Wendy Ward received her BA in drama in 1981 from Duke University. She continued her training at the National Theatre Institute and studied in New York with Anna Deavere Smith, James Price, and Broadway directors Larry Arrick and Vivian Matalon. In 1989, she became Associate Director of The Acting Studio, one of New York's leading acting schools devoted to the work of Sanford Meisner.
In 1996, she founded the Ward Acting Studio and quickly established herself as one of the city’s foremost masters of the Meisner Approach. She has taught upwards of 4,000 actors, directed over 70 productions and served on the faculty of University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 2010, Australia granted Ms. Ward its highly coveted Distinguished Talent Visa, allowing her to become a permanent resident and move her Studio to Melbourne. As well as providing Meisner training at her own studio, while there she taught Meisner workshops at St. Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, LaTrobe Student Theatre, and The Film and Television Studio International. Most recently she opened her new studio in Durham, North Carolina.
Her work as Artistic Director of the Ward Theatre Company has been described as “movies on stage," in reference to the uniquely intimate experiences she provides to her audiences and the extraordinarily bold and authentic performances she draws out of her ensemble. Over the past two years, her company has been included on INDY Week Magazine and Triangle Arts and Entertainment's lists for the region's Top Ten Outstanding Performances and Top Ten Ensembles.
Ms. Ward is featured in the books Acting Teachers of America by Ronald Rand and Acting Career Start-Up by Anthony Smith, and An Actor's Guide to Making it in New York City.