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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, 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." 

For Jennifer news, follow:

Jennifer Reads The Below Country

Jennifer reads Nicholas Edlin's The Below Country at 10:45 a.m., 7-22 August 2014 on RadioNZ National show Nine to Noon.

"Nothing is as it seems in Seoul when the daughter of a once-famous American novelist returns to South Korea, the land of her childhood, and attempts to uncover the dark secret of her father's wartime exploits".

Jennifer to Host Book Awards

Jennifer will host the NZ Post Book Awards Ceremony on 27 August 2014 at Te Papa in Wellington.

Jennifer to Teach at Howick Little Theatre

Jennifer will be teaching her masterclass 'The Craft of Acting' at Howick Little Theatre on 30-31 August 2014.


Jennifer to Perform at Fundraiser for Circa Theatre

Jennifer will perform, alongside George Henare, Michael Hurst, Ray Henwood, Jeffrey Thomas, and Awhimai Fraser, at the 'Seating You' fundraiser for Circa Theatre, Wellington, on 31 August 2014.

All proceeds will go toward Circa's 'Millionth Bum' campaign to upgrade their theatre seats. 

Read the press release here.  Click here for info and to book.


Jennifer's Speaking Engagements

Jennifer will speak at Zonta Club of East Auckland Charity Dinner at Pakuranga Golf Club on 13 September 2014, and at Probus Pakuranga on 8 September 2014.

Recent Work

Jennifer performed Falling in Love Again as part of the Auckland International Cabaret Festival on 4 June 2014 in the Concert Chamber of Auckland Town Hall.

"a wondrously talented woman ... With all of the elegance and grace of a true Hollywood star, Jennifer Ward-Lealand romanced her audience off its feet ... Jennifer Ward-Lealand is the real deal". (13th Floor)

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 Elsa Lanchester in Luncheon, 20-31 May 2014 at The Basement.

"The main drawcard is Jennifer Ward-Lealand's Elsa Lanchester, and she doesn't disappoint.  She delivers barbs with precision, is refreshingly loose and fun ... and yet still manages to give her monologues a gravity".  (Lumiere Reader)


Panelist, ‘How the forces of the arts, media and culture influence and shape our thinking and our national identity,’ Leadership NZ (21 August)
Panelist, 'Work and Life-In the Creative Economy,' Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia (18 August)
Speaking to Communication Studies students, AUT (6 August)
Tutor for masterclass 'Flying Solo,' Hamilton Operatic Society (2-3 August)
Host, Lexus Song Quest Pre-Show (26 July)
Mum and Sandy in live script read of Braindead, NZ International Film Festival (22 July)
Playing Vivian Johnson in workshop of Stutter and Scream by Sam Brooks (19-20 July)
Filmed guest role of Camilla in web series High Road (mid-July)


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