|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2010)|
The HB Studio is a school that offers professional training in the performing arts. Founded in 1945 by Herbert Berghof and located in Greenwich Village in New York City, its curriculum includes classes in a variety of areas, including acting, directing, playwrighting, screenwriting, musical theatre, movement and dance, puppetry, dialect study, and scene analysis. Select classes require an audition for admission.
In 1948, Uta Hagen joined the Studio as Berghof's artistic partner, and the two wed ten years later. Her master classes led to the writing of her books Respect for Acting and A Challenge for the Actor.
In 2010, HB Studio founded the Hagen Institute, which offers full-time immersion in the practical approach to acting craft that characterized Uta Hagen’s legendary master classes and classic acting texts. Its two key programs, The Hagen Summer Intensive and The Hagen Core Training, are highly structured, integrated courses for students with serious professional and artistic intent.
As of the Spring 2013 semester, the faculty includes George Bartenieff, Mark Blum, Arthur French, Helen Gallagher, Rita Gardner, Sam Groom, Jack Hofsiss, Louise Lasser, Anne Meara, Geoffrey Owens, Austin Pendleton, and Amy Wright.
Notable alumni include F. Murray Abraham, Marco Aponte, Anne Bancroft, Candice Bergen, Jeff Bridges, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Culp, Whoopi Goldberg, George Roy Hill, Hal Holbrook, Harvey Keitel, Jessica Lange, Jack Lemmon, Kenneth Lonergan, Anne Meara, Marsha Mason, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Cynthia Nixon, Geraldine Page, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charles Nelson Reilly, Christopher Reeve, Jason Robards, Herbert Ross, Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Sharkey, Maureen Stapleton, Jon Stewart, Jerry Stiller, Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, and Gene Wilder.
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