Petra studied modern languages and literature at Oxford University, then acting at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, Berlin. She spent her first professional years in Europe: three years with Peter Stein, then at the Berlin Ensemble as an Assistant Director.
Upon returning to the UK, she had an opportunity to work in film and later became Head of Drama Development for Atlantic Productions, alongside her work as a freelance dramaturg for theatre.
Petra joined HOME’s theatre team in 2013. Alongside her role co-curating the site-specific and opening seasons, she is the resident Dramaturg for all HOME produced shows.
Q & A
What’s your earliest memory of participating in the arts?
I was a caterpillar, a Victorian child and a dancing toy mouse in the Windsor Panto.
Which living actor or director do you most admire?
I think the Paris based artist/director Philippe Quesne is unlike any other. I am thrilled that in Autumn 2015, we are able to bring La Mélancolie des Dragons to the UK for the first time. It is the most extraordinary theatre experience.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A piece of rehearsal advice from the great Hungarian-born writer and director George Tabori: “We haven’t got much time so we have to work slowly.”
If you were stranded on a desert island, what one book or piece of music would you take?
I think with all that sun, I’d like to do some crazy dancing in the sand to Miriam Makeba. As to reading, I would finally have time to read War and Peace, wouldn’t I?