The Ward Acting Studio
World-class Acting Training in Durham, North Carolina
The Ward Acting Studio is a professional actor training program with expertise in the Meisner Approach. Studio Director Wendy Ward founded the school in 1996 in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City where almost immediately it became known as one of the City's top private studios. Ms. Ward has trained upwards of 4,000 actors and produced over 70 productions, about a third of which were original pieces devised by Ms. Ward in association with the Ward Theatre Company.
In 2009, after commuting back and forth between New York and Philadelphia in order to teach Meisner to sophomores at The University of the Arts, Ms. Ward moved her Studio to Philly. There, she continued to train actors in the Meisner Approach and re-populated her theater company with actors from Macedonia, Germany and Australia who traveled to Philadelphia to train with Wendy and perform alongside her American ensemble members.
In 2010, Australia granted Ms. Ward its coveted Distinguished Talent Visa, allowing her to take up permanent residency and move her Studio to Melbourne. She renovated a warehouse space at the Footscray Cotton Mills to house her Studio and the Ward Theatre Company which consistently received critical acclaim.
Between 2010 and 2014, Ms. Ward traveled back and forth between Melbourne and New York City before eventually moving back to the States and settling in North Carolina.
Ms. Ward opened her Durham Studio in November of 2014 to bring a 'New York' standard of professional actor training to the Triangle. The Ward Theatre Company quickly established itself as one of the Triangle's premiere independent theaters with its productions of Jacuzzi, I Wish You A Boat, Revival, Honour and The Mound Builders. The Studio welcomes actors of all levels and includes actors from around the world as online participants over its video conferencing technology.