Your Equity Board

Jennifer Ward-Lealand, President

jwlJennifer is the president of Equity. Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for over 30 years. 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 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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Tandi Wright, Vice-President

tandiTandi Wright is an Equity board member and a vice-president of the union. She is an accomplished television, film and theatre actress. Tandi was re-elected unopposed as an Equity vice-president in 2015.

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Cameron Rhodes, Vice-President

camCameron was elected as an Equity Vice-President in 2015, having served as a long standing board member before that. He has appeared in many TV shows (including Xena: Warrior Princess and Agent Anna) and films (including Lord of the Rings) and taken to the stage in over 80 theatre productions in NZ. Cameron is currently forging a successful trans-Tasman acting career.

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Natalie Beran

nberanNatalie is an Equity New Zealand board member and was elected in 2015. Natalie was previously a long standing NPC member. She is a drama graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (New York) and also holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Radio, AUT).

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Alistair Browning

albrowningAlistair was elected to the Equity board in 2013. Alistair has been involved in more than a hundred theatre productions, in New Zealand, Australia and England.  In 2013, Alistair was awarded an international actors fellowship to study at the Globe Theatre in London.

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Peter Elliott

pelliPeter Elliott has been one of New Zealand's leading actors for the past 30 years, having won several awards for screen and theatre productions. Peter was elected to the Equity board in 2013.

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Bruce Hopkins

brucehopkinsBruce is an Equity board member, and was re-elected in 2013 and again in 2015. He played Gamling, King Theoden's sidekick in films two and three of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and has made numerous other screen appearances. Bruce won Best Supporting Actor at the Los Angeles Movies Awards in 2011.

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Alison Quigan

alisonquiganAlison is an Equity New Zealand board member, and was elected in 2015. Alison is an actor, director, writer and producer. Her theatrical experience spans over 36 years. In that time she has acted and directed over 100 plays, as well as writing twelve original works and was the Artistic Director of Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North 1986-2004.

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Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho

boniBorni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho: Tuhoe/Tuwharetoa/Te Arawa is an Equity board member, elected in 2015. Borni began his career in music, singing in cafes and bars in Europe, to gospel sounds and Disney work through Australia. Borni returned to Aotearoa in 2009 and has since Graduated from South Seas Film and Television School and UNITECs School of Performing and Screen Arts. 

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Fasitua Amosa

fasituaFasitua is a standing alternate member of Equity's board. Fasitua has been a longtime member of Equity's National Performers' Committee. Fasitua recently had a starring role as himself in the smash hit comedy series 'Auckland Daze' on TV ONE.

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Jeff Szusterman

jeffsJeff Szusterman is an Equity New Zealand standing alternate on the board and a former Equity Vice-President. He has appeared in a wide range of film, television and theatre projects and is a popular director and teacher too.

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