training at Auckland's influential Theatre Corporate,
New Zealand actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand has worked
extensively in theatre, film and television for
over 35 years. She has excelled in both dramatic
and comedic roles, as well as numerous roles in
musical theatre and cabaret.
Jennifer to play Mrs. Warren in Mrs. Warren's Profession
Jennifer will star in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession for Auckland Theatre Company, 1-16 May 2018 at ASB Waterfront Theatre. It will also feature Stephen Lovatt, Cameron Rhodes, Jack Buchanan, Karin McCracken, Tawanda Manyimo, and Hadassah Grace. It will be directed by Eleanor Bishop, and designed by Tracy Grant Lord. Click here to book.
"There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses". So says Mrs. Warren, a genial yet formidable woman whose clever young daughter Vivie has just graduated from university. However, when Vivie discovers that her expensive education was funded by her mother's earnings from a string of brothels, Vivie's thoroughly modern worldview is thrown into tumult.
Written in 1893, Mrs. Warren's Profession was originally banned by the censors for its subject matter and the hypocrisies it exposed. What continues to shock is how old taboos stay topical and how little things have changed. Celebrated New Zealand theatre-maker Eleanor Bishop returns from New York to direct her own version of this rarely-performed classic that takes a contemporary lens to centuries-old questions of sexuality and empowerment.
Join Mrs. Warren for a liberating evening of smart comedy, social commentary and sophisticated scandal.
Jennifer is Warden Touro on The Adventures of Suzy Boon
Jennifer plays Warden Touro in the second season of webseries The Adventures of Suzy Boon. Now available on You Tube; click here.
Suzy Boon's definition of irony - being locked up in prison hell in Brazil for failing to provide the correct visitor's visa when she herself used to work in New Zealand immigration. That, and the prison is filled with iron bars. Iron-y. Well, she thinks they're made of iron. Probably cheaper stuff. Anyway, after six years in a single cell, Suzy has been moved into the prison with the other inmates. She quickly finds prison life to be tough and filled with thugs, crazies, and perverts. While trying to make friends and stay alive, Suzy has to also dodge the dangerous - and perhaps sexual - advances of the Prison Warden, all while avoiding the shanking attention of the prison's self-proclaimed Queen Bee-tch: Carly Jackson from Perth. Will Suzy survive her sentence? Will Suzy ever return to Aotearoa? Will she ever eat Marmite again?
Jennifer guest stars on Friday Night Bites
Jennifer is the featured guest in episode 2.7, "Beyond Youth Inc.", of Friday Night Bites. Watch it below, or watch the whole series here.
Host, Behind the Curtain - A Q Theatre Fundraiser (19 April)
Teaching Flying Solo, The Actors' Program (9-12 April)
Directed Conversations with Dead Relatives at The Basement (3-7 April)
Teaching The Craft of Acting, Trinity College, Tauranga (24 March)
Guest speaker, Combined Probus Club of Ponsonby (20 March)
Keynote speaker, 58th National Conference, Musical Theatre New Zealand (16 March)
Teaching Flying Solo, 58th National Conference, Musical Theatre New Zealand (16 March)
Guest speaker, U3A Northwest (12 March)
Speaker at International Women's Day #PressforProgress (8 March)
Astrid on The Ring Inz (filmed 7 March)
Guest speaker, Ryman Edmund Hillary Village (2 March 2018)
Directed Super HUGH-Man, NASDA Theatre, Christchurch (23 February)
Performed cabaret Falling In Love Again, Art Deco Festival (16-17 February)
Director of Madame Butterfly, Art Deco Festival (13-19 February)
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