Graduates of the Ward Acting Studio

Acting training for film, television and stage

"Many may say that they teach the Meisner Approach but very few can truly claim to be Meisner teachers. 

Wendy Ward is one of them."

- Ernest A. Losso, Protégé to Sanford Meisner and renowned Hollywood director and casting director

Since 1996

The Meisner technique has been revered for decades by producers, directors and casting directors because of its extraordinary ability to instill emotional truthfulness and power in an actor's work. 

Studio Director Wendy Ward has been teaching the technique for over twenty-five years in New York City -- first at The Acting Studio where she served as Associate Director and then at the Ward Studio which she founded in 1996.  Since that time she has helped thousands of actors develop the skills and confidence necessary to leave their day jobs and establish sustainable acting careers.  Now you can study with her in Durham, North Carolina.

It was when I finished my first lead in a movie, two guest parts in big pilots and tested for Gossip Girls that I realized how much I learned in Wendy’s classes. She challenges you in a positive way. I would love to be in her class again.
— Alexandra Daddario, True Detective, Percy Jackson, San Andreas

We applaud our graduates who are now familiar faces in the industry and celebrate the many others who left our studio prepared for careers as actors, voice-over artists, film directors and producers. While you may not know their names, you've watched them on HBO programs; heard them on national TV commercials; seen their pictures in magazines and on products in your grocery store; and rooted for them in major motion pictures.  Let us help you join their ranks!  Whether you're an experienced actor or just a beginner, we've got a class that will challenge and inspire you and also suit your schedule.

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If you're not able to study with Wendy in Durham, you can study with her online.  Wendy offers acting classes and audition coachingover Skype and Facetime. Visit