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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 New Zealand Actors Equity, 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." 



Jennifer to play Elsa Manchester in Luncheon  

Jennifer will play actress Elsa Manchester in the world premiere of Luncheon by Aroha Awarau, directed by Katie Wolfe, at The Basement, 20-31 May 2014.  Tickets on sale soon; check back.

It's 1958 and Hollywood is preparing for the biggest night of the year - the Academy Awards.  Four days before the glamorous event, the five women up for best supporting actress have a luncheon to celebrate their nominations.  One of them is Miyoshi Umeki, the first person of Asian heritage to be nominated for an Oscar.  The claws come out in this action-packed gathering, filled with conflict, drama and laughter.  But the question on everyone's lips is, who will take home the coveted prize.


Jennifer to Teach The Actors' Program

Jennifer will teach musical theatre technique for The Actors' Program, 14-17 April 2014.



Recent Work
 
Jennifer sang in Brel for Silo Theatre.  After premiering in 2012 and touring in 2013, in 2014 Brel was performed at NZ Festival (26 Feb-2 March) and Auckland Town Hall's Great Hall (4 March).

"The ever luminous Jennifer Ward-Lealand stands out - her renditions of Marieke and Ne me quitte pas are passionate and beautiful - exquisite even". (Theatreview)
 

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 Marion in Jordi Mand's Between the Sheets, 19-30 November 2013 at The Basement.
"It's easy to see why Ward-Lealand was keen to bring this play to Auckland; it's punchy, entertaining and surprisingly complex ... Ward-Lealand is particularly mesmerizing" (Concrete Playground)
 
     
 


Chair of In Conversation: Working with an Acting Coach for NZ Actors' Equity (31 April)
Tutor for masterclass 'The Craft of Acting', Hamilton Operatic Society (8-9 March 2014)
Guest speaker, The Auckland Executive Club (19 February 2014)
Celebrity guest, Official Xena Convention, Burbank, CA (8 February 2014)
Tutor for Emerging Musical Theatre Professionals Workshop at Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School
      (27 January-1 February 2014)
Tutor for masterclass 'Flying Solo', Centre City Music Theatre (16 January 2014)
Playing Helen Clark in A Basement Christmas Carol at The Basement (16, 18, 20 December 2013)

 
 

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