Hilary Ward

Special Visiting Faculty, Acting

Hilary Ward is an actor, producer, teacher and coach based in Los Angeles.

She is a founding member and current Co-Artistic Producing Director of Chalk Repertory Theatre, a site-responsive theatre company dedicated to exploring new and classical work. Most recently for Chalk Rep, Hilary produced “Chalk Lines,” five commissioned immersive audio plays. These plays set in and about LA’s districts 8, 9 and 10 reveal the rich and too often unexplored history of these districts. The project features new work from Luis Alfaro, Colette Robert, Kimrie Lewis, Giovanni Adams and Joe G. Maldonado. Chalk Rep has produced more than 25 plays in intimate site-specific settings all over Los Angeles, including Hollywood Forever Cemetery, La Brea Tar Pits, National History Museum and UCLA’s William Clark Library. In Chalk’s inaugural season it was awarded the Ovation Award for Outstanding Intimate Production and later received LA Weekly’s Award for Best Gypsy Theatre. Chalk Rep kicked off its Writers Group in 2014 which has helped develop eleven new plays from Los Angeles-based writers.

Hilary is an accomplished actor having worked extensively in television, film and on the stage. Selected credits include: La Jolla Playhouse, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Collaborative Artists Bloc, Ashland New Play Festival, South Coast Repertory, Chalk Repertory, Aspen Fringe, Unusual Suspects, Sharp Objects (opposite Amy Adams); All the Way (opposite Anthony Mackie); NCIS; Grey’s Anatomy; Castle; Criminal Minds; Modern Family; The Fosters and more. Hilary may also be familiar to you as the face of nearly two dozen national television commercials. Her voice has been featured in over 30 commercials.  As an acting coach she has helped actors all over the world sharpen their audition technique and reach their professional goals.  Under her guidance, her clients have been accepted to top professional actor training programs and worked across media on television, film and regional theatre.

Hilary is thrilled to be returning to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, where she has served as a guest lecturer. Hilary has also taught acting at Western Michigan University and University of California-San Diego. She is a member of the Television Academy, Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, for which she serves on the National Organizing Committee.