Scope and arrangement
This collection contains records of HB Studio, and the the personal and professional papers of Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof. Records relating to HB Studio are fragmentary and include administrative files, invoices and blueprints relating to the 120 Bank St. property, a small amount of teaching material, and a scrapbook. Material relating to Hagen and Berghof makes up the bulk of the collection and includes correspondence, appointment books, diaries, photographs and photo albums, production files, scrapbooks, and a small amount of personal material.
Sound recordings consist of productions, interviews with Hagen, recordings of classes and lectures given by Berghof and Hagen on acting, and one recording of an HB Studio Faculty Meeting on January 1, 1991. Video recordings include productions, interviews and television appearances, award shows, Hagen's memorial service, and original footage from Uta Hagen's Acting Class, a two-part video of her master classes.
This collection contains material similar to that found in the Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof papers, 1889-2004 and in the HB Playwrights Foundation, Inc. records, 1909-2001 currently held in the Billy Rose Theatre Division at this library. Inquiries regarding audio and video materials in the series may be directed to the Billy Rose Theatre Division (firstname.lastname@example.org). Audio/visual materials may be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
The HB Studio records are arranged in three series:
- 1939-20097 boxes 2 tubes
This series is arranged alphabetically and is a small cross-section of office files containing administrative files, attendance records, architectural records, photographs, and a scrapbook. Attendance records document weekly class attendance from 2003-2007. Administrative files contain material documenting office procedures, the history of HB Studio, as well as a small amount of Studio publications. Correspondence is primarily from prospective students requesting catalogs, inquiring after scholarships, or desiring to attend classes taught by Berghof or Hagen. Additionally, professional actors wrote looking for employment. Records regarding the 120 Bank St. property include invoices that reflect the 1959 renovations of the property and floor plans for the building. Photographs are of unidentified productions. The scrapbook documents both the early years of Berghof's acting career and the founding of HB Studio. It contains photographs of Berghof and his acting classes, brochures and programs from Berghof's performances and from productions he produced, class schedules, plans and fundraising materials for the 120 Bank St. property, and vocal exercises by Marian Rich. Weekly notices included timely information for students and teachers, as well as notices of classes and performances.
The majority of the material in this series reflects Berghof and Hagen's roles at HB Studio and not the actors who were their students or colleagues. For additional administrative files regarding the Studio, see the Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof papers, 1889-2004.
- 1942-200316 boxes
This series is arranged into five subseries: II. A. Uta Hagen, II. B. Herbert Berghof, II. C. Photographs, II. D. Productions and Professional Projects, and II. E. Scripts. For additional material reflecting the personal and professional activities of Berghof and Hagen, see Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof papers, 1889-2004, and in the HB Playwrights Foundation, Inc. records, 1909-2009.
Sound and video recordings reflect both HB Studio and Hagen and Berghof's professional work. Sound recordings consist of recordings of productions, interviews with Hagen, recordings of classes and lectures given by Berghof and Hagen on acting, and one recording of an HB Studio Faculty Meeting on January 1, 1991. Productions include rehearsals, readings, and performances of Collected Stories, Fidelio, A Horse Story, Leonce and Lena, Off-Shore Wind, Othello, Poor Murderer, Prometheus Bound, Pygmalion, A Report to the Academy, This Side of Paradise, Silver Fox, The White Row, as well as recordings from the Charlotte tour (1980-1982). Interviews with Hagen include an interview done by Studs Turkel, and various radio appearances. Additionally, the sound recordings have music cues and a small amount of commercial music.
Video recordings are of productions, interviews and television appearances, award shows, Hagen's memorial service, and original footage from Uta Hagen's Acting Class, a two-part video of her master classes produced by former students Pennie duPont and Karen Ludwig. Productions include television, film, and stage performances of The Boys from Brazil, Charlotte, A Doctor's Story, MacBeth, One Life to Live, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, The Sunset Gang, Those Lips, Those Eyes, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Television appearances such as interviews on This is America with Dennis Wholey (1996), The Today Show (1991), Broadway Beat, and Inside Broadway (1992). Award shows include the Tony Awards (1990, 1991), the Living Legacy Awards (1994), the Drama Desk Awards (1995-1996), and the Emmy Awards (1986) are also held in this series.