Ward Studio

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Acting programs in NY, LA and Melbourne, Australia
  • 150 West 28th Street # 303 4905 Pine Cone Dr., Suite 12

    New York, NY 10001

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Andrew B.'s review nails it. I know there's lots of good reviews here, but Wendy is a master manipulator, and while her teaching style is most certainly abusive and her classroom is definitely not a safe space, she was incredibly adept at masking it as worthwhile and necessary to improve your acting technique (it's not, and if anything, counterproductive because for the particularly unlucky few to whom she was most abusive, it tears down their confidence for no reason, and honestly, even for the people she heaps compliments on, it does them a disservice because it's not about actually getting them to be better actors so she just deludes them into thinking they're brilliant in order to make them feel good about themselves and in turn subscribe to her BS). The negativity and abuse in her classroom is not only unnecessary to great acting training, it is absolutely counterproductive, toxic, and harmful to the artist. Training can be disciplined and tough without abuse. Wendy is abusive. Also, she is full of BS. She knows very little about the actual workings of the business because she hasn't actually been working in the business at a high level or even at any level, so while she gives advice regarding everything (headshots, attire, type, etc), the advice she gives is inaccurate/uninformed/bad because she does not know anything about the business.

There are plenty of fantastic Meisner teachers in NYC that aren't abusive that actually will teach you the technique without tearing you down, with compassion and love for the craft, the art and their students. There are also plenty of fantastic teachers who teach other techniques. There are also tons of other incredible acting teachers who actually have lots of students/clients working in the business and actually understand the business side of things as well. I'm writing this so another poor soul doesn't have to suffer what myself and countless others went through (many who feel too fearful to speak out because she is scary and seems vengeful), but if you search further on the Internet you will likely find a few other horrifying accounts as well (like this one: https://www.evensi.com/actors-please-be-aware-melbourne-victoria-australia/103210623). You're not doing yourself a favor by studying with her. Go elsewhere.

And if you're already studying with her and you haven't had this experience, great. I wouldn't say she knows nothing about acting technique, but maybe it'll be useful for you to re-assess what's going on in that room. And if you've had doubts, know that you're not alone and you should go with your gut and protect yourself. Ego and power can make a person do awful things.

Also, this article is great: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/4-lessons-learn-abusive-acting-teachers/

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Andrew B.'s review nails it. I know there's lots of good reviews here, but Wendy is a master manipulator, and while her teaching style is most certainly abusive and her classroom is definitely not a safe space, she was incredibly adept at masking it as worthwhile and necessary to improve your acting technique (it's not, and if anything, counterproductive because for the particularly unlucky few to whom she was most abusive, it tears down their confidence for no reason, and honestly, even for the people she heaps compliments on, it does them a disservice because it's not about actually getting them to be better actors so she just deludes them into thinking they're brilliant in order to make them feel good about themselves and in turn subscribe to her BS). The negativity and abuse in her classroom is not only unnecessary to great acting training, it is absolutely counterproductive, toxic, and harmful to the artist. Training can be disciplined and tough without abuse. Wendy is abusive. Also, she is full of BS. She knows very little about the actual workings of the business because she hasn't actually been working in the business at a high level or even at any level, so while she gives advice regarding everything (headshots, attire, type, etc), the advice she gives is inaccurate/uninformed/bad because she does not know anything about the business.

There are plenty of fantastic Meisner teachers in NYC that aren't abusive that actually will teach you the technique without tearing you down, with compassion and love for the craft, the art and their students. There are also plenty of fantastic teachers who teach other techniques. There are also tons of other incredible acting teachers who actually have lots of students/clients working in the business and actually understand the business side of things as well. I'm writing this so another poor soul doesn't have to suffer what myself and countless others went through (many who feel too fearful to speak out because she is scary and seems vengeful), but if you search further on the Internet you will likely find a few other horrifying accounts as well (like this one: https://www.evensi.com/actors-please-be-aware-melbourne-victoria-australia/103210623). You're not doing yourself a favor by studying with her. Go elsewhere.

And if you're already studying with her and you haven't had this experience, great. I wouldn't say she knows nothing about acting technique, but maybe it'll be useful for you to re-assess what's going on in that room. And if you've had doubts, know that you're not alone and you should go with your gut and protect yourself. Ego and power can make a person do awful things.

Also, this article is great: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/4-lessons-learn-abusive-acting-teachers/

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I found it really hard trying to find a school/teacher to train with, but after having one conversation with Wendy (I remember pulling over to take the call) I knew that I would end up training with her. I was at a stage where my sole

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I found it really hard trying to find a school/teacher to train with, but after having one conversation with Wendy (I remember pulling over to take the call) I knew that I would end up training with her. I was at a stage where my sole

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I have had the most wonderful luck of training with Wendy for the last year and a half. It is not everyday one gets to meet someone like her, let alone be taught by her. She has such an amazing ability to teach what she knows so well and

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I have had the most wonderful luck of training with Wendy for the last year and a half. It is not everyday one gets to meet someone like her, let alone be taught by her. She has such an amazing ability to teach what she knows so well and

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I've studied with Wendy twice and I've never seen people grow so quickly and make such huge leaps and bounds in their acting skill in such a short time. It is hard work, and it pays off. I learnt so much and loved training with her, and

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I've studied with Wendy twice and I've never seen people grow so quickly and make such huge leaps and bounds in their acting skill in such a short time. It is hard work, and it pays off. I learnt so much and loved training with her, and

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I have learnt so much in only a matter of months at Ward Acting Studio than I have in my previous six years of acting training. Wendy Ward is the best acting teacher I have ever had and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be

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I have learnt so much in only a matter of months at Ward Acting Studio than I have in my previous six years of acting training. Wendy Ward is the best acting teacher I have ever had and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be

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If you want to become a stronger actor, not afraid of honest feedback, a no bullshit/no hand holding approach, and build a strong foundation as a Meisner actor, the Ward Acting Studio is the best training in the triangle, if not the

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If you want to become a stronger actor, not afraid of honest feedback, a no bullshit/no hand holding approach, and build a strong foundation as a Meisner actor, the Ward Acting Studio is the best training in the triangle, if not the

