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!


FAll 2019

Taught by Associate Yat Teacher Pamela Hollings, this course integrates Yat movement training with Cicely Berry voice training. For anyone interested in exploring their voice—stretching it, locating it, enjoying it.

Students have the option of joining one of two class times.

  • Saturday: 8:30am - 10:00am

    • Oct. 26 - Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)

    • Jeffrey Bihr Studio, 5390 Miles Ave. Oakland, CA

  • Wednesday: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    • Nov. 6 - Dec. 11

    • Shotgun Studios, 1201 University Avenue (cnr Curtis), Berkeley, CA

Tuition: $120 for full session, but drop-in sessions will be available for $25/class.

Enroll by emailing Pamela Hollings directly.


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.


Performance gym

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


schedule an interview

Email for more information or apply for an interview today!