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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 Ward-Lealand: Falling in Love Again

Jennifer has just completed a short tour of the show to Queensland, and will now bring it back to Auckland, performing at Uxbridge Theatre in Howick on 9 September 2017 (click here for info and to book).

Jennifer pays tribute to the iconic Marlene Dietrich with songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger.  Beautifully lit and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich's famous gowns, this critically acclaimed cabaret show vividly captures Dietrich's timeless style and glamour.  With Grant Winterburn on piano and Aaron Coddel on bass.

"Ward-Lealand is Marlene in gesture, mood and movement – masterfully capturing her alluring and seductive personality from stage and screen. … Ward-Lealand's ability to use Dietrich's distinctive and unusual phrasing was magical to listen to … This show is a stunningly good piece of sophisticated cabaret, hugely rewarding and enjoyable". (Capitol Times)

Click here for additional reviews and more about the show.

 


Jennifer directing That Bloody Woman

Jennifer will be rehearsal director for the 2017 tour of Luke Di Somma & Gregory Cooper's That BloodyWoman, originally directed by Kip Chapman and starring Esther Stephens as Kate Sheppard.

New Zealand's smash hit rock musical That Bloody Woman is back.  Our favourite daughter, suffragist, activist and cyclist Kate Sheppard is transformed from the face on the $10 note into a feminist firebrand raising hell and rocking out.  Fresh from sell-out seasons in Auckland and Christchurch, Kate takes the show on the road in 2017.

"Bursting with wit, verve and righteously rocking tunes", That Bloody Woman presents New Zealand's founding mother like you've never seen her before – loud, proud, and in your face.  Leading the charge to win women the vote, Kate takes on the patriarchy, publlic opinion and even Prime Minister Richard 'King Dick' Seddon.

 

Taranaki International Arts Festival, 29-31 August   Dunedin, Fortune Theatre, 26 September-8 October
Hawera Memorial Theatre, 2 September   Nelson Arts Festival, 11-12 October
Hamilton, Clarence Street Theatre, 7-9 September   Napier, Municipal Theatre, 17 October
Wellington Opera House, 13-16 September   Tauranga Arts Festival, 19-20 October
Auckland Live International Cabaret Season, 19-21 September    

Click here for info and to book.


Jennifer's teaching

18-20 August 2017, tutor at Musical Theatre New Zealand Boot Camp, Cambridge
27 September 2017, visiting vocal coach, University of Canterbury School of Music, Christchurch
4 October 2017, workshop for New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, Christchurch
14 October 2017, 'Flying Solo' for Waihi Dramatic Society


Recent Work
 

Guest speaker at The Actors' Program (10 August)
Teaching Flying Solo for The Actors' Program (7-10 August)
Performing Falling in Love Again at Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, Queensland (28 July)
Performing Falling in Love Again at Noosa Alive!, Noosa Heads, Queensland (28 July)
Directing workshop for Flaxworks' Conversations with Dead Relatives (17-21 July)
Teaching The Craft of Acting for Equity, Auckland (16 July)
Teaching Flying Solo for NASDA, Christchurch (4 July)
Guest speaker, Ryman Retirement Village (3 July)
Teaching The Craft of Acting for Equity, Christchurch (2 July)
Guest speaker, Papakura Ladies Probus Club (23 June)
Narrator, Find Me a Maori Bride season 2 (11 May-22 June)
Guest speaker, Henderson Probus Club (19 June)
Guest speaker, Churchill Park Ladies Probus Club (14 June)
Guest performer, Great Silo Fundraiser (1 June)


 
 

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