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I really only started booking serious work after completing my Meisner training with Wendy Ward. Since I finished, I've booked three network co-star roles and a major movie coming out this year and keep getting called back by the same

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I really only started booking serious work after completing my Meisner training with Wendy Ward. Since I finished, I've booked three network co-star roles and a major movie coming out this year and keep getting called back by the same

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One of the best decisions I have made in my creative life was to sign up to do Meisner with the Ward Acting Studio. It is something I think every serious performer should consider doing. I have found it to be challenging, very rewarding

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One of the best decisions I have made in my creative life was to sign up to do Meisner with the Ward Acting Studio. It is something I think every serious performer should consider doing. I have found it to be challenging, very rewarding

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Ward Acting Studio without a doubt marked a precedence in my acting pursuits. Working with Wendy was always a treat. Especially when I had a breakthrough moment in my work. Wendy is without a doubt a gifted actress, but her talents to

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Ward Acting Studio without a doubt marked a precedence in my acting pursuits. Working with Wendy was always a treat. Especially when I had a breakthrough moment in my work. Wendy is without a doubt a gifted actress, but her talents to

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If you want to be the best, you have to work with the best. Wendy Ward is the best acting teacher and coach, period. You will not find a teacher that cares more about their students than Wendy Ward. Her commitment to the craft knows no

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If you want to be the best, you have to work with the best. Wendy Ward is the best acting teacher and coach, period. You will not find a teacher that cares more about their students than Wendy Ward. Her commitment to the craft knows no

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If you want to be the best, you have to work with the best. Wendy Ward is the best acting teacher and coach, period. You will not find a teacher that cares more about their students than Wendy Ward. Her commitment to the craft knows no

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If you want to be the best, you have to work with the best. Wendy Ward is the best acting teacher and coach, period. You will not find a teacher that cares more about their students than Wendy Ward. Her commitment to the craft knows no

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The acting training I received from Wendy is surpassed by no other. If you want to act, look no further. It is an intense, hands-on, relentless experience that if you work as hard as Wendy does will be the most rewarding acting training you have ever experienced. Wendy is spot on with her abilitiy to "see" exactly what you personally need to develop as an actor. If you are willing to do the work, accept critique and allow yourself to go where you've never been before....this is for you. Wendy is dedicated to this process and her students. She has years of experience and success.

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The acting training I received from Wendy is surpassed by no other. If you want to act, look no further. It is an intense, hands-on, relentless experience that if you work as hard as Wendy does will be the most rewarding acting training you have ever experienced. Wendy is spot on with her abilitiy to "see" exactly what you personally need to develop as an actor. If you are willing to do the work, accept critique and allow yourself to go where you've never been before....this is for you. Wendy is dedicated to this process and her students. She has years of experience and success.

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Wendy was by far the best teacher/coach that I've had the privilege to learn from. I've taken many "acting" classes and always felt that no growth was taking place. I wasn't learning anything and getting praise for pretending to be someone I'm not. This technique is not about pretending it's about actually going through emotions truthfully and getting out of your own head. And you'll go through every emotion that's humanly possible in this class.
Wendy critiques you honestly and expects you to put in the work. You can't fake or pretend your way through class. Put everything you can and be open to change your old habits and you'll be completely amazed how much you've learned as and actor.
Because of Wendy I have become an actor who is more confident and secure in my ability to connect with a character or text truthfully. I'm not saying it's a piece of cake now, sometimes I find myself falling into my old habits. So it's not over once you're finished all the Tech classes. It's a technique that you have to ALWAYS work. Keep yourself tuned.
Study with Wendy Ward if you're serious about taking your craft to a higher level. The odds are against you so what do you have to lose?

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Wendy was by far the best teacher/coach that I've had the privilege to learn from. I've taken many "acting" classes and always felt that no growth was taking place. I wasn't learning anything and getting praise for pretending to be someone I'm not. This technique is not about pretending it's about actually going through emotions truthfully and getting out of your own head. And you'll go through every emotion that's humanly possible in this class.
Wendy critiques you honestly and expects you to put in the work. You can't fake or pretend your way through class. Put everything you can and be open to change your old habits and you'll be completely amazed how much you've learned as and actor.
Because of Wendy I have become an actor who is more confident and secure in my ability to connect with a character or text truthfully. I'm not saying it's a piece of cake now, sometimes I find myself falling into my old habits. So it's not over once you're finished all the Tech classes. It's a technique that you have to ALWAYS work. Keep yourself tuned.
Study with Wendy Ward if you're serious about taking your craft to a higher level. The odds are against you so what do you have to lose?

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Hi there! My name is Aglaia Mora. I??m an Italian actress who had the chance last year (summer 2011) to be in New York and study with Wendy Ward.
I did the six weeks intensive course with her. So I??m writing here to talk about my experience with her on the Meisner technic.
I already wrote a review after the course on city-search. I did it mainly because the night before I had decided to do the course and paid for it, I had read a review there that was so so so bad that I got scared and nearly decided not to do the course because I didn't want to find myself having paid quite a money to a bad teacher. But then I decided to follow my instinct and I remembered the extremely professional and also generous talk I'd had on the phone with her 2 days before the course and she explained to me some basic of what the course was about.

