Many may say that they teach the Meisner Approach, but very few can truly claim to be Meisner teachers.  Wendy Ward is one of them.

—Ernest A. Losso, Sanford Meisner protégé, Neighborhood Playhouse; Director and Casting Director, LA


The Ward Acting Studio is a professional actor training program located in Durham, North Carolina. Studio Director Wendy Ward taught the technique for twenty-five years in New York City -- first at The Acting Studio where she served as Associate Director and then at the Ward Acting Studio, which she founded in 1996.  She has long been renowned as one of the country's foremost masters of the approach.  Thousands of actors have taken her acting classes to develop the skills and confidence needed to leave their day jobs and establish sustainable acting careers. Actors who work with Wendy quickly learn how much more detailed, challenging and compelling Meisner technique training can be under the guidance of a master teacher.  Her acting program is revelatory, especially for actors who have previously received introductions to the Meisner work.  Put simply, there's Meisner -- and then there's Meisner.

I am halfway through Meisner Technique 2 and just finished filming four scenes for a film, the largest role I’ve had to date. I would absolutely not have landed this role, which involved a self-tape and a callback, without my classes and Wendy’s coaching. Wendy is extraordinarily committed to excellence. She has a singular gift for zeroing in on what you need to address and how to communicate this to you. Her specificity is the best I have ever seen.
— K.S., Online student from Canada
Wendy is demanding, professional and will really push you to realize your potential. If you are going to work with Wendy, you need to be prepared to really work. I guarantee it’s worth it. The Meisner approach to acting is raw, honest and real. There is no faking it in this class. Wendy will not settle for anything less than your best and then some. I know I’m a much better actor for it. If you want to work somewhere where the craft of acting is truly taken seriously, then The Ward Acting Studio is for you.
— Carter Smith, Australian student studying in Durham