Part-time Acting Training Program

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced actor, you're going to be challenged and impressed by the level of professionalism you'll receive and the standards you'll be required to meet while working in our program. One thing that Wendy is known for is teaching a class that levels the playing field for everyone involved. 

If you've had Meisner training before, you're likely to be astonished at how much more there is to the Meisner technique than what you previously experienced.  We guarantee you'll have no doubt that you're studying with a master. 

If you're a newcomer, you'll be surprised by how far Wendy can take you in just a few months of training.  What all of our students agree on is that Wendy's mastery is in knowing exactly where she can strengthen your specific skills and bring out parts of your talent that you didn't know existed.

 

The Classes

Students move progressively through six levels of actor training. You'll begin in Tech I, train for six weeks, have a two-week break and then continue into your next six-week term.  We find that this six weeks on, two weeks off format is a much more effective way of training actors, and our students get further in the training at a much faster pace.

Class Schedule

You'll begin training in a class that meets three times a week.  That may sound like a lot, but by front-loading our training we establish strong skills that will last a lifetime.  After you've made it through your Tech I training, classes typically meet twice a week throughout the rest of the training.

If you can't commit to our Studio schedule, talk to Wendy about her ONLINE ACTING CLASSES.  (Visit ActingCoachingOnline.com for more)

I had been looking for training that would propel me forward into a new realm of acting when I came across the Ward Studio. Now halfway through Tech I, I can safely say that Wendy’s training is always challenging, provocative and unlike any other training I have ever encountered. Wendy brings authenticity and honesty to the craft of acting and her dedication to the craft is second to none.
— Emma Caldwell, founder Boutique Theatre

We divide the Meisner training into three levels and then follow up the final level with a comprehensive Audition course that takes everything you've learned and teaches you how to use it under the pressures of various audition situations.

Tech I - Two, six-week terms, three times a week.  Actors learn the basics of the Meisner Approach through a series of improvisational exercises and then test those skills in scenework at the end of each term.

Tech II - Two, six-week terms, two times a week.  Actors learn "emotional preparation," a process of developing emotionally open, vulnerable and truthful acting without using sense memory and without becoming self-indulgent.

Tech III - Two, six-week terms, two times a week.  Actors work on text skillsmainly through solo assignments where they are assigned a variety of text and script work.  They learn a process for preparing monologues and deepening their connection with the text that prevents the work from sounding "acted."  Actors also work on physical adjustments (sometimes referred to as "impediments") such as accents and other physical changes that are appropriate for a given role.

Audition/Interview Technique - One, six-week term.  Twice a week.  Actors participate in a series of mock auditions addressing everything that they will be faced with in the industry from prepared monologues, cold monologues, scenes, interviews, self-tapes, etc. 

To be a successful actor in Los Angeles, to compete with the immense number of talented actors, one MUST have a strong sense of self, truth and an extraordinary connection with their emotional life. For me, Wendy was the teacher that planted these seeds and continuously and nourishingly taught me ways to bring them to life. I use Wendy’s teaching every single time I walk into an audition, a booking, or a class. All that I have learned from Wendy’s classes have become my most utilized and reliable tools.
— Brandon Pizzola, Los Angeles