of American theater.
Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 marks the centennial of the iconic American actor-teacher Uta Hagen’s birth in June 1919. Throughout the year, HB Studio honored Miss Hagen’s legacy through a series of special activities, classes, workshops, and public events. Activities took place at HB Studio — the working home where Uta Hagen honed her methods and mentored 7 generations of artists and teachers. The commemoration culminated in an HB Studio Gala celebration on June 10, Actress + Activist: Uta Hagen at 100.

Gala Photo Credits: Photos used with permission by Christopher Pernst and Paige Russo.



Jessica Douieb and David C. Rich HB Gala Co-Chairs


Alexander Bernstein, Katie Finneran, Amanda Peet, and David Hyde Pierce


F. Murray Abraham, Pablo Andrade, Barbara Barrie, Eric Bentley, Mark Blum, Jim Boerlin, Stephen Bogardus, Ted Brunetti, Robert Callely, William Carden, Stockard Channing, Katharine Cullison, Hope Davis, David Deblinger, Leonardo Dodge-Nam, Jesse Feiler, Leticia Thyra Ferrer, Maria Fontanals, Helen Gallagher, Peter Gallagher, Victor Garber, Carol Goodheart, Amanda Green, Samuel Groom, George Heslin, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, Barbara Hogenson, Rasa Allan Kazlas, Christine Lahti, Marlene Mancini, Marion McCorry, Paul McCrane, Elizabeth McGovern, Rosemary McNamara, Penelope Ann Miller, Edward Morehouse, Vincent Pastore, Cecilia Peck-Voll, Austin Pendleton, Harold Prince, Paul Pryce, Jophi Ries, Laila Robins, Carol Rosenfeld, David Saint, Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, Lorraine Serabian, David Maurice Sharp, Gus Solomons jr, Trudy Steibl, Teresa Teuscher, Joyce Van Patten, Emma Walton Hamilton, Tony Walton, and Kelly Wolf

More information about centennial events can be found by visiting the Uta Hagen at 100


HB Benefit Series 2018
HB Benefit Series 2018

Credit: Graphic design by Sarah Peavey


Featuring Caroline Aaron, Earl Baker Jr., Joy Behar, Mark Linn-Baker, Peter Maloney, Greg Mullavey, and Marlo Thomas! Directed by David Saint.
After Play: A Tribute to Anne Meara Cast

Featuring Caroline Aaron, Earl Baker Jr.Joy Behar, Mark Linn-Baker, Peter MaloneyGreg Mullaveyand Marlo Thomas!

Directed by David Saint.

Join us for a special reading of Anne Meara’s award-winning After-Play, a perfect New York comedy about two theater-loving couples that learn even after a lifetime of friendship, everyone has their secrets. Directed by David Saint, Artistic Director of the George Street Playhouse and the original director of After-Play off-Broadway. Don’t miss the final event of HB’s 2018 Benefit Series with this spectacular cast!

Monday, June 4, 2018 | 7:00 PM


Anne Meara and her husband, Jerry Stiller, are esteemed alumni of HB Studio. As the outspoken and hilarious comedy duo Stiller and Meara, they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 36 times and received many awards for their radio and TV commercials. Both Anne and Jerry enjoyed thriving careers on stage and screen, and Meara earned four Emmy nominations and one Tony Award nomination during a career that spanned over 60 years. After-Play won an Outer Critics’ Circle John Gassner Award the year it debuted, premiering at Manhattan Theater Club during the 1994-1995 season.

Meara Photo Credits (clockwise, from top left): Photo used with permission by WME and the Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara archives; remaining images from the HB Studio archives.




An evening of songs from the musical theater works of Leonard Bernstein during the worldwide #Bernsteinat100 celebration


Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian – is one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Bernstein’s steadfast belief in the power of art to lift, transform, delight and educate was his antidote to a world full of violence and unpredictability. A charter member of HB’s Playwrights Foundation and a longtime friend to HB’s founders, HB Studio is thrilled to present this benefit evening with Broadway stars in a tribute to his work, during the worldwide #Bernsteinat100 celebration.

