Tom Bentley-Fisher

Artistic Director, Writer, Director and Lead Yat Teacher

Tom has been the artistic director of five professional theatres, directed over one hundred productions and has taught master and ongoing classes at universities, theater schools and private studios in California, Canada, England and Spain. He began as an actor, training in New York and London with Sanford Meisner and Yat Malmgren, and then performed in London’s West End before moving on to directing and teaching. Today Tom is Artistic Director of Tant per Tant Theatre and Film, an international, multi-lingual theater company based in Canada, and is Artistic Director of the Yat Performance Center, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He splits his time between Canada, America and Spain.

You can reach Tom any time at tom [at] yatbentley [dot] com


Leah Herman

Director of Training and International ProgramminG

Leah Herman is an actor, teacher and performance artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She trained in the Meisner Technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse and with Fred Kareman in New York, and in the Yat Method with Tom Bentley-Fisher in San Francisco. Leah was a member of Theatre Release, Tom’s Yat-based theater company in San Francisco in the early 2000’s. Other influential training includes Viewpoints with Mary Overlie, Suzuki and Viewpoints with SITI, and brief but immeasurably rich and far-reaching training with Double Edge Theater. Leah has created performance art projects in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

You can reach Leah any time at team [at] yatbentley [dot] com


Lavinia Hollands

Yat Teacher, England


Aurora de Blas

Yat Teacher, Los Angeles


Greta Turken

Communications, NYC


Elizabeth Aaron

Administrative and Communications AssociatE


Sophie Becker

Digital and Social Media