Your Equity Committee

Jennifer Ward-Lealand, President

jwlSince training at Auckland's influential Theatre Corporate, New Zealand actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over 25 years. Jennifer is an Equity board member and was re-elected unopposed as the Equity president in 2013.

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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 2013.

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Jeff Szusterman, Vice-President

Jeff SzustermanJeff Szusterman is an Equity vice-President and board member - re-elected unopposed in 2013. 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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Todd Rippon, Vice-President

toddTodd is the Wellington-based Equity vice president and was elected unopposed in 2013. He has appeared in film and television productions including Castaway, Return to the Blue Lagoon, The Frighteners, and The Lord of the Rings.

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Robyn Malcolm

robyn Robyn is an Actors' Equity board member, and was re-elected in 2013. Often referred to as New Zealand's most loved actress, Robyn played the role of Cheryl West in the popular Outrageous Fortune for six series.

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Peter Elliott

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

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Charlie McDermott

altCharlie is an Equity board member, and was re-elected in 2013. Known as one of Auckland's theatrical powerhouses, Charlie is a graduate of UNITEC's School of Performing & Screen Arts and has successfully worked in film, television and theatre.

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Cameron Rhodes

camCameron is an Equity board member, re-elected in 2013. 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.

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Bruce Hopkins

bruceBruce is an Equity board member, and was re-elected in 2013. He played the Rohan character of 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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Richard Thompson

rtRichard 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.

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Alistair Browning

albrowningAlistair was elected to the Equity board in 2013. Alistair has been an actor since leaving university over 30 years ago. He has been involved in more than a hundred theatre productions, in New Zealand, Australia and England. These have encompassed everything from musicals to classics, comedies to modern drama. In 2013, Alistair was awarded an international actors fellowship to study at the Globe Theatre in London.

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National Performers Committee

The Equity national performers committee is an enthusiastic group of professional actors interested in seeing a positive change in the New Zealand acting industry. They perform many voluntary duties for the union, including speaking at events and drama schools, taking part in contract negotiations, and supporting the Equity board. These are the 2013 national performers committee members in alphabetical order:

 

Fasitua Amosa

fasituaFasitua is a 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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Rodney Bane

altRodney 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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Natalie Beran

28-02-07 natalie beran 143Natalie is a member of Equity’s National Performers’ Committee. She is a drama graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (New York 2003-2004) and also holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Radio - AUT 1996-1998).

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Rachael Blampied

rachaelRachael has been a member of the Equity national performers committee since 2010. She is an accomplished theatre and screen actress, having performed in over a dozen threatre productions. She played "Bree Hamilton" in 156 episodes of Shortland Street, and having had roles in Underbelly, Bliss and The Almighty Johnsons. Rachael played the lead role in Nancy Wake: A Love Story in 2013, and has a bachelors degree in Performing and Screen Arts.

 

Pete Coates

petecoatesPete is a founder member of the Outfit Theatre Company and has performed in many screen and theatre productions, including Shortland Street, and most recently Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake" and "A Frigate Bird Sings".

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Coen Falke

coen falkeCoen 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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Grae Burton

gburtonGrae is an Equity national performers committee member. Grae Burton has a B.P.S.A - Directing and Writing for Theatre and Film Dip. Perf. Arts - Physical/Experimental Theatre.

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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.

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