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, Larry Arrick and Vivian Matalon. In 1987, she began her Meisner training under James Price at The Acting Studio, one of New York City’s leading acting schools devoted to the work of Sanford Meisner. Upon completion of her training, Mr. Price honored Ms. Ward by asking her ‘to sit with him’ to become a Meisner teacher. Through this apprenticeship, Ms. Ward began teaching the Meisner Approach for The Acting Studio and became its Associate Director in 1989.
In 1996, she founded the Ward Acting Studio and quickly established herself as one of New York City’s master instructors 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 teaching Meisner to sophomores. 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 in Melbourne she taught Meisner workshops at St. Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, LaTrobe Student Theatre, and The Film and Television Studio International. In 2015, she opened her 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 available in major bookstores. For more on Ms. Ward’s work visit wardtheatrecompany.com.