The Board

RIchard ThompsonRichard Thompson
Richard is an Equity board member, and was re-elected in 2013. He trained at the London Centre For Theatre Studies before returning to NZ in 2000, where he has since performed in theatre, film and TV. Richard is also a barrister and is Equity’s chief negotiator.

Jennifer Ward-LealandJennifer Ward-Lealand
Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for over 30 years. Her recent TV includes THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS and AUCKLAND DAZE. On stage her work includes THE GOAT, THAT FACE, BREL (Metro Magazine’s #1 Cultural Experience 2012) for Silo Theatre, TWELFTH NIGHT, LE SUD, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, THE HERETIC for Auckland Theatre Company, and RITA AND DOUGLAS for Armstrong Creative. Jennifer devised and performed the cabarets FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN featuring the songs of Marlene Dietrich, and THE LOOK OF LOVE which she has toured extensively throughout New Zealand, and in Australia. She works regularly as a voice over artist and can be heard as the character of DORABLE DUCK on the children’s television series BUZZY BEE. 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 President of New Zealand Actors Equity, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional Trust , Silo Theatre and The 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.”

Tandi WrightTandi Wright
Tandi is an accomplished television, film and theatre actress. Her television and film roles include Shortland Street, Power Rangers: S.P.D., Crash Palace, Out of the Blue, Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, The Lost Children, Nothing Trivial and Black Sheep. Recent theatre roles include Three Days of Rain with Silo Theatre, Twelfth Night with the Auckland Theatre Company and Boston Marriage at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre. Tandi Wright is a vice-president of Equity.

Jeff SzustermanJeff Szusterman
Jeff Szusterman has appeared in a wide range of film, television and theatre projects and is a popular director and teacher . Recent productions include the feature film The Chronicles of Narnia, television mini series Doves of War and Hercules, as well as the series Interrogation.Recent theatre credits include The Holy Sinner for the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Take Me Out for Silo Theatre. He is also experienced in radio drama, voice over, TVCs, and talking books for the blind. Jeff is a vice president of New Zealand Actors Equity.

Sally_doddsSally Dodds
Bio to come.