Class Spotlight

The Hagen Core Training

The Hagen Core Training is a full-time one-year training program for actors who seek full immersion in the practice of their craft. Taught over three terms by world-class faculty/practitioners, this program offers an integrated progressive curriculum of essential classes: Acting Technique, Scene Study, Script Analysis, Movement, Alexander Technique, Voice, and Speech. Now eligible for college credit transfer!*

Classes meet Mondays – Fridays, 9:30am-3:30pm, for three terms (30 hours a week for a total of 32 weeks):

2024-25 HAGEN CORE TRAINING: Sept 16, 2024 – June 2, 2025 (Orientation Sunday, September 15)

  • Fall Term: 12 Weeks, September 16 – December 17, 2024 (No class October 14, November 5 or November 25-29)
  • Winter Term: 10 Weeks, January 6 – March 17, 2025 (No class January 20)
  • Spring Term: 10 Weeks, March 24 – June 2, 2025 (No class May 26)


  • Accepting Applications on a Rolling Basis – Apply Now!

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(includes $50 non-refundable application fee)
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For your audition please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues, two-minutes each from published plays. Auditions will be held online via Zoom conferencing, by appointment. After submitting your application, you will be contacted to schedule your audition.


  • An affordable full-time one-year Actor Training program taught by world-class faculty/practitioners
  • An integrated progressive curriculum of essential classes: Acting Technique, Scene Study, Script Analysis, Movement, Alexander Technique, Voice and Speech
  • Rooted in the advanced teachings of Uta Hagen, you will probe, practice, stretch, risk, fail, play truthfully and find the courage not to settle for cliché or imitation
  • A safe place where you live in a state of constant discovery


  • You are prepared to train within a creative environment that will be constantly demanding artistic excellence
  • You seek and can commit to full immersion in furthering your practice
  • You are ready to meet yourself in your work


  • Respect for the collaborative art and craft of acting
  • Knowledge of your responsibility in the work, to your colleagues, to yourself and to the audience
  • A solid approach to creating a role in the professional rehearsal situation
  • Security in your own process, ability and purpose
  • Greater physical and emotional stamina, flexibility and awareness


TUITION: $15,500
International visa students pay an annual, non-refundable administrative fee of $150.


International students are welcome to apply for the Hagen Core Training. International students are required to obtain an F-1 visa to participate, and our International Student Advisors assist you with this process. For a listing of the required documentation to apply as an international student, please see the “International Students Only” section of the Hagen Core Training Application. This application form will allow you to upload all of the required documentation to apply as an international student. Questions? Email


The National College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated, and recommends, The Hagen Core Training for college credit transfer. The program has been evaluated as equivalent to 52 credit hours in undergraduate study. NCCRS recommendations are recognized by over 1,500 accredited colleges and universities nationwide. For more information, visit


The HB Studio faculty is comprised of practicing theater artists recognized for their professional work in performance in film and theater, both on and off the stage. Many began as colleagues or students of Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen, and help in continuing on their legacies.


Acting Studies for International Students

HB Studio is currently offering in person classes for International Students under an F-1 Visa, allowing new and initial international students to take a full time program at HB Studio. HB Studio offers International Students three options for study: The Hagen Core Training and The Hagen Summer Intensive, each offering an intensive, prescribed curriculum; or, for those who prefer a more flexible option, design your own full-time International Studio Class Program (more information below) from the Studio’s weekly classes.

Application Deadlines:

  • The Hagen Core TrainingApplications are considered on a rolling basis.
  • The Hagen Summer IntensiveApplications are considered on a rolling basis.
  • International Studio Class Program – Apply by February 15, 2025 for the Summer Term 2025 ( June 12 –  August 22, 2025)
    • Transfer students may apply by February 15, 2025 for the Spring Term 2025 (March 24 – June 2, 2025)
    • Contact for more information.

International Students at HB Studio

Theater artists travel worldwide to train, practice, and study acting at HB Studio. The International Student Program is an essential piece of what HB has to offer, and we are proud to be the working home of so many actors from around the globe.

HB Studio is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant noncitizen students. HB Studio will consider applications from individuals, generally with substantial theater training, who wish to pursue a full course of study, and who meet both Federal and HB Studio requirements.

F-1 Visa

HB Studio has welcomed international F-1 visa students since 1967. Applicants must possess verbal and written fluency in English and must commit to a full-time program of study, which the Studio defines as a minimum of seven classes per week or enrollment in the Hagen Core or Hagen Summer Intensive.

For country-by-country updates regarding Covid-19 travel and visa restrictions and US Visa News, please view HB’s info from American Embassies around the world.

International Studio Class Program

Students interested in designing their own course of study may participate in the International Studio Class Program for up to two years and for a minimum of one term (10 weeks). Please see F-1 Visas & Program Policies for more information and a breakdown of tuition and fees.

The International Studio Class Program is an in-person program.

Within parameters, as part of the International Studio Class Program, you may organize your own full-time program drawing from a broad range of Studio classes. Selections from Acting, Speech, Speaking Voice, and Movement classes are required. Upon assessment, F-1 students who are not native English speakers may also be advised to take Acting in English and to supplement their Studio program with outside English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Those international students who prefer a more intensive, prescribed curriculum are encouraged to apply for one of The Uta Hagen Institute’s programs: The Hagen Summer Intensive or the three-term Hagen Core Training.

Please submit a complete application package in order to be considered for enrollment.  HB Studio accepts applications via an online application or received via postal mail. Full details are available on our How to Apply for F-1 Status section.