So, after almost a year has passed, I??m going to say pretty much the same things I already said: Wendy is just an AMAZING teacher! Let??s immediately talk about one famous point that could scare: her toughness. Well: I??ve always been scared of tough people, but if she weren't that tough, she wouldn't be that good. Her being tough is not about power, but about concrete talk, concretely hit bad habits that make a bad actor; she's tough when YOU need to be hit, so as she's perfectly able to tell when you're good and when you work well and she actually makes sure you feel the difference in your good work and in your bad work;
Wendy is an amizingly sensitive person and if you look at her eyes you can see such sweetness, such wit, such comprehension on human being;
She is incredibly generous in her teaching. She's always, each second 100% there with you. Always. She's never never never superficial in the way she leads the class;
And, most of all, she really wants you to be a good actor. She really does. A good actor in the way it's good for you to be a good actor, and what I mean by that is that everything is about who you really are. So working with her is not about learning how to fake well, but it's about being! For real, on stage. "Casting directors don't want you to be interesting. They want you to be real!".
This is pretty much what I had already wrote on my first review. Now that some more time passed by, I can add that her teaching is such a strong and deep experience that stays with you, to nourish your roots, your aims, who you are as an actor. Your attitude towards acting does change after her and fortunately every day, going back to your new jobs, becomes more and more impossible to fake as you were used to.
That's it. I hope it wasn't too long, but I writing just to tell the people out there who do not know who to study with, well: Go to Wendy and her wonderful career and voice teacher.
Another thing: I'm Italian (I might have made mistakes...) and she perfectly knew whether in my practicing the technic there was a language limit (which might have happened really few times) and when there was an acting problem.
So: she knows what to tell and when to any specific person!
Now that??s really it.
Good luck and have fun!
aglaia

And guess what? I??m back in a couple of months in NY to keep studying with her!
Hope to see you there!

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Hi there! My name is Aglaia Mora. I??m an Italian actress who had the chance last year (summer 2011) to be in New York and study with Wendy Ward.
I did the six weeks intensive course with her. So I??m writing here to talk about my experience with her on the Meisner technic.
I already wrote a review after the course on city-search. I did it mainly because the night before I had decided to do the course and paid for it, I had read a review there that was so so so bad that I got scared and nearly decided not to do the course because I didn't want to find myself having paid quite a money to a bad teacher. But then I decided to follow my instinct and I remembered the extremely professional and also generous talk I'd had on the phone with her 2 days before the course and she explained to me some basic of what the course was about.

So, after almost a year has passed, I??m going to say pretty much the same things I already said: Wendy is just an AMAZING teacher! Let??s immediately talk about one famous point that could scare: her toughness. Well: I??ve always been scared of tough people, but if she weren't that tough, she wouldn't be that good. Her being tough is not about power, but about concrete talk, concretely hit bad habits that make a bad actor; she's tough when YOU need to be hit, so as she's perfectly able to tell when you're good and when you work well and she actually makes sure you feel the difference in your good work and in your bad work;
Wendy is an amizingly sensitive person and if you look at her eyes you can see such sweetness, such wit, such comprehension on human being;
She is incredibly generous in her teaching. She's always, each second 100% there with you. Always. She's never never never superficial in the way she leads the class;
And, most of all, she really wants you to be a good actor. She really does. A good actor in the way it's good for you to be a good actor, and what I mean by that is that everything is about who you really are. So working with her is not about learning how to fake well, but it's about being! For real, on stage. "Casting directors don't want you to be interesting. They want you to be real!".
This is pretty much what I had already wrote on my first review. Now that some more time passed by, I can add that her teaching is such a strong and deep experience that stays with you, to nourish your roots, your aims, who you are as an actor. Your attitude towards acting does change after her and fortunately every day, going back to your new jobs, becomes more and more impossible to fake as you were used to.
That's it. I hope it wasn't too long, but I writing just to tell the people out there who do not know who to study with, well: Go to Wendy and her wonderful career and voice teacher.
Another thing: I'm Italian (I might have made mistakes...) and she perfectly knew whether in my practicing the technic there was a language limit (which might have happened really few times) and when there was an acting problem.
So: she knows what to tell and when to any specific person!
Now that??s really it.
Good luck and have fun!
aglaia

And guess what? I??m back in a couple of months in NY to keep studying with her!
Hope to see you there!

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She worked me extremely hard
And was often particularly, and relentlessly, tough on me.
I have cried, sobbed, felt humiliated, defeated, and confused.

And she is the best acting teacher I have ever studied with

The greatest teacher I

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She worked me extremely hard
And was often particularly, and relentlessly, tough on me.
I have cried, sobbed, felt humiliated, defeated, and confused.

And she is the best acting teacher I have ever studied with

The greatest teacher I

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I am a full time actor who works from NYC to DC and have been lucky enough to have trained with Wendy Ward for almost 2 years.
I have never been as challenged, frustrated, or simply exhausted from the work expected of my by a teacher. I have also never been as proud, confident, or respected because of the results of the work I have accomplished through this training.

I had moments during the training which were incredibly difficult, and Wendy was honest enough in class to let me know that what I was presenting wasn't up to par, but she also took the time to call me out of class sessions to personally offer support and encouragement.
If I would have walked out of class with a false sense of accomplishment from an undeserved pat on the back, I never would have gotten any better or learned a darn thing other than a false sense of accomplishment.

I'm not an actor because I want to be worshiped and coddled. I am an actor because I value the art and want to be challenged in my craft. Wendy has taken my craft to a whole new level. I am booking now more than ever, and have been presented with amazing opportunities to stretch my talent.

I am a much stronger, talented, and competitive actor because of this training.

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I am a full time actor who works from NYC to DC and have been lucky enough to have trained with Wendy Ward for almost 2 years.
I have never been as challenged, frustrated, or simply exhausted from the work expected of my by a teacher. I have also never been as proud, confident, or respected because of the results of the work I have accomplished through this training.

I had moments during the training which were incredibly difficult, and Wendy was honest enough in class to let me know that what I was presenting wasn't up to par, but she also took the time to call me out of class sessions to personally offer support and encouragement.
If I would have walked out of class with a false sense of accomplishment from an undeserved pat on the back, I never would have gotten any better or learned a darn thing other than a false sense of accomplishment.

I'm not an actor because I want to be worshiped and coddled. I am an actor because I value the art and want to be challenged in my craft. Wendy has taken my craft to a whole new level. I am booking now more than ever, and have been presented with amazing opportunities to stretch my talent.

I am a much stronger, talented, and competitive actor because of this training.

