Whether you're a beginner or an experienced actor, you're going to be challenged by the level of professionalism you'll receive and the standards you'll be required to meet while working in this program. Wendy is known for teaching a class that levels the playing field for everyone involved. If you're a seasoned actor, you're going to realize how much better you can be.  If you're a newcomer, you'll be surprised at how far Wendy can take you in just a few months of training.  What all of our students agree on is that Wendy's mastery is in knowing exactly how she can strengthen your specific skills and liberate parts of your talent that you didn't even know existed.

As a new student, I am just beginning to see the beauty of the Meisner approach to acting, but it’s already clear to me why it’s so effective. You don’t need to know anything about acting to start the classes, and if you just trust the process and take it seriously, results follow. Wendy’s years of experience in the industry and with the Meisner technique make her a powerful teacher. She really cares about her students’ progress and guides us to achieve the best in ourselves. I’m excited to have found exactly what I was looking for — New York quality professional training right here in Durham!
— Sharon Bishop, Durham, NC

You say you've already done Meisner?

Wendy has taught the Meisner Approach for over 25 years, and she’s a true master.  Actors who come to her from other programs consistently report that her training is more specific, more demanding and far more profound than their previous experience.  Whether you're learning Meisner for the first time or have taken classes in the technique before, you will confront significant new challenges and find yourself becoming much more competent, confident, competitive and cooler under pressure.

Meisner Acting Technique Program - study in person or online

Part-time students at the Ward Acting Studio attend class twice a week, most frequently in either a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday combination.  (Online students have additional scheduling options.) Most of our students expect to train with us for a year during which they will complete traditional Meisner Acting Training and participate in a robust audition class that tests their new skills under the rigors of various audition situations.  Some of our students elect to continue after they complete their Meisner classes in advanced scene and text classes developed specifically for them. Others begin working on their show reel and some even choose to work out in the Tech II level again and again as a way of continually improving their skills.

New actors to the Studio do not have to commit to a full year, as tuition is paid monthly at the rate of $365/month.  Students also have the option of paying $420/month, allowing our most ambitious students to attend class up to four times a week if they so choose.  Specific details around cost and scheduling will be discussed at your interview appointment.

Classes for new students begin May 6, July 8, September 9 and November 4.

Want to learn more about the curriculum?  Click here.

If you can't commit to our Studio schedule, read about ONLINE ACTING CLASSES and other training options.