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UPCOMING       |  cabarets:  Falling In Love Again | The Look of Love 

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 taking Falling in Love Again to Australia

Jennifer will be taking her Marlene Dietrich cabaret Falling in Love Again to Queensland, Australia. 

On 28 July 2017, she will perform in the Noosa Alive! festival at Noosa Heads, Queensland (click here for info and to book), and on 1 August 2017 in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music at Townsville Civic Centre in Townsville, North Queensland (click here for info and to book).

On 9 September 2017, she brings the show back to the Auckland area, performing at Uxbridge Theatre in Howick (click here for info and to book).

Jennifer pays tribute to the iconic Marlene Dietrich with songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger.  Beautifully lit and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich's famous gowns, this critically acclaimed cabaret show vividly captures Dietrich's timeless style and glamour.  With Grant Winterburn on piano and Aaron Coddel on bass.

"Ward-Lealand is Marlene in gesture, mood and movement – masterfully capturing her alluring and seductive personality from stage and screen. … Ward-Lealand's ability to use Dietrich's distinctive and unusual phrasing was magical to listen to … This show is a stunningly good piece of sophisticated cabaret, hugely rewarding and enjoyable". (Capitol Times)

Click here for additional reviews and more about the show.


Jennifer narrates Free Theatre, premiering at NZ International Film Festival

Jennifer narrated the documentary film Free Theatre, written and directed by Shirley Horrocks, which is premiering at the New Zealand International Film Festival on Wednesday 26 July (6:15 p.m.) and Friday 28 July (12:15 p.m.)

Founded by Peter Falkenberg in 1979, Christchurch's Free Theatre has provided a remarkably persistent alternative to the city's more vaunted legacy of traditional theatre.  Favouring the event-based over the text-based, Falkenberg has steeped a succession of actors, writers and theatre technicians in the practice of an avant-garde theatre that has strong roots in his native Germany, while being constantly responsive to political and social change.

Click here for more info and to book.

Jennifer's teaching

7-10 August 2017, 'Flying Solo' for The Actors' Program
18-20 August 2017, tutor at Musical Theatre New Zealand Boot Camp, Cambridge
27 September 2017, visiting vocal coach, University of Canterbury School of Music, Christchurch
4 October 2017, workshop for New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, Christchurch
14 October 2017, 'Flying Solo' for Waihi Dramatic Society

Recent Work

Teaching The Craft of Acting for Equity, Auckland (16 July)
Teaching Flying Solo for NASDA, Christchurch (4 July)
Guest speaker, Ryman Retirement Village (3 July)
Teaching The Craft of Acting for Equity, Christchurch (2 July)
Guest speaker, Papakura Ladies Probus Club (23 June)
Narrator, Find Me a Maori Bride season 2 (11 May-22 June)
Guest speaker, Henderson Probus Club (19 June)
Guest speaker, Churchill Park Ladies Probus Club (14 June)
Guest performer, Great Silo Fundraiser (1 June)
Teaching The Craft of Acting for Trinity College, Christchurch (27 May)
Speaking to Women in Leadership, Unitec (25 May 2017)
Teaching The Craft of Acting for Trinity College, Auckland (20 May)
Narrating documentary Free Theatre; A 37 Year Experiment (mid-May)
Teaching Flying Solo at University of Auckland School of Music National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (11 May)
Guest role in Auckward Love ep 2.1 (filmed 6 May)


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