Guest Artist

Golyak, Igor

Igor Golyak is the founder and producing artistic director of Arlekin Players Theatre & Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab in Boston. A global leader in the virtual theater movement, he is currently directing THE ORCHARD OFF-BROADWAY, a hybrid production (both live and virtual), featuring Jessica Hecht and Mikhail Baryshnikov. During the pandemic he conceived and directed WITNESS, chekhovOS /an experimental game/ and STATE VS. NATASHA BANINA, each of which became international virtual theater sensations, receiving multiple New York Times Critic’s Picks, and garnering a 2022 Special Citation from the Boston Critic’s Association for “pushing the boundaries of digital space to create a new genre of theater.” Golyak’s work has received numerous Elliot Norton Awards for THE SEAGULL, THE STONE, and DEAD MAN’S DIARY, including an award for Best Director. His work also received This Week In New York Pandemic Awards (WITNESS and chekhovOS) and Broadway World’s Best Director of a Streamed Production Award (chekhovOS). He directed THE MERCHANT OF VENICE for Actors’ Shakespeare Project, productions at Northeastern University and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and has taught at Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Harvard University, Lesley College, Wellesley College, New England Theater Conference, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts/Middlesex University, Moscow Specialized Institute for the Arts, and the ARBOS Theatre Festival. Arlekin, a company of immigrants, as been invited to perform on famous stages and at world-renowned festivals all over the world, including in Ukraine, Yerevan, Armenia, New York City, Chicago, Lviv, Monaco, the US, Canada and UK, as well as the Moscow Art Theatre.

Golyak is from Ukraine, and with his team at Arlekin, has led the #Artists4Ukraine initiative, engaging artists to share messages of hope, peace and solidarity, and raising funds for humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

Richard Hoehler

Richard Hoehler has created four Off Broadway solo shows: I OF THE STORM, NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK, WORKING CLASS (OOBR AWARD-Best Solo Performance), and HUMAN RESOURCES (BEST OF FEST). His newest solo piece, E, a “live memoir,” has been featured at The Cornelia Street Café, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, and the Commons. Other acting stage work: ROUNDING THIRD, K2, KALIGHAT, TRUE WEST, CRIES FOR PEACE, THE RUBBER ROOM, INADMISSABLE, DAY OF THE DAD (Best Actor in a Lead Role), SEX TODAY, LOVE TOMORROW, and HAIR (55+). Television: NYPD BLUE, LAW & ORDER, CRIMINAL INTENT, THIRD WATCH (recurring), and THE BLACK BOX. Richard is an adjunct professor at John Jay College, director of the Theatre Workshop at Otisville State Prison and creator and director of ACTING OUT, an acting workshop for the formerly incarcerated at HB Studio.  His short play, BUT FOR THE GRACE, will premiere at the New Circle Company in December.

Barrett, Wade

Wade Barrett is a bi-coastal actress, working on stage and screen. Recent credits include the upcoming series HIGHTOWN on Starz, Netflix’s WHAT/IF starring Rene Zellweger, ABC’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, and TRUtv’s ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING, among others. She also works in national and regional commercials as both an actor and VO talent. Recent commercial credits include Turbo Tax, Walmart, Ross, and Allergen. Acting is her passion, and she absolutely loves sharing her craft with other actors via coaching in all areas of the craft. She enables her clients to win by arming them with great training and bulletproof preparation skills.

“Wade’s coaching has helped me to understand the audition process and feel confident about the work. Wade’s approach is easy and effective.”

-Carlos Linares, Actor
Mayans M.C., Snowfall, Triple Frontier

Ockler, Judi Lewis

Judi Lewis Ockler is an intimacy/fight director, variety performer, stunt performer, and teaching artist.  Credits include: HATEF**K (Adrienne Campbell-Holt, director; WP theater) UNDER THE OVERTURE (Gerard Alessandrini, director), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Tony Speciale, director; Classic Stage). She is an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International; she leads workshops in Intimacy for the Stage for actors and designers at Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, NYU Tisch, and The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, NYC.

Wise, Nina

Since earning her degree in Religious Studies and the Aesthetics of Movement, Nina Wise has devoted her career to developing theater and writing stories that address the complex relationship between body, intellect, and spirit. Her original works, performed in prestigious venues in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia have won awards for playwriting, innovative design, and new theater including three NEA fellowships and seven Bay Area Theater Critics Awards. Her book, A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life, was published by Broadway Books and her stories and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals.

Wise’s immersive theater piece The Kepler Story, created in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium, is the first theater piece ever created about an astronomer for domes. The production played to sold out crowds at Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco and the Fiske Planetarium, UC Boulder and is currently in development for a world tour.

The founder of Motion Theater®, an original form of autobiographical improvisation, Nina offers performances and trainings in this unique form of authentic self-expression. She has performed custom-designed improvised works at theaters, think tanks, conferences, medical institutions, and political events around the world.

As an artist and teacher who specializes in innovation, she has coached numerous individuals and teams in creativity, the cultivation of presence, stress reduction, communication and leadership. In addition, authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield, Wise teaches Buddhist practice at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and other spiritual centers worldwide.

James, Peter Francis

Peter Francis James taught Shakespeare at the Yale School of Drama from 2000 – 2020. Training: RADA. Broadway: HILLARY AND CLINTON, PRESENT LAUGHTER, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, ON GOLDEN POND, DROWNING CROW, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG. The Public: STUFF HAPPENS (OBIE & Lucille Lortel Awards), MUCH ADO, VENUS, HORATIO IN KEVIN KLINE’S HAMLET, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY… CSC: THE MAIDS (OBIE Award). Signature Theater: THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE, (Lortel Nomination). U.K: THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE (w/Maggie Smith), CYMBELINE (RSC /TFANA). Film/TV: THE HUMBLING, SONG ONE, THE LOSERS, THE REBOUND, THE MESSENGER / BULL, GODFATHER OF HARLEM, THE CODE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, OZ, ROYAL PAINS, GOSSIP GIRL, KINGS, THE ROSA PARKS STORY, SIMPLE JUSTICE, THE RUBY BRIDGES STORY, all three LAW & ORDER series. Narration: over 60 books.

