Upcoming Boot Camp Sessions

January 8-12, 2018

We designed our boot camps for actors wanting to take an immersive plunge.  Classes meet from 9am - 9pm, Monday-Friday and include acting classes, script classes, scene classes and classes that address interviewing and auditioning with industry professionals.  It's a ton of practical skill-building and on-your-feet experience. These boot camps are appropriate for brand new actors and actors who want to immerse themselves in the Meisner Approach.

All classes are taught by Studio Director, Wendy Ward.  Wendy is known for taking beginners very far, very quickly.  Last year her theater company's production of JACUZZI was named one of the region's top 10 best shows of 2016.  Two of the four actors had never performed in their lives.  INDY Week Magazine theater critic Byron Woods said this about her work:

 
JACUZZI marks Wendy Ward’s directorial debut in the region, and the regional debuts of three of her company’s four members. For two of them, Jacuzzi is their first show ever. Not to worry: you won’t be able to pick them out. But how do beginners get this good this quickly? Having a well-seasoned teacher helps.
 

Prerequisite:  Actors who wish to participate in a boot camp must complete a minimum of one online acting course with Wendy.  Because only six actors are admitted to any particular boot camp, it's important for Wendy to see where are you are in your work and what you need so that she can place you in classes with actors who are at a comparable working level.  If there is not enough time to complete an online course before the boot camp begins, you may be considered for placement on the strength of your application and what is revealed in your Skype interview.

Logistics:  All classes take place at the Ward Acting Studio, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suites 11 & 12, Durham, NC 27707.  Housing is not provided but easily attainable through Airbnb or by booking a reservation at one of the many hotels and suites nearby. Click here to see a sample schedule.

Interested students must complete the application and a Skype interview in order to be considered. 

Cost $1,250, payable in two installments with the initial deposit due upon acceptance to the program.

 
From the moment [Wendy’s] actors walk on stage, one senses each actor has an intrinsic gist of the importance of sincere engagement with and respect for their compatriots, which results in the creation of a rich and credible milieu. It would be interesting to discover Ms. Ward’s key ingredients in her extremely effective drama training that produces beautifully tuned, evenly balanced work, in which all actors appear confident and comfortably in control of their craft.
— STAGE WHISPERS