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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 in The Opening Night Before Christmas

Jennifer is one of a rotating cast of celebrity guests in this year's Basement Christmas show, The Opening Night Before Christmas. She is scheduled for 13 December 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

"Waiting for Guffman meets Love Actually as a small town community theatre group has just 24 hours to rehearse their show, and get it ready for opening night – the biggest highlight on Levin's calendar. Tensions run high as the show's Broadway-aspiring director pushes for a new high-concept, Santa-free drama, while love blossoms backstage, and the stage manager plans a coup".

Click here to book. The full season runs 2-22 December 2016, with other celebrity guests on the other nights.


Jennifer Directs Hudson & Halls Live!

Jennifer was director assist for the return season of Kip Chapman's Hudson & Halls Live! It is playing at Hannah Playhouse (Wellington) 15 November – 10 December 2016, starring Kip Chapman, Chris Parker, and Anya Tate-Manning, with design by Daniel Williams, Elizabeth Whiting and Sean Lynch. Click here to book.

Jennifer's Speaking Engagements

Jennifer will speak at Waikato Institute of Technology on 8 December about her journey as a student on Te Reo Maori, and on 15 December 2016, she will be the guest speaker at the South Seas Film and Television School Graduation Ceremony
at Bruce Mason Theatre.

Jennifer Guest Stars in Auckward Love

Jennifer plays Barbara in Auckward Love eps. 2.1 and 2.5.  The show premiered on TVNZ On Demand on 22 September 2016. Click here to watch.


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

Awards presenter, Auckland Theatre Awards (5 December)
Barbara Bertinelli on Terry Teo (4 December)
Performer in Club Mystique fundraiser for NZ Dance Co. (1 December)
Guest speaker, Wonderful Waiheke Women (24 November)
Donna Rafferty on series Dirty Laundry on TVNZ1 (21 September – 23 November)
Guest on All Talk with Anita Moa (17 November)
Guest on Upbeat, RNZ Concert (17 November)
Guest on Native Affairs (15 November)

Guest presenter, iTicket Showdown Awards (2 November)
Guest speaker at Titirangi Ladies Probus Club (17 October 2016)
Sing with Jubilation at Artworks Community Theatre, Waiheke (1 October)
Delegate at International Federation of Actors World Congress, Sao Paolo, Brazil (20-25 September)
Teaching Flying Solo, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland (15 September)
Hosting Equity New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award
(12 September)


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        Acknowledgements & Thanks                    Click here for contact information.