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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 New Zealand Actors Equity, 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." 

For Jennifer news, follow:

Jennifer Profiled on Native Affairs

Jennifer was profiled on Native Affairs on Monday 21 July 2014. Click here to watch it online.

Jennifer in High Road

Jennifer will have a guest role in episodes 2.5 and 2.7 of High Road (web series), filming in mid-July 2014.

Filmed in Piha, NZ, 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 Mitchinson, Peter Muller, and Danielle Mason.

Watch the first season at right.


Jennifer to Host Lexus Song Quest Pre-Show

Jennifer will be the host of the Lexus Song Quest Pre-Show at Lower NZI at Aotea Centre, 26 July 2014 at 6 p.m.

Jennifer to Participate in Actors' Program and Equity NZ Events

Jennifer will be at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) on Sunday 27 July 2014.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, she will be at The Actors' Program Info Session, which is for anyone considering applying for the Program.  Opportunities include meeting current students and members of the Artistic Board; hearing first-hand about the course and ask any questions; observe an Open Studio where tutors work with current students on scripts they are rehearsing; and learn about auditions and complete an application form.  Click here for info.

From 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Jennifer will participate in Equity NZ's Graduate Day.  Open to all graduates, students, and emerging performers, Equity NZ presents pannelists offering advice on how to succeed.  There will be 15 speakers including Boni Tukiwaho on Life as a New Grad, Maxine Cunliffe on Diversity in the Media, Kerry Warkia on Making it Happen, Sam Snedden on Self-Producing and the Basement Theatre, Will Wallace on Self-Taping and Showreels, and at least five actors' agents.  Click here for info.  Jennifer is the President of Equity NZ.

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)


Mum and Sandy in live script read of Braindead, NZ International Film Festival (22 July 2014)
Playing Vivian Johnson in workshop of Stutter and Scream by Sam Brooks (19-20 July 2014)
Tutor for masterclass 'The Craft of Acting', Tauranga Musical Theatre/16th Avenue Theatre (12-13 July 2014)
Guest artist, Concert for the Birds (14 June)
Musical theatre tutor for The Actors' Program (14-17 April 2014)
Chair of In Conversation: Working with an Acting Coach for NZ Actors' Equity (13 April 2014)
Tutor for masterclass 'The Craft of Acting', Hamilton Operatic Society (8-9 March 2014)


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