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My review is from my experience at the 6 week acting intensive in NYC.
If you are: serious about acting, ready to be challenged, and wanting the best acting training you can get, you need to attend this program. This program is not for someone just looking for a fun "NYC Acting Experience" or as a way to spend a summer. This is a fast paced, hard working, INTENSE, very challenging, and incredibly rewarding program. It is A LOT of hard work and A LOT of hours, but it is absolutely worth it if you really want to be the best actor you can be. I learned more in six weeks with Wendy than I have in the 8 years I studied at a performing arts highschool and then a university theatre program. This program was everything I had been needing and was everything I had hoped for. It was truly a life changing experience. I wish I had the finances to be able to study with her year round, she's truly that incredible of a teacher. She will push you farther than you ever thought you could possibly go, make you think in ways you never have before, and help you reach your potential. I mean it, if you truly are ready for an amazingly challenging, get your butt handed to you, real deal acting program and want to finally start doing good work, find a way to this program! Age and experience level doesn't matter, you could have been working in the biz professionally for 25+ years and still have your mind opened/blown and learn so much from Wendy. I'm telling you, Wendy knows her stuff and knows how to bring out the best in you if you're willing to put in the effort.

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My review is from my experience at the 6 week acting intensive in NYC.
If you are: serious about acting, ready to be challenged, and wanting the best acting training you can get, you need to attend this program. This program is not for someone just looking for a fun "NYC Acting Experience" or as a way to spend a summer. This is a fast paced, hard working, INTENSE, very challenging, and incredibly rewarding program. It is A LOT of hard work and A LOT of hours, but it is absolutely worth it if you really want to be the best actor you can be. I learned more in six weeks with Wendy than I have in the 8 years I studied at a performing arts highschool and then a university theatre program. This program was everything I had been needing and was everything I had hoped for. It was truly a life changing experience. I wish I had the finances to be able to study with her year round, she's truly that incredible of a teacher. She will push you farther than you ever thought you could possibly go, make you think in ways you never have before, and help you reach your potential. I mean it, if you truly are ready for an amazingly challenging, get your butt handed to you, real deal acting program and want to finally start doing good work, find a way to this program! Age and experience level doesn't matter, you could have been working in the biz professionally for 25+ years and still have your mind opened/blown and learn so much from Wendy. I'm telling you, Wendy knows her stuff and knows how to bring out the best in you if you're willing to put in the effort.

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Listen up people. I am an actress who has done a significant amount of REAL work in this industry...recurring on a hit network television show now in syndication, films with Oscar winning stars, national commercial campaigns, and tons of theatre. Very recently, I signed with a TOP LA Management Company. I have studied with Broadway directors and NY, and LA's "famous" acting teachers. Wendy Ward is hands down THE BEST. If it wasn't for her Meisner training, my skill set would not be at the level it is and I most certainly would not be booking all this work. She has shaped my craft, guiding me to take nothing for granted, to personalize everything, to live in the moment and to work completely and honestly from myself. There's some fierce competition out there, kids. That's what's needed to make even a dent in show biz. Has she been hard on me? Has she made me cry? Have I wanted to quit? Have I literally hated her guts? YES. Why? Because Wendy demands the absolute best of you. All you've got. And she refuses to settle for anything less. Be willing to go there and, she will not give up on you. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

I have no idea who these imbeciles are, from Australia or otherwise, who are trashing Wendy Ward's credibility, honesty, commitment to her students, and mastery and love of her craft. What do you think is needed in order to compete with Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daniel Day Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman? Do you think they are pussy footing around, complaining that their coaches were too hard on them or too abusive? Seriously? This business is abusive; Wendy is not. Get in front of a casting director, director or producer who really has NO INTEREST in coddling you. And you think Wendy is tough? Huh.

Wendy has been my coach for 20 years. I will study with no one else. She's talked me out of leaving the business on more than one occasion. She's given me the most rewarding theatre experience of my life. She's allowed me to study with her when I've had no money to pay her. She's been the most gifted and trusted mentor I've ever had.

If you want to learn to be a real actor who loves the craft, then study with Wendy. If you don't, waste your own time, not hers, and go study with someone else.

Personally, when I win my Oscar, I'll have Wendy to thank.

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Listen up people. I am an actress who has done a significant amount of REAL work in this industry...recurring on a hit network television show now in syndication, films with Oscar winning stars, national commercial campaigns, and tons of theatre. Very recently, I signed with a TOP LA Management Company. I have studied with Broadway directors and NY, and LA's "famous" acting teachers. Wendy Ward is hands down THE BEST. If it wasn't for her Meisner training, my skill set would not be at the level it is and I most certainly would not be booking all this work. She has shaped my craft, guiding me to take nothing for granted, to personalize everything, to live in the moment and to work completely and honestly from myself. There's some fierce competition out there, kids. That's what's needed to make even a dent in show biz. Has she been hard on me? Has she made me cry? Have I wanted to quit? Have I literally hated her guts? YES. Why? Because Wendy demands the absolute best of you. All you've got. And she refuses to settle for anything less. Be willing to go there and, she will not give up on you. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

I have no idea who these imbeciles are, from Australia or otherwise, who are trashing Wendy Ward's credibility, honesty, commitment to her students, and mastery and love of her craft. What do you think is needed in order to compete with Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daniel Day Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman? Do you think they are pussy footing around, complaining that their coaches were too hard on them or too abusive? Seriously? This business is abusive; Wendy is not. Get in front of a casting director, director or producer who really has NO INTEREST in coddling you. And you think Wendy is tough? Huh.

Wendy has been my coach for 20 years. I will study with no one else. She's talked me out of leaving the business on more than one occasion. She's given me the most rewarding theatre experience of my life. She's allowed me to study with her when I've had no money to pay her. She's been the most gifted and trusted mentor I've ever had.

If you want to learn to be a real actor who loves the craft, then study with Wendy. If you don't, waste your own time, not hers, and go study with someone else.

Personally, when I win my Oscar, I'll have Wendy to thank.

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I recently completed the Meisner training with Wendy Ward of the Ward Studio. NOW and only now after completing the training do I feel that I can actually ACT!!! It's very very important in this industry to work from an honest, true, real place... casting directors, directors, producers don't want to EVER see someone 'acting' and it translates as phony on camera... Wendy's training has brought me to a place as an actor where all I EVER do is tell the truth and it's paid off! I've been supporting myself as an actor (and actor only) for about a year and just relocated to LA where I'm finding great results!!! I absolutely attribute this to Wendy's training!

