Wendy Ward founded the Ward Acting Studio in New York City in 1996 and quickly established herself as one of the city’s foremost masters of the Meisner Approach. She has taught upwards of 4,000 actors, directed over 75 productions and established studios in New York, Philadelphia, Melbourne, Australia and Durham, North Carolina.
She received her BA in drama in 1981 from Duke University and continued her training at the National Theater Institute before studying in New York with Anna Deavere Smith, James Price and Vivian Matalon. In 1989, she became Associate Director of The Acting Studio, one of New York’s leading schools devoted to the work of Sanford Meisner. In 1996 she founded the Ward Acting Studio. In 2010, Australia granted Ms. Ward its Distinguished Talent Visa granting her permanent residency in Australia and allowing her to establish the Ward Acting Studio Melbourne where she taught and directed from 2011-2014. She has served on the faculty of University of the Arts in Philadelphia and given workshops in London, in Athens, in Los Angeles, and at St. Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, LaTrobe Student Theatre, and The Film and Television Studio International in Melbourne.
Ms. Ward is also Artistic Director of the Ward Theatre Company which she founded in 2005 in New York City as a performance vehicle for her finest graduates. The Company offers opportunities for her actors to work as an ensemble and become collaborators in the creation of original work presented in longer performance runs. In its first season, the Company received two nominations for Outstanding Acting from New York Innovative Theater Awards. The Ward Theatre Company is unique in that it is populated solely with actors who are Meisner-trained and has included actors from as far away as Austria, Australia, Israel, Germany, Macedonia and The Netherlands. Most recenlty, the Company opened its new space in Durham where it received critical acclaim for its premiere productions of Jacuzzi and I Wish You A Boat. Ms. Ward’s work has been described as “movies on stage” in reference to her particular ability to get compelling, authentic performances from her ensemble. (visit wardtheatrecompany.com)
She is featured in the books Acting Teachers of America by Ronald Rand and Acting Career Start-Up by Anthony Smith available in major bookstores. For more on Ms. Ward visit wardstudio.com and wardtheatrecompany.com.
Ward Acting Studio Six-Week Summer Intensive
Every year actors from all over the world travel to the States to work with Wendy in her Six-Week Acting Intensive. For twenty years, her Intensive was known as one of the most challenging summer acting programs in New York City, respected for its high quality of Meisner training and the standards of excellence to which her students are held. The Intensive is now held at her studio in Durham, North Carolina. Beginning in 2019, two intensives will be held during summer months — one that focuses on acting technique and audition preparedness and a second that provides acting training and a custom-designed show reel.
Actors in the intensive learn to work at a faster pace, become less sensitive to criticism, increase their stamina for professional life in the industry and develop new acting processes and career strategies that make them better actors and more competitive professionals. (visit wardstudio.com)