Classes & Trainings

The Yat/Bentley Centre offers a range of classes and trainings for actors, writers, directors, and performers of all stripes in both group and private formats.

Semesters run January through June and September through December. The next phase of classes will begin in January 2019, with a few opportunities to join the rotation during the semester.


SPRING 2019 • YAT METHOD training
JAN. 2019 - JUNE 2019

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The Yat/Bentley Method training consists of:

  • 3-6 hours weekly of in-classroom acting education

  • 2-4 hours weekly of rehearsals

  • Homework and exercises as assigned by teachers

Students are trained in the following areas that are fundamental to Yat’s work:

  • Action and Effort

  • The 4 Mental Factors

  • The 4 Motion Factors

  • The 8 Working Actions

  • The 6 Inner Attitudes (Character Types)

  • The 4 Externalized Drives.

  • The Confluence of Externalized Drives

  • Scenarios for all Inner Attitude types

Commitment to work, punctuality, and discipline are an absolute requirement. This is an intense program that requires deep emotional involvement, consistency and serious commitment in order to fully benefit from the program.


Class schedules

New students can apply for an interview to join the Yat/Bentley curriculum. Please inquire about the latest class schedule.

Group Classes

  • Tuesday AM: 10:30 am-1:30 pm (Jeffrey Bihr Studio, Oakland) - Enrolling now

  • Tuesday PM: 6:30 pm-9:30 pm (Jeffrey Bihr Studio, Oakland)

  • Saturday AM: 10:30am-1:30pm (Jeffrey Bihr Studio, Oakland) - Enrolling now

  • Saturday PM: 2:30pm-5:30pm (Jeffrey Bihr Studio, Oakland)

Private Sessions

  • Thursdays AM & PM: Inquire for availability - Enrolling now

  • Fridays AM & PM: Inquire for availability - Enrolling now


schedule an interview

Email for more information or apply for an interview today!