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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." 

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Jennifer to Direct, Perform in Black Dog Relief – A Cabaret for Robbie Tripe

Jennifer will direct and perform in this cabaret to honor Robbie Tripe, known for his performances in Shortland Street and Power Rangers, as well as roles in The Strip, The Truth about Demons, and Radio Hauraki docu-drama Three Mile Limit.  Colleen Davis, Andrew Laing, and Rima Te Wiata will also perform, with musical director Paul Barrett.  All proceeds to the Mental Health Foundation.

At Q Theatre, 1 March 2015; click here for more info and to book.

Jennifer will be a guest on Good Morning (9am, TVOne) on Friday 27 February 2015 to talk about the cabaret.

Jennifer in The Book of Everything

Jennifer will play Auntie Pie in The Book of Everything, adapted by Richard Tulloch from a book by Guus Kuijer, for Silo Theatre and the Auckland Festival.  It will be directed by Sophie Roberts; at Q Theatre, 14-22 March 2015.

At Q Theatre, 14-22 March 2015; click here for more info and to book.

Jennifer to Co-Produce and Direct Where Were You?

Last Tapes Theatre Company and The Large Group are co-producing Where Were You?, a play recounting the sinking of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour on 10 July 1985, an act of terrorism that changed New Zealand forever.  In this, the 30-year anniversary of the event, Where Were You? will bring this culturally significant event back into the spotlight to examine how it contributed to the establishment of New Zealand' unique position as a nuclear-free country.

Jennifer will direct and produce (for The Large Group).  It will be presented 19-30 May at The Basement.

The producers are asking for support via The Art Foundation's crowd-funding site, Boosted.  Please click here for more information about the show, or to donate.  Also supported by Greenpeace and PADET.


Actor Lucy Lawless expresses her support for the production in the short video at right:


Jennifer Featured in Glory Days

Jennifer is featured in vintage lifestyle magazine Glory Days issue 9, The Hollywood Issue (February 2015).

Click here for info on where to buy it, or here to order online.












Jennifer to sing with Jubilation

Jennifer will sing with Jubilation a cappella gospel choir on 29 March 2015 in the Sapphure Room in Ponsonby Central

Tickets:  $20 at the door
To reserve seats, email



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)


Host, ART Awards & Hynds Creative Entrepreneur Award Ceremony (17 February)
Host, Toyota Dealer Awards (13 February)
Member of the musical theatre faculty at NZ Singing School (7-17 January)
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Hauraki Horror at The Basement (9, 10, 12, 18 December 2014)
Host, Fashion Show, Whitecliffe College of Art & Design (22 Novembe 2014r)
Singer with Jubliation choir at Silo Theatre's 2015 Season Launch (10 November 2014)
Guest starring role on tv series Terry Teo (filmed early November 2014)


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