Young Actors Space: The Original and Premier School for Young Actors!

Young Actors Space, established in 1979, is the original and premier school for performers as young as age 5 to adults. Our passion and commitment to developing young talent in the craft of acting for the last 30+ years has given us the opportunity to help nurture some of the brightest stars in the industry.

Young Actors Space is one of a kind. We are a unique and exciting school for actors and have earned the respect and admiration from industry professionals since our beginnings. At YAS, we believe no two performers are the same - every actor's talent is unique and an essential component of this diverse business. We encourage our actors to explore their creativity, build confidence as a performer, and discover and hone their craft in a warm, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Our classes are structured with half improvisation and half scene study. We used truth based improv to accentuate the uniqueness of each actor. Our goal is to make the written scene seem like an improvisation. We train our actors to make strong specific choices based on the writer’s intent. YAS is a process oriented school that encourages its actors to get out of their heads and into their hearts. (*Bonded with the State of California Labor Commissioner)


Young Actors Space features three working spaces for classes and performances.

THE WHOLE THEATRE: The Whole is an intimate black box space with a seating capacity of up to 35, professional light grid, tech booth, and newly upgraded air conditioner and heating system. This theatre hosts the teen and adult classes, rents out to local productions, and is the cornerstone of our in-house Whole Theatre Company. 2011 saw the WTC's standing room only production of John Cariani's Almost, Maine. The Whole has previously been home to critically acclaimed productions of Alan Bownes' Beirut, Daniel Therriault's Battery, and Rent, starring YAS alumni Jessica Biel.

THE BIG ROOM: Used primarily as a classroom, The Big Room has our largest seating capacity (up to 50 seats), track lighting and a raised 15 1/2' x 9' stage. Current renters include Choice Skinner's "Breaking Through" class for adult actors.

THE ON CAMERA ROOM: Known informally as the TV Room, this intimate space is utilized for rehearsals and classes. The room is equipped with a wall-mounted flat screen monitor and video-friendly China ball lighting as well as a raised 11 1/2' x 12' stage. Current renters include Jan Bina and Jon Smet's popular Commercial Workshop for children and teens, which makes full use of video review.

YAS also features a lounge area for our waiting parents, with comfortable couches and a well-stocked book shelf!

Young Actors Space was established in 1979 by Diane Hill Hardin and Nora Eckstein. Having each been bred in the industry, they brought their extensive knowledge of every facet of entertainment together and formed Young Actors Space. This team was the first in the entertainment industry to establish a dedicated performing arts academy for young working and aspiring actors. Not just any academy - an academy with a solid professional structure that works.
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Patrick Day has been an instructor at Young Actors Space since 1993, joining its founders Diane Hill Hardin and Nora Eckstein. He is an alumni of the University of Southern California, earning his BA in Theatre with an emphasis on Directing. In his tenure at YAS, Mr. Day has taught and worked with literally hundreds of today's brightest young stars.
Nora Eckstein has been coaching and teaching actors for over twenty-five years. An acting coach specializing in young professional actors, she was owner/artistic director of the Young Actors Space for three years, and taught acting there for over twenty-five years. Her students have starred in countless roles in film, on stage and television.


Chad Allen
Penn Badgley
Jessica Biel
Samantha Boscarino
Thomas Wilson Brown
Amanda Bynes
Brandon Call
Candace Cameron
Kirk Cameron
Sabrina Carpenter
Sarah Carpenter
Scout Taylor Compton
Miranda Cosgrove

Zoey Deutch
Leonardo DiCaprio
Shannen Doherty
Jason Dolley
Stephen Dorff
Haylie Duff
Hillary Duff
Sean Patrick Flanery
Lyndsy Fonseca
Brian Austin Green
Brittany Curran
Jake Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal

Lukas Haas
Lucy Hale
Melora Hardin
Eddie Hassell
John Huertas
Christine Lakin
Dillon Lane
Tobey Maguire
Tina Majorino
Ryan Malgarini
Kellie Martin
Chris Masterson
Alyson (Aly) Michalka

Amanda (AJ) Michalka
Tamera Mowry
Bailey Noble
Taylor Thompson
Tia Mowry
River Phoenix
Lindsay Price
Cassidy Rae
Efran Ramirez
Molly Ringwald
Azure Skye
Hilary Swank
Kristy Swanson

Emma Stone
Shiloh Strong
David Tom
Heather Tom
Nicholle Tom
Scott Weinger
Elijah Wood
Shailene Woodley
Ryan Wynott
Ahmet Zappa
...and many more!
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“The Young Actors Space has the best classes for young actors.”