She herself is very fair with her students. She expects excellence all around. She also is exceptionally generous with her encouragement... she WANTS her students to succeed. She's honest with how she runs her studio. One NEVER has to worry about not receiving what they pay for. She has the utmost respect for artists and treats them accordingly.

I highly HIGHLY recommend working with Wendy if you are interested in becoming the kind of actor who has the skills to succeed in this difficult and competitive field.

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I recently completed the Meisner training with Wendy Ward of the Ward Studio. NOW and only now after completing the training do I feel that I can actually ACT!!! It's very very important in this industry to work from an honest, true, real place... casting directors, directors, producers don't want to EVER see someone 'acting' and it translates as phony on camera... Wendy's training has brought me to a place as an actor where all I EVER do is tell the truth and it's paid off! I've been supporting myself as an actor (and actor only) for about a year and just relocated to LA where I'm finding great results!!! I absolutely attribute this to Wendy's training!

She herself is very fair with her students. She expects excellence all around. She also is exceptionally generous with her encouragement... she WANTS her students to succeed. She's honest with how she runs her studio. One NEVER has to worry about not receiving what they pay for. She has the utmost respect for artists and treats them accordingly.

I highly HIGHLY recommend working with Wendy if you are interested in becoming the kind of actor who has the skills to succeed in this difficult and competitive field.

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I meet Ms. Ward a year ago when I found out about her 6 weeks intensive and decided to participate in it. Before this I engaged in numerous workshops varying in technique and approach, as a building block to my professional carrier. And I

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I meet Ms. Ward a year ago when I found out about her 6 weeks intensive and decided to participate in it. Before this I engaged in numerous workshops varying in technique and approach, as a building block to my professional carrier. And I

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If you're looking for 6 weeks that will completely change your outlook on acting and begin transforming your work from simply entertaining to actually compelling, I would recommend you spend some time in the studio with Wendy.

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If you're looking for 6 weeks that will completely change your outlook on acting and begin transforming your work from simply entertaining to actually compelling, I would recommend you spend some time in the studio with Wendy.

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All right! It's friday and yesterday was the last day of the course. I've waited to write a review till the end of the course, although I wanted to do it just after the first week. Why? Because the night before I decided to do the course

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All right! It's friday and yesterday was the last day of the course. I've waited to write a review till the end of the course, although I wanted to do it just after the first week. Why? Because the night before I decided to do the course

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Wendy Ward is the worst teacher I have ever worked with and one of, if not the worst human being I have ever encountered. I have never had anyone in my life try to verbally and emotionally destroy me as Wendy did. I took her six week intensive after reading all of the wonderful reviews online and deciding that this could be a great experience. Instead I found that she creates a completely unsafe atmosphere where my whole class felt confused and frustrated, trying to tell themselves that they had learned something in order to make themselves feel better about the massive amounts of money they had put down (and signed away since Wendy makes you sign a form that you cannot get your money back once you start) and the emotional abuse they had endured. Sometimes by the grace of Meisner's great insights you can experience living in the moment if you have the guts to be open and free in front of Wendy. She gives you projects with no guidelines and then after your perform the project (or sometimes she does not let you finish because "it would just waste everyone's time") she attacks you for getting it all wrong. She is frequently verbally abusive and refuses to answer questions. The slightest challenge can threaten her insecure ego and derail the rest of class. (i.e. be dismissed an hour early) I have never written an online review before, but felt forced to do so because of my encounter with this class and hope to save anyone the experience that I had with Wendy.

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Wendy Ward is the worst teacher I have ever worked with and one of, if not the worst human being I have ever encountered. I have never had anyone in my life try to verbally and emotionally destroy me as Wendy did. I took her six week intensive after reading all of the wonderful reviews online and deciding that this could be a great experience. Instead I found that she creates a completely unsafe atmosphere where my whole class felt confused and frustrated, trying to tell themselves that they had learned something in order to make themselves feel better about the massive amounts of money they had put down (and signed away since Wendy makes you sign a form that you cannot get your money back once you start) and the emotional abuse they had endured. Sometimes by the grace of Meisner's great insights you can experience living in the moment if you have the guts to be open and free in front of Wendy. She gives you projects with no guidelines and then after your perform the project (or sometimes she does not let you finish because "it would just waste everyone's time") she attacks you for getting it all wrong. She is frequently verbally abusive and refuses to answer questions. The slightest challenge can threaten her insecure ego and derail the rest of class. (i.e. be dismissed an hour early) I have never written an online review before, but felt forced to do so because of my encounter with this class and hope to save anyone the experience that I had with Wendy.

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From LA to NYC to Philly, Wendy is the 5th teacher with whom I've studied. I am an all-together different and better actor today and it is totally a result of studying with Wendy Ward. I love the Meisner Technique, but Wendy's teaching of the technique is everything; her notes are spot-on, she misses nothing, and delivers notes that are usable, helpful, and precise. I have been a working actor in LA, NYC, and Philadelphia for nearly seven years now, and I have no intentions of ever going to another teacher... I've found Wendy's instruction to be that exceptional.

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From LA to NYC to Philly, Wendy is the 5th teacher with whom I've studied. I am an all-together different and better actor today and it is totally a result of studying with Wendy Ward. I love the Meisner Technique, but Wendy's teaching of the technique is everything; her notes are spot-on, she misses nothing, and delivers notes that are usable, helpful, and precise. I have been a working actor in LA, NYC, and Philadelphia for nearly seven years now, and I have no intentions of ever going to another teacher... I've found Wendy's instruction to be that exceptional.

Pros: All Pros

Cons: None

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I have been taking classes with Wendy at the Ward Studio since September and I can tell you from experience it is well worth the work. Wendy gives her students a realistic approach to acting that benefits not only their performances but their reactions to the difficulties in the industry as well. She is extremely dedicated to her students and pushes each and every one to be the best possible performer they can be. The Meisner Technique in and of itself is a wonderful way to bring about real and true emotions in ones performance and Wendy is especially good at helping her students find emotional states within themselves that otherwise would have remained buried. Not only can she do this, but she helps her students to harness their new found abilities and use them in the way they are needed for whatever part they are asked to play. If you want to be a genuine actor who has the guts to face the tough realities of the industry and can back up their toughness with confident talent, this is the place for you!

