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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 on Terry Teo

Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo.  It will be available on TVNZ On Demand beginning Tuesday 19 July 2016, and will be shown on TV2 later in the year.  The first two episodes are available from 12 July; click here to watch.

Review:  "Terry Teo is an effortless reboot that's perfectly pitched for its modern audience and the old-school fans.  It pulls off the neat trick of being both familiar and new.  It's a winner".


Jennifer on Media Take

Jennifer was a guest on Media Take on 14 June 2016 (click here to watch it online; her segment begins at 18:40). 

She talks about her journey of learning Te Reo Maori, which led to her being featured in an article and cover of the June/July 2016 issue of Mana magazine (click here for information, including how to purchase).

Jennifer's Teaching

Jennifer will be teaching several workshops in the coming months:
6-7 August 2016: The Craft of Acting, Howick Little Theatre; click here for info.
20-21 August 2016: Flying Solo, Music Theatre New Zealand (Dunedin); click here for info.
5-15 January 2017: Specialist tutor in musical theatre, New Zealand Singing School (Hawke's Bay); click here for info.

Jennifer is Donna Rafferty in Dirty Laundry

Jennifer is heading up the cast of the new drama series Dirty Laundry, which was filmed in early 2016, to air on TVOne later in the year. 

Tai Berdinner-Blades, Tim Carlsen, and Victoria MacCulloch are playing her children.

From the New Zealand Herald:

"In the series, Ward-Lealand's character Donna has been channelling ill-gotten gains through various businesses for years, but when the police cart her off to the slammer, the revelation mum is a doyenne of crime comes as a compete surprise to her family.

"The shell-shocked Raffertys are left to fend for themselves and face the possibility they can't afford their comfortable middle-class lifestyle".

Click here for the whole article.


Jennifer narrating Find Me a Maori Bride

Jennifer is the narrator again for the second season of Find Me a Maori Bride, currently in production.  Click here for info and to watch the first season online.

Recent Work

Glenn in Mannbannd, ATC workshop and playreading (23 June)
Barbara in Auckward Love (web series) ep. 1 & 5 (19 June)
Interviewee on Media Take (14 June)
Teaching The Craft of Acting, Equity Foundation Workshop, Wellington (11 June)
Teaching The Craft of Acting, Waihi Drama Society (4-5 June)
Donna Lafferty in Dirty Laundry, filmed January-May 2016, to air on TVOne later in the year
Teaching choral workshop, New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (23 April)
Teaching The Craft of Acting (4-7 April) and Flying Solo (11-14 April), The Actors' Program
Speaker at The Actors' Program (5 April)
Auntie Pie in The Book of Everything tour to New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier, Hamilton (4-20 March)
Directed The Choice at The Blue Baths, Rotorua (22 January-26 February)
Auntie Pie in The Book of Everything at Q Theatre (12-25 February)
Singing with Jubilation choir at Kiwis on Board fundraiser for Syrian refugee settlement (23 January)


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