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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." 

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Jennifer to Host Auckland Theatre Awards

Jennifer will be the host of the formal part of the evening at the 2015 Auckland Theatre Awards, to be held at the Wintergarden, The Civic on Monday 7 December 2015. 

From the press release:  "Amidst all the fun we acknowledge the outstanding work of theatre makers citywide.  Topping the honours will be the illustrious Excellence Awards. Having been chosen by a panel of 6 industry professionals, these awards will celebrate a range of disciplines, and be for both individuals and groups.  The returning 'Lifetime Achievment Award', 'Newcomer Awards', and 'Most Original Production' will also be presented within this section of the evening". 

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Jennifer to Direct The Choice

Jennifer will direct The Choice by Darlene Mohekey and Jess Sayer in the Lido Lounge at The Blue Baths in Rotorua, 22 January-26 February 2016.  Click here for the press release; click here to book.

Forget X-Factor, forget New Zealand's Got Talent.  This is The Choice – a weirdly wonderful talent show unlike any other.  Laugh, cry and cringe till you can't cringe no more, as five fearless actors take on all of the characters you love and those you love to hate.  Broadcast live on air (but not really), this immersive new show leaves you, the live studio audience, to select the winner each night.

Featuring choreography by Taiaroa Royal, The Choice will star a cast of Blue Baths favourites including Jay Chasland, Rutene Spooner, Bronwyn Turei, Aaron Ward, Tainui Kuru, and musical director Darlene Mohekey.

Recent Work

Host of Whitecliffe Fashion Show 2015 (21 November)
Singing with Jubilation choir at Q Theatre (7 November) and The Vic (14 November)
Performing Falling in Love Again at Hawke's Bay Arts Festival (4 November)
Speaker at Wellington East Girls' College 90th Reunion (24 October)
Chair of Equity NZ's Green Room (18 October)
Speaker at Equity NZ's Graduate Day (18 October)
Visiting vocal coach at the University of Canterbury School of Music, Christchurch (14-15 October)
Teaching The Craft of Acting for an Equity Foundation workshop (Christchurch, 7 October)
Host of Rangatahi Philharmonia o Tara launch/concert (7 October)
Judge for Short + Sweet Auckland Song & Cabaret (26 September)
Singer in From Broadway to La Scala in Auckland (18 September) and Christchurch Arts Festival (20 September)
Host of Beads of Courage Ball, Child Cancer Foundation (19 September)
Director of workshop and playreading of Te Puhi, Going West Festival (9 September)
Panelist on Re-Think talking about the state of New Zealand theatre (TV3, 30 August; watch online)
Kalonike in Lysistrata, Auckland Theatre Company (30 July-29 August)


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