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"Patrick Day taught me how to cry, and I mean that as a compliment! YAS was my outlet to grow and learn and study acting as a teenager. I will always be grateful for what I learned there and still remember it as my favorite classes I that I've ever taken."
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(Girl Meets World, Sofia The First)
“Patrick Day at Young Actors Space was the only acting coach I ever worked with before booking any roles. Not only did he teach me how to act - professionally on set, and in auditions, he and the classes he taught were so fun I always looked forward to showing up.”
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(Gary Unmarried. Lost In Space, Freaky Friday)
“The teachers at YAS are great. I've learned so much about getting into character for roles and how improvisation can come in handy both for auditions and the work itself. I know that the training I’ve had with YAS contributed to my success in landing a series, and I can't thank them enough.”
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“The Young Actors Space is a safe place to learn & grow. The passion and comfort we found within these walls gave us the skill set to be confident in our craft. We love it here!”
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(The Savage Agency)
“Young Actors Space is the only proven training ground in the world where child actors become adult actors.”
(President - Label Agency)
“If only there was more than one Patrick Day in the world. Eighteen years in the business and the response from our students after a Patrick Day workshop is unlike anythiing we've seen before. Kids learn more, not only about acting, but about themselves, in less time with Patrick than with any other coach I've worked with. What else is there to say?”
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“I worked with Patrick throughout the college application process, and I know that I would not have been accepted to so many amazing schools without his support and guidance. From selecting the perfect monologues for my age and abilities, to helping me prepare them and even to taping them for submission to a few schools, Patrick was there for me. He has not only been instrumental in my professional career, but is now also an integral part of my college career. Patrick, you are truly awesome!”
(Divergent Series, Secrect Life of an American Teenager, The Fault in Our Stars, The O.C)
“My years at YAS shaped such a large part of who I am today. The creativity, the sacred vulnerability, the freedom I was gifted at such a young age granted me with a rare treasure of being fully the most delicate of ways. Aware of empathy, compassion, anger, exhilaration, denial, celebration. The sensitivity to drive my soul--the fuel to my machine. The canvas on which I strive to color each and every day. A note to say THANK YOU for teaching me more about myself than any self-help-guidance could compete with...for championing us on so fully, so smartly, so generously...for the allowed laughs, tears, blunders and accomplishments...for being a silent angel of whom still guides me in my adult life...and for continuing to donate your time to inspire, empower and encourage others with your extremely dedicated and unique light!”
(See Dad Run, Key & Peele, Criminal Minds)
“Every Monday night, I ran as fast as I could to Young Actors Space to take my classes with Patrick. Not only did I grow as an actor and a human being, but I felt like I was in a safe, nonjudgemental environment full of encouragement and inspiration. Being a teenager can be difficult, especially when you're constantly getting rejected in Hollywood, but Patrick's class allowed for me to release my creative needs in a friendly and encouraging enviornment while also working in a professional setting. Patrick teaches you to trust yourself, your own individual "technique" and to use your imagination to the fullest. He gives you a platform to live in an entirely new world, while still incorporating the essence of your individuality. It really resonated with me and encouraged me to open up and give myself to the world. Young Actor's Space is the place to be! ”
(Girl Meets World)
“Patrick taught me how to be comfortable in my environment and to fully express myself. YAS is the perfect place for young actor's to develop not only as performers, but as people. Thanks for everything!”
(How to Rock, NCIS, House of Lies, Girl Meets World)
“The Young Actor's Space has been and continues to be a safe haven where I can learn, make mistakes, and grow! Which is all you can hope for as an actor. Patrick is not only a teacher but a friend, and I'm so grateful to have YAS in my life! The absolute best.”
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