Ward Smith Actor Coach

Ward Smith Actor Coach

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1 employee
10 years in business

About this pro

Process Punch Up: Script Analysis, Scene Work, Audition Prep

 If you’re new to acting and are overwhelmed by the process; if you’re stuck in your scene work and things aren’t making sense or memorization is difficult, there are ways to overcome these blocks and sharpen your tools as an actor. Bring more inner life to your work and find ways to “use it”.  

18 and UP

Seeing actors grow with skill and confidence and seeing them get booked 

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St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Ok, now it’s grown up time and we’re looking to give this acting thing a try. Whatever your goal, film, TV, stage, you got to booked. To do that, it helps if you have a firm grasp on what you’re doing way before the audition.   It starts with you, being relaxed, and available to undertake a process. That’s important because there is no, repeat, NO fast way to learn how to be an actor. Like carpentry or golf, this is a craft and it starts with a solid foundation in the fundamentals.

Ages 15 and up 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

35 years professional actor SAGAFTRA AEA 

Studied with Uta Hagen, William Hickey-Stanislavski 

Kathy Laughlin Eric Morris Process 

True Acting Instructor Certification (Mesiner) from Larry Silverberg

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$25.00 for the hour

payable on day of class via Venmo or Cash app

How did you get started teaching?

When I started directing 

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginers, and seasoned pros

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

2 seasons as Artistic Director for the Heather Theater

Sold out performances  of some really fine material.  The talent that emerged from those seasons was indiciative of the process. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

“It’s Over There”                  

Every scene is a relationship obligation. There is so much truth in “It’s not about you.”  All actors who are mugging, hamming and posing are in their heads and concerned with themselves. That’s not acting, it’s something else.  The most valuable thing we can give another person is the quality of our attention.

We must be open and available to the person across from us.  Because over there is where are answers are.  We must be in tune with our partner, listening and receiving. You’ve heard that acting is reacting and when you’re in the moment and living truthful in the moment, you’re reactions will be true.

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Film Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Meisner Technique Classes Theater Acting Classes