Jennifer Ward-Lealand, President
Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for over 37 years – and as a director and teacher for over 17 years.
Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of The Actors' Program. She is currently President of Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of the Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Years Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to theatre and the community. In 2018 she was named SPADA Industry Champion and in this year’s New Year’s Honours List she was invested as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to theatre, film and television. In 2017 she was gifted the name, Te Atamira (the stage) by Sir Tīmoti Kāretu and the late Prof Te Wharehuia Milroy.