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Register Now for Summer Term!

Summer Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers you the opportunity to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Summer Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% OFF Summer Term Weekly Classes with code SUMMER22W, valid through May 31, 2022.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes through May 31 and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

Covid-19 Exposure Prevention Policy & Guidelines for Onsite Activity

Updated April 26, 2022 and subject to change: 

Note: As a professional acting studio, we are following the guidelines recommended for work and participation in a professional theater or film/media setting, which are of necessity very conservative and also subject to the expectations of the actors’ unions. Therefore, in alignment with Broadway theaters, HB Studio is continuing to require that masks be worn onsite at all times, except during the presentation/performance of work in class.

Requirements for Onsite Activity at HB Studio

Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio are required to abide by the following:

  1. Vaccinations are required*
    1. For your protection and for ours, we are mandating vaccinations for all students enrolling in on-site classes at HB Studio this fall. All students and participating artists entering the premises at HB must be vaccinated (at least 2 weeks from your last shot).
    2. *Special requests for a vaccine accommodation will be considered for religious or medical reasons on a case-by-case basis. Students seeking an accommodation should email studentaffairs@hbstudio.org to make the request.
    3. Booster shots are strongly recommended, though not required at this time.
  2. Pre-register for in-person classes and submit proof of vaccination
    1. Pre-registration and proof of vaccination are required for in-person classes no later than 24-hours before the first session of class begins. To submit vaccine verification, email a picture of your vaccination card or a screenshot of your NYS Excelsior pass to registration@hbstudio.org.
    2. On the day of your first in-person class, you are required to bring your physical vaccination card to be allowed entry. Without proof of vaccination, you will not be allowed to enter the premises or participate in class. There will be no exceptions. Subsequent visits will not need proof of vaccination once we’ve initially verified your status.
  3. Wear a face covering
    1. All those on the premises are required to be masked at all times, except when presenting or performing work in class.
      1. Masks must be worn during group exercises. Masks can only be removed when performing or presenting solo or paired work.
      2. Bandannas and neck gaiters are prohibited unless a mask is worn underneath.
      3. The face covering must cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly, but comfortably, against the face.
      4. Sharing of masks is not permitted.
      5. N95 or KN95 masks are strongly recommended.
  4. Practice physical distancing
    1. You must keep a distance of:
      1. 3 feet when masked
      2. 6 feet while presenting work unmasked
      3. 12 feet while singing unmasked
    2. Physical touching during scene and partner work is discouraged.
  5. Complete a Health Screening
    1. Before coming to HB each day of class, perform a self-screening by asking yourself:
      1. Have you been in close contact – within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes – with anyone while they had COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 during the last 14 days?
      2. Have you tested positive on a COVID-19 diagnostic test in the past 14 days?
      3. Have you experienced any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 – including fever of 100.4 degrees F or greater, new cough, or shortness of breath – in the past 14 days?
      4. Have you visited a state or country with a NYS or U.S. State Department travel or health advisory in the past 14 days?
    2. If you answer YES to any of the questions, please stay at home. If you answer NO to all four questions, proceed to the studio.
    3. All students and faculty will be asked to verify that they have completed this self-screening upon entry to the Studio.
    4. Attendance will be taken and serve as a Visitor Log in case contact tracing is needed
  6. In the Event of Illness…
    1. If you do not feel well or are experiencing any symptoms, please stay at home and do not come into the buildings. Students experiencing Covid symptoms must not attend class. Credits or refunds will be given for missed classes if you contract the virus or fall ill (doctor’s note required).
    2. Get a PCR Covid-19 test. Contact venues@hbstudio.org for a list of testing sites if needed.
      1. If you test negative for Covid-19, you may return to class after being symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours
      2. If you test positive for Covid-19:
        1. Please email studenthealth@hbstudio.org to notify the Studio of potential exposure. Your confidentiality will be strictly maintained.
        2. Self-Isolate and do not return to class until 10 days have passed since your positive test result and you have been symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours. You will not be required to re-test to return onsite as a positive test may continue to show up for up to 90 days.
        3. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not PCR test for 90 days as a positive result may occur even after the individual has been declared not contagious; if you test positive twice for COVID-19 during that period the result is considered part of the same infection. After 90 days a positive result would officially be considered a “re-infection.”
          • If you are exposed to COVID-19 within this 90 day period you will be asked to take an antigen or rapid test instead of a PCR. You may take a home test or a test administered by a medical professional. Results should be sent to studenthealth@hbstudio.org for students and humanresources@hbstudio.org for staff. You may send a screenshot of a result or a photo of a home test. If you submit a photo you must write your name down on a piece of paper and include that in the photo.
          • While you are not required to, anyone who tests positive is encouraged to retest again once the 90-day “pause period” is over.
          • Please note that while 90 days is the official time stated for “immunity” to COVID via antibodies, individuals may have protective antibodies for much longer than this period, varying from several months to several years. Students and staff who have previously had COVID should still continue to practice good safety measures including masking, socially distancing when necessary, and hand washing. At this time, COVID antibodies are not considered a substitute for the vaccine or the booster and vaccination requirements at HB Studio remain the same regardless of recent infection.
    3. All those onsite are required to self-monitor and report any new or emerging signs or symptoms of the infectious disease. If you develop any symptoms, please notify staff or your teacher, exercise caution to protect others through self-isolation and social distance, and leave the premises.
    4. In the event that someone you’ve come into contact with during class falls ill, you will be promptly notified.
  7. Props & Equipment
    1. You may not use any of HB’s props or set pieces that come into contact with your face, eyes, nose, or mouth (such as glasses, mugs, cutlery, pillows, and sheets). These props must be brought from home as needed.
    2. Yoga mats and other warm-up and movement items will not be provided. You must bring your own.
    3. You must disinfect your props and equipment at the end of class. Surface cleaner and disinfecting wipes will be provided.
    4. Sharing props is discouraged.
    5. Props or equipment brought from home may not be stored or left at HB Studio.
  8. Food & Drink
    1. Eating is not permitted during class sessions except within the presentation of a scene or exercise. You are encouraged to utilize our garden for lunch or snack breaks.
    2. Bring your own refillable water bottle to class. Water coolers will be provided for you to refill your bottle. Use of the water fountain is prohibited.
  9. Enter & Exit Efficiently
    1. Congregating in halls, entryways or stairwells is not permitted. Everyone must go directly to their classroom upon entering the building.
    2. Everyone must exit the building immediately after class.
  10. Compliance is mandatory
    1. If anyone onsite is found in violation of these requirements, they will be asked to leave. Continued violation of these policies may result in further action.
    2. Refunds will not be given in the event of a policy violation.
    3. If you would like to report a policy violation or have safety concerns, please reach out to us at studentaffairs@hbstudio.org and we will assist you in addressing the concerns.

