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"It was interesting to find a new approach in learning English with the focus not on your vocabulary but rather on "body language," gestures, intonation, sound."    - Volodymyr
"I really enjoyed playing with volume and speed [in my speech].  I would recommend this class."     - Foundations 1 participant
"So much fun! I learned new exercises to incorporate into what I do and how I teach."       - Elizabeth, ESL Professor, The New School University
"Really helpful.  Noticed a difference in my speech during class."                             - Rainiery Carrasco, Student at Hostos Community College
"I liked the idea of [using] mental imagery combined with sounds and emphasis to enhance communication."       - Neil

Above, NYC actors participate in a storytelling workshop.  Below, Foundations 1 participants share poetic musings.

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Above, high school students work on musicality in speech and share some of their writing.

“The students really enjoyed the intersection of word play, dramatic expression and writing. I could see their confidence growing by the minute. Hoping we can work together again soon.”

     - Alicia Weinstein, ESL Teacher, The Hudson School 

“Being an actor working in a second language, feelings can get ‘lost in translation’ in spite of my English proficiency. Oftentimes my words felt detached from the body and I find my flow of expression better in my mother language. Liz and Katya’s workshop made me understand my creative process better and gave me a useful tool to approach the language through kinesthetic and imaginative exploration of the text.”

     - Gaia Visnar, Actor

“I felt I was given space to notice my inhibitions and blocks without feeling self-conscious about it.  Instead, I was able to enjoy playfully navigating through these sensations and thoughts, which ordinarily might have snowballed into larger tensions.  If I had a class like this when I first came to the States at 16, it would have changed EVERYTHING.”

     - Aya Yamamato, Translator

 

  Storytelling at HB Studio

Storytelling at HB Studio