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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 35 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 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 directs Super HUGH-MAN

Jennifer is the director of Rutene Spooner's Super HUGH-Man, to be presented at NASDA Theatre, Christchurch, on 23 February 2018.

Super HUGH-Man is a semi-autobiographical solo show following the journey of Kiwi musical theatre performer Rutene Spooner, influenced by the great Wolverine and Broadway star, Hugh Jackman.  Spooner's reminiscence takes us with him from East-coast high school misfit, to NASDA alumnus and subsequent practitioner of musical theatre.  His journey is presented in the context of his personal obsessions, first with Wolverine's cinematic persona and then Jackman himself, upon learning of his distinguished stage career as a song and dance man.

The show premiered at the 2017 Auckland Live International Cabaret Season. "Honest, uplifting, stirring and hilarious" (Theatreview).  Click here to book.

Jennifer's speaking

Jennifer will be guest speaker at Ryman Edmund Hillary Village on 2 March 2018, and at U3A Northwest of 12 March 2018.

Jennifer to play Astrid on The Ring Inz

Jennifer will have a guest role in one episode of The Ring Inz for Enter the Dragon Productions, filming 7 March 2018.  The first season is available to watch on demand on Maori TV's website.

Recent Work

Performed cabaret Falling In Love Again, Art Deco Festival (16-17 February)
Director of Madame Butterfly, Art Deco Festival (13-19 February)
Guest performer in Santa Claus, The Basement (12 December)
Warden Tuoro in The Adventures of Suzy Boon (filmed 9-10 December)
Guest performer in Club Mystique II, New Zealand Dance Company (4 December)
Performer in The Upside Down cabaret (30 November)
Director of Provocation (workshop), Playmarket Brown Ink programme (25 November)
Guest performer on Funny Girls (filmed, 24 November)
Narrator, Peter and the Wolf, Silo Theatre (24 November)


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