Founded by Viennese actor/director Herbert Berghof in 1945, HB is one of the original New York acting studios. We are a nonprofit organization that supports vigorous, lifelong practice in the theatre arts, based on a solid foundation of practical training. We set expectations, witness the level of commitment, and amplify the choices developing artists make for and against their own talents, balancing encouragement with demand so each may continue to stretch and grow. HB is open to any person with a serious interest in the theatre and its related disciplines. Our students, faculty, and alumni form a vibrant community of actors, playwrights, and directors.