"This is powerful, evocative theatre, presented with innovative, artistic flair."
-- MELBOURNE OBSERVER
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 multi-level 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. Melbourne Arts critic Peter Green said of its premiere performance in Melbourne:
“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 themselves along. I cannot speak too highly of it.”
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."