Featuring remarks by ALEXANDER BERNSTEIN, LONNY PRICE and the talents of Broadway stars STEPHEN DEROSA (BWAY: On the Town, Betrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, Into the Woods), STEVEN ENG (OFF BWAY: Pacific Overtures, Chee-Chee; WEST END: The King and I), MELISSA ERRICO (BWAY: Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Dracula, White Christmas, Amour), ALI EWOLDT  (BWAY: Phantom of the Opera, The King and I, Les Misérables), CHILINA KENNEDY (BWAY: Beautiful, Jesus Christ Superstar), TRACEY MICHAILIDIS (BWAY: Beauty and the Beast; OFF-BWAY: Ethel Sings; NAT’L TOUR: Fun Home), CARL-MICHAEL OGLE (Regional: Showboat (Citi Performing Arts Center), The Wiz (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), West Side Story(FTC), ELIZA SIMPSON (Off-Broadway: The Woodsman (59E59 Theaters), NY: The Mysteries (The Flea Theater), Kapowi Gogo (The PIT, Time Out NY Critics Pick), Three Sisters (HIT)), CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON (BWAY: The Music Man (Revival), Grease! (Revival), Chu Chem),  and TONY YAZBECK (BWAY: Prince of Broadway, Finding Neverland, On the Town, Chicago, White Christmas, Gypsy, A Chorus Line), with musical directors MICHAEL DANSICKER (BWAY: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Piaf, Good, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Iceman Cometh, Singin’ in the Rain) and Grammy Award-winning JOHN MCDANIEL (BWAY: Bonnie and Clyde, Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun ,Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway, Company). Directed by ROBERT MCQUEEN, esteemed HB faculty and Director of New Musical Development for Toronto’s Musical Stage Company. McQueen’s many directing credits include Man of La Mancha (Startford Festival), Forest Boy (NYMF), The Wild Party, Falsettos, Caroline, Or ChangeThe Light in the Piazza, The Magic Flute (Vancouver Opera), Hair and Pal Joey. 


MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018 

HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street| NYC 10014  

Bernstein Photo Credit (clockwise from top left): Leonard Bernstein at the piano, Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office; Photo by Paul de Hueck, Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office; Photo by Marion S. Trikosko, 1971, courtesy of the Library of Congress; Photo by Al Ravenna, 1955, courtesy of the Library of Congress.



“Aaaaah! My eyes are melting in my face! …”

…so began José Rivera’s fanciful, family-friendly play MARICELA DE LA LUZ LIGHTS THE WORLD*, following the adventures of Maricela and her brother Riccardo as they save the world from a trickster god and impending weather catastrophe.

The first event of HB’s 2018 Benefit Series, a special presentation of Academy-award nominated José Rivera‘s whimsical play, featuring Vanessa Aspillaga – star of the Pulitzer-prize winning drama ANNA IN THE TROPICS on Broadway; and directed by David Deblinger, HB faculty member and co-founder of the Labyrinth Theater Company.

Also featuring the talents of Oscar A. L. Cabrera, Paula Pizzi, Johnny Sanchez, Ron Orbach, Glenda Delli, Beethovan Oden, and Satoshi Deleanu. A portion of proceeds from the reading was donated towards The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to support Hurricane Maria-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico.

December 1 – 2, 2017

*Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.


For the 2018 Benefit Series, we wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:


through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

Commercially printed music and individual songs from musical theater works by Leonard Bernstein featured in HB Celebrates Leonard Bernstein at 100 presented with permission by:

ASCAP (The American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers)

Boosey & Hawkes

The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

HB Studio would like to thank the above organizations for their support.

Until the Flood

Until The Flood, A New Play by Dael Orlandersmith
Until The Flood, A New Play by Dael Orlandersmith

A Life In The Theatre

HB Studio Benefit- A Life In The Theatre
HB Studio Benefit- A Life In The Theatre with Austin Pendleton and Christopher Abbott

Shakespeare on Bank Street

HB Studio Benefit- Shakespeare on Bank Street
HB Studio Benefit- Shakespeare on Bank Street

70, Girls, 70 Benefit Cast Party

Logo for 70, Girls, 70 Benefit for HB Studio, supporting their mission to provide the best affordable acting classes in NYC
70, Girls, 70 HB Studio Benefit and Cast Party


Helen Gallagher’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher’s 90th Birthday Celebration Invitation Image

Talley’s Folly – featuring Judd Hirsch and Kathryn Danielle

Talley's Folly, benefitting HB Studio's mission to provide affordable acting classes in NYC
A Benefit for HB Studio- Talley’s Folly starring Judd Hirsch and Kathryn Danielle