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I have been taking classes with Wendy at the Ward Studio since September and I can tell you from experience it is well worth the work. Wendy gives her students a realistic approach to acting that benefits not only their performances but their reactions to the difficulties in the industry as well. She is extremely dedicated to her students and pushes each and every one to be the best possible performer they can be. The Meisner Technique in and of itself is a wonderful way to bring about real and true emotions in ones performance and Wendy is especially good at helping her students find emotional states within themselves that otherwise would have remained buried. Not only can she do this, but she helps her students to harness their new found abilities and use them in the way they are needed for whatever part they are asked to play. If you want to be a genuine actor who has the guts to face the tough realities of the industry and can back up their toughness with confident talent, this is the place for you!

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After too many acting classes in boasting NYC studios filled with exercises that always left me thinking

"Okay... but how does that relate to ACTUAL scene work?" I skated out my final revolving door and found the Ward Acting Studio.

Wendy Ward's studio is a boutique. A focused environment with committed students and an even more committed teacher. You work EVERY class. Wendy's keen eye for bullshit and no nonsense approach to giving notes never leaves you with any gray area of "what did she mean by that?"

Wendy sets the bar high and teaches you to be SPECIFIC in your acting. And after you learn that, you start to see it's the piece most actor's are missing. I've never worked harder and never gotten so much out of a class or program before. You will see the change in yourself, and be motivated by your classmates improvement!

The proof is in the pudding. Go to a play at the studio and the students work will speak for itself. Specific, honest, and simple.

A committed graduate of the Ward Studio, I'm now a working actor living in Los Angeles. Along with the rest of Wendy's alumni who has migrated here, I often wish Wendy would come out for a brush up course. I'm sure I've gotten lazy..

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★★★★★

After too many acting classes in boasting NYC studios filled with exercises that always left me thinking

"Okay... but how does that relate to ACTUAL scene work?" I skated out my final revolving door and found the Ward Acting Studio.

Wendy Ward's studio is a boutique. A focused environment with committed students and an even more committed teacher. You work EVERY class. Wendy's keen eye for bullshit and no nonsense approach to giving notes never leaves you with any gray area of "what did she mean by that?"

Wendy sets the bar high and teaches you to be SPECIFIC in your acting. And after you learn that, you start to see it's the piece most actor's are missing. I've never worked harder and never gotten so much out of a class or program before. You will see the change in yourself, and be motivated by your classmates improvement!

The proof is in the pudding. Go to a play at the studio and the students work will speak for itself. Specific, honest, and simple.

A committed graduate of the Ward Studio, I'm now a working actor living in Los Angeles. Along with the rest of Wendy's alumni who has migrated here, I often wish Wendy would come out for a brush up course. I'm sure I've gotten lazy..

Pros: Master Meisner Teacher- no snow job

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The Ward studio offers an unparalleled technique to becoming an actor. The Meisner approach, taught by Wendy Ward, is by far the most efficient and logical technique that every actor hopes to come across in their training.

I have studied under many different teachers around the world, yet when comparing the training I have received at Ward Studio to all previous training, it becomes blatantly obvious that Wendy??s approach to teaching is vastly superior to anything else which I have experienced internationally.

After completing the 6-week summer Meisner intensive in 2009 at Ward Studio, I found Wendy to be a master teacher of the Meisner technique and the best teacher I have trained with. I laid new foundations for my acting which in turn helped me become a stronger actor and secure numerous auditions and casting based on my training alone.

Wendy takes her time to assess each individual students ability. She offers a detailed critique to enable each individual actor to find the flaws in their acting. She is down to earth and tells you truthfully how you are progressing as an actor, which is the most beneficial thing about training at Ward. How can you expect to get better as an actor if you are not willing to be challenged?

The time spent in every class is always productive. Wendy utilises the time with students effectively and efficiently. She never compromises quality for time management. As I was an international student Wendy insured I fit all my training in before I left by organising subsidiary classes for myself and fellow international students.

In short Wendy Ward is a master teacher in the Meisner approach. I have known no other institution or teacher to offer such a level of quality training. Those lucky enough to train here are far ahead of their fellow actors.

If you are serious about acting, then there is no other place to be.

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The Ward studio offers an unparalleled technique to becoming an actor. The Meisner approach, taught by Wendy Ward, is by far the most efficient and logical technique that every actor hopes to come across in their training.

I have studied under many different teachers around the world, yet when comparing the training I have received at Ward Studio to all previous training, it becomes blatantly obvious that Wendy??s approach to teaching is vastly superior to anything else which I have experienced internationally.

After completing the 6-week summer Meisner intensive in 2009 at Ward Studio, I found Wendy to be a master teacher of the Meisner technique and the best teacher I have trained with. I laid new foundations for my acting which in turn helped me become a stronger actor and secure numerous auditions and casting based on my training alone.

Wendy takes her time to assess each individual students ability. She offers a detailed critique to enable each individual actor to find the flaws in their acting. She is down to earth and tells you truthfully how you are progressing as an actor, which is the most beneficial thing about training at Ward. How can you expect to get better as an actor if you are not willing to be challenged?

The time spent in every class is always productive. Wendy utilises the time with students effectively and efficiently. She never compromises quality for time management. As I was an international student Wendy insured I fit all my training in before I left by organising subsidiary classes for myself and fellow international students.

In short Wendy Ward is a master teacher in the Meisner approach. I have known no other institution or teacher to offer such a level of quality training. Those lucky enough to train here are far ahead of their fellow actors.

If you are serious about acting, then there is no other place to be.

