HB Studio

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Herbert Berghof Studio
HB Studio-Greenwich Village-Manhattan-New York.jpg
120 Bank Street
Greenwich Village, New York City 10014

United States
School typeActing studio
FounderHerbert Berghof

The HB Studio (Herbert Berghof Studio) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering professional training in the performing arts through classes, workshops, free lectures, theater productions, theater rentals, a theater artist residency program, as well as full-time study through their International Student Program[1] and Uta Hagen Institute.[2]

Located in Greenwich Village, New York City, HB Studio offers training and development to aspiring and professional artists in a variety of areas, including acting, directing, playwriting, musical theatre, movement and the body, dialect study (speech and voice), scene study analysis, screenwriting and classes for young people. Select classes require an audition for admission.


Founded in 1945 by Viennese actor/director Herbert Berghof, HB Studio is one of the original New York acting studios, providing training and practice in the performing arts.[3]

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 Uta Hagen Institute, which offers full-time immersion in the practical approach to acting craft that characterized Uta Hagen's 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.

Past faculty members include William Hickey and Jack Hofsiss.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include Caroline Aaron, Christopher Abbott,[4] Devon Abner, F. Murray Abraham, Debbie Allen, Rae Allen, Mary Anthony, Matthew Arkin, Rose Arrick, Blanche Baker, Carroll Baker, Bob Balaban, Anne Bancroft, Susan Batson, Byrdie Bell, Candice Bergen, Jeff Bridges, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Culp, Robert De Niro, Daniel DeWeldon, Whoopi Goldberg, George Roy Hill, Hal Holbrook, Herbert Jefferson Jr., Harvey Keitel, Ricki Noel Lander, Jessica Lange, Jack Lemmon, Kenneth Lonergan, Laurence Luckinbill, Richard Lynch, Anne Meara, Marsha Mason, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Cynthia Nixon, Dan (Dan-O) O'Connor,[5] Al Pacino, Geraldine Page, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charles Nelson Reilly, Christopher Reeve, Jason Robards, Herbert Ross, Jaime Sánchez , Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Sharkey,[6] Maureen Stapleton, Jon Stewart, Jerry Stiller, Barbra Streisand, Carol Ann Susi,[7] Sigourney Weaver, David Serero, Fred Ward and Gene Wilder.[8]


  1. ^ http://www.myvisajobs.com/F1-Visa/HB-Studio/7321.htm
  2. ^ https://hbstudio.org/
  3. ^ Peter B. Flint (November 6, 1990). "Herbert Berghof, Actor, Director And Eminent Acting Teacher, 81". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  4. ^ Conversations with Christopher Abbott of James White on YouTube
  5. ^ DanOSongs.com, "FAQ"; accessed 2018.05.16.
  6. ^ "New found fame hard on actor's nerves". The Phoenix. August 25, 1980. p. A9. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  7. ^ Hughes, Jason (November 11, 2014). "Carol Ann Susi, Big Bang Theory's Mrs. Wolowitz, Dead at 62". TheWrap. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/resources/six-classic-nyc-acting-schools/

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