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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 35 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, Clarence St. 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 present at Showdown Awards

Jennifer will be one of the presenters at iTicket Showdown Awards on 26 October 2017, 7:30 p.m. at SkyCity Theatre.  iTicket Showdown is the Auckland secondary school production competition.  Click here for info and to book.

Jennifer to sing with Jubilation

Jennifer will be singing with Jubilation gospel choir at TAPAC on 29 October 2017 (click here for info and to book), and at Uxbridge Arts & Culture on 18 November 2017 (click here for info and to book).



Jennifer to MC Shoes Extravaganza 2017 Awards Night

Jennifer will be the MC for Shoes Extravaganza 2017 Show and Awards Night at True Yoga on 4 November at 8 p.m.

Shoes Extravaganza is art and theatre for shoe lovers. It's a shoe design competition for New Zealanders and internationalists celebrating the best of contemporary, 'pushing the boundaries' shoe design and culminating in a Catwalk Extravaganza. Cinderella meets Gucci in Tamaki Makaurau!

Click here for info and to book.


Jennifer in Reds

Jennifer will be one of the performers in a play-reading of Dean Parker's Reds on Sunday 5 November, 2 p.m. at The Thirsty Dog.  Also featuring Robyn Malcolm, Stuart Devenie, Elizabeth McRae, Rachel House, Charlie Bleakly, former Greens MP Sue Bradford, Unite Union organizers Mike Treen and Joe Carolan, and Mangere East Community Centre director Roger Fowler, with Hershal Herscher on piano.

As Russia and its oligarchs tussle with how to commemorate the centenary of the 1917 revolution, actors and activists will be assembling on Karangahape Road on Guy Fawkes' Day for a show that examines the potential and end of the Russian Revolution.  Reds is a two-hour play that looks at the events and personalities that shook the world a century ago.

Click here for additional info.

Jennifer in Auckward Love

Jennifer revives her role as sex-shop worker Barbara in the first and second episodes of the new third season of Auckward Love.  She originated the character in the second season, in episodes 2.1 and 2.5.

Auckward Love is a funny, sexy, and almost romantic web series created by actress Holly Shervey, and co-written with actress/writer Jess Sayer and actor/director Emmett Skilton.  It follows Alice (Holly Shervey) and her three unlikely best friends, Vicky (Luci Hare), Grace (Jess Holly Bates), and Zoe (Jess Sayer), as they force her back on the road to find love ... whether she wants them to or not.

Auckward Love
shines a light on what it's like to be a single 20-something female in today's dating game, complete with the trials and tribulations, the fun times and hard, and of course, the highs, and the ridiculously ridiculous lows.

All three seasons are available to New Zealand viewers on TVNZ On Demand (click here), and to international viewers on You Tube (click here).

Recent Work

Rehearsal director, That Bloody Woman 2017 tour (29 August-20 October)
Co-director and performer in The Landing, Akaroa French Fest (7 October)
Teaching workshop for New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, Christchurch (4 October)
In conversation with Kerry Barden on "Casting Matters,"
Big Screen Symposium (30 September)
Visiting vocal coach, University of Canterbury School of Music, Christchurch (27 September)
Directing Super HUGH-Man, Auckland Live International Cabaret Season (20-23 September)
Guest on The Cafe talking Super HUGH-Man (20 September)
Panelist for Te Reo Maori discussion, Maori Language Week, Auckland Central Library (12 September)
Ambassador at Maori Language Week launch in Wellington (11 September)
Performing Falling in Love Again at Uxbridge Theatre, Howick (9 September)
Directing workshop of Aroha Awarau's Provocation, Koanga Festival (6 September)
Host and speaker at Brown Pages' CulturePRO Masterclass (24 August)
Teaching Flying Solo at Musical Theatre New Zealand Boot Camp (18-20 August)
Guest speaker at The Actors' Program (10 August)
Teaching Flying Solo for The Actors' Program (7-10 August)


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