Pros: Detailed critique, Quality Training, For the real actor

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Wendy Ward teaches the Meisner technique. i did the 6 week summer intensive in 2009 and it completely changed me. in fact i decided to come back to new york for Tech 2, which is what i'm doing now (jan 2010)

i became far more humble and grounded. i realised that my public solitude (the ability to be alone in front of an audience/camera crew) needs a lot of work. i learned to read the behaviour of the other people in the scene (and respond to said behaviour, which keeps the scene alive).

i find i surprise myself more, because my reactions are real, instead of 'this is how i would respond to this situation" it's "shit! this is how i AM RESPONDING to this situation"

Wendy is unapologetic and tough on her students, which is marvellous. There is no tip-toeing, she doesn't tell you that what you did was 'interesting' when it wasn't. Either it reaches the high bar she holds or it doesn't. and when you've reached the bar you know you've done well.

Having said that, Wendy is absolutely soft on the inside and available to discuss anything difficult that's coming up for you as a result of the training. she really is brilliant.

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Wendy Ward teaches the Meisner technique. i did the 6 week summer intensive in 2009 and it completely changed me. in fact i decided to come back to new york for Tech 2, which is what i'm doing now (jan 2010)

i became far more humble and grounded. i realised that my public solitude (the ability to be alone in front of an audience/camera crew) needs a lot of work. i learned to read the behaviour of the other people in the scene (and respond to said behaviour, which keeps the scene alive).

i find i surprise myself more, because my reactions are real, instead of 'this is how i would respond to this situation" it's "shit! this is how i AM RESPONDING to this situation"

Wendy is unapologetic and tough on her students, which is marvellous. There is no tip-toeing, she doesn't tell you that what you did was 'interesting' when it wasn't. Either it reaches the high bar she holds or it doesn't. and when you've reached the bar you know you've done well.

Having said that, Wendy is absolutely soft on the inside and available to discuss anything difficult that's coming up for you as a result of the training. she really is brilliant.

Pros: Ms Ward has really high expectations for her students

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Wendy Ward is a terrific teacher and painstaking perfectionist. Therefore, classes are sometimes terrifying and always challenging. This is not the school for you if you need your ego stroked, but it is a brilliant, well explained introduction to the Meisner technique. Wendy offers genuine feedback on in class work for the serious actor. Classes are small and supportive. Everyone could use some training the Ward studio.

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Wendy Ward is a terrific teacher and painstaking perfectionist. Therefore, classes are sometimes terrifying and always challenging. This is not the school for you if you need your ego stroked, but it is a brilliant, well explained introduction to the Meisner technique. Wendy offers genuine feedback on in class work for the serious actor. Classes are small and supportive. Everyone could use some training the Ward studio.

Pros: Location, class sizes, committed staff.

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I am now taking my third technique course with Wendy Ward at the Ward Studio and intend to take an audition course in the Spring. I have put my money where my mouth is in praising this studio - in the fall I lost my job and tuition for the spring came due before it was clear whether or not I'd be eligible for unemployment. I paid it in full out of my limited savings because I know that as a young actor, there was no place that would serve me better and that I would work everything else out around moving forward in my training at the Ward Studio.

Wendy is an expert in her craft and is able to translate this into helpful notes with every exercise and/or performance. Her manner is direct and frank and she is invested in the success of every single student. She never plays favorites; she simply invests as much energy into you and you invest in the class. If you're the kind to show up late or unprepared, don't expect to be coddled along. If you show up on time and demonstrating dedication, she will help you advance light years in your craft.

The prices at the Ward studio are absolutely reasonable for what you get out of studying there. I have taken cheaper classes elsewhere, and I got what I paid for. After my first class with Wendy I haven't considered studying anywhere else.

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I am now taking my third technique course with Wendy Ward at the Ward Studio and intend to take an audition course in the Spring. I have put my money where my mouth is in praising this studio - in the fall I lost my job and tuition for the spring came due before it was clear whether or not I'd be eligible for unemployment. I paid it in full out of my limited savings because I know that as a young actor, there was no place that would serve me better and that I would work everything else out around moving forward in my training at the Ward Studio.

Wendy is an expert in her craft and is able to translate this into helpful notes with every exercise and/or performance. Her manner is direct and frank and she is invested in the success of every single student. She never plays favorites; she simply invests as much energy into you and you invest in the class. If you're the kind to show up late or unprepared, don't expect to be coddled along. If you show up on time and demonstrating dedication, she will help you advance light years in your craft.

The prices at the Ward studio are absolutely reasonable for what you get out of studying there. I have taken cheaper classes elsewhere, and I got what I paid for. After my first class with Wendy I haven't considered studying anywhere else.

Pros: Exceptional instruction, small class size

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Training at the Ward studio is like training to be in the " special forces" of acting. It is truly amazing ! I use the phrase " special forces" because the Ward Studio will make you an elite force to be reckoned with in the industry!

Wendy is an amazing teacher with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Wendy figures out her students and identifys the best way to explain her point to the particular individual. Give her 100 percent of your energy, drive and commitment. You can be rest assured Wendy will give you the same in return. This is a serious school for people who are serious about acting. This does not mean you need to be an academy award winning actor/actress to go there ( I was a beginner myself) it just means you need the heart and drive to go there.

Wendy and her Staff cultivate a feeling of family in the studio. It is an amazing feeling to open the door and know this is where you belong! You will also train with people from all over the world and different parts of the United States.

The bottom line is this : The Ward Studio is an amazing place to train and will improve your acting beyond any previous bar you have set for your self.

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Training at the Ward studio is like training to be in the " special forces" of acting. It is truly amazing ! I use the phrase " special forces" because the Ward Studio will make you an elite force to be reckoned with in the industry!

Wendy is an amazing teacher with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Wendy figures out her students and identifys the best way to explain her point to the particular individual. Give her 100 percent of your energy, drive and commitment. You can be rest assured Wendy will give you the same in return. This is a serious school for people who are serious about acting. This does not mean you need to be an academy award winning actor/actress to go there ( I was a beginner myself) it just means you need the heart and drive to go there.

Wendy and her Staff cultivate a feeling of family in the studio. It is an amazing feeling to open the door and know this is where you belong! You will also train with people from all over the world and different parts of the United States.

The bottom line is this : The Ward Studio is an amazing place to train and will improve your acting beyond any previous bar you have set for your self.