Betancourt, Erick

BIO:

New York- based actor. He appeared as Charlie D’Amico in the Lucille Lortel Award winning production of JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN, dir: Mark Brokaw (Signature Theater). Also at Signature Theater: OUR LADY OF 121st, dir: Phylicia Rashad. Off-Broadway: ROMEO Y JULIETA dir: Saheem Ali (Public Theater); JULIUS CAESAR dir: Oskar Eustis (Delacorte Theater); SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY dir: Phyllida Lloyd (St Ann’s Warehouse); LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT dir: Estelle Parsons; Other theater credits: World Premiere of THE ASSIGNMENT ( A.R.T.NY); and World Premiere of THE PRINCE OF PROVIDENCE (Trinity Rep) TV: “Blue Bloods” (Guest Star Recurring), “New Amsterdam” (Recurring), “For Life”, “Blacklist:Redemption,” “Broad City,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Master of None,” and “Sneaky Pete.” FILM: “Life After You,” “11:55,” “Missing William.” Education: MFA: Actors Studio Drama School. BFA: University of Rhode Island. Erick received the 2020 Theater Hall of Fame: Emerging Artist Award. He is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio and proud member of the LAByrinth Theater Company.

Robins, Laila

BIO:

Laila Robins has just completed episodes of THE HANDMAID’S TALE, THE CODE, NEW AMSTERDAM, THE BOYS and THE BOLD TYPE. She was a series regular on DECEPTION and HOMELAND (season 4, SAG and EMMY nom/best ensemble), MURDER IN THE FIRST (season 2) and GABRIEL’S FIRE (opposite James Earl Jones). Other TV credits include IN TREATMENT, BORED TO DEATH, SOPRANOS and TOO BIG TO FAIL. Broadway: HEARTBREAK HOUSE, FROZEN (Lucille Lortell nom), THE REAL THING, THE HERBAL BED. Off-Broadway: THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS (OBIE, Drama Desk/best ensemble, Drama Desk nom., filmed for PBS), LADY FROM DUBUQUE (OCC nom, AEA’s Richard Seff Award), MRS. KLEIN (with Uta Hagen), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Central Park). Regional: THE LION IN WINTER, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (Guthrie), THE SECOND MRS. WILSON (George Street), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Jefferson Award/Steppenwolf). Films include EYE IN THE SKY, SIDE EFFECTS, AN INNOCENT MAN and PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES. She is an artistic associate of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. MFA: Yale School of Drama

Williams, Justine

Justine Williams is an actor-creator and educator, working in contemporary performance. She holds a BA in Theater from Brown University and an MFA in Performance and New Media from CUNY/Brooklyn College. As a performer, Justine has appeared at the Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, NYTW, and Ars Nova, among other stages, and she has collaborated with numerous artists and companies dedicated to contemporary and devised performance. Film work as writer, director and/or actor has appeared at MOMA’s New Directors/New Films Festival, Slamdance, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Maryland Film Festival, among many others. Multi-media performance work has appeared at Sfumato Theater in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania, The Queens Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Rubin Museum, The Orchard Project, Gallim Dance Space, Dixon Place and the Leslie-Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art. Justine is on faculty at the Yale School of Drama where she teaches Play and Games, and has taught at Pace University, CalArts, NYU, Movement Theater Studio, The Funny School of Good Acting, The Studio/NYC, and many other spaces for performance training.

Errico, Melissa

“The Maria Callas of American musical theater,” as Opera News has called her, referencing both her crystalline voice and dramatic, expressive intensity, Melissa Errico is a Tony Award-nominated actress, singer and author who contributes regularly to The New York Times. First known for her starring roles on Broadway, including MY FAIR LADY, HIGH SOCIETY, and LES MISERABLES, her recent album, Sondheim Sublime, was called by The Wall Street Journal “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.” Errico’s history with Sondheim began when he selected her to star as Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at The Kennedy Center, and she has since co-starred as Clara in PASSION at Classic Stage Company and in the NY City Center Encores! production of the Sondheim/Rodgers musical DO I HEAR A WALTZ? In April 2020, she appeared in the much-talked about Sondheim 90th Birthday Concert with Broadway.com and in May, was featured on the PBS Poetry in America episode about Sondheim which featured Melissa singing “Finishing the Hat.” In addition to Sondheim, nothing in her work has been more constant than her association with composer Michel Legrand. Having starred in his sole Broadway show, AMOUR, she went on to collaborate with him on the iconic album Legrand Affair. After his death in 2019, she was asked to write his eulogy by The New York Times and was then invited to be the sole American performer in the extraordinary two-day memorial to Legrand held in April, 2019 at Paris’ Le Grand Rex Theatre. Warner Music/Ghostlight Records recently reissued her symphonic album, which Legrand arranged & conducted, as Legrand Affair (Deluxe Edition). July 4 weekend she offered a special virtual concert with Seth Rudetsky and has also been keeping busy through these difficult months by offering multiple other live-streams and conversations, teaching master classes for students across the country, and producing a delicious at-home cooking show “The Honest Cook” on Instagram, which she chronicled in an essay for Variety magazine.

Melissa is delighted to teach at HB & hopes to create a kind and exciting atmosphere to practice, learn and take risks.