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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." 

For Jennifer news, follow:

Jennifer to be a Zonta Award Presenter

Jennifer will be an award presenter at Zonta Club of East Auckland's Annual Awards Evening on Friday 31 October 2014 at The Lounge in Howick.  Click here for info and to book.

Jennifer to Host Whitecliffe Fashion Show

Jennifer will host the Whitecliffe Fashion Show for Whitecliffe College of Art & Design, Saturday 22 November 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland.

Jennifer Sings in Brel, to be Broadcast on RadioNZ Concert

Jennifer was one of four singers (along with Julia Deans, Tama Waiapara, and Jon Toogood) to perform in Silo Theatre's Brel, directed by Michael Hurst.

First performed 1-24 November 2012 at Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber, it went on to tour festivals throughout New Zealand in 2013, followed by a week at the New Zealand Festival in February 2014.  It then returned to Auckland for a "One Night Stand" in the Great Hall of Auckland Town Hall on 4 March 2014. 

RadioNZ recorded this performance and will broadcast the recording on the evening of 2 December 2014.

Jennifer to Teach at New Zealand Singing School

Jennifer will be one of the tutors at New Zealand Singing School, teaching her masterclass 'Flying Solo,' 7-17 January 2015 at EIT Campus, Hawke's Bay.  Click here for info and to book.

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)


'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)
Guest speaker, Probus Pakuranga (8 September)
Guest speaker, Zonta Club of East Auckland charity dinner (13 September)
Teaching 'The Craft of Acting', Howick Little Theatre (30-31 August)
Guest performer, 'Seating You' fundraiser for Circa Theatre (31 August)
Hosting NZ Post Book Awards (27 August)
Reader of Nicholas Edlin's The Below Country, RadioNZ National (7-22 August)
Panelist, ‘How the forces of the arts, media and culture influence and shape our thinking and our national identity,’ Leadership NZ (21 August)
Panelist, 'Work and Life-In the Creative Economy,' Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia (18 August)
Tutor for masterclass 'Flying Solo,' Hamilton Operatic Society (2-3 August)


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