Musical Theatre Dunedin

Jennifer Ward-Lealand Workshop Weekend, June 11-12, 2022

Jennifer Ward-Lealand Workshop Weekend, June 11-12, 2022

Musical Theatre Dunedin is excited to announce that renowned NZ actor, director, teacher, and intimacy coordinator Jennifer Ward-Lealand is coming to Dunedin to facilitate a workshop weekend for theatre practitioners within our community.



FLYING SOLO: Telling the Story in Song

Saturday 11th June, 1.00pm-4.30pm (Max. 10 participants) 

Sunday 12th June, 10.00am-1.00pm (Max. 8 participants)

Observers are welcome for both sessions. Participants 18+, observers 16+.

In this workshop each participant is directed in a musical theatre song of their choice. There is a strong emphasis on identifying and developing craft , and how this focus serves the greater goal of engaging at a deeper level with the content of the song and consequently, with the audience. Participants receive individual detailed direction and have the opportunity to observe their fellow classmates and engage fully in the process.


A Life in the Arts with Jennifer

Saturday 11th June, 7.00pm-9.00pm

An opportunity to hear from Jennifer about her life and work over drinks and nibbles. Jennifer will speak about her start in theatre, her journey to learning te reo Māori and her work as an accredited Intimacy Coordinator. 

Open to anyone- $5 door charge covers non-alcoholic beverages and nibbles. BYO.


WORKING IN THE INTIMATE ZONE: An Introduction to Best Practice for Intimate Scenes

Sunday 12th June, 3.00pm-4.30pm

Scenes that involve intimacy, nudity, and simulated sex can be challenging for both directors and actors. Given that this is a sensitive area of performance, the vulnerability of the actor must be acknowledged and addressed using best practice, i.e. correct preparation and due care. In this session, we will discuss consent in theatre, how to prepare for auditions, navigating tricky discussions, and the best practice guidelines developed by Equity New Zealand. 

Open to all - actors, creatives, teachers, administrators, etc.





Flying Solo Participant*



Flying Solo Observer

$15 per session

$20 per session

Intro to Working in the Intimate Zone



Full Weekend (FS Participant) 



Full Weekend (FS Observer)



*Flying Solo participants are welcome to observe both Flying Solo sessions.




About Jennifer:

Jennifer (Te Atamira) Ward-Lealand CNZM 

Since training at Auckland’s Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio as an actor, director and teacher for over 40 years. She is also an accredited Intimacy Coordinator (Intimacy on Set, UK) for stage and screen.

Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of the drama school, The Actors' Program. She is President of Equity New Zealand (since 2008), Patron of Q Theatre and Theatre New Zealand and serves as a trust board member of the Actors Benevolent Fund.

In the 2007 New Year’s 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 2019 New Year’s Honours List, she was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to theatre, film and television and presented with a Woman of Influence Award (for arts and culture) Most recently, Jennifer was honoured as the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2020.

She was gifted the name Te Atamira (The Stage) by Sir Timoti Karetu and the late Dr Te Wharehuia Milroy for her championing of te reo Māori throughout the performing arts community.