Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer Ward-Lealand has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical theatre and radio for more than 35 years.
Jennifer was a founding board member of Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of The Actors’ Program. She is currently President of Equity New Zealand and Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional Trust and The New Zealand Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and the community.
For Auckland Theatre Company, her work includes Twelfth Night, Le Sud, August: Osage County, The Heretic and Lysistrata. For Silo Theatre, she has performed in The Goat, That Face, Berlin, Brel (Metro magazine’s #1 Cultural Experience 2012) and The Book of Everything (Best Ensemble and Excellence Awards, Auckland Theatre Awards 2015).
Jennifer tours her Marlene Dietrich Cabaret, Falling in Love Again, throughout New Zealand and Australia. Jennifer’s film work includes The Footstep Man, Desperate Remedies, The Ugly, Fracture and the new New Zealand feature film Vermilion (releasing in September 2018).
Television and web series include Full Frontal, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Duggan, Auckland Daze, The Almighty Johnsons, Awkward Love, High Road, Friday Night Bites, The Ring Inz II and Dirty Laundry