Your Equity Committee

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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Todd Rippon, Vice-President

toddTodd is the Wellington-based Equity vice president and was re-elected unopposed in 2015. He has appeared in film and television productions including Castaway, Return to the Blue Lagoon, The Frighteners, and The Lord of the Rings.

Todd has also appeared in King Kong, Hercules, Xena, Shortland Street, McPhail and Gadsby and Dark Knight. He has been a professional actor for 27 years.

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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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Grae Burton

gburtonGrae was elected to the board of Equity in 2015. Grae Burton has a B.P.S.A - Directing and Writing for Theatre and Film Dip. Perf. Arts - Physical/Experimental Theatre. Grae is an active member, participant and "Actorvator" in Equity and has worked as a professional in all aspects of theatre and as a film actor for over 15 years.

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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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Kate Harcourt

damekateDame Kate Harcourt is an Equity national performers committee member and one of New Zealand's best loved actors. She was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1996 for her lifetime's work in the theatre and in 2015 won the inaugural Equity New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award. "Equity requires professional standards from its members and is empowered to ask for professional standards from our employers, whoever they may be.  I am proud to be a member of a union which stands up for its members and works so hard on their behalf" says Dame Kate.

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Maxine Cunliffe

maxinecunliffeMaxine is a member of the Equity National Performers' Committee. Maxine is an actor, musician and teacher and has lived in New Zealand for 10 years. Born in Hammersmith, London,  she took exams in speech and drama from a young age and her first appearance as a performer was for the 70s TV series, The Troubleshooters/The Mogul, filmed at Ealing Studios. She later went on to study music, majoring in cello solo and ensemble performance at Trinity College of Music, London.

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Rodney Bane

8374 19062010 rbane13web displayRodney is a member of Equity's National Performers' Committee. He is a co-founder of the original BATS Theatre whose varied work covered the classics to innovative and creative work.

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Bronwyn Turei

bronwyn.turei kr bBronwyn Turei is a New Zealand actress and singer, and joined the National Performers Committee in 2012. Bronwyn has studied acting at The Globe in London and is an accomplished actress on stage and screen, having played Cody for four seasons in popular drama series, Go Girls. Bronwyn recently performed in the Auckland Theatre Company's Little Shop of Horrors.

 

Romy Hooper

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Romy Hooper graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2009 and has been an active member on stage and screen ever since. From Auckland International Film Festival short We Talk About Loss produced by Candlelit Pictures, roles such as Alice in Patrick Marber’s Closer, Anna in Stephen Belber’s Tape and season regular Courtney in TV1’s ‘Nothing Trivial’, Romy pursued performance poetry as an avenue for theatre making.

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Coen Falke

coenCoen joined the Equity national performers committee in 2013. Coen Falke has been acting professionally both in Holland and New Zealand for the past twenty years. In New Zealand, he has trained at South Seas and studied The Meisner Technique with Michael Saccente.

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Keagan Carr-Fransch

keagancarrfranschKeagan is a member of the National Performers’ Committee, and a founding member of the Equity Diversity Committee, now called Advocates for Inclusion. She began acting in 2004 when she moved to New Zealand from Zimbabwe. She participated in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in 2004 which led to her being selected to travel and perform at The Globe Theatre in London with the 2005 Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company.

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