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
School type Acting studio
Founded 1945
Founder Herbert Berghof

The HB Studio (Herbert Berghof Studio) is a school offering professional training in the performing arts. Founded in 1945 by Herbert Berghof and located in Greenwich Village, New York City,[1] 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 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, Marsha Mason, Austin Pendleton and Amy Wright.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include Christopher Abbott,[2] F. Murray Abraham, Marco Aponte, Anne Bancroft, 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, Anne Meara, Marsha Mason, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Cynthia Nixon, Al Pacino, Geraldine Page, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charles Nelson Reilly, Christopher Reeve, Jason Robards, Herbert Ross, Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Sharkey,[3] Maureen Stapleton, Jon Stewart, Jerry Stiller, Barbra Streisand, Carol Ann Susi,[4] Sigourney Weaver, David Serero, Fred Ward and Gene Wilder.


  1. ^ Peter B. Flint (November 6, 1990). "Herbert Berghof, Actor, Director And Eminent Acting Teacher, 81". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Conversations with Christopher Abbott of James White on YouTube
  3. ^ "New found fame hard on actor's nerves". The Phoenix. August 25, 1980. p. A9. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Jason (November 11, 2014). "Carol Ann Susi, Big Bang Theory's Mrs. Wolowitz, Dead at 62". TheWrap. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 

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