"Wendy Ward’s production and the entire cast were simply superb. This is great, unforgettable theatre, so rare in this country. I strongly encourage all my professional associates to experience this production and support this unique company into the future."
-- DAVID CAMERON, TV DIRECTOR (City Homicide, Bed of Roses, Dogstar)
Artistic Director Wendy Ward
Wendy Ward’s work 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.
Ms. Ward received her BA in drama in 1981 from Duke University and continued her training at the National Theatre Institute before moving to New York in 1983. There, she studied with Anna Deavere Smith, James Price, and Vivian Matalon. In 1989, she became Associate Director of The Acting Studio, a training institution devoted to the work of Sanford Meisner, and in 1996 she founded the Ward Studio, a professional actor-training program specializing in the Meisner Approach.
Ms. Ward has served on the faculty of University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania teaching Meisner to sophomores and directed over seventy productions in New York, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, Australia -- a third of which were original pieces devised in her performance program.
In 2010, Australia granted Ms. Ward the highly coveted Distinguished Talent Visa allowing her to bring her acting studio and theater company to Melbourne. She is featured in the books Acting Teachers of America by Ronald Rand and Acting Career Start-Up by Anthony Smith available in major bookstores.