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.
If you want a life punctuated with wonder and discovery, seek vital artistic expression, and are willing to dig deep: you belong with us here at YBC.
Ongoing training spans semesters from September-December and January-June with special summer sessions. We are enrolling now!
Summer training session
June 29-july 27
5-week introductory class in the Yat/Bentley method. Suitable for all levels: those who are new to the work, past participants of Friday drop-in training, and previous students of YBC.
Five Saturdays: June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Jeffrey Bihr Studio, 5390 Miles Ave, Oakland
Fall training | yat/bentley method
September - december 2019
Weekly training in the Yat/Bentley Method. Various group classes are suitable for different levels, and new students can apply for an interview to join. The program will consist 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 + 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.
group class schedules
All classes meet at Jeffrey Bihr Studio (5390 Miles Ave.) in Oakland.
New Students (Fall 2019)
Choosing one of the weekly group classes is a great place to start at YBC.
Tuesday AM: 10:30am-1:30 pm
Saturday AM: 10:30am-1:30pm
Friday PM: 6:30pm-9:30pm (optional, 1x/month)
Continuing Students (Fall 2019)
For those ready to take their training up another level: twice weekly group classes.
Tuesday AM: 10:30am-1:30 pm, or
Tuesday PM: 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday PM: 2:30pm-5:30pm
Private Sessions (Fall 2019)
Inquire for timing availability.
This weekly class and training workshop is for artists who have been through the Yat work. Expand the muscularity of your instrument through ongoing scenario work.
Wednesday PM: 6:30pm-9:30pm (commit by the month)
A place to apply the Yat work in new ways:
Bring in original work for feedback and development
Workshop roles you’ve been cast in and support your outside rehearsal process
Bring in dream roles and audition pieces to ready yourself with stronger preparation