Petra is a Freelance Theatre Director – working as Artistic Director of Magic Penny Productions, Production Director for Music is Life Productions Ltd.(a company specialising in bringing new musical theatre to the stage,) Director of the Midsomer Norton Theatre Company and Youth Company Director for The Merrimen Theatre Group.
Magic Penny Productions is a company providing workshops and bespoke productions accessing the history curriculum through Drama. The first project was a community centenary celebration for Peasedown St John Primary School involving past and present pupils alike. Through workshops pupils were able to explore life a 100 years ago and through extensive research Petra wrote a play culminating in 3 performances at The Prospect Theatre, Writhlington. Magic Penny is available to visit schools across all key stages to facilitate bespoke workshops to access history and dates in the past of relevant to individual communities. Magic Penny also provides workshops to support English and Drama texts across the upper key stages.
In November 2013 Petra produced Rent! for Bods at The Mission Theatre Bath and in September produced and directed Pencoweth, a brand new musical, for Music is Life Productions -following on from the double award winning The Decent Rogues in 2012. A tour is in the planning stages.
In August 2013 Petra was commissioned to form a community theatre company in a local town, Midsomer Norton and is currently writing and adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the RSC Open Stages Project to bring a large scale community theatre project to life in June 2014.
Petra is a fully trained teacher, having lectured for Bath Dance College, Bath College and also spent time specialising in developing Creative Curriculum access for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and sensory impairment.
Highly experienced in professional theatre both as a performer and also in production Petra regularly reviews Theatre for the online publications Theatre Bath, Guide2Bath, Remote Goat and whatsonstage.com. Petra is also a regional representative for NODA in the south west (Region 10)
Petra currently offers private Drama tuition to students preparing for auditions for Drama School/University entrance and also LAMDA examinations and group work for adults seeking to improve their acting/directing skills through exploring texts in workshop settings.
Contact Petra through this website or FB: “Petra Schofield – Freelance Director” to discuss any project/production or tuition/workshop requests. Successes in LAMDA qualifications can in some instances count towards UCAS points and improve opportunities in Further Education.
Recent: projects include:
Peter Pan – adapted and directed for Merriman Youth Theatre, April 2013
The Magic Penny – a bespoke musical for Peasedown St John Primary School to celebrate their centenary, June 2013. Prospect Theatre, Radstock.
Production Director for Music is Life Productions Ltd. New Musical “Pencoweth” September 2013
Production Director: RENT! November 2013 – Bath. For Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society. Mission Theatre, Bath