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Since training at Auckland's influential Theatre Corporate, New Zealand actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over 30 years.  She has excelled in both dramatic and comedic roles, as well as numerous roles in musical theatre and cabaret.

As an accomplished singer, she presents her own shows, Falling in Love Again and The Look of Love, Evocative/Provocative, at festivals and venues in New Zealand and Australia.  She has recorded Falling in Love Again to cd (click here for info).  She is also in demand as a tutor of musical theatre.

Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of The Large Group and The Actors' Program. She is currently President of Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional Trust, Silo Theatre, and Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Years Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit "for services to theatre and the community." 

Follow Jennifer

Jennifer to Teach at New Zealand Singing School

Jennifer will be a member of the musical theatre faculty of New Zealand Singing School,
7-17 January 2015 at EIT Campus, Hawke's Bay. 

She will direct students in Cabaret at the Tabard at Tabard Theatre in Napier on Tuesday, 13 January at 6:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.  Click here to book.


Jennifer to be featured in Glory Days

Jennifer will be featured in vintage lifestyle magazine Glory Days in the issue coming out 20 January 2015.

Click here for info.


Jennifer Guest Stars on High Road

Jennifer guest stars as Camilla in episodes 2.5 and 2.7 of web series High Road.  Season 2 was launched on Wednesday 19 November 2014.  Watch it below!  Click the PLAYLIST menu at the upper left corner of the video to select specific episodes.

Filmed in Piha, High Road is about retired progressive rocker Terry Huffer trying to change his life.  He decides to start a local radio station in Piha to support the community.  Turns out the community sees it differently.

Written and directed by Justin Harwood, starring Mark Mitchison, Peter Muller, and Danielle Mason.  Click here for the show's Facebook page; click here to watch the first season.

Recent Work

Jennifer performed Falling in Love Again as part of the Auckland International Cabaret Festival on 4 June 2014 in the Concert Chamber of Auckland Town Hall.

"a wondrously talented woman ... With all of the elegance and grace of a true Hollywood star, Jennifer Ward-Lealand romanced her audience off its feet ... Jennifer Ward-Lealand is the real deal". (13th Floor)

Jennifer played painter Rita Angus in Rita and Douglas at Circa Theatre, Wellngton, 2-12 April 2014.

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand's portrayal of Rita is as poignant and subtly revealing as the artist's striking portraits". (Dominion Post)
  Jennifer played Elsa Lanchester in Luncheon, 20-31 May 2014 at The Basement.

"The main drawcard is Jennifer Ward-Lealand's Elsa Lanchester, and she doesn't disappoint.  She delivers barbs with precision, is refreshingly loose and fun ... and yet still manages to give her monologues a gravity".  (Lumiere Reader)


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Hauraki Horror at The Basement (9, 10, 12, 18 December)
Host, Fashion Show, Whitecliffe College of Art & Design (22 November)
Singer with Jubliation choir at Silo Theatre's 2015 Season Launch (10 November 2014)
Guest starring role on tv series Terry Teo (filmed early November 2014)
Award presenter, Zonta Club of East Auckland's Annual Awards Evening (31 October)
'In Conversation with Peter Mullan' at Big Screen Symposium (28 September)
Moderator of panel 'Te Reo and Tikanga Maori, Whose Voice Is It?' at Big Screen Symposium (28 September)
Directed workshop of Speak by Jess Sayer for Last Tapes Theatre Company (13-14 September)


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