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She doesn't 'push you." More often, she wants to humiliate you with the power she has over her students. She did attempt to be sketchy with a money situation with me. Though, usually she s pretty flexible. To the students she does like...she is very dedicated to them. Although, I often feel she lets her personal feelings for her students, get into her teaching. She is brilliant...but she needs a break to re-evaluate her treatment of many of her students. There should be more class time.

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She doesn't 'push you." More often, she wants to humiliate you with the power she has over her students. She did attempt to be sketchy with a money situation with me. Though, usually she s pretty flexible. To the students she does like...she is very dedicated to them. Although, I often feel she lets her personal feelings for her students, get into her teaching. She is brilliant...but she needs a break to re-evaluate her treatment of many of her students. There should be more class time.

Pros: Great Teacher

Cons: Only who she chooses to be one to. Often a very nasty person

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This school is for people who are really serious when they say they want to be a professional actor. This school is not for babies who want to take a class where they will be told how wonderful they are all the time. This school is for people who want the best Meisner training in New York City and who want to be able to graduate ready to go straight out and start booking acting work!

The Ward Studio has a Six-Week Intensive Program (perfect for students not from NYC) and a Part-Time Acting Program (the duration is 3 months and classes met 2-3 times a week). They also offer voice classes, audition technique training, text classes and monologue sessions. The training is hard but incredibly satisfying and will completely change you from the kind of actor you are into the kind of actor you need to be to have a real career. The faculty is absolutely committed to each and every student and they do everything in their power to help you overcome the hurdles you will face during your training. Wendy is not just an acting teacher she is an artist. She teaches with passion and with an absolute love for what she does and that is a really rare thing in this city. To be taught by an actual artist who inspires you and who enriches your experience training at the school with over 20 years experience is something that every student of acting deserves.

If you really want to become an actor and you really want to get serious about getting your career going then this is definitely the school for you. You don't need to look any further.

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This school is for people who are really serious when they say they want to be a professional actor. This school is not for babies who want to take a class where they will be told how wonderful they are all the time. This school is for people who want the best Meisner training in New York City and who want to be able to graduate ready to go straight out and start booking acting work!

The Ward Studio has a Six-Week Intensive Program (perfect for students not from NYC) and a Part-Time Acting Program (the duration is 3 months and classes met 2-3 times a week). They also offer voice classes, audition technique training, text classes and monologue sessions. The training is hard but incredibly satisfying and will completely change you from the kind of actor you are into the kind of actor you need to be to have a real career. The faculty is absolutely committed to each and every student and they do everything in their power to help you overcome the hurdles you will face during your training. Wendy is not just an acting teacher she is an artist. She teaches with passion and with an absolute love for what she does and that is a really rare thing in this city. To be taught by an actual artist who inspires you and who enriches your experience training at the school with over 20 years experience is something that every student of acting deserves.

If you really want to become an actor and you really want to get serious about getting your career going then this is definitely the school for you. You don't need to look any further.

Pros: Exceptional teaching, best results, convenient location, great value

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I spent two semesters at this studio. I was not satisfied from week one. Three hour classes often finish within 1.5 hours. Wendy will tell you that this is because she doesn't need 3 hours to train you but I discovered that this wasn't at all true once I went to another studio (where students have longer to work and thus teachers used all of the class time plus sum). Wendy was encouraging to her favourite students while she ignored others. She actually made derogatory, judgemental and cruel comments about students behind their backs to other students (yes, to me on a number of occasions). Wendy was hot-tempered and moody. Wendy did not explain the technique well and refused to answer questions. It is very difficult to explain what was so dissatisfying about this school. I was unhappy at this school and did not feel supported or secure in what I was learning. I couldn't put my finger on what exactly was wrong with the War Studio. It wasn't only Wendy's teaching style and personality; there was also something else lacking in the training. It wasn't until I finally left and started studying at another school (William Esper) that I realised how weak Wendy's understanding of Meisner is and how poorly she teaches it. Do yourself a favour and don't go here.

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I spent two semesters at this studio. I was not satisfied from week one. Three hour classes often finish within 1.5 hours. Wendy will tell you that this is because she doesn't need 3 hours to train you but I discovered that this wasn't at all true once I went to another studio (where students have longer to work and thus teachers used all of the class time plus sum). Wendy was encouraging to her favourite students while she ignored others. She actually made derogatory, judgemental and cruel comments about students behind their backs to other students (yes, to me on a number of occasions). Wendy was hot-tempered and moody. Wendy did not explain the technique well and refused to answer questions. It is very difficult to explain what was so dissatisfying about this school. I was unhappy at this school and did not feel supported or secure in what I was learning. I couldn't put my finger on what exactly was wrong with the War Studio. It wasn't only Wendy's teaching style and personality; there was also something else lacking in the training. It wasn't until I finally left and started studying at another school (William Esper) that I realised how weak Wendy's understanding of Meisner is and how poorly she teaches it. Do yourself a favour and don't go here.

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Class size is small enough for individual attention, yet enough people to make the experience with other actors a positive learning experience. The teacher really cares about the class and the integrity of the of the art or acting. This studio is highly recommended for Misner work as well as other classes the studio offers. I am almost done with my 2nd semester of Misner training and feel confident to start going out into the acting world. Do youself a favor, and check it out.

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Class size is small enough for individual attention, yet enough people to make the experience with other actors a positive learning experience. The teacher really cares about the class and the integrity of the of the art or acting. This studio is highly recommended for Misner work as well as other classes the studio offers. I am almost done with my 2nd semester of Misner training and feel confident to start going out into the acting world. Do youself a favor, and check it out.

Pros: Attention, Cost, Quality

Message from Ward Studio

If you're looking to up your game with a master teacher who will challenge you to grow beyond your current limits, then you can do no better than to study with Wendy Ward. Not only is she an expert in the Meisner approach, but she holds all of her students to high standards and insists that you learn to do your best and stay cool under pressure. She is known for being a hard worker and treating her students fairly -- whether you're a beginner or a professional she will make you a better performer and more competitive professional.

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For 25 years the Ward Acting Studio has been one of New York's most revered acting schools specializing in the Meisner Approach. We currently have studio practices in Durham, North Carolina, New York and Melbourne, Australia.

 

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