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.
These are the stories that have been told and retold over breakfast tables, barbeques, campfires, and drunken dinner parties. Epic and incredible family stories passed down through generations, about warrior princesses, ratbags, preachers and visionaries; stories that tell us where we came from and who we are. Maybe. Like all good stories, there are clashes of ideals, moral dilemmas, epic adventures, and romantic tales of love and hope.
But above all, these stories make us questiion our obligations to our ancestors. Is it enough to just tell their stories?
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 guest stars in 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.
24 March 2018: The Craft of Acting, Trinity College, Tauranga; click here to register
9-12 April 2018: Flying Solo, The Actors' Program
1, 8 May 2018: The Craft of Acting, The Actors' Program
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)
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)
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