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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." 

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Jennifer to Co-Produce and Direct Where Were You?

Last Tapes Theatre Company and The Large Group are co-producing Where Were You?, a play recounting the sinking of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour on 10 July 1985, an act of terrorism that changed New Zealand forever.  In this, the 30-year anniversary of the event, Where Were You? will bring this culturally significant event back into the spotlight to examine how it contributed to the establishment of New Zealand' unique position as a nuclear-free country.

Jennifer will direct and produce (for The Large Group).  It will be presented 19-30 May at The Basement.

The producers are seeking support via The Art Foundation's crowd-funding site, Boosted.  Please click here for more information about the show, or to donate.  Also supported by The Greenpeace Trust, PADET Trust, and the Lealand family.

The video at right is narrated by the captain of the Rainbow Warrior:


Jennifer Featured in Glory Days

Jennifer is featured in vintage lifestyle magazine Glory Days issue 9, The Hollywood Issue (February 2015).

Click here for info on where to buy it, or here to order online.












Jennifer to sing with Jubilation

Jennifer will sing with Jubilation a cappella gospel choir on 29 March 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Unitarian Church, 1A Ponsonby Road.  NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.

Tickets:  $20 at the door
To reserve seats, email



Recent Work

Panelist on 'Mental Wellness in the Performing Arts' at PANNZ Arts Market (10 March)
Host, Skin of Fire, Auckland Arts Festival (7 March)
Judge, One Night Stand play festival at The Basement (6 March)
Director, performer, and host, Black Dog Relief – A Cabaret for Robbie Tripe (1 March)
Host, ART Awards & Hynds Creative Entrepreneur Award Ceremony (17 February)
Host, Toyota Dealer Awards (13 February)
Member of the musical theatre faculty at NZ Singing School (7-17 January)
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Hauraki Horror at The Basement (9, 10, 12, 18 December 2014)


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