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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, 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 starring in Vermilion

Jennifer is playing Darcy in feature film Vermillion, which began shooting 20 February 2017. It also stars Theresa Healy, Goretti Chadwick, Peter Feeney, and Emily Campbell. It is written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann and produced by Michele Fantl.

Vermilion tells the story of a group of women who are close to each other – mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors. Some of their relationships are good and some are broken. The events of one summer month changes their lives forever.

Click here for more info.

Jennifer performing in Actors' Benevolent Fund Afternoon Gala

Jennifer will be one of the performers at the Actors' Benevolent Fund Gala on Sunday 2 April 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Pop-Up Globe (Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland). Click here to book.

All profits from the Gala will go directly to the New Zealand Actors' Benevolent Fund, a not-for-profit charity established in 2013 to provide assistance to professional performers, both young and old, who, due to injury, illness, or disability, are unable to work. It provides both financial and practical assistance to those in need. Medical expenses may be directly met, pharmaceutical bills settled, or essential items purchased. In some cases, there may also be provision available for the care of children or family dependants of those performers in need. Jennifer is a board member of the Actors' Benevolent Fund.

The Gala will feature many New Zealand performers including Michael Hurst, Dave Dobbyn, Shona Laing, Morgana O'Reilly, Lucy Lawless, Shortland Street the Musical, Jubilation Choir, Dynamotion, Stephen Lovatt, James Roque, Jesse Griffin, Tandi Wright, Paul McLaney, Fiona Samuel, Black Friars, and The Black Quartet; Michele A'Court will MC.

Jennifer's teaching

Jennifer will teach a workshop for Matamata Drama Society on 29-30 April 2017.

Recent Work

Singing with Jubilation gospel choir at TAPAC (12 March)
Directing And So It Goes, Auckland Fringe Festival (10-11 March)
Musical theatre faculty at New Zealand Singing School (5-15 January)
Visiting Auckland Actor in The Opening Night Before Christmas at The Basement (13 December)
Guest on Kawe Korero, Maori TV (12 December)
Guest speaker, Waikato Institute of Technology (8 December)
Awards presenter, Auckland Theatre Awards (5 December)
Barbara Bertinelli on Terry Teo (4 December)
Performer in Club Mystique fundraiser for NZ Dance Co. (1 December)
Guest speaker, Wonderful Waiheke Women (24 November)
Host at Whitecliffe College of Art & Design Fashion Show (20 November)
Donna Rafferty on series Dirty Laundry on TVNZ1 (21 September – 23 November)
Guest on All Talk with Anita Moa (17 November)


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