Onsite Protocols for Your Safety

Your safety remains our priority. HB Studio will adopt the following measures to increase the safety of everyone onsite.

  1. Limited Capacity and Occupancy
    1. Class Capacity & Scheduling
      1. Capacity for onsite classes will be offered at a reduced occupancy for added safety.
      2. In-person classes are scheduled with 60-90 min breaks in between for the sanitizing and airing out of rooms.
      3. In-person class start and end times are staggered so comings and goings do not overlap and crowded areas will be minimized.
    2. Offices & Workspaces
      1. Staff who are not essential to on-site operations will continue to work remotely.
      2. The registration office will be closed to foot traffic. Registration, meetings, and all other communication with HB Studio staff and faculty will take place online or by appointment.
      3. With the exception of maintenance and cleaning crews, only select staff, faculty and current students taking part in scheduled classes will be allowed onsite. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
      4. Studio rentals will not be permitted at this time.
  2. Buildings maintenance
    1. The HVAC system supporting our reopened studio spaces is fully compliant with New York State guidelines for congregate spaces. Under guidance from our consulting engineers, the system has been upgraded with MERV-13 filtration to pull and circulate fresh air from outside. HB will be making further upgrades to its heating and ventilating system over the course of the year.
      1. During the warmer months, HB Studio will also encourage natural air flow through the use of open windows.
    2. Studio classroom spaces will be sanitized before and after each class.
      1. Trafficked areas and commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned daily and the buildings will be professionally sanitized three times a week.

Additional Ways You Can Keep Everyone Safe

Please do your part to keep yourself and others safe.

  1. Hygiene
    1. Wash your hands properly and often. Hand sanitizer stations will be available in high trafficked areas for frequent use.
    2. When possible, please avoid touching your eyes, ear, nose and mouth.
  2. Social Etiquette
    1. There will be one designated check-in station located in the lobby outside the First Floor Studio. Please observe the posted capacity limits and maintain social distance within that space. All other gatherings before and after class should happen outside the buildings.
    2. Please avoid hugging and hand shaking.
    3. Please exercise coughing/sneezing etiquette by covering your face with a tissue and using hand sanitizer or washing your hands afterwards.
    4. Please observe posted capacity limits for our second floor restrooms.

HB Digital | Online Classes

In the online environment we are provided the opportunity to connect from any location and the ability to broaden and reimagine our creative workspace. Our virtual doors are open, not only to the professional actor or playwright, but to any serious beginner or aspiring artist.

HB Studio is pleased to offer a host of online classes (see offerings below).

Read about our online acting classes in The New York Times.

Online Studio Class Offerings

HB Studio offers a series of online classes and special-focus workshops. Build your own schedule of studio classes and workshops. Classes are offered at Levels 1, 2, 3, and Studio Practice. Learn more about level placement.

With the exception of our writing and directing classes, all online classes are offered in two 5-week parts. Our online offerings include:

The HB Faculty is comprised of practicing theater artists: browse classes by teacher. To browse classes by day of week, view the class calendar.

Train with HB Studio From Any Location

All classes will be held online via Zoom. Train with HB Studio’s notable faculty and connect with a dedicated and supportive community of professional actors, playwrights, and directors, from wherever on the globe you happen to be.

All classes are held in NYC’s Eastern Time Zone.

Classes Tailored to the Online Space

HB Studio will tailor its teaching and the topic to the virtual space, taking advantage of the medium’s unique creative possibilities. Please check each course page for more information on how teachers will conduct specific classes online.

Using Zoom

Please visit Using Zoom for full details on Zoom system requirements and set up, how to get your class’ Zoom meeting link, tutorials on using Zoom, HB’s online code of conduct, and more. Be sure to read this page before you start online classes at HB Studio.

Audits & Registration Policies

We do not accept refunds, credits, withdrawals, or transfers after 24 hours before the first class, except in the case of serious illness or withdrawal for military service. Please take a moment to review HB Studio’s registration policies

We offer the opportunity for new and existing students to audit online classes in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. We encourage you to try virtual learning with us by auditing a class.

Financial Aid Available

HB Studio is committed to providing access to those with financial challenges. For artists that demonstrate talent and commitment but lack the means to study, HB Studio offers two types of financial aid opportunities: scholarships and work study.

Auditions and Prerequisites

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty, or send in an online placement submission. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.