Young Actors Space (YAS)
Established in 1979, Young Actors Space (YAS) has been the premier destination for young actors looking to improve their craft. Our passion and commitment to developing talent has helped us to nurture some of the brightest stars in the industry, starting as early as age 5 and continuing through adulthood. YAS was founded by Diane Hill Hardin and Nora Eckstein. Each were bred in the entertainment industry, and brought their extensive knowledge to establish a dedicated performing arts academy for young working and aspiring actors. Patrick Day joined the teaching staff in 1993, fresh out of college at USC. In 2008, he took over as owner of The Space, and has remained its head instructor and artistic director ever since. Over the last 4 decades, YAS students have permeated every corner of the entertainment industry, and countless many have achieved highly successful acting careers. But more than that, our students succeed in life. From architects to doctors, proud parents to skilled entrepreneurs, and at least one rocket scientist, YAS actors receive a training that benefits them in every aspect of their life – even years after they’ve left. Our proudest accomplishment comes in the form of having 2nd generation YAS students – the next generation of young actors whose parents are also Young Actors Space alumni.
DIRECTOR | INSTRUCTOR
Patrick Day has been an instructor at Young Actors Space since 1993, joining its founders Diane Hill Hardin and Nora Eckstein. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern California, earning his BA in Theatre with an emphasis on Directing.
In his tenure at YAS, Patrick has taught and worked with thousands of today’s brightest young stars. His teaching methodology is strongly rooted in 35 years of experience as a professional actor, director and teacher.
He believes every actor works differently, and incorporates the art of improvisation into his classes in order to extract the raw ability and talent out of his performers. His method can be broken down into six core segments designed to create a truthful, intuitive performance: Analyze, Memorize, Personalize, Relax, Listen and React.
Patrick began pursuing acting as a child which gives him a valuable perspective as an instructor. Being a former child actor himself, he deeply understands the unique journey that young actors experience while growing up in the industry…
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Philosophy: At Young Actors Space our classes are fun! We encourage our students to get out of their heads and into their hearts. Our motto is “Relax. LIsten. React.” We coach our students to reach further than what is normally expected. Anyone can read a scene, but no respected working actor simply reads. Our students learn to understand the behavior and motivation of a scene through self-exploration, improvisation and relaxation. The goal is for our students to find the truth within the subtext and allow their imaginations to soar. Within a safe, supportive environment, we encourage our students to risk, explore, create, and to believe in the powers of their creativity.
Structure: Our regular weekly classes are half improv and half scene-study, but we also offer on-camera classes, dialect classes, and various Summer conservatories. Classes are never broken down by skill level, only by age. We may have first time actors working right alongside seasoned professionals, and that’s very much by design – we truly believe everybody can learn from everybody. We limit class sizes in order to give our students the individual attention they require to develop into working artists. Classes are strictly filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
Fall, Winter and Spring Classes:
- Tykes Class (Ages 5-7): Our Tykes class helps our youngest actors build confidence and work on focus and discipline. Through storytelling, relaxation, sensory work and play our youngest actors learn to listen, maintain eye contact, trust their imaginations, and gain confidence while having fun. (Limit: 10 students)
- Children’s Class (Ages 8-11): Our Children’s class covers basic script analysis, objectives, through-lines, and creating truthful performances through improvisation and the use of sensory work. The goal is to get these young actors ready to show up to a set relaxed, confident, secure, and excited to take direction. (Limit: 15 students)
- Young Teens Class (Ages 12-14): Our Pre-Teen class is geared toward focus, truthful performances through improvisation, cold readings, and breaking down a script. We explore objectives, behavior, relaxation and trust. The goal is to get the young actors comfortable and confident in their own bodies. (Limit: 15 students)
- Teens Class (Ages 15-17): Our Teen class focuses on finding the writer’s voice through script analysis and making strong specific choices, while remaining open to adjustments and direction. Our improvisations may be dramatic or comedic but are always based in truth. We encourage our teens to be respectful while remaining uncensored. The goal is to get our teens out of their heads and into their hearts. (Limit: 15 students)
- Young Adults Class (18-20): Our Adult class is for adult actors that are young at heart. Whether a beginner or seasoned professional, this class covers script work, improvisation, staying in the moment, and industry basics. For our seasoned actors, this ever-evolving class will remind you why you fell in love with acting in the first place. (Limit: 15 students)
- Adults Class (21+): Our Adult class is for adult actors that are young at heart. Whether a beginner or seasoned professional, this class covers script work, improvisation, staying in the moment, and industry basics. For our seasoned actors, this ever-evolving class will remind you why you fell in love with acting in the first place. (Limit: 15 students)
- On Camera Class: Youth (10-17): Our On-Camera class focuses on audition, on-camera, slate & cold-reading techniques. Each actor will be coached, rehearse and shoot scenes in our professionally lit Audition On-Camera Room one-on-one with the instructor – and review the scenes afterwards in a group setting. Actors will receive a free SD Card and walk away with all footage filmed in class. (Limit: 10 students)
- On Camera Class: Adult (18+): Our On-Camera class focuses on audition, on-camera, slate & cold-reading techniques. Each actor will be coached, rehearse and shoot scenes in our professionally lit Audition On-Camera Room one-on-one with the instructor – and review the scenes afterwards in a group setting. Actors will receive a free SD Card and walk away with all footage filmed in class. (Limit: 10 students)
- Intro to Dialects: Fundamentals of the IPA (18+): This Dialects class focuses on teaching actors the International Phonetic Alphabet, or IPA. The aim of this course is to educate actors in the basics of the IPA and give them a scholarly approach that ultimately allows actors to teach themselves any dialect or accent through focused study. This class does not offer make-up days. For more info, click here to watch a video of the IPA in action! (Limit: 10 students)
- Dialects: Ongoing (18+): Join us every week as we explore new dialects together! This is an exploratory class, so each class will be different. The class could spend only a single class on a dialect, or several. Dialects we choose to work on may be decided by the instructor, or at the suggestion of the students. This is a performance based class where we will create new Lexical Sets for different dialects together. (Limit: 10 students)
- Young Actor’s Toolbox (5-11): In this four-week class young actors will spend each week doing something different to touch on a wide variety of acting skills. Day one will be all improvisation; day two will focus on preparing a script; day three students will work on the same scene after having the week to memorize it; the last class will focus on camera technique as the students put the scene on tape. (Limit: 10 students per session)
- On-Camera Conservatory (10-17): This week long program includes on-camera & audition technique as well as truth based improvisation and scene study. An original scene will be written specifically for each actor. They will be coached, rehearse and shoot the original scene in our professionally lit On-Camera Room. Actors will receive a personality slate and edited scene ready to send to agents, managers, and casting directors. (Limit: 20 students)
- Production Conservatory (10-17): Our Production Conservatory is a fast paced camp where actors from all over the world help create an original production in ten days. This conservatory focuses on theatre technique and culminates in the premiere of a brand new play written specifically for the actors involved, which is performed four times in the YAS Theatre. (Limit: 20 students)
- Youth Dialect Intensive (12-17): This one-of-a-kind intensive gives young actors the tools they need to master any dialect they wish. Students will spend the first week learning the ins-and-outs the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The second week students will learn how to use the IPA to teach themselves a dialect, using British Received Pronunciation as a basi
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