Founded by Wendy Ward in New York City in 2005, the Ward Theatre Company is known for the authenticity of its acting and its extraordinary esprit de corps.  Its signature piece I Wish You A Boat was first performed in New York City and received two nominations for Outstanding Acting from New York Innovative Theatre Awards.

In 2011, the Company took up residency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where it was re-populated with an international cast.  Its original production Almost Home was performed as a benefit for worldwide flood victims and was most recently performed in Durham, NC to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2012, the Company moved to Melbourne, Australia and established its own multilevel theater venue at the Docklands Cotton Mills in Footscray.  Its production of I Wish You A Boat sold out within 48 hours at the Melbourne Fringe and enjoyed a six week sold out extended season. 

The Ward Theatre Company’s work has been described as “redefining the concept of original theater,” “never pat nor predictable,” and "living proof that live theater can provide passage to the human experience in ways that the big screen cannot."

 

The beauty of this piece is in the intimate feeling of our experience of each of the characters. We meet them and learn about them in small doses. Each one is a part of the fabric of this community, and we leave feeling that we have seen (and been somewhat immersed in) its complex tapestry. This feeling, we surmise, was due to the high quality of the acting, which afforded a genuineness and a sense of completion in the portrayals of the various characters.
— KURT BENRUD, TRIANGLE REVIEW
Packs a powerful punch
— BROADWAY WORLD.COM
This is powerful, evocative theatre, presented with innovative, artistic flair.
— MELBOURNE OBSERVER
This crew delivers as much narrative as an Arthur Miller play with only 5% of the talking.  Each member of Ward’s company sheds skin, muscle, and bone until we discover a long, taut tendon, connecting an actor’s brain and a character’s heart–the perfect melding of thinking and feeling. This company’s Meisner-based preparations have allowed them to let go of the actor’s preoccupation with mechanics.
— DUSTIN BRITT, TRIANGLE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Visually stunning and masterful storytelling.
— PAMELA VESPER, TRIANGLE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
From the moment the 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.
— SUZANNE SANDOW, STAGE WHISPERS
They are the new kids on the block and have bravely staked out their territory with the Australian premiere of I Wish You A Boat…a brilliant and I cannot over stress BRILLIANT second act. It’s the best depiction of that kind of event I have ever seen…I was shell-shocked. This performance is truly ensemble, and it is extremely well directed by Wendy Ward. All I can say is people should get theselves along. I cannot speak too highly of it.”
— PETER GREEN, 3MBS RADIO
Beautiful theatre, exquisite performances.
— SOMETIMES MELBOURNE
I was so in sync with each character’s vulnerability that when tensions explode, I was swallowed up by a verbal and emotional hurricane and had trouble staying in my seat.
— DUSTIN BRITT, TRIANGLE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
These actors worked seamlessly to bring this play to an explosive and deadly climax. The characterizations and interactions of this ensemble completely submerged any vestige of the actor and made us see only the characters onstage...It was a first-rate performance in an intimate and in-your-face setting. It is well worth your attention, but make your plans now; remember, the house is purposefully small.
— ALAN R. HALL, CVNC, ONLINE ARTS JOURNAL
...Reminiscent of Terence Malick’s Tree of Life...marvelous performances...it’s sublime.
— THE AGE
The stagecraft is impressively simple and very effective. The result is a stimulating, enjoyable and unusual night at the theater.
— RICHARD SARELL, THE REHEARSAL ROOM
I’m still not certain if I was moved in places by something holy, or by the naked needs of the humans before me—needs that were met in some cases and not in others. Perhaps they’re one and the same, in the end. Still, I can report, without doubt, that I was moved
— Byron Woods, INDY Week Magazine
 
I Wish You a Boat is unlike any play you will ever see, profoundly moving, engaging from start to end.
— Jeffrey Rossman, CVNC

 

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