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Super HUGH-Man by Rutene Spooner
NASDA Theatre, Christchurch

Madame Butterfly by Puccini
Festival Opera at Art Deco Festival, Napier


The Landing (co-director)
Akaroa French Fest

Super HUGH-Man by Rutene Spooner
Auckland Live International Cabaret Season

Provocation by Aroha Awarau (workshop and playreading)
Koanga Festival

That Bloody Woman by Luke Di Somma and Gregory Cooper (2017 tour)

Conversations with Dead Relatives by Phil Ormsby and Alex Ellis (workshop)

And So It Goes by Callie Castill and Ruby Lyon
Auckland Fringe Festival

Cabaret at the Tabard (Napier)
New Zealand Singing School


Hudson & Halls Live! by Kip Chapman with Todd Emerson & Sophie Roberts (Wellington season)
Silo Theatre

The Choice by Darlene Mohekey and Jess Sayer
The Blue Baths


Te Puhi by Cian Elyse White
Koanga Festival/Going West Festival

Fallout: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior
The Large Group/Last Tapes Theatre Company

Black Dog Relief – A Cabaret for Robbie Tripe (1 March)
Sharu Loves Hats

Cabaret at the Tabard (Napier, 13 January)
In conjunction with New Zealand Singing School


Speak by Jess Sayer
Last Tapes Theatre Company (workshop)


The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown
Last Tapes Theatre Company


Tic Tic by Paul Barrett and Michelanne Forster
Strata Creative


Directed voiceovers for tv public service announcements
Church of Latter Day Saints


Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts


The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam
Silo Theatre


Flying Solo closing show
Performing Arts School of New Zealand

Pygmalion and Galatea (nano opera)
Opening of sculptor Terry Stringer's exhibition at Webb's Gallery, Auckland

The House That Jack Built by Fiona Samuel
Urbis 24 Hours Deadline Theatre


Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Silo Theatre

Flash of Blonde by Craig Thaine
Urbis 24 Hours Deadline Theatre

Closing show for 'Star Turn' (voice & musical theatre course)
Performing Arts School


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Dave Armstrong
Auckland Theatre Company

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Assistant Director)
The Large Group

Arohaoteaora by Kip Chapman, James Milne, Paul Rothwell
part of Season of One (A Festival of Solo Performances)
at the Silo Theatre


By Thunder by Murray Hutchinson
Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts

Acis and Galatea by Handel
NBR New Zealand Opera


Big River based on Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, music by Roger Miller
Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts

Angel Eyes by Tom Bradley (workshop production)

Let Yourself Go - a Musical (devised and directed)
Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts


Sister Wonder Woman by Josie Ryan (one-woman show; co-directed)
Silo Theatre



Fallout: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior
The Large Group/Last Tapes Theatre Company


Between the Sheets by Jordi Mand
The Large Group/Royale Productions


Decadence by Steven Berkoff
Licentious Productions (co-producer)


Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Large Group


2016: Directing The Choice

"Director Jennifer Ward-Lealand’s detailed attention to character development, as well her uncanny ability to curate the show with nicely timed crescendos and de-crescendos, helped take us as audience members on an entertaining, as well as emotional journey, due to its subtle and intelligent execution". (Theatre Scenes)

2015: Directing Fallout: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand's direction is clean and sleek, moving through the story easily and without fuss". (Pantograph Punch

2012: Directing The Last Five Years (with Tyran Parke)

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand’s careful hand kept the balance just right". (Kiss My Arts)

2010: Directing Tic Tic

" . . . superb directing by Jennifer Ward-Lealand who has a marvelous knack for comedy". (The Big Idea)

2007:  Michael Hurst & Oliver Driver in The Mystery of Irma Vep

"With two such big show-offs starring, it's tempting to think that all director Jennifer Ward-Lealand had to do was stand back . . .

But this kind of theatrical froth requires a surprising amount of discipline and she is perfect at enforcing appropriate standards of theatrical craft" (NZ Herald)

2005: Andrew Laing in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

"Under . . . Ward-Lealand's fluid direction, the cabaret worked its magic, creating a lovely sense of intimacy and spontaneity." (Listener)

(photo:  Andrew Malmo)

2004: Mark Hadlow as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (
photo:  Andrew Malmo; click here for reviews, additional photos)

“ . . . (A Christmas Carol) was crisp, smart and sharp in director Jennifer Ward-Lealand's hands." (Sunday Star Times)

(photo:  Patrick Reynolds)

2004: Michael Hurst as Macbeth

"In this reading, Macbeth's 'vaulting ambition' is not his moral flaw but his initial motive power, and the play charts the growth of the pure malevolence he must develop to achieve his ends. This intensely character-based approach makes for a lean and kinetic production, stripped of adornment." (New Zealand Herald)

2004: Kip Chapman in Arohaoteaora

" . . . the show was originally directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand, ensuring that each concept, no matter what, is grounded in compelling truth. " (

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